Geraldine Uy Wong : Help me get this to Anderson Cooper

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Anderson_Cooper_and_Geraldine_Uy_WongAnderson Cooper, I Also Saw What You Saw . . .

Mr. Anderson Cooper, I want to thank you for reporting on the miserable conditions that you saw when you covered the Tacloban calamity scene 5 days after the typhoon. Your report came out on Tuesday, the day I was herding our relatives to the airport to finally get out of Tacloban. A day before, I was able to board the relief cargo plane of Air 21 Express from Manila to Tacloban when I was given the chance, getting there on Monday noon, and immediately I set out looking for my family members. On the way to the city, I saw what you saw, countless dead bodies strewn on the ground in various stages of decomposition, extensive destruction everywhere I looked, injured people walking on the streets looking like zombies – hungry, confused, desperate. The stench of death permeated all around us and sent chills down my spine. Countless times as our vehicle moved down the road, we were stopped by people in the streets begging for food. The roads were only passable by one lane, and along the way, I saw officers of the BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection) manually remove the dead bodies, along with the unbelievably massive amount of debris scattered all around. Because of this, what would normally take 40 minutes or less to traverse became an agonizing 2 hour ride. I saw what you saw, Anderson, and it angered me as much as it did you. I was also heartbroken, for this is the place where I spent some of the most wonderful summers of my childhood. I vowed to myself that I would speak up about the government’s incompetence as soon as I got out. If I ever get out. . .

I arrived at the city hall tent as was part of my plan, because when I was still in Manila, I did hear that there was a command post of the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) where we can get celphone signals and internet connection. From there, I was supposed to make some inquiries before I would set out on foot to look for my relatives’ houses. It was while I was there that I saw with my own eyes how this government agency led by its head, Secretary Dinky Soliman, tirelessly and heroically worked almost 24/7 to immediately bring relief not only to the city of Tacloban but also to the outlying municipalities and towns that were affected by this calamity. I could not even begin to grasp the massive amount of work that needed to be done. I wanted to know why the government action seemed to be excruciatingly slow, but I couldn’t stay around long enough because my mission there was to find my relatives, and I did not want to be distracted. Thankfully, thankfully, I found them in two separate locations. They were cooped up in their houses, whispering in the dark, afraid to attract criminal elements that were reported to be going around looting. They could not believe I was there right before their eyes, and it was the first time in so long that they had a glimmer of hope that they would be rescued. We hastily fled their houses in the middle of the night, I placed all of them in one location, and then I went back to the city hall because it was a strategic point where I could get the proper celphone signals and stay connected to the outside world. I made some frenzied phone calls to my family in Manila, and it was from them that I found out that Cebu Pacific Air was offering humanitarian flights beginning Tuesday morning! All systems were in place for our eventual escape, and all I could do was pray to God that my plan would go on smoothly. After I instructed my cousin to look for 2 vehicles that could transport all 16 of us the next day to the airport, I decided to stay in the city hall overnight so that I could still keep in touch with my family in Manila. It was critical that I get all the assistance from the outside world so I could strategize better. Oh, how I proved now more than ever that communication or the lack of it could be one of the determinants for life and death!

As much as I was staying around for the rest of the night, I started going around to ask the officials why things are what they are. These are what I found out:

1. After the typhoon struck on the first day (Friday), the whole world lost track of the areas hit by the calamity. ZERO COMMUNICATION! It was even said that satellites could not locate Tacloban, Leyte, and Samar from the map, as if they were totally erased from the face of the earth. Unlike the tsunami event that hit Japan, where they were still connected to the outside world, Tacloban, Leyte, and Samar were shut out. How can we even begin to help them? And so, even as the magnitude of this calamity is being identified as similar to Japan’s tsunami event, circumstances were totally different. It was only the next day that we heard from Ted Failon of ABS-CBN what happened, and as the world watched in shock, it was then that we began to realize the massive destruction that hit this part of the country. This generalized cut of link to the outside world was to continue for the next 3 days, until Globe Telecoms was able to slowly bring back some of the signals on the 4th day.

