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THE BATTLE FOR TRUTH : Korina Sanchez vs Anderson Cooper

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by the Editors

“SOMEBODY slap Korina Sanchez. Because of her reaction, Anderson had to explain himself for those tweets. He (Cooper) only reported what he saw!” This is just one of the many tweets now flooding social media over the recent exchange between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and local newshen Korina Sanchez concerning the handling of news reports in the wake of super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Cooper was in town as part of CNN’s coverage of typhoon Yolanda. Reporting from Tacloban City on the “difficulties and shortcomings of local relief efforts” Cooper said: “You would expect perhaps to see a feeding center that had been set up five days after the storm. We haven’t seen that 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.”

A lot of things did break from ground zero: reports of a rising death toll and the tales of frustration and desperation of survivors who have resorted to looting and everything else for the sake of survival and self-preservation. There is death and destruction everywhere and Cooper, like other foreign journalists, were simply reporting events as they saw it unfolding from ground zero.

Quick Defense

But here comes Koring Sanchez with the temerity to hit Cooper for his “erroneous reports”. Korina, wife of Interior and Local Secretary Mar Roxas II and ex-flame of President Noynoy Aquino, was quick to give her rebuttal in defense of Mar and the PNoy administration. In her morning radio show “Rated Korina” aired over AM radio dzMM, Wednesday morning, Nov 13, she had a blind item for her listeners describing a “blonde reporter ng CNN” whom she claims are giving reports that are “mali-mali,”. “Mukhang hindi niya alam ang sinasabi niya (It seems he does not know what he is saying),” Korina added.

While Anderson Cooper is definitely not blonde-haired—it was clear that Korina was referring to the CNN newsman, but she did not have the balls to name Cooper outright. Perhaps this was Korina’s interpretation of extending professional courtesy to a comrade journalist.

The exchange did not end there.

Aside from his report in CNN, Copper also posted several tweets via his account @AC360 describing what he sees in Tacloban, which is one of the most affected areas in the Visayas by typhoon Yolanda. Cooper said that there’s no “real evidence of organized recovery” in the area and that the people in Tacloban “deserve better than what they have gotten.”

Anderson, host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360˚ also tweeted “Everywhere you go you find people searching for their lost loved ones” and “Philippine military personnel are cleaning up the area around the airport.. first time we’re seeing this”. And because of Korina’s reactions, Cooper was forced to clarify and explain his statements
The Anderson-Sanchez tiff stirred different reactions from the netizens, but most were irked by the reactions of Korina and her ill-treatment of a fellow journalist. Many who took Cooper’s side said Korina had no right to question Cooper who was reporting on site while she was dishing out commentary from the comforts of a television studio.

Whether a knee-jerk reaction or acting under instructions from Mar, Korina’s reactions served only to magnify the incompetence of the government in handling the crisis. And, to a greater extent, she has made herself a target of the anger of over half a million Filipinos affected by typhoon Yolanda.

To the typhoon-ravaged, Korina is the liar—a puppet of this government and its ploy of dishing out candy-coated lies.

“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,” said one online commentary.

Apparently caving in to the online comments, Korina got on a plane Thursday to report live for ABS-CBN from Ormoc, Leyte. She could have gone to Tacloban to get a full reality check.

Battle for Truth

The Korina Sanchez vs Anderson Cooper affair is just the tip of the ongoing battle for the truth about the real scenario in typhoon ravaged areas. On one side are international journalists reporting on site and on the other are people from Malacanang—including President Aquino—who are giving much rosier updates from a comfortable distance.

While Cooper was reporting from Tacloban City, President Aquino was giving a reassuring report in an interview with Christiane Amapour, aired that very same day also over CNN. Receiving some ambiguous responses from PNoy, Amapour kept his composure and did not press further for proof of progress in the rescue and recovery efforts.

While the President reported that a sense of normalcy has returned to the typhoon-hit areas, Cooper’s live report showing actual footage from the ruins of Tacloban airport painted a far grimmer picture.
It is quite depressing to hear Cooper say that it is not really clear to him who is in charge of the Philippine side of operations as it shows the lack of leadership in a time of crisis. As another reporter from ABC News claims: the Philippine government has become paralized in the face of disaster.

And for a local news anchor like Sanchez to go on the defensive makes matters even stranger for outsiders like Cooper and other foreign observers.

Japan Tsunami

Days after Japan was hit by an earthquake and a tsunami, Cooper and other foreign journalists were also there to report on the ensuing activity after the tragedy.

“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,” Cooper reported then.
At Villamor Airbase, main staging area of the relief flights to the disaster zone, foreign journalists reported that the base seemed to be “operating at half speed” with no real sense of urgency.

The US Marines have swung into action, as expected. But there are only hundreds of them right now and they must first coordinate with the Philippine government before they can swing into action.

