Sulpicio Lines has filed suit against PAGASA for erroneous weather forecast and for ""gross negligence and incompetence" in predicting the typhoon's path.
I think this is an important suit and whatever judgement the courts may give, it will give important precedent on how legally liable are providers of scientific services. PAGASA is in the business of providing these meteorological services.
The Palace has given its full support to PAGASA.
I think the lawyers on both sides will have to deal with the word "predict". The legal profession makes money on the "meaning of words" as one SS lawyer once said it in his defence in the DeNazification trials after World War II.
This leads us with some observations. Scientists can only predict to a level of confidence and by convention that is within 5% of the real value. The lawyers will have to argue that PAGASA was within or outside the bounds of this 5%.
Perhaps the case will open the government's and the public's eyes on the importance and role of science in society.
But as one student told me, the question may be asked, Are fortune tellers and feng shui practitioners liable for false predictions?
Science and non-science practitioners. What are the legal consequences of their services?