Salceda hits PAGASA for ‘faulty’ reporting


Posted at May 09 2011 04:29 PM | Updated as of May 10 2011 12:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Albay Governor Joey Salceda attacked the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) for its slipshod reporting of the track of tropical storm Bebeng.

He said PAGASA already knows the tropical storm will grow even stronger, but it only raised alert level in Albay to signal 2 late Saturday. The province reported 4 casualties, and several more missing.

Salceda said the weather bureau had convinced itself the storm will not anymore grow stronger. He noted the residents still relies on PAGASA when it comes to advisories.

Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul defended PAGASA, however.

He said the weather bureau was not wanting in disclosing its reports.

“May 5 ng 11 in the evening, nagbigay na tayo ng signal. As a matter of fact, pati yung pag-ulan kahapon sa Metro Manila, as early as Saturday, sinabi na natin na uulan ng Linggo," Yumul said. – with reports from Thea Omelan in Albay and Willard Cheng in Manila.