2. Unlike the tsunami that happened in Japan where their airport was not affected, supertyphoon Yolanda destroyed the airport, which was just beside a big body of water. I need not say more, for CNN did cover the airport scene. All equipment, radar, watch tower destroyed. Absolutely no electricity. With that, Tacloban was even more cut off from the outside world. Nobody could either come in or go out. No relief to be brought in, no means of transportation for the national leaders to arrive with, no means of escape for the suffering people . It was only on Sunday, or the 3rd day since the typhoon hit, that the airport had a generator to make it operational, because Air 21, a Philippine cargo company, took it upon themselves to bring some much needed generators to make the airport operational. And that is how the airplane of the Philippine president and the first few government C130’s was able to land in the airport. 3rd day served as the first day when things just started to move. And lest I be taken to task for mentioning the benevolence of Air 21, yes, I admit that this was the same cargo plane that I took to be able to get to Tacloban on Monday, but it is precisely because I heard that the company was one of the first to offer humanitarian help gratis to the government that made me act to get quickly hooked up with the owners of the company and be able to hitch a ride.

3. The super typhoon decimated a big part of the population that so many people are still missing and unaccounted for to this day, and the rest who survived were either maimed and injured, were grieving for the loss of a loved one, struggling to cope with the tragedy that befell upon them, or simply looking for ways to take care of what remained of their family. In other words, everyone was a victim. And who are these people? These were the soldiers, police, red cross staff, social welfare staff, airport staff, bureau of fire protection (BFP) people, nurses, doctors, even the officials like the mayor and vice-mayor! And so if we look at things in this perspective, we begin to realize why there were no military and police to protect the people in the first few days, no staffers to repack or distribute relief goods, no BFP personnel to take care of clearing up the roads filled with dead people; in other words, there was hardly anyone there to put order into things as they were all victims themselves. I found out from one of the officials I spoke with that the people who came in much later to fill those places were flown in from Manila or pulled out from the other nearby towns that were not as badly affected. And so, those BFP people I saw clearing the road on Monday, the soldiers who were helping to slowly put order into the place, the red cross staffers who tried to address the health concerns of the victims, and even the DSWD staffers who were being deployed to evacuation centers and relief centers to distribute food and water, were mostly imports and volunteers from other places, and they were only able to start streaming in on the 3rd or 4th day! Therefore, the lack of manpower was not due to a lack of preparation but because of the unexpected loss or absence of these people who were supposed to be the government’s frontrunners!

4. And of course, let’s not forget that logistics is the lifestream of relief operations, but how could logistics have been tapped properly this time around when all roads were practically closed, nearly all means of transportation were destroyed, and if there were any remaining vehicle to move around with, either the key could not be found or there was not enough fuel! Even the ships could not dock on Tacloban shores, because the Coast Guard could not risk inviting another naval disaster seeing that the bodies of water were littered with debris. Is all this due to an ill-planned disaster preparation? I don’t think so. For after all, we have heard that the warehouses filled with food and rice in preparation for the typhoon were all soaked with water, the fuel depots were flooded, and even the evacuation centers where the residents were filled into, precisely to prepare for the coming supertyphoon, practically served as the death chamber of these same people. In our language, the fact that these people were properly evacuated and the government had food stocks stored is enough proof that the government prepared for this. But then again, this was no ordinary typhoon. In fact supertyphoon Yolanda is now being called the worst typhoon in the WORLD’S history.

These are only a few of the major points – not to justify, but rather to rationalize and logically explain why things happened as they did. To put things into their proper perspective. If America, which was hit by Hurricane Katrina, a far tamer weather disturbance in comparison to Supertyphoon Yolanda, struggled as well for several days and weeks to cope with the disaster, with then Pres. Bush earning the ire of your countrymen, how in the world could we expect that the Philippines, a much poorer country with very meager resources compared to the massive resources of a superpower country like yours, be able to miraculously stand up on its feet just a few days after this magnitude of a disaster? Even the spokesperson of the United Nations admits that they are really struggling to cope with the efforts to distribute help in this present situation.

