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President Benigno Aquino III has downplayed fears that the country is running out of forecasters following the resignation of Nathaniel Servando as chief of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

"Let us not be alarmists. Only five forecasters have left Pag-Asa since 2000. Of the five, three left under my watch, one of whom we removed," Aquino said in an interview aired over state-run Radyo ng Bayan on Thursday.

Servando's predecessor, Graciano Yumul, left last year to join a private company.

Aquino relieved Prisco Nilo as Pag-Asa head over the agency's alleged wrong forecast during the wake of typhoon Basyang.

Aquino said he will also have reports that Pag-Asa employees still do not receive the benefits due them checked.

"I will inquire...I will be shocked, you know, if what is due them has not been given," the President said.

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