Put a sock in it Anderson Cooper

The nerve of some foreign journalists who fly over here and complain about relief efforts moving too slow!Filipina track legend Mona Sulaiman practicing for the 1964 Olympics Don’t they know that these tropical islands are renowned the world over for their leisurely pace of life?

Not since Mona Sulaiman won three gold medals at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta has any Pinoy (or Pinay) ever moved so quickly. Now Mr. Anderson Cooper, I understand how you feel about the frustratingly slow pace at which help is getting to the victims of this horrible, horrible typhoon that you foreigners call “Haiyan.” But remember, just because first-class mail in the U.S. goes from one coast to the other in two or three days does not mean the same thing happens here in the Philippines. A first-class letter mailed from one city in Metro Manila to a neighboring city can take two or three weeks—if it even gets there! American broadcast journalist Anderson CooperSo please, make an effort to understand where Pnoy our president and members of his administration are coming from when they say they are moving “fast.”

Besides “fast” is a relative term. What obviously seems glacially slow to you may actually be really speedy to someone else. So for Pnoy and the rest of us Pinoys, this is our “fast” so cut us some slack, okay?

Korina Sanchez is correct when she said you do not know what you are talking about. Although you were reporting from the "trenches" of Tacloban while she was reporting from Metro Manila, inside ABS-CBN’s air-conditioned radio booth—Starbucks latte probably in hand—she is nonetheless a seasoned journalist with years of experience and really knows what she is talking about. Filipina TV news host Korina SanchezAnd if her sterling journalistic credentials aren’t enough, she also happens to be the wife of Mr. Mar Roxas, the current DILG Secretary, and very possibly the next president of these here islands. So tread carefully.

And because she knows her "better half" better than anyone else; what ma'am Korina was trying to get across to you and every foreign journalist covering this disaster is that should Mr. Roxas follow in the  footsteps of illustrious Filipino leaders like Ferdinand Marcos, Joseph Estrada, and Gloria Arroyo, and become president in 2016, you all can rest assured that he would, by then, have a comprehensive plan in place to help the victims of this awful tragedy.

And here’s another historical tidbit for you Mr. Anderson Cooper. Like the Philippines, Mexico was a colony of Spain for hundreds of years. Mexico fought and finally gained its independence from Spain in 1821. 77 years later, General Emilio Aguinaldo declared his short-lived Philippine independence from Spain in 1898. Why did it take us 77 more years to do what Mexico did? Look at it this way Anderson: what’s 77 years in the overall scheme of things anyway? Okay, so maybe we are a little slow getting started—from your perspective. That's because we do things at our own pace over here, and from our perspective we’re already whizzing by at break-neck speed. Peace!

Publisher's note: The above article is a satire lampooning our inability to move quickly. Although it appears to criticize Mr. Anderson Cooper, it is actually critical of Ms. Korina Sanchez and the Philippine government.

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Bob
San Diego CA
Sunday, November 17, 2013
11:42 AM

Modern Equipments/Gadgets is non-existent!!! Only in PH. Three refurbished C-130, and a few Helicopters. Provide helmets, gloves, boots, coverall uniforms to your rescue personnel for their safety. Seems like PH government have not seen modern equipments/gadgets in action until today from foreign nations. Wow, 24 typhoons every year. We have the talents to train pilots, but it take 4 years, not overnight. Why do you give pork to your self-interest senators/congressmen?. This has to stop. Few good leaders in PH please show up. You need to build your infra-structure with international standards. Send your engineers to the U.S. or Europe for extensive technical training. We can do this PH. Urgent solution and action must be taken from a top caliber government leader, if any.


Tonypogi
Monterey Park, CA
Sunday, November 17, 2013
09:21 AM

There is a difference of point of view here. Mr. Anderson Cooper is looking at the trees while Korina Sanchez is viewing the forest. Tacloban wasn't the only place damaged by the typhoon. Guiuan, Samar was the first landfall of Haiyan. But because the LGUs made proper preparation, the number of deaths was low compared to Tacloban even though Guiuan suffered 100% damaged. There was no local leadership in Tacloban, thus few government employees reported after the typhoon.


Charles
Duba, UAE
Sunday, November 17, 2013
07:08 AM

I completely agree with AC. Journalism is about telling what your first hand experience are. Looking at the situation from an outsider point of view is vital to enlighten the general public of that what really is happening. Besides AC have built a reputation of his own from education up to exposure to other nation. and what does Korina have? local distribution of slippers? That's an obvious show of! I rather suggest that Korina confronts AC rather than putting her comments in blind items.


