The way I see it, Nilo Prisco's sacking as PAGASA director due to wrong weather forecasts smells like Mr. Prisco is being a fall guy for the general unpreparedness of the government in dealing with typhoons.
Even if forecasts are accurate, do you think the government wil do better? Does it mean that if a typhoon is to strike North Luzun, Metro Manila will just lay back and continue its own carefreee way?
Typhoon Basyang was fast moving, catching weather forecasters by surprise. Even the JWTC eariler forecasts which we sustpect is also used by PAGASA was wrong. To remind the reader here is are pictures of track forecasts in July 12 and July 13.
and our blog post on Basyang: . Did the U.S. Military in the Pacific sack their meteorologists? Hell no!
We hope that this sacking of the poor Nilo Prisco is not a harbinger of a dark side Noy's presidency. We are glad though that Prisco was not fired from the government but transferred to DOST to become a director of Special Studies.
If Noy is sincere, he should also fire Engineers from DPWH for the instant flooding of Metro Manila when ordinary (not typhoons) rain is dumped in sudden downpours due to the moonson. This wil be more deserved.