Sanchez said, : “Itong si Anderson Cooper, sabi wala daw government presence sa Tacloban. Mukhang hindi niya alam ang sinasabi niya.” Immediately, Sanchez commentaries became a hot topic on social media sites, something that Cooper was not about to slip by, Cooper on his part made a statement about the issue.
Cooper also challenged Korina to come to Tacloban City to see for herself, he said, “Miss Sanchez is welcome to go there (Tacloban City) and I would urge her to go there. I don’t know if she has, but her husband is the interior minister and I’m sure she can arrange a flight,” he added.
Korina Sanchez happened to be the wife of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas, one of the key officials in the relief efforts conducted by the Philippine Government.
Netizens favored Cooper to his reporting and thanked CNN and other foreign media’s that covered the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, because of them there will be no immediate relief and efforts globally to the survivor.
Since Sanchez is a known personality in the country, she taught she could shape the mind of her fellow kababayans to deny Coopers report. But the whole nation sympathy belongs to the CNN anchor, first he was on the ground zero of the devastation, he reported live several times after the typhoon hit Tacloban, he has pictured the suffering and cries of the survivors who asks for the presence of the government, second he has no objective to neither become bias, against nor favour the government, he has no direct connection and reason to denounce Aquino’s administration.
We Filipino people should thank Cooper indeed, not just foreign but all the local media who are doing everything for us to become connected to the affected people of Tacloban and the Visayan region. Media’s presence served as a wakeup call for the government to double their relief and recovery effort.
Media also connect families together, media outfits opened their airwaves for announcements and plea from the survivors, for their loved ones to know that they are alive and really needs help.
Media is really the voice of the people, it serves as the eye that see, the ears that hear and the voice of the unheard, in situation like this, media practitioners must exempt themselves from any unnecessary commentaries that could not help, but protects one party.