LIZA
USA
Sunday, November 17, 2013
04:24 AM

Thank you Mr. Anderson Cooper for showing the courage and true spirit of the Filipinos. God bless you more.


J A Lopez
San Diego, CA,USA
Saturday, November 16, 2013
09:39 PM

Bottom line, POLITICS, Pres Aquino vs Mayor Romualdez-Leyte owns by Romualdez, Imelda's cousin, sounds familiar, people of Leyte caught in the middle with them playing kids game. Result: slow response, withholding relief, dead bodies on street after 7 days. AC hit it right in the middle, no one is in charge, there is no coordination, AC should have seen Pres Aquino who went public blaming Leyte officials for failure to meet his zero casualty goal.


Ed villas
manila
Saturday, November 16, 2013
07:57 PM

Thank you MR. COOPER for telling/reporting the truth when others had no balls or courage to do so, maybe your reports can help make a change in how the things are done, (in a better way) .


Maligaya
Edmonton
Saturday, November 16, 2013
01:47 PM

PNoy will be judged not for the good economy that the Philippines is now enjoying, nor the crackdown on corrupt government officials, but on how he will handle this devastating calamity. Mr. President, I strongly urge careful thinking, show of compassion, show of leadership and most importantly sensitivity and control on spoken words. Your audience are not only the Filipinos, it's the whole world. EVERYBODY is watching!


Megan Everingham
Elk Grove, CA
Saturday, November 16, 2013
01:47 PM

This satire is just plain stupid! And not helping out in any way. You're stupid for even writing this article. Make yourself useful and help your countrymen or something. Korina Sanchez should be fired for making those remarks, she's a terrible broadcaster.


Megan Everingham
Elk Grove, CA
Saturday, November 16, 2013
01:37 PM

Put a sock on Korina Sanchez's mouth!


Maligaya
Edmonton
Saturday, November 16, 2013
01:26 PM

Is the author of this article for real???!!! Have you seen all the comments on your embarrassing and suck up article? Shame on you!!! How much did they pay you to write like a kindergarten?...oops, sorry kindergarten kids, you're better than this pea brain author.


Ding
California
Saturday, November 16, 2013
12:06 PM

There's what we term "Tool Box" to get the job done efficiently. Unfortunately and admittedly, Philippines is so inadequate in so many ways and many things including military might that's why there's an objective upgrading efforts going on right now which US as an ally is a serious partner and supporting. Please bear in mind that these inadequacies are factors greatly affecting in the way rescue and relief operations were done in the midst of almost impassable many places in Leyte brought about by Typhoon Haiyan. Nonetheless the Philippine Government (the country as a whole) is doing a great job despite the existing limitations. In view of these facts I urge the foreign nationals to please be more sensitive enough against attacking Filipinos. Thank You!


Pinoy ako
pinas
Saturday, November 16, 2013
10:30 AM

I like this satire column. I wonder, who could lead our beloved Philippines to a predicament opposite of this satire, if not Roxas, and definitely not Binay, who can. Wake up Filipinos we need a leader who put the Republic of the Philippines to the present world.


James Dimaculangan
cebu city
Saturday, November 16, 2013
07:11 AM

Pinoy from Canada Canada Friday, November 15, 2013 07:53 PM I AM ASHAMED TO BE A FILIPINO. The actions/behaviour of Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas are typical and normal for Filipinos of the rich and upper class. Unfortunately we are selfish and self-righteous. It is our culture to be this way when we reach the self-proclaimed elite status. I AM ASHAMED TO BE A FILIPINO. ...You are not a Filipino, you are a CANADIAN


james
cebu city
Saturday, November 16, 2013
05:13 AM

Korina is masungit at the back of the stage, that's her reputation sana sinabunutan ni anderson para madala! Kaya nga sa Ormoc pumunta marahil natakot na baka masabunutan. Sa totoo lang puro media lang ang kahandaan ng Pilipinas, I'm proud to be a Filipino but I am not like them (Officials) as the above writer is saying as if we are on vacation when life is at stake, that's the mentality of corrupt officials not the Filipinos


Bob Castillo
San Diego, CA
Friday, November 15, 2013
11:01 PM

This article shows that this country will not progress for me to see in my lifetime. I am totally glued to watching CNN's Anderson Cooper and really in tears seeing in my very own eyes what AC was reporting live. The truth of the matter is very poor leadership from top to bottom in part of the gov't. I suggest the Pres and cabinet attend disaster preparedness class and acquire modern gadgets and equipments. It was really annoying and very surprised how in a world this PNL article is being published taking KS side. I would suggest you remove this crap the soonest you can.


