Prometheus Tries Again: The Philippines’ Nuclear Power Plant
by Ligaya Salva Rebolos, LYM
We are now facing the biggest financial and economic break-down crisis ever known to man. Lyndon LaRouche warned last year, in his July 25, 2007 webcast, that the world financial-monetary system is hopelessly bankrupt. Within a week of that speech, the crash of Bearn Sterns shocked the world, and now, over a year later, the mortgage-financing institutions of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch have all gone under, and the U.S. government had to inject $85 billion dollars into the infamous AIG. These reckless bailouts are driving us, now, into an unstoppable hyperinflationary financial collapse. Only LaRouche’s economic forecast came to fruition, while all other economic analyses of the past 30 years, have been proven wrong. The failure to use the American credit based financial system, and the drastic turn to the British “Free-Trade” or “Globalization” system, has, for the last 40 years, brought this crisis to the fore. Imagine, mindless baby boomers have chosen not to invest it in poverty stricken areas of the world, but rather to pump trillions of dollars into a rotting financial corpse!
The appalling actions, regarding the bailout of swindlers, such as Democratic owners and British agents fascist Felix Rohatyn, and George Soros, by Senator Chris Dodd, Rep. Barney Frank and of course the scheming Secretary Paulson, despite having sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution, who`s preamble demands the protection of the general welfare of the population, are testament to the fact that they have taken the inverse of that constitutional oath. Behavior such as this is treasonous, for its intention is to condemn the population to peeling the skin off their own backs in order to pay off the usurious banking institutions which looted them! Can you conceive of what the result of this decaying $5-$25 trillion carcass will do to the accelerating financial global-collapse? With the so-called “leadership” of the U.S. committing the traitorous act of these ridiculous bail outs, the question must be posed: “Where has their morale gone?”
Food Crisis & Lack of Energy: “Good” for the system
From September onward, hyperinflation has been rampaging throughout the world, while food and energy prices are rising from crazy speculative activities. Now, take into consideration, that prior to the financial system moving into hyperinflationary mode, already economically weak nations such as the Philippines have been relying on importing food and energy controlled by large private companies. All of a sudden, food riots and hunger strikes exploded in 40 different countries as a result of the “Free Trade” economic policy. Now as the crisis deepens, the Philippines finds itself in a desperate situation, facing famine and a civil war. Without radical changes being made to prevent further destruction to its internal economy, the Philippines, like many other nations, will cease to exist.
Seeing that the policies of the U.S. government have been neither successful in averting nor publicly addressing these on-rushing life-or-death issues directly ahead, where are the possible remedies to this crisis to be found? Many people, possibly even you, have asked ” Will it, or, can it get any worse?” Well, isn’t that what the foolish people of today asked only one year or even one month ago? Such questions are examples of a disease which cripples the mind and thus prohibits “normal” individuals from recognizing solutions to the current life-threatening crisis at hand. Below, I shall discuss the emergency measures required to avoid a chain-reaction type of collapse of the global financial monetary system, which Lyndon LaRouche has outlined.1
During the last 20 years, the Philippines has traversed the roughest economic and financial terrain. The outcome of the 1986 “People’s Power” coup, against Ferdinand Marcos, orchestrated by British lackeys lurking in the U.S.A., Secretary of State George P. Shultz and his Under Sec. Paul Wolfowitz, was the reduction of the nation to total poverty with no truly productive employment and a desperate food crisis. To be precise, Shultz and Wolfowitz handpicked the controlled Corazon Aquino as the replacement for Marcos, serving as the instrument for the continuation of their colonial wet dreams.
As the food shortage worsens globally and prices balloon, famine casts its shadow throughout the country. Confronted with this intolerable situation, families abroad have been forced to purchase bags of rice and ship them to their families in the Philippines. However, many are not as fortunate, and become one of thousands of people standing in line to receive subsidized rice from government food centers. These long lines start to form even before dawn, while military guards protect these relevant buildings from acts of despair. Social panic sets in, as the current government has failed to import the minimum of about 2 million tons of rice, to meet the yearly needs of its citizens. Yet, nations exporting to the Philippines, have had to earmark tons of rice as measures to safeguard their own population.
