CNN’s Anderson Cooper versus Noynoy Aquino on the Typhoon Yolanda situation: like fact versus fiction

There is now an ongoing battle for the truth about the real situation in typhoon-ravaged areas amidst the tragedy that is still unfolding a week after super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left the Philippines. On one side, members of the international media are giving factual reports from the ground at the disaster zone. On the other side are people from Malacanang including President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino who are giving a much rosier update from a cozier distance.

Telling it like it is in Tacloban: CNN's Anderson Cooper
Telling it like it is in Tacloban: CNN’s Anderson Cooper
While CNN journalist Anderson Cooper reporting from Tacloban City observed that he sees “no real evidence of organized recovery or relief” effort coming from the Philippine government where he is at, the same day President BS Aquino was giving a “reassuring” report during an interview with CNN studio reporter Christiane Amanpour that the Philippine government’s relief and rescue operations were well on its way. The President even said, “all national roads have been reopened and most national airports are back to operating levels”.

Amanpour’s professionalism remained commendable despite her receiving some ambiguous responses from BS Aquino. Others would have asked for pictures as proof of the President’s claims, or else it hasn’t happened. In fact, ground reporter Cooper was actually reporting live and showing actual footage from the ruins of Tacloban airport. The picture he showed was grimmer.

Bluffing his way through an interview: President BS Aquino
Bluffing his way through an interview: President BS Aquino
From Cooper’s vantage point, there were hundreds of people sleeping at the airport because there was nowhere for them to go and if one would just walk three blocks away from the airport, there were also people sleeping in makeshift huts or out exposed to rains even lying next to the bodies of their loved ones because these had yet to be picked up. He said there was also very little water and food supply because there was no feeding station, which according to him, was what one would expect after five days. The journalist added that he only heard of talks about the airport being opened again by the US marines but it hadn’t happened yet. He warned that the situation is getting desperate and that sooner or later something is bound to give.

To make matters even stranger for outsiders like Cooper, Filipino news anchor Korina Sanchez who also happens to be the wife of Department of Interior and Local Government secretary, Mar Roxas became defensive and said that Cooper doesn’t know what he is talking about. Sanchez probably thought that her husband’s directing traffic on the streets of Tacloban could be considered a rescue operation. Thank goodness no one takes her seriously nowadays especially since she hasn’t even been to the disaster zone.

Cooper has covered quite a number of disasters overseas and he seemed to be in shock over the lack of real urgency in the Philippine government’s response to the tragedy. To quote:

When I was in Japan, right after the tsunami there two years ago, within a day or two, you had Japanese defense forces going out, carving up cities into grids and going out on foot looking for people, walking through the wreckage. We have not seen that here in any kind of large-scale operation.

It is too sad to hear Cooper say that it is not really clear to him and some of the international troops who exactly is in charge of the Philippine side of operations. The lack of real leadership in times of crises is now becoming obvious to the international community. As one reporter from ABC news claims, the Philippine government has become paralysed in the face of the disaster:

Villeamor Airbase – home of the Philippine Air Force and the main staging area for relief flights to the disaster zone – seems to be operating at half-speed. There is no thrum of activity, no evidence that there’s a real sense of urgency among the Philippine troops here. Every once in a while a civilian car pulls up and unloads a few boxes of goods some neighbors have collected. They put them on the sidewalk and drive away. A little while later, some Filipino troops (or reporters) move them inside. No method. No organization. It’s as if an earthquake hit southern California and Vandenburg or Nellis AFB were quiet and half-populated.

The U.S. Marines have swung into action, certainly. But there are just 215 of them right now, and they must coordinate with the Philippine government. As one high-ranking officer told me here about the host government, “They’re paralyzed.”

An Israeli Foreign Ministry official confirmed that impression privately to me. The Israeli team is here to assess what their country can contribute and where. Over the years, Israel has developed excellent field hospital capabilities that they’ve brought to disasters in Haiti and elsewhere.