And so I write you, Anderson, to let you know that at this time, when our country is at its darkest moment, Filipinos need to rally for each and every one of our countrymen as well as for our leaders. We hear that our government officials like Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, Mar Roxas, and Dinky Soliman arrived at Tacloban a day before the supertyphoon was to hit the place, meeting it head-on. And even as they struggle with their work and commit lapses along the way, we see that our leaders are doing the best that they could under the present circumstances. I still hope that you do your part to report on the truth and cry out in disgust if you find the conditions detestable. We appreciate what you and Andrew Stevens and the rest of the media are doing, because it keeps our leaders on their toes as they know that the whole world is watching them.

And even as we grieve, we are immensely grateful and overwhelmed with the help, support, and love that the whole world has sent our way. As I write this, it is the 7th day since the disaster struck, and now we see more and more people able to escape out of Tacloban. We did our own escape on Tuesday through Cebu Pacific Air, the airline that was the first to offer humanitarian flights for evacuees, with absolutely no charge! More and more roads are opened up for transportation, buses and trucks are filing in to bring relief, as well as to bring the people out. Same goes for the military ships which can now dock on ports. More and more people are given relief distributions, and doctors and paramedics from all over the world are able to come in to set up their medical missions. The ten choppers brought in by the USS warship was an immense boost to ease the logistical nightmare we have initially encountered, with just 3 government C130’s for use in the first few days. The UK, Australia, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Hungary, Singapore, UAE, and many other countries sent in valuable equipment and transportation aside from aid. And I’m sure it’s hard not to notice, but practically all the citizens of this country contributed in his or her own way to ease the pain of our fellow Filipinos. Corporations readily offered their products, services, and facilities for use in this whole national operation. Our bayanihan (helping each other) spirit is a source of great pride! All told, we expect the sufferings to ease up a little, but it would be ignorant to say that we expect all things to be well. Tacloban, Samar, and Leyte will never be the same again. Our country will never be the same again. But if there is one thing that we have learned, it is this: we need to bring back the lost trust of the people with our government. For the longest time, we have been ruled with corruption and greed. Even to this day, we continue to suffer the effects of these evil thieves in our government. I wish they had been the ones swept up by the storm surge and thrown back into the seas. But not all are rotten tomatoes. I hope that Filipinos will now learn how to choose their leaders. It is time for the Filipino to stand as a nation and be strong again.

Anderson Cooper, after all this is done, please do not forget our country. If you have the time, I invite you to go around the other parts of the country which you will find to be extremely good-looking, and you will also find out that the Filipinos are some of the most wonderful and kind-hearted people in the world. Aside from this, I would also request that you and your colleagues do the following:

1. Please please please do whatever you can to make sure that the immense aid in CASH that we have been receiving and continue to receive, rightfully go to the rehabilitation of the devastated areas and not to the pockets of the corrupt few. Along the way, you might want to do a prize-winning documentary on the corruption problems of our country. On this, you will do well to be introduced to Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago to get most of your resource materials. With her by your side, your job will be half-done and I assure you an immensely enjoyable experience in her company.

2. Because you are Anderson Cooper, a well-respected veteran journalist who the world listens to, we ask you to please help the cause of our Philippine Climate Change Commission negotiator Naderev Sano for concrete steps to halt global warming. It is global warming and climate change that cause these disasters to happen, and the Philippines is said to be one of the countries most greatly impacted by this. We have suffered for so long, how long will we suffer more?

3. Anderson, can I also ask you to commend and show the pictures of our brave men and women as they perform their tasks, just as you show the ineptness and slow response of our officials to the current situation? Just to be fair to both sides and create an equal balance into the picture. The last thing we want is to see our dedicated volunteers lose their morale.

4. Lastly, I ask that someday, when the time is right, and the country has hopefully risen up from this fall, please come back and show the world that this time we did right. If that day does not come, I will be the first to get out of the Philippines and declare it a banana republic forever.

Anderson Cooper, for all that you and your colleagues do, we salute you! Please help our country as we struggle to be a strong nation at last. Thank you.

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167 thoughts on “Geraldine Uy Wong : Help me get this to Anderson Cooper

    • November 16, 2013 at 11:14 pm
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      Ano ka ba, maganda and sinulat niya at ganyan ang sasabihin mo. Ang katulad mo dahilan kaya di umaasenso ang Philippines. Be more appreciative of what others are trying to do for our country.