Paul P. Castro
NYC
Friday, November 15, 2013
09:15 PM

Better stop writing satirical articles like this. Your audience does not get it and thinks you're defending Korina Sanchez. Your work is being completely misinterpreted.


Pinoy from Canada
Canada
Friday, November 15, 2013
07:53 PM

I AM ASHAMED TO BE A FILIPINO. The actions/behaviour of Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas are typical and normal for Filipinos of the rich and upper class. Unfortunately we are selfish and self-righteous. It is our culture to be this way when we reach the self-proclaimed elite status. I AM ASHAMED TO BE A FILIPINO.


L. Fesalbon
Canada
Friday, November 15, 2013
06:51 PM

Mr. A. Cooper was right. He was reporting on what he actually saw and he was perfectly right. As one victim said "it was like a hell and needs help now not tomorrow". This implies urgency. Korina Sanchez does not know what's going on because she wasn't there while A. Cooper witnessed the real scenario. Bravo Mr. Cooper. If not for Mr. Cooper, probably until now there is no help yet. Thank you Mr. Cooper for helping Filipinos. You are the BEST. Bravo!!!!!!!!! JUST BEING TRUTHFUL..


batangpasay
CA
Friday, November 15, 2013
06:34 PM

Whoever posted this idiotic column is totally desperate of defending her mam Korina Sanchez. both of you doesn't understand the situation of your same "kalahi" on what they've been through. to the writer of this column, you should put that sock to your own mouth and shut up. you have just put yourself in humiliation.


Julian Felipe
Long Beach, CA
Friday, November 15, 2013
02:24 PM

No amount of words from Korina and her apologists can change this simple fact: Anderson Cooper was reporting first hand FROM Tacloban, Korina was reading someone else's reporting in the comfort of a studio.


Starbucks Latte
Silicon Valley
Friday, November 15, 2013
01:07 PM

Ha ha! Very witty tongue-in-cheek article. Unfortunately, a lot of commenters don't realize that the article is a satire. It appears to be criticizing Anderson Cooper but it is REALLY criticizing Korina Sanchez and the slooooow response of the Philippine government. Well done, well done! LOL!


Ilocandia
Virginia Beach USA
Friday, November 15, 2013
12:02 PM

Whoever wrote this add is so idiotic and moron, Mar Roxas and your mam Korina will be in Malacanyang soon because when election comes Filipinos vote for the candidates na nakikita sa television kahit bobo, Paquiao for example (GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES) isa pang bobo. Let us do some analysis of what Mar Roxas did in Visayan Island, NOTHING but open his mouth. Should he, brought some relief (bottled water) with him during his visit to the disaster area then he could have helped a soul. Where are the Philippine leaderships, Mar Roxas SIR, Deploy your military command and stage Command post, Hospital, Galley, registration of survivors, communication system with satellites, and stage a camp for the people.


As I See It
CebuCity/SD,CA
Friday, November 15, 2013
11:09 AM

The PRO-AQUINO PNL defends Korina Sanchez, "she is nonetheless a seasoned journalist with years of experience and really knows what she is talking about. Filipina TV news host Korina Sanchez. And if her sterling journalistic credentials." My reaction: Sir, what is the caliber of Korina as compared to Anderson Cooper? First, Cooper is a graduate of Political Science from no less than Yale Univ., spent 2 summers as intern of CIA, after his reporting assignment in Burma he went to Hanoi, then he was assigned in Somalia, Bosnia, and Rwanda where he saw for himself the horrors of genocide! SIR, aside from giving slippers to poor kids what other STERLING quality-journalist is your Korina made of as compared to Cooper?


As I See It
CebuCity/SD,CA
Friday, November 15, 2013
10:38 AM

To PNL editor: Three or four days after Yolanda has passed Leyte and Samar there was no government agency visible in these areas to help in whatever capacity! Dead bodies scattered around! A lot survivors died because of NO FOOD NO WATER! Lots of survivors were roaming around either to search for food & water, their missing relatives, or just to walk around like zombies as they don't have nowhere to go. A week later lots of them were able to get the HELL out of Tacloban. Some are now in Cebu & in Manila. In the midst of their misery and hopelessness for sure they are NOT LYING about the true story in Tacloban!


BobbyB
New York
Friday, November 15, 2013
10:14 AM

It's funny that the writer criticizes AC when AC was actually in the trenches and Ms Sanchez was not. Was the writer in the "vicinity" also? I guess not. A reporter reports what he sees and has no political side to this story. What about your writing? Whose political side are you trying to show? People need help there and the Philippine govt has not stepped up ... there is still time so SHOW THE WORLD. Don't just give excuses.