In actuality these unfolding events could have been avoided if only Marcos’ policy of the Green Revolution, also known as Masagana 99, had been able to continue; for, as under that Masagana 99, food self sufficiency was achieved.
Now, along with the food crisis, the country’s wound deepens with the lack of energy, which I shall now turn our attention to.
The first course of action by Aquino, after the ouster of Marcos, was to take actions to mothball what was already the fully completed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), before the country had benefited from even as much as one single watt of electricity! For the production of this nuclear plant, the first South East Asia, Shultz and Wolfowitz assured Washington that the Philippines would repay every cent of the production cost (the equivalent of $355,000 per day) and thus bury the population with usurious debt. No additional new forms of energy generating facilities were ever constructed under Aquino. This later paved the way for President Fidel Ramos, who signed cut-throat deals at the mercy of power producers. Had Marcos originally been permitted to fulfill his planned nuclear power projects, at least 12 plants would power the Philippines today. Instead, the sector of the population that has blackouts, lasting for days or weeks at a time, are considered to be fortunate as opposed to those who have no electricity at all.
But, drastic measures can solve these crises. However, the question at hand is, who will echo the call to bring the solution into existence? Unfortunately, it was the U.S. Congress, themselves, who failed to implement such measures. However, the Philippine LaRouche Society (PLS) calls upon the Philippine government to be the leading part of Southeast Asia, in creating international pressure to force the U.S. to adopt LaRouche’s urgently needed three-step proposal.1
Nonetheless, internal measures can also be taken instantaneously if the layers of the Philippines government were to discover their American system roots, and utilize that precious gift Franklin D. Roosevelt had given them. Only by implementing the Philippine LaRouche Society (PLS) domestic proposals simultaneously, can such a fight against British policy of “Globalization” be achieved. There are three internal economic stop-gap measures which can promptly address the economic instability of the nation, as follows. First, declaring a moratorium on all foreign debt payments. Currently, the population is condemned by a massive debt, created by floating exchange rates and speculation which devalued the Philippine Peso, to which they will drown in a sea of worthless paper money. Second, the immediate activation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), and similar industrial projects. Third, a National Food Production Program, also known as the Green Revolution: Masagana 99. If such steps are not taken, the potential of mass starvation, social chaos, and a moral and cultural collapse will lead to the killing of millions of people in poverty stricken areas, who will be the first to face what is rapidly becoming a ‘new dark age.’
Since the Philippines is a nation-state republic, it can still economically develop by exercising financial sovereignty. Thus through the branches of a superior presidential style republic, it can direct credit as a capitol investment in basic “productive” improvements. Whereas, to the contrary, all other Asian countries unfortunately still practice the British parliamentary form of government, which is, currently, known to Manila as “Charter Change.”
British Colony: The Philippines
These forms of economic sabotage have existed not only in the Philippines, but all over the world. What is today the British Imperial system, has been the dominant form of government for thousands of years. Throughout known human civilization there has only been one nation to have liberated themselves from colonial rule, the United States of America. In doing so, the American system and any nation trying to replicate such a system, has been a threat to all forms of empire. Therefore, as a consequence of the Empire’s struggle, its oligarchical system has fought to maintain, with its claws, a grip dug deep into the foundation of the Philippines.
