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PWEA statement on Ted Failon

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Ted Failon. Photo from ABS-CBN Social Media Newsroom.

The following statement is from Philippine Weathermen Employees Association (PWEA) president Ramon Agustin.

“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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  1. How insensitive of you Mr. Failon. The lady died on the job, in the service of the Filipino people. She is a hero. You are just a news reader, you don’t deserve to even be mentioned in the same breath as the weatherperson who did not abandon her post even in the most dire of circumstances. You are even of questionable integrity with your history of brushes with the law. APOLOGIZE Mr. Failon, wag mag explain o magpalusot o mag leave of absence ng “one week” dahil “busy”. Apologize to her and all weatherpersons and to all like her who unselfishly serve our nation. Mahiya ka naman Mr. Failon!

    • Bernardo M. Soriano Jr.

      Very well said, Mads! I’d even demand his resignation from his job for many irresponsible reports and harm he had inflicted on PAGASA in the past!

      • Si ted failon ay hindi lang irresponsible at insenstive na broadcaster kung hindi bastos pa para bang sya na lang ang pinakamagaling na tao sa mundo. Dapat sa kanya ay alisin bilang broadcaster.

    • ikaw na ang mgaling. comment lng un ni ted failon. kagaya k rin nya nagcomment bobo. ikaw n malinis

      • That’s why insensitive siya! The lady lost her life on the job and here is opinionated Mr. Failon blabbering how he knows better than her about what a storm surge is kaya siya namatay. Anong bobo dun? di ba insensitive nga siya? If it happened to your loved one, ok lang ba sayo na sabihin niya yun? Pagmamalinis ba yun? If he can say what he likes without thought of who gets hurt, bakit ka galit na pinupuna siya? Mr. Failon is definitely insensitive and opinionated and he seem to have forgotten what it is like to have lost a loved one. I don’t get it that there are still people like you who patronize him!!!

      • Iba ang bigat ng commento ni Ted dahil ginamit as content ng form of mass media di tulad ng mga commento natin dito at sa ating mga sarili.

    • This is so wrong. I think what Mr Failon criticized here is the failure of PAG-ASA to explain what a storm surge is, not whether the employee has left her post during the typhoon. He just used a wrong example.

      • How many Filipinos know and have even experienced a storm surge of that magnitude? They probably think it’s what they had seen in the past along Roxas blvd which was nothing compared to what Yolanda brought along with it. The point Mr. Failon was driving at in his programs immediately after the disastrous storm was that had PAGASA used the word “tidal wave” to describe the possible magnitude and enormity of the storm surge that Yoland could create, people would have probably fled to higher ground and not stay close to the sea. This is the first time the Philippines has experienced tidal wave like storm surges due to the intensity of the storm winds. I also believe that had PAGASA known that the propensity of the surge was equal to that of a tidal wave, they would not have put their colleague who perished during the storm in harm’s way.

        • Do you really have to experience one storm surge for you to know what really a storm surge is? I mean, come on. We have earthquake drills, fire drills, flood drills, but no storm surge drills? And just because we don’t have any experience with it? It’s not Ted Failon’s fault he criticized the lack of public information about what a storm surge is. Blame the slow-ass government of us.

          Sana naman pakinggan ninyo yung sinabi ni Ted ng maigi. Pinuntirya lang ni Ted yung kabagalan ng PAG-ASA sa paglalabas ng INFORMATION regarding what a storm surge is.

          And FYI, ang tidal wave ay dulot ng gravitational pull ng buwan sa mundo. Come on, ganito ba talaga tayo ka-misinformed. UUUGH!

          • Very well said.. kaya d umaasenso Ang pilipinas eh dahil sa mga Ganyan.. imbis na magtulungan nalng maps inuuna pang mg comment sa nga Ganyan isyu… move on live on and fly high

          • The point Mr. Failon was driving at was that PAGASA should have used the word “tidal wave” or another local description to describe the possible magnitude and enormity of the storm surge that Yoland could create. In fact they should have warned and forcibly evacuated those living by the shoreline to higher ground due to the height of the possible storm surges since they are the more knowledgeable ones. This was done by a former mayor of San Francisco island of Cebu who forcibly evacuated 1000 inhabitants off the island and saved their lives. The mayor wasn’t a weatherman but he knew the damage storm surges could do which is even worse than a tidal wave caused by an earthquake. The walls of water of a storm surge are pushed by powerful gusts which make them even more disastrous. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center even mentioned 5 to 6 meter waves the magnitude of a tidal wave generated by the intense winds continually in their weather bulletins long before Hurricane Haiyan reached the Philippines. Would a responsible superior give an order knowing the damage that 5 to 6 meter waves pushed by very powerful winds can do and with the possibility of losing a life say, “No matter what the outcome, stay put”
            http://www.unisdr.org/archive/35524
            Evacuation saves whole island from Typhoon Haiyan – UNISDR
            http://www.unisdr.org
            http://earthsky.org/earth/amazing-video-storm-surge-from-super-typhoon-haiyan

          • Don’t be surprised if a Wrongful Death Lawsuit is filed against the superior of the deceased weather person for his negligence as a result of the person’s death. The superior can not claim that he did not know the extreme dangers and the risk the person and the other inhabitants were exposing themselves to with the strength and intensity of the storm in spite of the regular weather bulletin posted by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center days before Haiyan hit the Philippines and yet she was and the others were not ordered to evacuate.

        • agree ako to what you said… yon yung ibig sabihin ni Ted Failon… di kasi inasahan ng mga tao na ganun pala katindi ang epekto ng storm surge na yon. kaya kung alam pa ng PAG-ASA they would have let their personnel go home or seek for a safer place.

