ANDERSON COOPER IN HIS BROADCAST: MABUHAY! MARAMING SALAMAT FOR SHOWING US HOW TO LIVE! / WE HONOR FILIPINOS' STRENGTH

ALSO: ANDERSON COOPER TO KORINA SANCHEZ: GO TO TACLOBAN, SEE FOR YOURSELF

ALSO: ANDERSON COOPER REPORT IRKS KORINA SANCHEZ (WIFE OF MAR ROXAS)


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TACLOBAN CITY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013 (INQUIRER) CNN broadcast journalist Anderson Cooper thanked the Philippines for “showing the world how to live,” in a broadcast on Saturday morning.

“Mabuhay Philippines. Maraming salamat for showing us all how to live,” Cooper said. Also, he said Filipinos would make it through for they have already survived the test.

Minutes after his live broadcast, Cooper was lauded by netizens.

Celebrity and TV host Bianca Gonzales (@iamsuperbianca) said, “Wow. So Powerful. Thank you.”

Also a tweet from, @paosiops said, “Thank you Anderson Cooper.”

In another tweet, an Overseas Filipino Worker Ella Ectobanez(@Stellaellabella) said, “Filipinos back home are just touchy. I think you’re great at what you do.”

Cooper has been in Tacloban City in Leyte, one of the hardest hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international codename: Haiyan) to report on the disaster and relief efforts by the government and international organizations.

His comments on the slow government response to the calamity drew mixed reactions on social media.

Anderson Cooper: We honor Filipinos’ strength By Julliane Love de Jesus INQUIRER.net 12:10 pm | Friday, November 15th, 2013  

MANILA,Philippines — With his voice choked with emotion, veteran CNN reporter Anderson Cooper said that they honored Filipinos in every broadcast, citing the strength and resiliency of those affected in the areas destroyed by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan).

“Can you imagine the strength it takes living in a shack, to be sleeping on the streets next to the body of your dead children? Can you imagine that strength? I can’t. And I’ve seen that strength day in and day out here in the Philippines and we honor them in every broadcast that we do,” Cooper said in a CNN broadcast Friday morning.

This was in response to President Benigno Aquino III’s appeal to the foreign media to use their role “to uplift the spirits of the Filipino people to find stories of resilience, hope and faith and show the world how strong filipino people are.”

On Thursday, Presidential Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma Jr. read Aquino’s message to the media in a Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas’ (KBP) conference at the Clark Freeport Zone appealing for “greater accuracy in reports.”

“We can all do more, and today, I would like to make an appeal for greater accuracy in reports. In the same way that you have used your media coverage to give this tragedy a very real and human face, and to move others to action, you can also use your role to uplift the spirits of the Filipino people — to find stories of resilience, hope, and faith, and show the world just how strong the Filipino people are,” the President said.

Aquino’s appeal came after his administration was heavily criticized for failing to deliver relief assistance to hundreds of victims, five days after the monster typhoon roared across central Philippines.

But Cooper, who has been covering the disaster in hard-hit Tacloban City, said that they “strive for accuracy.”

“Accuracy is what we strive for. I certainly pray to God that it is a better situation there. Two days ago the President of the Philippines has counseled foreign journalists that they should be accurate in their report. We certainly appreciate that counsel,” the CNN reporter said.

“I would actually say that in every report we’ve shown how strong Filipino people are, the people of Tacloban, Samar, Cebu and all these places where so many have died,” he added.

Before Cooper’s response to Aquino’s call, the CNN reporter enjoined local broadcaster Korina Sanchez to visit Tacloban as he clarified that his report about the lack of relief in Tacloban days after the destructive typhoon merely showed the situation in the city and wasn’t an attack against the government’s capability to mount the operations.

Cooper’s report aired on Wednesday apparently irked Sanchez, wife of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II who is at the forefront of relief operations for victims of the what probably is strongest typhoon ever recorded.

In her early morning radio show, she was quoted as saying: “Itong si Anderson Cooper, sabi wala daw government presence sa Tacloban. Mukhang hindi niya alam ang sinasabi niya. (This Anderson Cooper, he said there was no government presence in Tacloban. It seems he doesn’t know what he is saying.)

In his Friday live broadcast aired at CNN, Cooper lauded the Filipinos for their strength amid the desolation.

“Not just to survive this storm but they’re strong to have survived the aftermath of the storm for a week now with very little food, with very little water, with very little medical attention,” he added.

More than half of the death toll from the supertyphoon and the P4 billion damage to crops andinfrastructure came from the provinces of Leyte and Samar.

Anderson Cooper to Korina Sanchez: Go to Tacloban
By Julliane Love De Jesus INQUIRER.net 10:46 am | Friday, November 15th, 2013

MANILA,Philippines—CNN broadcast journalist Anderson Cooper urged news anchor Korina Sanchez to go to Tacloban, the hardest hit by one of the worst typhoons in history, since she has the means “as she is the wife of the Interior Secretary.”
In a live broadcast on Friday morning, Anderson clarified that his previous reports merely showed the situation in Tacloban as it was and not to attack the government for its lack of presence in the desolate Leyte province.