Known as the national hero or as the “first Filipino”, Dr. Jose Rizal, became the first to sow the seed of the American system in the Philippine Islands. At the age of 35, Dr. Rizal was executed by a firing squad in Bagumbayan, Manila, on December 30, 1896. His numerous writings expose the sub-culture of corruption in the catholic church. He reveals the friars’ and generals’ political involvement to loot the country of resources and abuse Filipinos by treating them as human cattle. Rizal fundamentally challenged the view of a race being treated as if it were subordinate to another, by fighting for a single Philippine representative in the court of Spain. It was the American Revolution and the best of European culture, which was his model for representation, so that the economic turmoil the nation was facing could be peacefully addressed. Although not everyone was proud of him, when his own mother who was fearful of his mortality and thus warned him of the consequences, he daringly responded “… misfortunes are welcome when they are the result of avoiding abasement and degradation. We have been born into a society whose political life is so out of joint that we can have no other prospect than to submit or to perish; our conscience must decide which is to b e preferred. Let us then put our trust in God and in the sincerity of our purposes. If desiring and having desired the good, brings misfortune as a reward, what are we to do?” As his commitment grew deeper and drove the fight to no longer allow people to remain under colonial rule, he was seen as a provocateur to the Spanish catholic church, and therefore the Spanish empire! The night before his subsequent execution, he wrote his poem the “Last Farewell”, which captures the reason why the oligarchy had to silence him, “… For I go where no slave before the oppressor bends…”
From then on, Rizal’s relentlessness to sacrifice his life on the altar for the common good of future generations, rippled deep throughout the nation as a foundation to build a nation-state. However, acting on a higher idea, has proven rather difficult at times due to foreign entities manipulating the internal government.
Take for example, when, exploiting the opportunity of the death of Franklin Roosevelt, British agent Hjalmar Schacht, the infamous economic minister to Adolf Hitler, toured Asia and settled in the Philippines. Schacht infiltrated the Philippines, after he slithered away from Nuremburg in the 1950′s, by becoming an adviser on economics to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s father, Diosdado Macapagal. The deadly effect of which is clearly recognized in the contrasting difference between, on the one side, his campaign slogan: “decontrol”, or trade liberalization, as completely opposed to, on the other side, the then incumbent President Carlos Garcia’s “Filipino First” protectionist policies. Schacht, though, was not yet content, so to aid his deluded fantasy of completely stripping the nation, he launched an attack on the currency. He pushed devaluing the peso on the first central, or national bank governor, Miguel Cuaderno.
Shultz’s “People’s Power” vs. Marcos
Decades later as the nation began to show rapid signs of establishing self-sufficient means of production of both energy and food, and a promising commitment to orient itself towards technology as the basis for economic-growth, a political intrusion was made. The attack on what would prove to be the Achilles heel of the Philippines, was carried out by blocking the activation of the flagship Marcos program, the BNPP, and dismantling the Masagana 99 Green Revolution. It was Henry Kissinger’s NSSM 200 which forced the Philippines to limit the amount of rice production. It claimed that since the increase of population dramatically affects the consumption of natural resources, i.e. food, which is demanded by the more advanced countries, then logically, the U.S. ought to enforce a country to, not only taking direct measures toward population control, but doing so indirectly through restricting the production of food! So, the Philippines was then subjected to lift protective tariffs on not only food, but all other goods it produced.
Regarding the fully completed nuclear facility, Ronnie Velasco, the Energy Minister of President Marcos, said that the US ambassador to the Philippines, Stephen Bosworth, was responsible for convincing Marcos to delay the activation. His malicious tactic for postponement, under the auspices of having one last safety inspection, allowed them the time to oust Marcos in 1986, before activating the plant. According to Ronnie Velasco’s account, the head of the “Royal” “Dutch” Shell Philippines, Cesar Buenaventura, has been the leading opposition to the government’s decision to go nuclear. Also, he reported that Shell provided the dirty money behind rallies of the environmentalist and leftist movement against the BNPP. As a reward, Imperial agent Buenaventura was honored and glorified with Knighthood by the Queen of England for doing such good service for her majesty’s Shell Philippines!
The Soul of the Philippines: The American System
And so, as brilliantly sculpted by Dr. Jose Rizal, it was the Olympian Zeus, known today as the Brutish Empire, which sought desperate revenge for the development of mankind, especially the most modern, forms of Fire, nuclear power, as what is still an expression of that uniquely human immortal power of creativity, that great gift from Prometheus.
