No reprimand from P-Noy, PAGASA chief clarifies

July 14, 2010 10:06 pm 

By Modesto Antonio G. Ibarra

MANILA, July 14 – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) chief Dr. Prisco Nilo clarified in a press briefing Wednesday that President Benigno "Noynoy" C. Aquino III did not get mad over "Basyang" hitting Metro Manila as claimed in a television report.

Nilo said the President only asked for the assessment of equipment needed for weather reports.

The supposed reprimand arose after typhoon Basyang hit Metro Manila even if it was reported that it was to pass through Central Luzon with Metro Manila only under Signal no. 1.

Nilo and other PAGASA officials explained that due to insufficient communication equipment, they were not able to alert the public early on that "Basyang" would pass through Metro Manila. The weather bureau was only able to issue public storm signal no. 2 for Metro Manila at 11 p.m. Tuesday. Besides, they said, the typhoon traveled so fast that they were caught flat-footed.

"'Basyang' followed its projected track through Central Luzon but due to its wide wind coverage, it included Metro Manila in its path," Dr. Nathaniel Servando, PAGASA deputy administrator for Research and Development, said. (PNA) LAP/OGI

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