        • The main reason PAGASA refused to use the term is that because storm surges are NOT tidal waves nor are they tsunamis. Imagine describing a vehicle to be like a car but is not a car. The same is true with describing an event to be like a tidal wave but is not a tidal wave. The description becomes vague. It is unfair to say that PAGASA personnel does not know what a storm surge is. What people miss out that weathermen were already warning everyone about the storm surge 2 days before the landfall. They do understand the risk hence the warning.

        • Is it just like saying that if I were a soldier, I should not go to the battlefield because I might die?

      • I was listening to him when he was on the phone with one PAGASA official discussing the meaning of storm surge, tidal wave, etc.
        I think what he was only trying to say is the lack of information given, and not explaining to the people what STORM SURGE is. He even said that, at first, he thought storm surge is just WAVES ( alon ), not knowing the damage it can possibly cause to properties and even lives in Tacloban.

    • tama!super insensitive.bobo! kung sabagay, pinatay nga niya asawa niya anu pa kayang pake niya sa iba…

      • kung makasabi ka ng bobo kala mo kung sino ka. sigurado ka bang pinatay niya asawa niya? andun ka?

      • Mariano Angeles

        Ted Failon’s wife committed suicide. The details are better not discussed here. We know from our contacts what really happened.

        Yes, what is a storm surge? That should have been explained clearly. PAGASA was remiss in this. Even Nathaniel Cruz had an idea but did not explain because he said people might get scared. At first, they will be scared. Then they will overcome the fear and ACT! You underestimate people. Always, tell the truth.

        And yes! Why did your PAGASA personnel take safeguards?

    • My opinion:
      – Tead failon, did not only read news. If you didnt know, Mr Failon was on Tacloban during the storm and experienced first hand everything. Saw everything. Stom surge included. Mr Failon by the way is from Tacloban.
      – His point i think is PAGASA doesnt know what a storm surge is, and what it can do during Yolanda, because if they do, they will not allow their colleague to be at her post in the first place.
      – Insensitive to others, but what he said was true. he only wants the definition and explanation of what a storm surge is. Thousands died not because of strong winds alone because of the storm surge. Thousands died.
      – It was mentioned that Mr Failon has issues with the law, what was it again? Police brutality he experienced when his wife committed suicide?

      • Let’s face it, being on duty doesn’t require your staff to sacrifice oneself in order to keep an eye on her post. It is obviously a misinterpretation. Besides is there a college course that offer straight job at PAGASA? dba kayo na din nagsabi dati that you were all bunch of Engineers. Lahat naman ata kayo eh learning after experience jan sa PAGASA.. Too bad.

        • kami taga pagasa di namin hawak ang lawak ng pinsala dala ng bagyong Yolanda. Nag bibigay kami ng warning thru print, tv, radio, internet, twitter, facebook, text thru ocd para maparating sa lahat ng LGU’s sakanilang constituents sa mga lugar na maaring daanan ng bagyo. Para makapaghanda sila sa parating na weather disturbance. Kaso ang iba hindi kumikilos lalaong lalo na kong ang weather sa kanila ay kalmada dahil ang akala nila di na sila dadaanan ng bagyo. Without knowing na ang mata pala ng bagyo ay nasa kanila na. Saka pa sila pagnaghanda pag nag hagupit na ang malakas na ulan at hangin sa kanilang lugar at paghampas ng malalaking alon sa kanilang lugar whic is too late na….. tapos ang pagasa ang sisihin nila na kulang daw ng abiso o information sa public… Para sa kaalaman ng lahat malayo pa ang bagyo panay na ang balita ng pagasa kahit ito ay isang low pressure area pa lang…. kaso marami ang di naniniwala sa braodcast ng pagasa.Pero kong kanila lang sundin ang lahat ng abiso ng pagasa perhaps kong di man makuha ang zero casualties baka maminimize ang casualities in life, property and agriculture.

          • PAGASA shouldn’t be blamed. Nobody can really predict what’s going to happen. Besides, it’s natural phenomena. They know what they are talking about that’s why they called it storm surge. Even us cannot say that our predictions or forecasts are the things that will actually happen. All of us learn our lessons after mistakes. Is it their fault if they used the correct term? I’m not blaming Failon though but he might have thought of better terms when he made commentaries.

      • Very well said! Sapul ang issue right between the eyes.

      • It was PAGASA who made accurate storm surge forecasts. How can he claim they didn’t know what it was? What a misrepresenting pedantic prick. He can’t even pronounce words right.

      • There was a warning of a storm surge. Eto lang kasi ang problema — No one knew what it is until Yolanda happened! It claimed so many lives even waaaay before, but unfortunately no one know that it’s ACTUALLY a storm surge. Let’s face reality, there is not enough education about meteorology. A high-schooler should know what an ITCZ, a storm surge, monsoon, El Nino, La Nina, etc. means to be prepared enough.

        Alangan naman na paulit-ulit i-explain ng PAGASA yan, alam naman natin na mataas ang risks natin sa mga storm surges basta malakas ang bagyo at dadaan direkta sa atin ang bagyo eh! Everyone should be aware what these are to know what to do.

      • i think guys who are criticizing Ted Failon, is that you are not even well informed yourselves. You just wanted to comment even if you do not even have the K= Knowledge1 Know how2 Karapatan3 Katuturan4, ok!