The fight today remains between two distinctly opposing views of man: the view of Zeus, who enjoyed man’s inability to use the creative powers of the mind, making him just another form of a higher ape, and, Prometheus, who gave mankind the gift of Fire, the power to discover universal principles, and because of his gift he was eternally condemned to torture. For us today, the challenge is to restore the gift of scientific knowledge to increase man’s ability not only for his own survival, but for improving the rest of civilization. It’s the expression of the powers of the human mind which lives on for the future generation, the idea of immortality from Prometheus. These two opposing systems, known today as the London based British Imperial system of “monetarism,” and the American credit system, have been the defining factor for human existence. The mission of the U.S. to defend the general welfare, as it states in the preamble of the U.S. Constitution, and to improve the individual’s role in society, is what is feared and considered, being a system which orients a society towards scientific culture, as the leading threat to the oligarchical system.
As Dr. Rizal wrote, “I am most anxious for the liberties of our country. But I place, as a prior condition, the education of the people, so that our country may have an individuality of its own, and make itself worthy of liberties. Only love can work wonders. Only virtue can redeem. What is the use of independence, if the slaves of today, will be the tyrants of tomorrow?” As a political organizer, his task was to provoke that divine spark of science, of reason, into the minds of the population and use that, as a tool to succeed in releasing the nation from under the yoke of tyranny. Having gone to Europe to receive a quality of education not provided to Filipinos by Spain, Rizal took the best of European culture and strove to transmit it to indigenous Filipinos to base a revolution not purely on rebellion within the immediate circumstances, but for the benefit of successive generations. To risk one’s own life for the hope that one day, their descendents would succeed in and not have to face the same trials and tribulations.
Other than his two books, he wrote a series of essays, and articles, some published in a Madrid newspaper called “La Solidaridad,” which strove not only to elevate the Filipinos but also the Spaniards themselves in establishing a nation based on the higher conception that, “Man is not a brute, he is not a machine, his object is not merely to produce… Man’s object is not to satisfy the passions of another man, his object is to seek happiness for himself and his kind by traveling along the road to progress and perfection.” -Dr. Rizal’s ‘The Indolence of the Filipinos.’ He ridiculed the degenerate culture and utilized that higher quality of the human mind through the replication of such acts of discovery of universal principles. Rizal recognized the two opposing systems, the American vs. the oligarchic or imperial, and chose to define a nation modeled on classical culture and scientific education. Dr. Rizal’s main purpose was to bring forth the Promethean character in each individual, as the essence of a new National government for the Philippines.
It was this seed that FDR wanted to nurture. Rizal established the foundation of a nation, and FDR provided the means through a productive economy in achieving progress and perfection of the individual. FDR demonstrated that precious quality of the human mind with an effective intervention, by reorganizing the banks and building basic infrastructure to increase the productivity and skill of a nation. His intention during the awkward collaboration with Winston Churchill’s Britain, in defeating Hitler, was that “winning the war” actually meant to him (though never to Churchill), ending global colonialism. Including granting the Philippines full independence on July 4, 1946.
This fight over national-sovereignty was later continued by Ferdinand Marcos. During his presidency from 1965, the “counterinsurgency” which was a factor that led to his declaration of martial law in the 1970′s was definitely not his only concern, the country’s economic stability was also on the forefront of his mind. Although the Philippines was, officially, granted full independence, in reality it still heavily relied on U.S. economic assistance. President Marcos’ national projects were steps towards economic independence. As the first international oil crisis hit, crude oil sky rocketed from $2.55 per barrel in April 1973, to $10.84 per barrel, 20 months later in December 1974. In addition, OPEC imposed a partial embargo on oil exports which made the continuing supply of imported oil more than questionable. Consequently, the oil import bill, leaped from $230 million in 1973, to an amazing $680 million in 1974. These portentous developments fueled so to speak, Marcos’ interest in a national nuclear power program.
However, nuclear energy was not the only significant proposal for internal improvements by the Marcos administration, he also included many new production and refining capabilities in the plan, such as steel, petro-chemical, pulp and paper, a copper smelter, aluminum, phosphate fertilizer, diesel engines, gas and oil, all in conjunction with the Green Revolution.