The United Nations and other countries are sending relief through the United Nations Food Programme. With the government involved in the pork barrel scandal, reports say that US Marines escorting the UN relief have been instructed to keep government officials and politicians “from touching the relief goods.”
How low can our image as a people get?

Exposing, yet again, the incompetence of the PNoy administration, the people want somebody to turn to in this hour of great need.

If PNoy fails to meet this latest challenge, it may take more than a Korina Sanchez to save his administration.

This Week on OpinYon : SNAKE PIT

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“As expected, powerful forces are now on each other’s throat in what could easily be a warm-up fight for the presidential contest two and a half years from now. But if you think the war is between Malacañang and the opposition, you fail to see deeper into what is happening behind doors in the current pork barrel scandal. The war is now between forces inside Malacañang.” – Miguel Raymundo

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Aunt Tingting vs ‘Digi-President’

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by: Herman Tiu-Laurel
AUNT-IN-LAW of President Benigno Aquino III Magarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, wife of Jose Peping Conjuangco and brother of presidential mother the late Corazon Aquino last Thursday accused Malacañang and its tentacles of committing “electoral fraud” by manipulating the results of the automated 2013 mid-term polls for Team PNoy candidates to win the senatorial race.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis puts in question all the top winners that the vote manipulations installed through the now infamous Smartmatic-PCOS 60-30-10 standard, cross-country pattern for administration, opposition and independent candidates. #OpinYon #opinion #PNoy#TingtingCojuangco

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INCOMPETENT, DISHONEST?

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[by Miguel Raymundo]

THE guessing game is on. Will PNoy finish his term?

The answer to that question is not a dare to impeach him, but also how deep the Filipinos are hurt by an incompetent and dishonest President.

“Impeach me!” President Benigno S. Aquino III dares the people.

This week's OpinYon cover story. Includes old news reports about the alleged Cory wire fraud.
This week’s OpinYon cover story. Includes old news reports about the alleged Cory wire fraud.

Believing in “doctored” surveys, Aquino is confident—and deludes himself that the people love him and his family so much that they can empty with impunity this poor country’s coffers and that still more Filipinos will keep them on the pedestal.

He is likely to lose this dare as the middle class has taken to the streets and is now leading the march to stamp out corruption in government and bring behind bars those who have stolen people’s money. #OpinYon #PNoy #Incompetent #Dishonest#Philippines

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Phony Relationship

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by: Erick San Juan

WHEN former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the East-West center in Hawaii in October 2010, she emphasized three key elements of the US engagement in Asia. The US’s relationship with its allies, their relations with partners across the Asia pacific region and US participation in the region’s multilateral institutions such as the ASEAN, APEC and EAS. (Source: China vs US: Military Conflict in the South China Sea, The World Outline)
Since then, there has been much talk of the mighty Uncle Sam’s return to Asia-Pacific region and even referred to himself (President Barack Obama) as ‘America’s first Pacific President’ without even consulting first his history books of America’s past leaders who deserves the title better.

With so much rhetoric and doublespeak of the real intentions of this pivot to the region, the truth of the matter is, they never left.

“They have maintained a forward military, political and economic presence in Asia as well as Europe since the Second World War. In short, they have pursued a political and economic open door policy underpinned by the ability to project force outside their own western hemisphere.” (Ibid) And in this case, the classic example of what I am trying to emphasize here is the US military presence in the Philippines. #OpinYon #opinion

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Dangerous Times

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By Al Labita

NOT A FEW are alarmed over the danger signs of a creeping political upheaval threatening to cut short President Aquino’s six-year-term in office.

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For one, the “anti-pork “protest movement—the so-called “Million People March”—has snowballed, setting the stage for what could be a prelude to another “people power.”

From Aparri to Jolo, more and more are joining the crusade, the biggest challenge so far to the 53-year-old bachelor president, now in his third year as president of a country known for ousting a leader linked to corruption.

For those in the business sector, they are wary that the current political brouhaha over the pork scam may deteriorate to an Edsa-type revolt.

Though the economy is doing well, history shows that it usually turns ugly whenever the going gets rough in the political scene. #OpinYon #business

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UNUS INSTAR OMNIUM

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by: Francis De Guzman

THE above is Latin, and translated in the English language to mean –“one for all.”

This is seen as the very essence that embodies the ‘soul of democracy’ if it were to be taken in the context of socio-political realities of our times.

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The success of the “million people’s march” as this writer would term the recent turn of events in the country, which was birthed by a unified call to the nation against the excessive evils of corruption that has reached the highest echelons of political power, is but the tip of the iceberg that could hopefully bring about true transformational change.

Based on the final outcome of those tasked to investigate the said “Mother of all Scams” and how the truth and nothing but, will now determine the future course of events for this nation of more than 90 million Filipinos. #OpinYon #opinion

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