Ilocano from VA
Virginia Beach VA
Friday, November 15, 2013
10:02 AM

SEC MAR ROXAS did not do anything productive. Kahit nakapikit ka with 195 wind go through a city, it will get wipe out. Kahit nagdala man siya ng isang buting tubig, at least nakatulong ng isang tao. Haven’t you heard of HURRICANE CAMEL 1969 in the Gulf of MEXICO? Look, itinataboy ninyo palagi ang mga KANO (American) but we are always there for the rescue. We always have contingency plans every time we come to help. We stage rescue operation, position the Hospital ship for medical mission, provide food and necessities for the people. Mr. President and the house of the senate/congress, do not just seat you ass down and do nothing, Ang ginagawa ng mga politician ay nagpapakita lang sa disaster area pero wala namang action na ginawa.


Ilocano from VA
Virginia Beach VA
Friday, November 15, 2013
10:00 AM

The Philippine Department of Health (Filipino: Kagawaran ng Kalusugan, abbreviated as DOH or KNKL) is the executive department of the Philippine government responsible for ensuring access to basic public health services by all Filipinos through the provision of quality health care and the regulation of all health services and products. What have you done at the victims of the typhoon? Set up a tent like a hospital with health care providers. Dios por santo, matatalino pa naman kayo pero hindi nyo ginagamit ang kaalaman nyo para sa kinbukasan ng bayan.


Ilocano from VA
Virginia Beach VA
Friday, November 15, 2013
09:59 AM

The Department of Budget and Management is responsible for the sound and efficient use of government resources for national development and also as an instrument for the meeting of national socio-economic and political development goals. The current Secretary of Budget and Management is Florencio Abad. He is not doing his job going after the government official who are stealing the people’s money. Do your job Mr. secretary.


Ilocano from VA
Virginia Beach VA
Friday, November 15, 2013
09:58 AM

Department of Defense can establish several Military Mobile Construction battalions, which consist of Engineers and Logistic; a command that includes units of Engineers, Builders, Utility men, Electricians, Mechanics, Transportation and Logistics armed which heavy equipment. In the event of emergency, this units can be mobilized to response such calamities. Secretary of Defense make your move. Hindi yong nagpapayaman ka and waiting for your check..


Ilocano from Virginia
Virginia Beach VA
Friday, November 15, 2013
09:57 AM

All you need to a problem is a solution (NOT ARGUE ABOUT IT), and you have all resources. An Example is the Department of Education is to build a better structure (which can stand a storm of over 70 miles per hour winds) of school class rooms which includes a cafeteria with a kitchen and bathroom (subsidized food for student), stadium (gym, basketball court) with a kitchen, an auditorium (used for lectures, movies, conference) with a kitchen. These additional structures for the school can served as evacuation center in time of calamities. In U.S. of A, we do have all these facilities, and people evacuates to these centers as directed by the local government. Do something I am pretty sure you are not stupid Secretary of Education, SIR.


Ilocano from VA
Virginia Beach VA
Friday, November 15, 2013
09:55 AM

OH PLEASE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD MR. ANDERSON IS CORRECT IT IS A WAKE UP CALL, Mr President (P-NOY) MUST Establish a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and be a part of homeland security. The Philippine constitution is a carbon copy of the Spanish and American constitution and must include this agency to provide emergency assistant to people under such calamities (super typhoon). The Philippine government has nineteen departments whose responsibilities are to promote progress for the future generation. PURO SALITA KULANG SA GAWA. You should have prepared and mobilized your Departments before (first wave of assist) and after the typhoon (second wave). MAHINA KANG LEADER.


As I See It
CebuCity/SD,CA
Friday, November 15, 2013
09:42 AM

2/2 Roxas, right now is acting as the executive secretary, interior secretary, and virtually the vice-president of the Philippines. Roxas has been aiming to be the next president of the PHL, that’s why he is always there, be it, in the scene of an condominium fire, in earthquake-ravaged areas, or in any event or activities that normally belongs to a dept other than interior & local gov’t. And for sure Korina Sanchez has been dreaming to be a First Lady some day. The victims (lots of them have fled to Cebu & Manila) speak of the REAL SCORE!!!