But the Israelis, too, need to coordinate with the Philippine government. “When we ask them what they need, they tell us to talk to the Americans,” the official said.

The lack of leadership in the Philippines makes some Filipinos wish that foreign troops could just take over administration of the country forever. The Philippine government has become irrelevant. Members of congress are only good at grandstanding during Senate hearings in the guise of “aiding legislation” that hardly ever result in any significant outcomes.

Hopefully, the deaths of thousands of Filipinos during the super typhoon will not be in vain because this disaster is finally exposing the incompetence of the Aquino government not only to the rest of the Filipino people, but also to the rest of the international community.

Even back in 2011, the Aquino government was already being held accountable for the deaths of over a thousand people in Mindanao during typhoon Sendong. Kabataan party-list Representative Raymond Palatino already highlighted the Aquino government’s refusal to allot funds for disaster preparedness in the 2011 calamity fund. Fast forward to 2013, the Aquino government is certainly even less-prepared and ill-equipped to handle a much bigger disaster than Sendong.

It must be a real mystery to the international community why year after year, the Philippines is never prepared for the arrival of typhoons when in fact, during the interview with CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour, BS Aquino admitted that we get visited by at least 20 typhoons every year. It is as if the Philippine government has become desensitized to the people’s suffering when it comes.

The rest of the interview with BS Aquino was cringe-worthy as expected. Amanpour hardly got a straight answer even when she asked simple questions. When Amanpour asked, “How do you manage to reassure your people?” The President responded as if he was talking to someone stupid:

We have been able to demonstrate as a government and as a people collectively that we take care of each other and that the government’s initial response was reassuring to the vast majority of our people. Our ability to take care of our problems rather quickly…

Should the US military takeover administration of the Philippines?
Should the US military takeover administration of the Philippines?
I can imagine people shaking their heads in disbelief at BS Aquino’s claim that the “government’s initial response was reassuring”. The President doesn’t seem to be in touch with reality because chaotic scenes in video footage and photos being circulated around the world do not show a reassured public. Someone needs to inform BS Aquino that the Filipino public along with the rest of the world are actually worried about those who are starving and going mad with desperation.

In one of her final questions, Amanpour asked how BS Aquino would respond to people who will judge his Presidency on how his government responded to the crisis. His response seemed to trivialize the number of deaths caused by the super typhoon, which he claims is “only” about 2500. He kept emphasising that the government’s efforts to warn the public minimized the casualties and this time, did not include sinking ships:

I think you can ask all the governors of the areas that have been saying that our making them aware the dangers of the typhoon enabled them to move their population from danger areas into safer areas and thereby minimizing casualties. A lot of them with the exception of Leyte province, eastern and western Samar have reported practically of one or two or even zero casualties wherein normally when we have a typhoon, we will also have ships that were travelling that would have sunk casualties in the hundreds, probably merit too much attention. So the knowledge, the geo hazard mapping, the knowledge imparted to all of them enabled them to reduce the risk inherent in all the disasters that visit us.

It was hard to filter out all the bullshit, indeed. One death is one too many. For BS Aquino however, if the number of casualties is less than 10,000, it is an indication that the casualties were minimized and it is thanks to the efforts of his government. Never mind the fact that he is not even basing his statements on any formal statistics.

The battle to find the truth about the true state of the Philippines will continue. Let us hope the international community will not give up on the Filipino people and help win back the Philippines from the lies of the Aquino regime.

[Photo of US military plane courtesy Interaksyon.com.]

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marvin
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Dear mr alexandre cooper pls help philippine for those. Politicians corruption. .. pls

rallion
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Tagalugin mo nalang, pa ingles ingles ka pa e pati ang nakakabasa ng posting mo e mahihirapan sa pagbabasa. Anak ng tinapa!

enough-of-the-aquinos
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enough-of-the-aquinos

@rallion

If you’re referring to marvin…well at least he’s pretty smart in thinking that our government sucks.

Okay lang kahit hindi marurunong mag english at least marunong mag isip!

tery juban
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a government is as good as the electorate itself…the filipinos deserves a government that the have

empoy
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help us to end the all lies and fake reassurance of Mr Pres.Noynoy!