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      • November 17, 2013 at 8:36 am
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        Baka hindi nya naintindihan, ENGLISH kase. Hindi nman na ssummarize ang thoughts dba? Para kang gobyerno natin, makitid at limited ang pagiisip, kaya ka nahihirapan icomprehend ito. Look for an interpreter para itagalog syo. Kahit naman hindi ganito kahaba ang sinabi ni Geraldine, hindi mo ba nababalitaan? hindi mo ba napapanood? Worldwide po yung issue.

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      • November 17, 2013 at 11:27 am
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        i agree we as filipino lack of patriotism just like what anderson comment. That shows what some filipinos now a days. Ms Wong- thank you for the letter and i still trust our government.

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      • November 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm
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        I did not see anything wrong with Geraldine’s article. I believe it. She was on Ground Zero hersef as well just like Anderson Cooper. It was a very positive and wanted to show the other side of the coin so to speak. Huwag naman laitin. I like AC very much and appreciate his honesty and accuracy in reporting the truth. But I let us not close our minds to hearing the other side of it. Let us not denigrate our own to the rest of the world. May ginawa din naman silang tama. Sino ba sainyo ang nandoon mismo sa Tacloban or Leyte. Alam ba ninyo ang lahat ng details and situation. May pagkukulang oo, but those in charge also tried their best.

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      • November 21, 2013 at 7:20 am
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        Eh Ano brother hindi marunong bumasa yan, kaya hindi nya maintindihan?

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      • December 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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        Hindi ba ang katulad mo din na naninisi ng kapwa Pilipino kung bakit di umuunlad ang Pilipanas and dahilan kung bkait?

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    • November 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm
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      that’s all you can comment? what’s your point??

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    • November 17, 2013 at 12:09 am
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      Sama ng ugali mo. Hindi ka lang tamad, mapintas pa. Masyado ngang marami tayong kababayan na katulad mo kaya hindi tayo umaasenso. Sa totoo lang hindi dapat ‘kababayan’ ang itawag sa iyo, kundi ‘kababuyan’. Alis diyan!

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      • November 17, 2013 at 9:29 am
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        What I can say is you people are so insensitive and immature. I, like her, have family living in Eastern Samar which was left ruined by the typhoon; and, completely understood why she had to write this. I cannot wish these things to happen to your family so you can experience what we feel. Instead of bashing her, look at this as a turning point for a change and to let everybody in our national government wake up from their shock state. As of late, I only see the local government desperately working for aid.

        We are NOT in a war. We are in a calamity. This is the time to show what we Filipinos are proud of. Compassion. Help each other rather than bash on people that have something concrete to say. I rest my case.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 4:09 am
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      hahahaha ditto

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    • November 17, 2013 at 8:19 am
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      This is the reason why our country remain poor. It is because of lazy people like you, change begins from ourselves

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    • November 17, 2013 at 8:25 am
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      kung d mo naintindihan ang message huwag ka na lang mag comment pinapakita mo lang ang kakulangan mo sa pag iintindi. …salamat po miss uy. you just put the message across for the whole world. to know. well said po. Mabuhay po kayo! huwag niyo na pong pansjnin ang mga epals…

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    • November 17, 2013 at 8:28 am
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      kung d mo naintindihan ang message huwag ka na lang mag comment pinapakita mo lang ang kakulangan mo sa pag iintindi. …salamat po miss uy. you just put the message across for the whole world. to know. well said po. Mabuhay po kayo! huwag niyo na pong pansjnin ang mga epals…

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    • November 17, 2013 at 9:48 am
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      The writer has the literary writing talent, the patriotism, and unbiased observations. She did not attack any one, not even Cooper Anderson, She gave suggestions to media men to be fair in reporting not only the bad and the ugly but also the beautiful in our country.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 10:28 am
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      Maganda ang minsahe niya PERO IKAW ADERSON ANG TAMAD MO MAG BASA.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 11:00 am
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      Eh ang haba naman talaga. Pls summarize, or break into two essays, too many topics. If you submitted this to a newspaper editor this will just end up in the trash bin.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 11:29 am
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      References to support the claims in this letter please… Just to create an unbiased letter :)