As I See It
CebuCity/SD,CA
Friday, November 15, 2013
09:38 AM

1/2 Anderson Cooper is more credible than Korina Sanchez! Mr. Cooper does not have ulterior motives whatsoever in reporting what he is seeing with his naked eye. He is just reporting what is the REAL SCORE of what’s going on in the calamity area. Whereas Korina Sanchez (needless to say) is working for a Yellow Organization whose aim is to UPLIFT the sagging image of Aquino-Roxas admin.


beaver
Seattle wa
Friday, November 15, 2013
08:22 AM

Wtf.. what was your point! That her husband is going to be the next president, so we shouldn't criticize her? ??? typical Filipino, throwing positions, and ranks just to impress. Lol and your a journalist??? You probably voted for Estrada, right? And not probably the first time, but stupid enough to vote for him the second time... lol I would be surprised if this comment gets posted...lol since I don't see other comment, I'm assuming its being flag and no one is agreeing with you... Lol


Alyssa Rivera
Houston
Friday, November 15, 2013
07:23 AM

Shoutout to Filipino politicians and news anchors *ahem* Korina Sanchez....sit down, move aside and shut up! And just let America and other countries do their thing. Swallow that pride and be lucky that people actually give a damn about the victims and are actually doing something about it instead of doing news reports from air conditioned rooms while others are suffering from dehydration.


Eduardo Santos
Zamboanga City, Phil
Friday, November 15, 2013
02:03 AM

Who wrote this garbage article. Must be Ms. Sanchez family member and equally dumb as a rock. As for Senior Roxas ha, ha, another lazy administrator wishing to be chief of the masses. I would trust any Filipino on the streets of Tacloban over this set of corrupt and stupid people. Someday the Philippines will be a great country thanks to the people and not the politicians.


As I See It
CebuCity/SD,CA
 

CNN's Anderson Cooper hit AQUINO gov't for very slow and DISORGANIZED response!


Juan de la Cruz2
California
 

I think Korina Sanchez was right in her comment on CNN's Anderson Cooper. He was comparing the situation in Fukushima vs This Super typhoon. Yolanda is the strongest recorded storm in history, it covered 600 sq. km of of land and devastation, it involves strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge of the sea, it involves two major cities and several towns. The magnitude of Yolanda can not be compared to Fukushima. Anderson's perspective is coming from a citizen of the richest country in the world and experience in Japan, third richest country in the world.


As I See It
CebuCity/SD,CA
 

PLEASE READ THIS REPORT OF CNN's ANDERSON COOPER re: PNoy's Gov't Failure in Tacloban! Attn: KORINA SANCHEZ of ABS-CBN, you can not disagree with Anderson Cooper. He is in Tacloban personally seeing and experiencing what is going on there while you are inside the comfort zone of the studio in Quezon City. Just because you are the wife of PNoy's cabinet secretary you can not just twist the real score in Tacloban and other parts of Leyte.


As I See It
CebuCity/SD,CA
 

BUCK STOPS with PNOY!!! CNN's Anderson Cooper said “It looks like the end of the world, for many here it was...The people in Tacloban have great dignity and deserve better than what they have gotten. The search and rescue never materialized...there is no real evidence of recovery and relief.” The international group of Doctors Without Borders described the situation as TOTAL CHAOS!


Blumntrit
"Kayo ang boss"
 

Who's in charge Anderson asked? look around you Anderson they are all in-charge doing whatever to move things quickly. Can Pnoy totally be in charge? He's just like their mere kasambahay doing his part and the best he could.


Steve R
California
 

In Fairness, CNN's Anderson Cooper reported what was in front of him and made an honest opinion of what’s beyond. PNoy needed to be graded on his leadership strengths and weakness. Pagasa gave ample warning to PNoy He should have ordered the AFP, Red Cross & DSWD to report their rescue strategic deployment plans before Yolanda ravaged the first town or city. Feeling better after attending a meeting on ways to donate funds for yolanda victims.


JRH
Montreal, Canada
 

Anderson Cooper & Christian Amanpour of CNN reported what they saw & observed on how chaotic, ineffective, & unorganized our gov't agencies operated during this calamity. In spite of Mar Roxas attempt to bring solutions to the humongous task of helping our people the number of the affected is just too high. To say that the president & his selected secretaries (passing the buck) were all caught with their pants down is an understatement. All they can do now is make excuses & make predictions that things will get better but as Pres. Obama admitted "we fumbled" is more right. Our president must try harder. Blaming others will not help & his patch-up approach is not working. It's now a challenge to Pres. Aquino's sarado at baradong daan.


mockingmaya
taft avenue, manila
 

I do believe that Anderson Cooper is an excellent American journalist, who has lifted the veil & exposed the inefficient systems & epidemic-politics of President Aquino's administration that caused the escalating chaos & terror in typhoon devastated areas of Leyte. It appears that President Aquino's unacceptable level of incompetence adumbrates a conception of slow dying of the human spirit: corrupted, enslave, manipulated & indoctrinated. It is a fact that you can't "free the pigs (sophisticated political barbarians---see pork barrel scam) from their piggish contentment" (down to the very instinct).