“I urge her to go there (Tacloban). I’m sure she has the means as she’s the wife of the Interior Secretary. Her husband’s a politician, I’m sure he can arrange her a flight,” said Cooper, referring to Manuel “Mar” Roxas II who is at the forefront of relief operations for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda”.


Korina Sanchez and Anderson Cooper file photos

Cooper’s report aired on Wednesday apparently irked Sanchez. In her early morning radio show, she was quoted as saying: “Itong si Anderson Cooper, sabi wala daw government presence sa Tacloban. Mukhang hindi niya alam ang sinasabi niya. (This Anderson Cooper, he said there was no government presence in Tacloban. It seems he doesn’t know what he is saying.)

But a day after she drew the ire of netizens in social media for criticizing the CNN reporter, Sanchez went to Ormoc, also in Leyte, to make an on-the-spot report in the city, which is about 105 kilometers from Tacloban City.

Recapping his controversial report that Sanchez had criticized, Cooper replayed a clip of his previous CNN report in the Friday broadcast:

“Here’s what I actually said: As for who exactly is in charge of the Philippine side of operation, that is not really clear.

"I am just surprised. I expected on this day five, I thought I may have gotten here very late, that things will be well in hand, it does not seem like that. People are desperate, they do not have any place for shelter, it’s very difficult for people to get food, neighbors are helping out neighbors, water is in short supply, it is a very very bad situation here.”

Cooper also pointed out the lack of medical supplies, food and water in clinics set up at the Tacloban airport.
“I was sure there were clinics several days ago at the airport. The doctors said they did not have enough food, they didn’t have enough water, for the hundreds of people they were seeing every single day, that they did not have enough medical supplies,” he said.

“If any clinic in the entire disaster zone should be able to receive aid quickly and easily, it’s the clinic at the airport and they were not getting it.”

Cooper has been covering the disaster in Tacloban City where Yolanda’s fury was heavily felt as it leveled buildings, smashed homes, toppled trees and posts and killed and injured thousands.

Anderson Cooper’s report irks Korina Sanchez By Totel V. de Jesus INQUIRER.net November 14, 2013 | 4:17 am

MANILA, Philippines—The CNN report on the victims of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” by its acclaimed reporter, Anderson Cooper, drew positive reactions on social media, saying it’s simple portrayal of the aftermath showed the real miserable situation of what was considered “ground zero” of the devastation.

Aired on Wednesday (Manila time), the report had Anderson describing the situation at the Tacloban airport, where many evacuees keep on waiting for relief goods and hoping they could board the military C130 planes to get them out of the city.

The report apparently irked local TV anchor-commentator Korina Sanchez. In her early morning radio show, she was quoted as saying: “Itong si Anderson Cooper, sabi wala daw government presence sa Tacloban. Mukhang hindi niya alam ang sinasabi niya. (This Anderson Cooper, he said there is no government presence in Tacloban. It seems he doesn’t know what he is saying.)

Sanchez reaction was lambasted by netizens, saying she doesn’t have the right to criticize Cooper or his report because she’s only doing an anchor’s job, comfortably in the air-conditioned newsroom. Whereas Cooper is reporting live on the scene.

Others can’t help but associate her being the wife of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who reportedly said to the media that the situation in Tacloban and nearby areas is now under control.

This proved to be contrary to what Cooper had reported the same day.

In the said report, Cooper interviewed a woman he met on the street. A certain Jovelyn Taniego had lost her husband and six children during the storm surge. She was the only one in her family who survived. She has found the bodies of her husband and three of her six children. With no place to bury, she had no choice but to leave them on the ground.

She showed Cooper their rotting corpses she covered with leaves, torn clothes and wood she found on the street as she waits for help. As for her other three children, she told Cooper she’s lost hope in finding them alive.

Asked by Cooper where she’s going to spend the night, Taniego said, “In the street. I [really] don’t know where to go.”
Another victim Cooper interviewed was Juanito Martinez, who lost his wife and two children. Cooper let Martinez use his satellite phone to call his mother in Manila. Martinez cried as he told her what happened to his family.

In a later report, Cooper said it’s already the fifth day after the super typhoon struck Tacloban and he thought he’s already late. He said he expected at least a feeding center where survivors could line up but they are still at a loss where to find the next day’s meal.

Cooper summarized his report with the phase, “Here, misery is beyond meaning.”

In the same day, he tweeted via his official account, Anderson Cooper 360° ‏@AC360:
“Everywhere you go you find people searching for their lost loved ones” @andersoncooper in #Tacloban. #AC360

Among the netizens who reacted was former Makati Representative Teodoro “Teddy” Locsin Jr. i@teddyboylocsin.

Also a noted TV-radio commentator-newspaper columnist-editorial writer, Locsin tweeted: “Good news. Korina said Anderson Cooper does not know what he is talking about. She just guaranteed he will stay for one month.”

In another tweet, Locsin said, “Thank you Anderson Cooper for existing. Without you we would be in dreamland.”


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