Ted Failon apologizes for saying PAGASA employee died during Yolanda because she didn’t know what a storm surge is
Sometimes, it’s best to just shut up.
InterAksyon.com reports that ABS-CBN broadcaster Ted Failon has publicly apologized to the Philippine Weathermen Employees Association (PWEA) on Wednesday (November 20) "for citing the death of a weather observer in Tacloban as proof that most weather bureau personnel did not know what a storm surge is."
According to the report, PWEA was offended by Failon's statement on his radio show on Tuesday (November 19) that Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) employee Salvacion Avestruz presumably died during the typhoon on November 8 because she was unaware of the dangers of a storm surge. In a statement released on the same day, PWEA clarified that Avestruz died while she was on duty because PAGASA protocol dictates that "personnel on duty should not leave or abandon their posts at all cost if a locality is under threat from a tropical cyclone."
A day after the group's statement was released, Failon took to his radio show to apologize to PWEA and its president Ramon Agustin The broadcaster said "he was only making a point about the lack of public awareness about the danger posed by storm surges."
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