Aquino raps media for ‘erroneous’ Ruby reports

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OUT OF HARM’S WAY Fishermen carry their outrigger to higher ground in Legazpi City in Albay on Friday to keep it out of reach of any storm surge that Typhoon Ruby might generate. AFP Photo

OUT OF HARM’S WAY
Fishermen carry their outrigger to higher ground in Legazpi City in Albay on Friday to keep it out of reach of any storm surge that Typhoon Ruby might generate. AFP Photo

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday chided media for what he said were wrong reports on Super Typhoon Ruby (international codename: Hagupit), and likening it to last year’s reporting on Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Speaking at a forum in Pasay City (Metro Manila), Aquino reminded the media of their “capacity to shape discourse, agenda and the priorities of both government and society.”

“On Tuesday, Secretary Mario Montejo of our DOST [Department of Science and Technology] informed me that Ruby’s estimated strength would be somewhere in the neighborhood of about 140 kilometers per hour, bringing with it heavy rains if it makes landfall, expectedly on Sunday. Let us remember now that Yolanda’s maximum winds based on some reports were pegged at about 300 kph,” the President said.

“On Wednesday, one of our major dailies headlined Ruby as ‘Yolanda-like.’ We all know that the paper had to be printed on Tuesday, and thus the information that the report was based [on]must have come from Tuesday’s information,” he added.


The Philippine Daily Inquirer carried a banner story using the same term on Wednesday .

The President said he was “concerned with such a statement,” but said “up until yesterday at the NDRRMC [National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council] briefing, there was no indication or official analysis predicting that Ruby would be Yolanda-like in strength.”

“At best, if Ruby struck, its strength would be more comparable to Pablo,” he said.
Super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan), which struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, was the strongest storm on record to hit land. It left more than 6,000 people dead and thousands more missing.

“One has to ask: What was the basis of such speculation, and don’t we all agree that in reporting, we must always get the facts right, the angle right, and the news right, if we are to truly inform our people?” the President said.

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3 Comments

  1. Ang weather ay talagang ganon. Paweather-weather lang. In short, a weather forecast is subject to change from time to time. It is dictated upon by the surrounding, condition of the seas, wind velocity and direction, land formation, lunar conditions. temperature of surrounding areas. Even weather forecasters in other countries cannot be expected to give accurate forecast. That is why it is called weather forecast. Hula-hula na may ilang scientific evidence that is not complete. Mediamen will only report what they gathered from the weather forecasters. Do not blame media for reporting only the information that they gathered. Weather forecasting is not an exact science.

  2. Yolanda should serve as a lesson for this administration to be sensitive to what Pagasa would forecast and shld not take any typhoon lightly ever. It is already known that Philippines will always be prone to 20 or more typhoon every year due to its geographical locations and to blame the media has no place at all. besides it is the gov’t responsibility to provide safety for all Filipinos at all costs anytime it comes.If there were billions of pesos being wasted by many lawmakers for personal enrichment , the victims are more entitled to receive all forms of assistance be it food , shelter and medical help

  3. Vicente Penetrante on

    Mr. Right wants everybody to be always right, including predicting of the weather. Weather Forecasting Companies must always agree. The storm path cannot change.
    Or else?