Updated: Philippine Weathermen Employees Association issues statement on Ted Failon

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Updated: November 20, 4:02 pm

Ted Failon and PWEA have settled the issue in this morning's Failon Ngayon.

The ABS-CBN anchor apologized to the PWEA, through its president Ramon Agustin.

"Ang aking sinabi, ultimo taga-PAGASA ay nabiktima ng storm surge sa kasagsagan ng (bagyong) Yolanda. Sa aking pananaw nung aking tinatalakay ang isyu na ito, is that ultimo ang taga-PAGASA hindi po alam kung gano kalaki ang panganib na paparating na hatid ng super typhoon na ito. Bagamat siyempre ating ginagalang din ang katapatan sa tungkulin ng mga taga-PAGASA na hindi inaabandona ang kanilang mga post," Failon said, regarding the statements he made on Tuesday.

Failon said that if ever his statements were taken out of context, then he would like to apologize, especially to the families of the typhoon victims.

"Kung saka-sakali po na hindi ho sa tamang konteksto ang pagtanggap ng iba sa mga miyembro niyo o ibang kababayan natin sa aking naging pahayag, ako ay humihingi ng paumanhin. Kasi naiintindihan ko na maraming tao rin ang sensitive sa mga issues ngayon at talagang kailangan ng pag-iingat sa ating mga binabanggit kaya ngayon pa lang akin na pong nililiwanag na ang konteksto ng aking pahayag kahapon, ay no offense lalo na sa pamilya ng namatayan," he said.

Failon also took the opportunity to correct earlier reports that he mentioned that one of PAGASA's personnel died in her house.

According to Agustin, the PAGASA staffer, 40-year-old Salvacion "Salve" Avestruz tried to save the bureau's microbarograph even though a huge wave was about to hit the station during the wrath of Yolanda. He said that their team have given up hope that Avestruz is still alive.

Agustin also said that they have launched a fund drive for Avestruz: "Kay Ms. Avestruz, dahil siya ay hindi pa makita, although we have given up hopes na siya ay buhay pa, talagang tinatanggap na naming, magkakaroon siya ng sapat na tulong."

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The Philippine Weathermen Employees Association, through its president Mr. Ramon Agustin, has issued a statement on remarks made by ABS-CBN anchor Ted Failon on his DZMM program Tuesday morning.

Failon allegedly said on his radio program that "most PAGASA people are not aware of what a storm surge is" and that one of its personnel died as a victim of a storm surge herself.

Dismissing Failon's alleged claims, PWEA said: "Our lady colleague died not in the comfort of her own home but rather died while in the service of our country.”

We've reached out to ABS-CBN for a response regarding PWEA's statement. We'll let you know once we get a response from them.

Full statement from PWEA:
“The PWEA honestly respects the opinion of Mr. Ted Failon aired early this morning that most PAGASA people are not aware of what a storm surge is. According to Mr. Failon, this is because one PAGASA personnel died as a victim of a storm surge herself.

However, we are deeply saddened by this comment. Please allow us to inform our kababayans that our colleague suffered the onslaught of Yolanda because she was on duty at the weather station. It is the general rule in PAGASA that personnel on duty should not leave or abandon their posts at all cost if a locality is under threat from a tropical cyclone. Our lady colleague died not in the comfort of her own home but rather died while in the service of our country.”

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