    • richard casabuena

      this the fault of the previous admin,,,9 yrs siang naka upo di man lang nya inupgrade ang ang pagasa??? o baka sinadya para sa calamity fund???we are suffering from lack of resources,lack of man power,lack of equipments c130 tatlo lang???we can afford to buy even 2,,helicopters???we can afford to buy at least 5,,,pero saan kukuha nang pera???puro kasi nakaw sa panahon ni gma..by the way saludo ako sa pagasa people!!!

    • Agree with you bro!

    • In Quest of Peace

      We sympathize with the PAGASA employee who perished at the service of the country…kudos!

      HOWEVER,PWEA should be aware of labor law on employees safety!!! The PAGASA policy ‘NOT to leave post at all cost’ (mentioned by PWEA) is thus ILLEGAL. Someone died because of this innocence of the law.

      PAGASA employees are civilians and not soldiers who pledge their “LIFE, TREASURE and SACRED HONOR” in the discharge of their duties. PAGASA leadership should be held liable for this unlawful, null/ void and inhumane policy.

      NOTICE: PAGASA should review this policy being referred to by PWEA president. The relative of the PAGASA employee who perished in Yolanda (while on duty) should file a case against PAGASA. FYI

    • Nagkamali lang ng report insensitive na? Tao lang tayo bro. Nagkakamali din tayo sa mga bagay na ginagawa natin araw araw. Ganyan naman eh! Magkamali lang ang tao masama na. Hindi manlang isipin yung nagawang mabuti. Tama na, kaibigan. Magkaisa nalang tayo. Magkamali man ang isang tao, tao lang yan. Wag na nating idowngrade. Pagsabihan nalang natin ng tama. 🙂

    • Yung asawa ni Ted Failon… Sino ang pumatay?

    • Lamberto scarella

      Yes, the integrity of Ted Failon is questionable. Just because he is on the air nagpopwer trip na. He uses his microphone like a gun.. Kaya nga one term lang yan sa tacloban buking ng kababayan niya. May ambition pa maging seandor.

  2. MR. FAILON DAPAT SINABI MO IYAN KAY ABNOY MO…..

  3. Another Ted’s “EPIC” Fail-on.

  4. ABS-CBN reporters are all irresponsible in their reporting. Very obvious that they are all TRYING HARD but not really concern about the people. They are all PLASTICS! No wonder GMA news are way ahead of them

  5. Darewin Ocampo

    So Ted Failon is now the male counterpart of Korina Sanchez Roxas. Seriously, they are journalists and they should think before saying stupid things.

  6. Hay naku, kailangan pa bang ibalita mga ganito? napaghahalata tuloy na sinasadya. sinong next si Noli De Castro? Karen Davila?

  7. hirap kase sa mga nagdudunungdungan.

  8. I think the issue here is not whether the employee died while doing her job or not. The thing is PAG-ASA has failed to explain properly to the public what a storm surge is and how it can seriously affect those who are living near the seas … Mr. Failon just used the wrong illustration.

    • You’re right Tom. Sa totoo lang, madaming beses na failed ang PAG-ASA. aminin nyo man o hindi. Sa mga comments na nabasa ko ang layo na ng itinakbo ng usapan na ito. Hanggang sa pag attack sa personalidad ng broadcaster which is immaterial na sa topic.

  9. Ted failon so be more mature in delivering his comments with facts..rather than saying hearsays and stupid things

  10. Failon and Sanchez got their heads out of boundary. They should be expelled for itresponsible journalism. Ignorance is not an excuse. Sorry.

  11. everyone is entitled to their own opinion, however, please think before you speak. A member of PAGASA doesnt know what a “storm surge” means is totally insulting. People are saying if we were “informed ” a tsumani was coming, we could have left. But even the Mayor of Tacloban was clueless!!! tsunamis are different from storm surges. Pls dont judge before you speak. Very insensitive!!! very disappointed.

  12. Seriously? These kind of anchors are jut a waste of space in television

  13. sa lahat ng nag post dito how many of you have validated the story? narinig nyo ba ng personal na sinabi nya yun? kung wla kayong proof shut up. para kayong mga bata, makarinig ng chismis sulsol agad. grow up! hindi bobo ang mga Pinoy dont act as as if you are!

  14. pasintabi lang po sa namatay, pero that incident only probes that their working place is not a safe place for storm surges. Sori, I have to be straight, siguro if they were aware of that, wala sanang namatay na weatherman/woman. at sino bang boss ang maglalagay ng tao n’ya sa panganib? di ba wala? so if you make why-why analysis, it all boils down to two: hindi alam or walang nakapag advise na dilikado yong lugar nila for storm surges. mahirap ba intindihin ‘yon? otherwise, I would expect similar incidents in the future dahil sa kakitiran ng mga isip. yes, it is a general rule that anyone should not leave their post especially when their post calls for it but it is the duty of the boss to ensure the safety of their men. nagawa ba nila ‘yon? hindi, kasi ayan na nga ang ibedinsya.

    • Amy Villacarlos

      PAGASA have long been and regularly conducting seminars and lectures regarding hazards brought about by typhoons which the storm surge is one of the hazards..have done and still doing information education campaign to all head of barangays,and even went to every municipalities and barangays to train them so as to empower them. to protect themselves and their constituents… hence the community based early warning was introduced to empower the community since they are the stakeholders. PAGASA trained municipal and barangay personnel as well as the community, and even have dry runs..but Sustaining it is a rather complicated task especially if the community have not experience and Failure of LGUs to support the system (change of officials, not a priority, etc.)kung minsan ang na trained na personnel who is responsible to impart the knowledge is not interested or kasi hindi pa naman nangyari sa komunidad nila at imposible daw mangyari.. with regards to the personnel of PAGASA just like the military and police hazardous ang work nila at iyon ay sinumpaan nila.kung sa militar ang kalaban nila mga insurgents at ang kapulisan ay mga kriminal ang PAGASA BAGYO ang sinusuong dahil mahalaga ang data..so ilang bagyo na ang dumaan PAGASA personnel do not leave their post.. sa far as their safety meron naman silang contingency plans.. almost all PAGASA stations have roof decks for observation purposes but unfortunately instead of going up she went outside the office and was swallowed by big waves.