Yan
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So much for the so called “Independence” the PH has been fighting for in its bygone years. Little kid just can’t let go of daddy USA and become a real man.

What are those morons doing in Manila? I sure hope they get caught attending some grand party because that would really bring the house down literally.

Marilyn Lagumbay VALERIO
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Mr.Cooper please,please,please go to Sulangan,Guiuan Estern Samar,coz we dnt have any news about my relatives there,the news team of abs-cbn and GMA they are focus only in the tacloban,how about the other cities or brgy?please help me fine my relatives there Maria”maring”Caberio-Abrajano my aunte,Marshall Caberio Abrajano my cousin,please please fine them,my heartful request..i dnt now f my ingles s correct but i dnt care coz me and my family here are so desperated..if u fine them please give my cp.#tm 09264759717, 09106443386 smart.im hre in Hinundayan Southern Leyte.thank you for reading my message,take care always

enough-of-the-aquinos
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enough-of-the-aquinos

@ Marilyn Lagumbay Valerio

You and your family will be in my prayers. Gob bless you.

enough-of-the-aquinos
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enough-of-the-aquinos

@ Marilyn Lagumbay Valerio

You and your family will be in my prayers. God bless you.

tang na inahit...
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pesteng yawa talaga ang governemnt nang pilipinas…. walang mga pinag aralan and walang mga commonsence… puro kase kurakot ang nasa isip eh… mga Gago……. bakit hinde mag triage and prioritize,\. Nasan na yong mga health officials and mga city officials na dapat nag handa na bago pa nang yari and bagyo? didnt they have any plan on what to do ater the typhoon? i know… probably not… kase maybe they didn’t have enough money and resources to plan ahead of tim… mga pusang gala kayo.. mga bobo.. puro pera ang pinapa asal,,,,tang inahit tagalaga… i will go back to the… Read more »
Violeta
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thank you tang inahit…I could have said it better. I’m with you 100%

empoy
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they just a whole load of Shit…!

Lily
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Everything but the death penalty… You kin of went a little overboard there. I agree as well with the other stuff you said though. Strangely enough, the Philippines trains and educates more nurses than any other country in the world. At least, that how it seems based on the amount of nurses I’ve seen at international hospitals. So they’re are fully capable intelligent people in this country who can be activated to help in the ravaged provinces. I think that it is up to the Filipinos to take it upon themselves to organize and help where they can. You have… Read more »
kenkoy bakulaw
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Problema dyan pre.. kahit ano pang hiyaw gawin ng pinoy online.. wala pa rin pake yang mga yan.. kahit mamatay lahat ng tao sa leyte at samar dahil sa gutom o sakit la pa rin pakialam yang mga yan.. pusta ako iniisip nila mababawasan na ang botong bibilhin sa susunod na eleksyon..

Beauty
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Very well said kenkoy bakulaw

enough-of-the-aquinos
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enough-of-the-aquinos

hahahahahahahhahaha…that was entertaining! I feel your frustration…feel na feel ko!

EMMY
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To all Countries,,

Note : OUR COUNTRY PHILIPPINES IS THE #1 CORRUPT IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. WE KNOW YOU ALL WOULD LIKE TO HELP US,, IT IS GOOD THAT YOU MEET DIRECTLY TO THE VICTIMS.
DO NOT GIVE YOUR MONEY TO OUR GOVERNMENT BECAUSE EVEN US FILIPINO’S DOESN’T TRUST THEM ANY MORE..

josh
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the Phil. Government,..i dont know how Pres. Aquino see the situation right now in tacloban…but one thing for sure many of our fellow filipino is starving and asking help in the Phil. government…
many countries are helping right now to give relief goods and help,..think about it if other countries doesnt help,what will happen…
the Phil. government should double their action,are they enjoying what is happening to our fellow filipino in tacloban city?…act fast Government…

michelle
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Mr Cooper!!! Pls help Filipinos to fir

done
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tamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…..

