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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Aquino sacks Pagasa chief (5:01 p.m.)

MANILA -- President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Friday ordered the dismissal of Prisco Nilo as administrator of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Aquino decided to sack Nilo due to inaccurate predictions of typhoon particularly during the onslaught of Typhoon Basyang.

He said he was dismayed that the weather bureau failed to explain why the typhoon hit Metro Manila without warning from them.

Aquino announced his decision during a dialogue with the media.

“There will be a new Pagasa head. DOST (Department of Science and Technology) will announce it. He will come from the Ceso pool. An undersecretary will be designated in an acting capacity," he said.

The Agham Party-list immediately questioned the removal of Nilo, saying that replacing Nilo is not a remedy for Pagasa to become accurate in their forecast citing limited resources of weather systems. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex

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