  15. Sadly quite insensitive, instead of praise for not abandoning heroically dying for it she gets ridiculed for it by a media personality. Ted Failon a media practitioner should have checked first with Pag-Asa which is what they should instead of coming up with a flawed insensitive opinion…..

  16. He has a foot and mouth disease.

  17. Let’s just understand that Ted Failon was also there in Tacloban during the height of Yolanda typhoon. His point is that if weathermen would just say storm surge, people would not realize the gravity of danger ahead of them. However, I also understand where PWEA is coming from.

  18. Golden Dragon

    “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”

    Common sense lang gagamitin dito, alam mo na pala na ganun kataas ang storm surge na pwede mo ikamatay dapat you should go to safer ground. Inform your superior about this at wala namang sira ulong superior ang magsasabi bantayan mo yan kahit malunod ka. For example ang security guard ay dapat di iniiwan ang pwesto while on duty, suppose nasusunog na binabantayan niya, wala ba siyang karapatan umalis sa pwesto para di matupok. Di lang talaga naforecast ng husto na ganun kataas ang akyat ng tubig.

    • Amy Villacarlos

      PAGASA have long been and regularly conducting seminars and lectures regarding hazards brought about by typhoons which the storm surge is one of the hazards..have done and still doing information education campaign to all head of barangays,and even went to every municipalities and barangays to train them so as to empower them. to protect themselves and their constituents… hence the community based early warning was introduced to empower the community since they are the stakeholders. PAGASA trained municipal and barangay personnel as well as the community, and even have dry runs..but Sustaining it is a rather complicated task especially if the community have not experience and Failure of LGUs to support the system (change of officials, not a priority, etc.)kung minsan ang na trained na personnel who is responsible to impart the knowledge is not interested or kasi hindi pa naman nangyari sa komunidad nila at imposible daw mangyari.. with regards to the personnel of PAGASA just like the military and police hazardous ang work nila at iyon ay sinumpaan nila.kung sa militar ang kalaban nila mga insurgents at ang kapulisan ay mga kriminal ang PAGASA BAGYO ang sinusuong dahil mahalaga ang data..so ilang bagyo na ang dumaan PAGASA personnel do not leave their post.. sa far as their safety meron naman silang contingency plans.. almost all PAGASA stations have roof decks for observation purposes but unfortunately instead of going up she went outside the office and was swallowed by big waves.

  19. Mukhang ang storm surge and pumatay sa bayani pero ignorance surge ang yumari sa news reader.

  20. David Florendo

    If Mr. Failon can make such irresponsible comments ON-AIR I think it will be just proper that he makes a PUBLIC apology. The problem with “FAMOUSE” or should I say “INFAMOUS” commentators like him is they think that the FREEDOM of SPEECH and/or the POWER of MEDIA does not carry certain responsibilities. Fail-on Mr. Failon

  21. lulu r. principe

    an extremely cruel statement!!!

  22. in all our undertakings, be it private, government or personal, it is our duty to God, to ensure safety of lives, most especially the lives who will serve lives.

  23. root of it all…they should have explained the meaning of storm surge in local dialect,that way,the locals could have understand it better and be able to picture out the outcome..if they have known about its meaning, you think the locals will stay inside their houses and wait for their death???

    • Amy Villacarlos

      PAGASA have long been and regularly conducting seminars and lectures regarding hazards brought about by typhoons which the storm surge is one of the hazards..have done and still doing information education campaign to all head of barangays,and even went to every municipalities and barangays to train them so as to empower them. to protect themselves and their constituents… hence the community based early warning was introduced to empower the community since they are the stakeholders. PAGASA trained municipal and barangay personnel as well as the community, and even have dry runs..but Sustaining it is a rather complicated task especially if the community have not experience and Failure of LGUs to support the system (change of officials, not a priority, etc.)kung minsan ang na trained na personnel who is responsible to impart the knowledge is not interested or kasi hindi pa naman nangyari sa komunidad nila at imposible daw mangyari.. with regards to the personnel of PAGASA just like the military and police hazardous ang work nila at iyon ay sinumpaan nila.kung sa militar ang kalaban nila mga insurgents at ang kapulisan ay mga kriminal ang PAGASA BAGYO ang sinusuong dahil mahalaga ang data..so ilang bagyo na ang dumaan PAGASA personnel do not leave their post.. sa far as their safety meron naman silang contingency plans.. almost all PAGASA stations have roof decks for observation purposes but unfortunately instead of going up she went outside the office and was swallowed by big waves.

  24. Edward Maristela

    2 Words for you TED FAILON – BOBO KA!

  25. Sinong weatherperson ang hindi alam ang “Storm Surge”.

    Lahat naman siguro alam yun. O may idea kung ano yun. Malamang hindi lang na-anticipate na ganun kalakas o ka-grabe yung storm surge na yun.

    Sanay naman na ang mga tao sa PAG-ASA pag dating sa mga typhoons pero sinong magaakala na aabot hanggang ikatlong palapag yung storm surge?