Flora Downing
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It is really shame to see the President in the Philippines didn’t show any compassion to the Tacloban people. He came only in one place but what about the other provinces in Busuanga and other remote areas that lost their lives, too. Isn’t a president should be a leader of the country and not a coward. He should watch his own people, by giving them immediate needs. Where was he? he just disappeared for how many days and never showed. The President has no leadership and no concern. He doesn’t know what to do. I hope and pray Mr. Benigno… Read more »
done
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you are right flora downining… indeed, inutile president…

jeng
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that’s why his name is BS Aquino, full of BULLSHIT!!!!!!

empoy
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Truck Load of Shit kamo

Jane Doe
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It goes to show how Noynoy is. People are now seeing his true colors and how cruel he can be. He’s just plain coward and irresponsible. He’s incompetent and yet people voted for him. It’s sad that the president isn’t doing anything for his country and all he does is sit.

yawn
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Aquno qualifies for having Narcissistic Personaltiy Disorder One of the most important symptoms of pathological narcissism (the Narcissistic Personality Disorder) is grandiosity. Grandiose fantasies (megalomaniac delusions of grandeur) permeate every aspect of the narcissist’s personality. They are the reason that the narcissist feels entitled to special treatment which is typically incommensurate with his real accomplishments. The Grandiosity Gap is the abyss between the narcissist’s self-image (as reified by his False Self) and reality. narcissists have no loyalties, no values, no doctrines, no beliefs, no affiliations, and no convictions. Their only constraint is their addiction to human attention, positive or negative.… Read more »
Sanzo
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Delusions of grandeur..yup. that sums it up.

He probably fails to differentiate 2D from 3D as well. lol.

Jane Doe
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You said it better than I ever did.

Also narcissist doesn’t have any compassion. All they care about is themselves and they tend to pity themselves. Noynoy didn’t show any compassion for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

They are childish and infantile. Noynoy is an example of this.

Narcissist also are dead inside… meaning that they are frozen in a certain age. Noynoy acts like a child whenever he’s faced with criticism.

domo
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Hindi nya alam ang pinagsasabi nya kamo? Typical dumb pinoy mindset from what she said. Anderson Cooper already saw what is really wrong on Tacloban because he was actually there all the time while koring here is just sitting her ass in dzmm at Quezon city with the aircon towards her bitching stupid BS. Ang hirap kasi sa karamihan ng local media parang akala mo mga showbiz personality sila. And if those dumb flips still mark him as evil only because he’s a foreigner, then what do you call him letting a victim use his satellite phone to call that… Read more »
TDL
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Aquino Assasination – Marcos Conspiracy (past)

President BS Aquino – Mrs. Imelda Marcos hometown (Tacloban City)
(present)

Ignorance – Payback

joeld
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It has been more than 2 decades and they could not prove any connection that FM had Ninoy assassinated.

While BS Aquino and Tacloban, that is more clear cut. Although I think even if other cities/places are involved, they would still be as incompetent as they are now.

dennis mendoza
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and your point with regards to the marcoses? People are useless when only the mouth is moving… the red cross need help packing goods.

domo
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And now you’re changing the subject with that marcos is evil BS of yours. You’re listening too much of your aquino-cojuanco mafias propaganda you noytard.

april rham
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hey how much have you donated anyway,, can you give us back all our tax money? so you can have the right to tell us what to do. idiot. hang yourself with your worshipped yellow ribbon.

JAMES
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Mr Anderson, I’m a filipino and I believe in you.. I don’t believe what our politicians are telling, most of them are only thinking what or how to benefit from all of this…

ray
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time of corrupt filipino politician

joeld
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After all this, if BS Aquino is really that confindent in his leadership, I challenge him to conduct snap elections, no fiesta campaigning, just no BS plain and simple election, and forget the Hocus PCOS, Comelec and BS survey. Just the Filipinos counting.

We need a new leader, not just the executive but all levels, we need a complete overhaul.