It was precisely the American influence’s commitment to industrialization, as typified by the replacement of carabaos (water buffalo) by tractors and other modern technology which threatened to end the feudal state of farming. Masagana, meaning “bountiful” was clearly what Marcos had in mind as 99 meant, 99 stacks of rice, equivalent to about 5 tons, which was the required amount to obtain the level of internal stability in rice production. Supplying farmers with the necessary foundations, such as fertilizers, seeds, irrigation canals, and pesticides, to contribute to the overall productivity of the nation which doubled by 1977; launching the Philippines to accomplish for the first time, self-sufficiency in rice and other produce, ever in its history! These essential investments in productive projects, which are necessary for human progress, require a conscience devotion in producing such effects for future generations.
Tour of BNPP
Clearly the fight over national policy to protect the right to develop the creative powers of the individual and through that, nurture the improvement of a society, is what ultimately the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) signifies. Reviving such a policy as a catalyst for change, and rousing the rest of other Asian countries to echo the call for LaRouche’s four powers agreement and economic recovery, is the real threat to the imperial system. It’s this beacon of hope that is the cause for constant attacks from conniving British agents, which the Philippine LaRouche Society (PLS) has the voracity to stand up against.
With the disintegration of the global economy being a cruel reality, the PLS had the rare opportunity to visit the first and only nuclear power plant in Southeast Asia; the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. This unique occasion resulted with a small group of youth, who provoked different layers of government, by challenging the fraud behind the science and philosophy of Al Gore’s anti-nuclear scare. It was these young people’s intervention in various Global Warming conferences, which sparked the audience to question “alternative energy” vs. the most advanced technological forms of energy, i.e. nuclear power. The purpose of the tour was to investigate the effects of 20 yrs. of non-utilization, and to see whether or not the plant had the potential to become operational again.
What PLS found were computer equipment and control panels which used to be high-end technology during the late 1970′s, and had now become obsolete forms of computer systems. The lack of maintaining cool temperatures and controlled humidity throughout the plant had accelerated the rotting process of major parts of machinery. Failure to repair holes on the roof to preserve insulation created water leakage from rain and excess humidity, exposing sensitive equipment to being severely damaged.
The PLS also uncovered bursting excitement not only from each other, but from the engineers. These engineers stretched each cent of the limited government funding during the last twenty years to preserve the plant without ever doubting that what they had done would be in vain. Some engineers regretted being duped during the Marcos controversy and realized the political decision to mothball the plant, was a tragic one. Organizing around the endless potential that technological growth would bring by utilizing nuclear power to build water desalination plants, and magnetic levitated rail through economic policies oriented towards a scientific culture, was an inspiring idea for them. Furthermore, the idea that these industrial types of projects would act as a means of achieving a sovereign nation-state republic, was a fundamental breakthrough these engineers will cherish for a lifetime. The PLS’s long awaited presence signifies that one day, their hope that this plant will become operational, and the construction of many more, will become a reality.
Prometheus: His Gift
Alas, a calling for a true statesman has come, and here’s the moment which he can ignite and replicate Prometheus’ act by devoting his life to create a moral society. The chance to redefine mankind’s mission dedicated to not only the advancement of the productive powers of labor, but to nurture Prometheus’ own precious gift, the creative powers of the individual human mind. Are the individuals within the layers of government capable of that same victory? Undoubtedly, success cannot be achieved if the individual’s timidity and worries of, “How will this affect me personally?” as this mental-moral disease confronts the necessary courage required to conquer the great challenge of today. The lesson to be learned is that now more than ever, we must find the courage to fight on that principle which can reverse the 30 years of stripping of basic infrastructure, which Dr. Jose Rizal and President Ferdinand Marcos embodied and went on to prove, that despite what most people’s expectations of what would be possible for the Philippines, it was indeed possible to build a foundation and move towards a truly sovereign nation-state. It’s ridiculous to continue the course of recent decades, on the reliance of importing goods for the survival of the population, much of which, in monetary terms, comes from exporting Filipinos!