  26. Bennett de Joya

    Ted Failon is amazingly quick with negative opinion but so slow with positive action. Remember how he miserably failed to make a difference in Congress. It really is so much easier to destroy somebody’s reputation than to build one’s own.

  27. isza blanco pagaduan

    in this time of calamity and disaster, we don’t need negativity around… each and everyone should only think of what they can contribute to help rebuild what was gone… so let’s all consider all comments/reactions in a positive prospective for improvement and betterment. For PAG-ASA, we’re so proud of your staff for doing a noble job… for TED FAILON, he was just doing his job as radio commentator… i rest my case….

  28. Ang gagaling nyo lahat, The real point of Mr. Failon is that hindi alam ng bawat isa sa atin ang ibig sabihin talaga ng storm surge, even the PAG ASA personnel they did not expectd that worse, only GOD can explaine what DUNE’s day is, we cannot detect What, When, Where and How this things happened. This is the way he wants us to reflect and repent, His second coming is giving us a sign to reach Him now habang may time pa tayo magbago at mag balik loob, tigilan na natin ang sisihan tapos na yan let’s rise and move on for a new tomorrow!

  29. First i would like to commend you Mr. Ted Failon for your dedication and in report facts and truth. At first i was worried about you when you disappeared from communications almost 24 hour during the land fall of the super typhoon. I was glad to see you again when you called via satellite phone to the studio. You are somehow correct that there was a lack of info about storm surge by PAGASA. I would like to share with you my email to Office of the President before the land fall of Yolanda:
    Me
    To op@president.gov.ph
    Nov 7
    I am very glad that the media and the government is very proactive in preparing and notifying the people before the actual touch down of this “big one”. Do not underestimate this super typhoon for nothing may be left standing in its path. I commend the media, the local government and PAGASA for their correct information dissemination. This one is more powerful than Pablo last December and we have about 24 hours before the eye of the storm touch down. Expect a swell of seawall of 5 to 25 meters on the eastern seaboard where it will land which is not often mentioned.

  30. Respect the Fallen

    I think everyone is missing the point.

    As per PAG-ASA circulars, in the instance of a tropical cyclone, weather observers in their various stations are obliged to stay and ride out the storm in order for them to give up to the minute updates of the Typhoon.

    Ibig sabihin, yung nasawi na PAG-ASA employee ay ginagawa lamang ang trabaho niya kaya siya andoon. Hindi sila pwede umalis, upang maireport kung ano na ang nangyayari on the ground.

    Ang kanyang pagkasawi ay hindi dahil hindi niya alam kung ano ang storm surge, or hindi alam ng PAG-ASA ang storm surge. Ang kanyang pagkasawi ay dahil sa dedikado siya saa trabaho niya. Kahit pa na alam niya na delikado at nanganganib ang kanyang buhay, she did not abandon her post.

    This is an insult not just to the PAG-ASA employee who gave her life in the service of the country, but also to the countless soldiers, policemen, DSWD workers, and every low level employee who get paid meager salaries,yet were brave enough and willing to sacrifice their own safety just to do their jobs.

    Failon should apologize. Failon should be sensitive. This is not an issue of one network vs. the other. This is an issue of respect to those who have fallen, and gratitude to those who were dedicated.

    • Wala na rin siya mairereport kasi sira din ang PAGASA weather system na gagamitin sa pag-analisa sa kalagayan ng bagyo. Dapat safety muna bago ang lahat, ano pa irereport mo kung wala ka na?

      • Amy Villacarlos

        ang guiuan radar lang po ang nasira, ang mga weather instruments ng tacloban hindi pa po nasira malibab langnag storm surge na

    • Well, this general rule you are pointing puts a blame on PAG-ASA. Should PAG-ASA know that there is a coming out-of-normal storm surge, then PAG-ASA should have had their employees set up in other safer places. I don’t get the point where we should send our PAG-ASA forecasters to a sure death, same with the other government agencies which are tasked to protect us. Say for example, the military – they protect us during war, doing their best to secure the civilians, but the commander-in-chief never ordered them to die, they do their best to secure their job and return home.

      With due respect to these brave weathermen, Failon sounded more concerned than delighted when he commented about this. He bravely opened this up to everyone precisely because he was concerned about that weatherman who died literally in vain. It’s an eye-opener to everyone so we can calibrate our own weather forecasting system more like to uphold the knowledge, expertise as well as rights of our respectable weathermen.

      • Amy Villacarlos

        PAGASA have long been and regularly conducting seminars and lectures regarding hazards brought about by typhoons which the storm surge is one of the hazards..have done and still doing information education campaign to all head of barangays,and even went to every municipalities and barangays to train them so as to empower them. to protect themselves and their constituents… hence the community based early warning was introduced to empower the community since they are the stakeholders. PAGASA trained municipal and barangay personnel as well as the community, and even have dry runs..but Sustaining it is a rather complicated task especially if the community have not experience and Failure of LGUs to support the system (change of officials, not a priority, etc.)kung minsan ang na trained na personnel who is responsible to impart the knowledge is not interested or kasi hindi pa naman nangyari sa komunidad nila at imposible daw mangyari.. with regards to the personnel of PAGASA just like the military and police hazardous ang work nila at iyon ay sinumpaan nila.kung sa militar ang kalaban nila mga insurgents at ang kapulisan ay mga kriminal ang PAGASA BAGYO ang sinusuong dahil mahalaga ang data..so ilang bagyo na ang dumaan PAGASA personnel do not leave their post.. sa far as their safety meron naman silang contingency plans.. almost all PAGASA stations have roof decks for observation purposes but unfortunately instead of going up she went outside the office and was swallowed by big waves.