BS Aquino has humiliated us too many times, while the rest of the Philippines is suffering.

I say, stone him to death, including all the rest of his greedy KKKK.

done
Guest

i agreeeeeeee…

lee
Guest

agree also.

genar
Guest

and Me as well

dennis mendoza
Guest

tumulong nalang kayo!

WinterSoldier
Guest

Alright, tutulong kami. And then… WHAT? Gusto mo ganito na lang palagi? The current status quo is more important to you than accepting the need for things to change?

Tumulong ka na lang MAG-ISA. TBH, I can do BOTH at the same time. Ugh. -_-

Berlin
Guest

it’s the sign of the times, these super storms. it will happen to them or someone they care about. and this is how they want the government to respond. wow!

tery juban
Guest

dont ask what your deserving government can do for you,but ask yourself what you can do to your good government,simply because the filipino electorate deserves the kind of government that they have.,..

april rham
Guest

that what im waiting for. wala na akong nakitang matinong presidente. pero ngayon lang sa tanang buhay ko,, kung magkakaron ng rally, ngayon lang ako sasama. hindi lang corrupt government ang meron ngayon, inutil government pa.

tom
Guest

He is a puppet of the ruling class. He will be removed when they get tired of him. Then they will push to get Binay in there if they can have influence.

It was done that way when they got tired of Estrada. That was a bloodless coup but it really showed that you are not a constitutional republic and when the tide changes the rats run fast to another ship.

Nic Cruz
Guest

Sanchez doesn’t know that she’s talking about. I’ve got colleagues who are there in ground zero – some of them victims, some of them went there to do relief operations – and they will agree with what Anderson Cooper had said.

I would be surprised if she ever goes to Tacloban. Jessica Soho would (she did go to Afghanistan) but Sanchez? Nah. Highly doubt it if that prissy woman can bear even a whiff of the stench of death.

joeld
Guest

May pangarap kasi yan maging first lady e.

lee
Guest

yeh yeh yeh…..

estrellita cuenco
Guest

the money sent to help victims may land on the pockets of the politicians & family. Mr Cooper thanks for your help. please look after where the money goes. most financial aids from abroad get distributed among corrupt officials.Pls don’t leave the Philippines so ehere would be one at least true news. and perhaps to tract the cash. Thank you mr.Cooper, God bless you.

Rowe Aquino
Guest

Please, make sure that money donations from various countries will be used to build houses, schools hospitals, roads and livelyhoods for all the victims of typhoon. Don’t let the politicians gets involved to any recovery plan..please!!! It should go to the most needy not those greedy and corrupt politicians in the Philippines.

Felix R. Velacruz
Guest

Four to five days passed and I have a nephew named Erwin Velacruz who could not be contacted by his family in Manila. Family in Manila is too poor to go to Tacloban to search for them. Could Mr. Cooper help trace for my nephew? We can’t rely on the government.

michelle
Guest

Mr Cooper, Thank you! Pls help the Filipino people to get president Aquino to resign!

lynannaliza
Guest

dumb

lisa aquino
Guest

mr anderson.the truth is now visible….

michelle
Guest

Thank you Mr Cooper!!! Pls help us to get President Aquino to resign.

Charles Conley
Guest

Well one can not trust a CIA asset like Copper.

joeld
Guest

He’s got photos/videos of the situation in Tacloban, and he is there, physically. Are you saying it is all BS just because he is, as you say CIA asset? What is your point? Is BS Aquino telling the truth then from hundreds of kilometers away?

dennis mendoza
Guest

nagbigay ka na ba?

WinterSoldier
Guest

Please don’t use that as a diversion.

TROLLFAG. -_-

domo
Guest

Nagpapalusot ka pa e indiot.

WinterSoldier
Guest

TROLL. 😀

domo
Guest

Your loopholes will never work noytard. We already know what is really going on.

Raphael
Guest

BS Aquino = BullShit Aquino

ChinoF
Member

You have to prove he’s a CIA asset. Mere speculation doesn’t count.

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