“Only a fundamental and sudden change in the world monetary financial system will prevent a general, immediate chain-reaction type of collapse. At what speed, we do not know, but it will go on, and it will be unstoppable. And the longer it goes on before coming to an end, the worse things will get.”-Lyndon LaRouche stated, in his July 25, 2007 international webcast.
We must resonate the call to save the U.S. from dragging the rest of the world into the greatest financial collapse in modern history, and call on the U.S. Congress to adopt LaRouche’s three-step emergency solution. Furthermore, the Philippine Congress must also instantly stop the inhuman conditions of Filipinos from escalating with the implementation of the internal domestic three stop-gap measures. If there’s a failure to quickly implement the above mentioned emergency measures, a global new world dark age will be inevitable. Such a consequence is ahead if there’s a failure to cast off such prevalent thoughts, but rather one must become a person of a moral quality lacking in society today, by rejecting the thoughts of personal gain. In order to reach into the future and be in a position of leadership one must first ask: how is the meaning of my life going to be affirmed through my participating in the struggle to save humanity and conquer such a trying time in history as this?
A vital accomplishment of today, if we succeed in uniting as respectively sovereign people, sovereign nations, is to defend the common aspirations of mankind. Let us not betray our ancestors, for we cannot afford any longer, to lose the purpose of our lives, we must now fight courageously against the same enemies of humanity. Our descendants of the past will look upon us with intense pride and the generations of tomorrow will strive to replicate our actions of today. As Dr. Rizal once said, “…We must win our freedom by deserving it, by loving what is just, what is good, what is great, to the point of dying for it.”
1. “We must overcome the stupidity which seems to control the Congress, or most of the members of the Congress, and to control many citizens who prefer to be ignorant, because they like desperation better than solutions, in order to accept these three simple steps:
“One: HBPA [Homeowners and Bank Protection Act]. We must provide for an indefinite period, until we can solve the problem, we must provide bankruptcy protection for the homeowner and for the banks, that is, for the legitimate banks for legitimate banking operations, not speculation.
“Secondly, we must establish a two-tier credit system, between 1 and 2% for government-authorized credit, and let the interest rate float, to 7, or 8, or 9% for other things. No stimulation package. A stimulation package is called a “hyperinflationary package.” Anybody who is for stimulation–like these sex freaks, like Paulson and Bernanke–they want “stimulation” all the time! Stimulation! Get ‘em some Viagra, or whatever! But don’t give them money. And don’t float money out there. You’ve got to have a conservative view, to defeat inflation. You must have a regulated view, an expansive view, for construction, for the security of people, the security of communities, and for the normal functioning of the country, as it used to function. That these habits are built into our system! Normal banking, no more of this hyperinflationary stuff, no more golden parachutes. One to two percent basic rate. Rebuild the economy! People can understand that.
“So, have a system of credit which is anti-inflationary: 1-2% for authorized use of the Federal government, as a means of generating credit. For distribution, primarily–when not by the government itself–primarily through state- and national-chartered banks, functioning in a normal way, pre-inflationary. Shall we say, pre-Volcker, pre-Greenspan ways. We need that.”
Third step: “We also need a factor of world expansion and cooperation, which means we have to go to create a partnership among a number of leading powers, which include Russia, China, and India. China is one of the biggest markets for the United States, and we’re one of the biggest markets for China. If China goes down, we’re in trouble. Therefore, we have to worry about China. And China has to worry about itself, and has to worry about us–as it does! The Chinese government now understands that this is a problem. India may be not quite as quick on this one, but they’ll pick up on it. They understand it, too.
“If we bring together an alliance of the United States, Russia, China, and India, and bring other countries into the same alliance, on economic policy, we can create a new international monetary-financial system–like the Franklin Roosevelt system. Under those conditions, with these three measures, and measures which are required to facilitate their implementation, we can mobilize most of the world to get the Hell out of this thing! And come back to a system where human beings can decently live again.”