    • Narinig nyo po ba ang conversation nila? Siguro hindi kaya ganyan po ang naisip mo. The convo ended up pretty well at nagkaintindihan sila kanina.

  31. Talagang sa kalabang radio station pa na-publish. Insensitive as it is, if it meant to teach PAGASA a lesson… why not? What would Ted get out of this. The frustration kicked in and sorry if it hurt PAGASA but reality is… YOU LET YOUR PERSON DIE IN VAIN! And it’s certainly not Ted Failon’s fault.

  32. oo sabihin na nating dapat naka-poste yung taga-PAGASA, pero kung naunawaan nia ang dulot ng storm surge, ngprepare nman sna siya ng safety gear like head gear, life vest, salbabida, etc… ikaw ba naman ang nsa kalagayan ni miss lady pagasa, alam mong matindi ang storm surge, hindi ka mgpprepare for your own safety??

    just saying…condolences to her family..

  33. enough said.

    Failon and PWEA rep already had a conversation on the air this morning and so far, their conversation ended well. no argument…they expressed their opinions on the matter and parted amicably.

    to the critics, let’s not add more fuel to the fire. let’s put off the fire.

    nagka-ayos na sila. let’s leave it at that.

  34. And if Mr Cooper said that PAGASA is not doing a good job and did not know what a Storm Surge is… then million of Pinoys will agree with him right ?

    • Amy Villacarlos

      PAGASA have long been and regularly conducting seminars and lectures regarding hazards brought about by typhoons which the storm surge is one of the hazards..have done and still doing information education campaign to all head of barangays,and even went to every municipalities and barangays to train them so as to empower them. to protect themselves and their constituents… hence the community based early warning was introduced to empower the community since they are the stakeholders. PAGASA trained municipal and barangay personnel as well as the community, and even have dry runs..but Sustaining it is a rather complicated task especially if the community have not experience and Failure of LGUs to support the system (change of officials, not a priority, etc.)kung minsan ang na trained na personnel who is responsible to impart the knowledge is not interested or kasi hindi pa naman nangyari sa komunidad nila at imposible daw mangyari.. with regards to the personnel of PAGASA just like the military and police hazardous ang work nila at iyon ay sinumpaan nila.kung sa militar ang kalaban nila mga insurgents at ang kapulisan ay mga kriminal..ang PAGASA BAGYO ang sinusuong.. .so ilang bagyo na ang dumaan PAGASA personnel will not leave their post.. sa far as their safety meron naman silang contingency plans.. almost all PAGASA stations have roof decks for observation purposes but unfortunately instead of going up she went outside the office and was swallowed by big waves.

  35. Whatdahell people! Can you please stop criticizing. We are talking about Ted Failon not ABS vs GMA networks here.and the c130’s and helicopters and gloria arroyo! Back to work. 🙂

  36. the blame rests of PAGASA, not Failon. PAGASA, the organization paid by the people’s money, is the primary agency that is tasked to inform people who are in harms way, should have researched what a storm surge is and equipped its people to be ready for the disaster as they are in harm’s way too.

    • Amy Villacarlos

      PAGASA have long been and regularly conducting seminars and lectures regarding hazards brought about by typhoons which the storm surge is one of the hazards..have done and still doing information education campaign to all head of barangays,and even went to every municipalities and barangays to train them so as to empower them. to protect themselves and their constituents… hence the community based early warning was introduced to empower the community since they are the stakeholders. PAGASA trained municipal and barangay personnel as well as the community, and even have dry runs..but Sustaining it is a rather complicated task especially if the community have not experience and Failure of LGUs to support the system (change of officials, not a priority, etc.)kung minsan ang na trained na personnel who is responsible to impart the knowledge is not interested or kasi hindi pa naman nangyari sa komunidad nila at imposible daw mangyari.. with regards to the personnel of PAGASA just like the military and police hazardous ang work nila at iyon ay sinumpaan nila.kung sa militar ang kalaban nila mga insurgents at ang kapulisan ay mga kriminalang PAGASA HINDI NILA TATAKBUHAN ANG BAGYO.. .so ilang bagyo na ang dumaan PAGASA personnel will not leave their post.. sa far as their safety meron naman silang contingency plans.. almost all PAGASA stations have roof decks for observation purposes but unfortunately instead of going up she went outside the office and was swallowed by big waves.

  37. it is true that PWEA do not know what is storm surge, storm surge is tidal wave created by strong surface force, wind, opposite of earthquake. If a strong typhoon the estimated tidal wave, in feet, is 1/4 of the typhoon strength. 260 kms per hr/ 4 = 65 feet

  38. jbm10117iceman

    tsk tsk tsk..first t’was Lukrina,i mean Korina,now it’s Failon?what’s happening with ABS-CBN news anchors? be responsible guys and gals please…

  39. Joy Feliciano

    Why is there still discussion about this? Did you all listen to the broadcast kanina? I did. And mabuti pa si Failon and Agustin, maayos ang usapan nila. Well handled by mature people. Nagpaliwanagan at natapos ang usapan nila ng maayos. Nagkaintindihan na nga sila.

    Eh bakit tayo, hindi pa matapos ang iringan?

    Sino ngayon ang problema? Sila o tayo?

