San Carlos bishop slams Cynthia Villar for pro-coal stance


San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza has slammed reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar for supporting the proposed coal-fired plant to be built in Negros Occidental, The Visayan Daily Star reported.

San Miguel Corp. Global Power is planning to put up a a 300-megawatt coal plant in San Carlos City.

During her May 7 visit in Victorias City, Villar stressed the attractiveness of coal in developing countries, like the Philippines, as they produce cheaper electricity.

“Of all people I didn’t expect to hear it from no less than the Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, and supposedly the leading among senatoriables in the recent survey,” said Alminaza.

“She revealed her gross ignorance and incompetence as chairperson of the Senate committee on Environment and Natural Resources and her lack of foresight, vision and care for the environment,” he added.

Last March, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. declared Negros Occidental as coal-free and vowed to pursue clean and renewable energy projects.