MANILA, Philippines – As part of his coverage on Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and its aftermath, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper reported on the difficulties and shortcomings of local relief efforts.
“You would expect perhaps to see a feeding center that had been set up 5 days after the storm,” Cooper said. “We haven’t seen that, certainly not in this area. Some food is being brought to people here at the airport, some water being distributed but these are very, very difficult conditions for the people here on the ground and it’s not clear how much longer it can continue like this. Something’s got to give.”
Cooper also tweeted his observations via the account @AC360 as he went around typhoon-ravaged Tacloban – from the lack of proper search-and-rescue missions, to paltry organization on the whole.
Local anchor Korina Sanchez reacted negatively to Cooper’s reporting, and said over her DZMM radio program that Cooper didn’t know what he was talking about.
Apart from being one of the country’s top anchors, Sanchez is also the wife of Mar Roxas, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary. Roxas and DILG officials were in Tacloban, one of the areas hardest hit by the typhoon, to supervise government response.
Below are Cooper’s tweets, as well as netizens’ takes on Sanchez’s reaction. Some of them criticized Sanchez, saying she was biased, while others pointed out that Cooper was more credible since he was reporting from the field. In contrast, Sanchez was dishing out commentary from the comforts of a studio.
What do you think of Sanchez’s response? Let us know in the comments! – Rappler.com