  40. Bulbulito Bayagbag

    Ugali na ng nating mga PINOY ang manghusga, manlait, magturo, magreklamo, manisi…
    WALA KASI TAYONG MGA “BAYAG” para harapin ang “KATOTOHANAN” na tayo mismo ang sumisira, hindi lang sa reputasyon, kundisa bansa natin mismo…

  41. Henry Rosella

    C’mon guys ihinto nio na.puro na lng b silipan ng kamalian .wala nman naitutulong yan.ang pinoy nga nman.nangyari na ang nangyari. Harapin

  42. Ikaw Mr. Failon, bakit hindi ka galit kay Kuya Kim na sana nag explain sa iyo kung ano ang storm surge? Eh di may near death experience kayo nung inabutan kayo ng storm surge sa hotel niyo? Malamang nagtago kayo sa mas mataas na lugar kung alam niyo din ang ibig sabihin ng storm surge. Hindi kasi kayo kumuha ng matinong weather forecaster na makaka interpret ng weather forecasts kahit sa simpleng pinoy. Gusto niyo puro weather weather lang.

    Ginusto niyo pa gawing ehemplo ng ka mangmangan ang isang public servant na hindi umalis sa pwesto kahit sa kasagsagan ng storm surge. Dapat nga bigyan siya ng medalya at purihin niyo ng lubusan.

  43. My deepest sympathy to her! Mr. Ted Failon should rectify his insensitive statement or apologize the patriotic team
    of DST/PAGASA.

  44. Hindi na dapat pinapatulan ang mga isyu na ganito dahil wala naman itong naitutulong sa tunay na problema bagkus ay nakakagulo pa.. Masyado kayong balat sibuyas na tamaan ng onte ay magdedemand ng kung anu ano. Listen to yourselves. May pagkukulang ang lahat.. Sa aminin natin at hindi. Wag magmalinis at gamitin ang mga napatay to prove your innocence. Dahil wala sa atin ang nakakaalam na mangyayari ito.. Move on and just help those who are need and stop the bickering!

  45. What Mr. Failon wants to tell us is that PAGASA did not clearly explain what storm surge is. Demographic shows that those areas hit by Yolanda are mostly poor. PAGASA, in coordination with the LGU should explain to the people in local dialect what are the effects of storm surge. And Mr. Failon should never use the PAGASA employee as an example. It is an absurd “general rule” that PAGASA is implementing on not leaving your post even if it is under the threat of tropical cyclone. What would they get in return? A wreath? cash donation? Medals of honor? Peoples lives are worth more than these…

  46. Sympathiser@Pagasa

    naku naman, kung ano o ang biunabato sa kapwa pilipino, di tatagal, magkaaway na rin ng mga pilipino dahl dyan imbes na nakikipag simpatya sa sitwasyon

  47. bakit ganyan ang mga pinoy? mayBumatikos lang na isa sa opinyon ng isang tao..magAagree ang lahat para kasama cla sa bida..titira din..buset!! eh kung tutuusin tama c red eh..taga-PagAsa sya..mas-Alam nya pede mangyari kc signal #4…so may possibilities mawawalan ng kuryente, koneksyon..if thats the case mayMagagawa paba ung empleyado ng pagAsa? wala dba? hindi nasya makakapagDiseminate ng info.. dapat umalis nasya..in the service daw..tapos anu sinu sisisihin? buset!! luma nayan..

  48. Manny Crisostomo

    I think its about time the true colors of ABS CBN News Team specifically Mr. Ted Failon, Korina Sanchez and Noli de Castro come out. These people are so great in exposing various anomalies everywhere but can be immediately silenced by bribe. This is why we have decided to stop watching TV patrol. Not only have they lost their credibility but has sold the trust and confidence of the Filipino people.

  49. Sana ikaw na lang at si korina ang dinala ni yolanda!

  50. Ang pinupunto ni Ted Failon dito ay hindi naipaliwanang ng PAGASA kung ano ang terminong “storm surge”. Kahit nga ang CNN nagulat na hindi naipaliwananag ito. Kung nalaman ng tao kung ano ito eh malamang magsisilikas sila at pati na rin yung personnel ng PAGASA. Hindi na lang kasi tanggapin ng PAGASA ang pagkakamali nila.

  51. Kailangan PABA I define at it among kung ano ang storm surge tinawag na nga super typhoon diba? At declared as signal no. 4 eh wala na sanang issue kung Hindi na lalaki issue kung Hindi na sinisi sang Pag-ssa na Hindi naipaliwanag kung ano sang storm surge pwede ba wagna ma manisi ng japes

    • lagi kaming dinadaanan ng Signal no.4 na typhoon sa Bicol pero di naman kami naka-experience ng storm surge na ganyan, so yes, kailangan talaga i-define at i-EMPHASIZE kung gaano kalakas ang storm surge.

    • lagi kaming dinadaanan ng Signal no.4 na typhoon sa Bicol pero di naman kami naka-experience ng storm surge na ganyan, so yes, kailangan talaga i-define at i-EMPHASIZE kung gaano kalakas ang storm surge.

  52. Kahit pa super typhoon at signal number 4 yan, need po kasi namin magduty kasi kailangan kami makapaghatid ng updated weather info., marami po kasi magtatanong at gustong malaman ang current situation ng bagyo. ito po talaga trabaho namin. LGU na bahala magdisseminate, pero tumutulong din po kami through social media atbp.
    That lady colleague died faithfully doing her job and passionately serving the country.

  53. Wala na pong sisihan…nangyari na ang nangyari at marami na pong buhay ang nawala.Sana ituro rin po sa mga eskwelahan ang pagkakaiba ng daluyong o storm surge , tsunami, amihan, ITCZ at iba pang termino , para pag nagbigay na warning ang PAG-ASA alam na ng mga kababayan natin kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng forecaster.

