“You want to match China? Develop your nuclear weapons like North Korea,” former Senate President now senatorial candidate Juan Ponce Enrile told CNN Philippines’ The Source on Monday, April 15.
When asked what the Philippines can do in the short term, the former senator said “negotiate.”
“We cannot go to war, are we willing to lose 10 million people?” he noted. “They are willing to lose 100 million according to Mao Zedong.”
He said that the Philippines should build its economy and military in order not to be bullied. He added that the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was planned not only for electricity but also for nuclear weapon.
“Kaya ‘nung panahon ni Presidente Marcos, plinano ‘yung Bataan nuclear plant hindi lang para magkaroon tayo ng reserba sa elektrisidad, plinano namin ‘yun para magkaroon tayo ng nuclear weapon para hindi tayo inaapi nang maski sino, kaya nating manindigan. Eh manindigan tayo ngayon, ano gagamitin natin? Kwitis?” Enrile said.