  54. wow kagagaling ng mga taong to pag nasa internet? eh matanong ko lang,kamusta grades? kala mo kung sinong magagaling, may nalalaman pang “sa experience lang galing ang knowledge ng pagasa ” dre alam mo ba ang wmo? google mu dali. jan ka magaling eh… ang taga pagasa, tao lang hindi diyos.

  55. mansanasniubas

    Obviously…that General Rule of PAGASA did not suffice the urgency of this calamity.. The strength of Yolanda or the Storm Surge should have escalated the ALARM & URGENCY LEVEL TO LEAVE TO ANTICIPATED AREAS to be hit..considering people in PAGASA are expected to have the knowledge & skills regarding the intesity and power of the Storms.. The Name PAGASA COULD’ve save so many lives as the word say so..but now, It DOESN’T PROUDLY IMPLY ANYTHING AT ALL! SO EMBARRASSING TO OTHER NATIONS! WE feel sorry for the loss of another weatherwoman..BUT IN REALITY & COMMONSENSE..EVERYONE SHOULD THINK CONSCIENCIOUSLY NEXT TIME (wish no more)..ONE CANNOT GIVE A VALUABLE CREDIT TO HIS COUNTRYMEN MAINTAINING THE PATRIOTISM(kuno) & CONTINUE CARRYING ON WITH THE SAID GENERAL RULE.. PAGASA’s OVERALL HEAD OFFICIALS SHOULDN’t PROUD THAT AN EMPLOYEE DIED IN SERVICE..! BE IT A LEARNING LESSON TO EVERYONE & CHANGE THE OLD GENERAL RULE! AT ALL COST AND A MATTER of STATE OF EMERGENCY, COMMONSE SHOULD CLICK IN.. URGENTLY EVACUATE THE WILL BE AFFECTED AREAS AND SAVE MANY LIVES!!! (I understand MR. FAILON’s comment.. Oo nga naman, if you REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU’re talking about and YOU GOT THE MASTERY OF THE SUBJECT TO DESERVE THE JOB, THEREFORE.. YOU SHOULDN’t HAVE DIED TOGETHER WITH THE INNOCENT PEOPLE THAT WERE SADLY BEEN VICTIMS OF THE IGNORANCE OF PAGASA OFFICIALS).. Walang sisihan sana pero.. We should treat the problem from where it caused..unfortunately, this time its not technical but HUMAN ERROR & LIABILITIES!! So agonizing and frustrating to watch our kababayans suffering like this!! Us OFW abroad are pouring our hearts to them.!! MR.FAILON.. THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING THE SERVICE! YOU HAVE A GOOD HEART FOR YOUR JOB!! A FATHERLY LOVE FOR YOUR COUNTRY & MOSTLY, YOUR NATIVELAND! MABUHAY KA AT ANG MGA KABABAYAN NATING NAAPEKTUHAN NG UNOS NA ITO AT ANG LAHAT NG MGA PURO ANG PUSO NA MGA VOLUNTEERS..(EXCEPT THE POLITICIANS & THEIR TUTAS).. MAY GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY! LORD, PLS HEAL OUR LAND… AMEN!

  56. Mr. ted Failon bagay nga kayo magkasama ni Ms. Korina…

  57. reynaldo j. castaneda

    Well, Mr Agustin, that policy you are bragging about is exactly the height of stupidity. If personnel were instructed to vacate their post, they might still be alive. You value your equipment more than the lives of your employees. Now, even that precious equipment is gone. Your decision makes you STUPID!

  58. Mr. Ted, I am coming back to get YOU and KORINA. Kawawa naman ang Pinas na dinaanan ko na, may natira pang dalawa tulad nyo. I am coming soon again. See you…..

  59. napanuod ko sa gmanews na si mang Tani ay di nya sinabi kung ano exactly ang storm surge this because ayaw nilang matakot ung mga tao pero diniscribe nila kung ano ang kaya nitong gawin in most understandable way. according to news.

    and to Ted Shut up. get out of your comfort zone nang malaman mo nmn sinasabi mo.

  60. I AGREE WITH MR. TED FAILON!!! Gumagawa na lang ng dahilan ang PAGASA para pagtakpan ang katangahan ng ibang empleyado nila.. ginamit pa nila ung pagkamatay ng isa nilang empleyado.. its either WALANG PUSO ang naginstruct na wag umalis sa post kahit malagay sa peligro ung buhay nung babae or hindi kasi nila tlga alam kung anu kayang idulot ng storm surge..

  61. kumusta na kaya ang kasong pagpaslang sa kanyang asawa, nahuli na kaya?

  62. dpat isuspend dn yn tulad ni korina!iresposible journlists!

  63. Aba. At tila nagkakalat ang dating “mag-kasangga” na si Ted Failon at Korina Sanchez ah. Trabaho nila ang magbigay “komento” o isa ito sa kanilang trabaho, pero kung ganyan lang naman eh, mabuti pa, mag-“suicide” na lang kaya…

    May nagaantay sa iyo brad… Nauna na…

  64. Ano ba mga kababayan….tapos na ang issue….dami pa kayong comment.

    Malamang tayo nga ang problema at hindi si Failon at Agustin. Nag normalize na sila. Kayo hindi pa.

    Tsk, tsk, tsk….

  65. Lord Jesus was a serious commitment on the part of our weather forecasters. Even if they know their own family is danger, they must do their job because a wider community is counting on them. Kudos to our heroes in public service.

  66. silang mga journalist nag-uunahan sa field para mag-report na walang dumarating na relief goods doon. kung nakarating sila doon bakit wala silang dala eh pinangangalandakan nilang marami silang nakuhang mga donations?

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