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    • November 17, 2013 at 11:39 am
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      Take time to read it. It’s worth reading. Well said. Whoever you are, you are brave. You did it for the love of your relative. You are very resourceful. God Bless you and your family.

      adela

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  • November 16, 2013 at 6:29 pm
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    Hey Geraldine, though you have mentioned perfectly clear how much help Mr Cooper has given shedding light in somewhat darker days bestowed by nature onto us, I somewhat disagree in some major points, ok let me say it, reckless writing. You were there, but you didn’t have mud in your face when you were there, not a speck. I could profile you as being a bit “up” in life. You must have enough resources to pull your family out of Tacloban on a chartered plane, leaving behind countless people in dire need of basic resource like water. I could profile you as having been raised with a silver spoon in your mouth. You are an elitist and a coward. Where were you when we all learned the shit has hit the fan? Your were miles away and left Tacloban for dead, with your family. You hid under your mantle of disillusion and self-centeredness. You could have stayed there and helped any way you can just like the countless volunteers who are there right now getting dirty with it. You are selfish, taking care only of your own family, and nver mentioned any help you did but the people who helped. You could have gone back and offered help pick up rubbish rather than spend time aplenty writing rubbish. The government failed, collectively we all failed. full stop! Learn from it and move on as we all will do, hand-in-hand. Sorry Inday, it will not be me who will forward this open letter of yours. This goes directly onto my anus and flushed down the drain. God has forsaken us because of scums like you.

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    • November 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm
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      Dickie, attack the issues she raised not the person that she is. I agree that our government failed us in ways other than this, but stop thinking of things that could drag our hopes down because it would be the last thing we should be doing right now. Kapit lang tayo, malalagpasan din natin ito na buo pa rin ang pagka-Pilipino.

      Thank you.

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    • November 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm
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      Well said! Hypocrite!

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    • November 16, 2013 at 10:00 pm
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      And I suppose YOU were there? No, of course not. Because if you were, you wouldn’t have the time to write cruel, illogical comments one after another just to make it look as if there are so many people supporting you in your stilted view. If you were, you wouldn’t call out a victim’s family member because she did her best in placing her family out of danger. You wouldn’t call it self-centered for the victims to leave the devastation left by Yolanda nor tag as cowards their families who help in their evacuation. That is what the victims want to do- what right do you have to judge them? where was she when the shit hit the fan? She was in manila, but her family was there experiencing first hand the typhoon’s wrath. She immediately, voluntarily went to Tacloban, distressed over her family and over the place her family calls home. You have obviously no idea what she and the typhoon victims and their families went through. She’s self-centered because she didn’t mention helping out anyone outside her family. What logic. For all you know, she could have contributed a lot in the relief operations. For sure, she did a lot more than sit comfortably in front of a computer and make heartless, ignorant criticisms.

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    • November 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm
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      Wow, who is this “God” you are talking about that has forsaken us because of scums? What a cruel God have you seen in Him!!! From what I know, He loves us no matter what! He even died on the cross for all mankind, every human being, bad or good…so why would you say that He has forsaken us because of scums you’re talking about? I think you’re the one doing a reckless writing here.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 12:17 am
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      I just have to react. How crude and ungentlemanly. An uncalled for personal attack on a person who had very valid points and only meant well. Your post reflects more on the kind of person you are than on Ms. Wong.

      And scum is never pluralized into ‘scums’. Pa-inglis-inglis pa, mali naman.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 12:50 am
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      I agree with u. Cooper interviewed 2 other CNN reporters who were there the day before and after tge typhoon, respectively. as well as one WHO member. ppl who stayed throughout the disaster. they went to other areas aside from the city center and can attest to the fiasco. I was born in E.Samar and grew up in Tacloban. mercifully, i wasn’t there during the typhoon but my family and friends were. And i have both family and friends and Waraynons in general giving me a picture of the devastation and horror in the area detailing the violence and the ineptness of the govt with regards to relief efforts and restoring peace and order. incidentally, i was also in Japan during the tsunami. And i can say that that the scale of the horror is comparable. And just because japan was a first world country did not made it less worse for them. during the first few days after the tsunami struck, they were using primitive tools like sticks to dig out deas bodies and find survivors. it was also a place hard to reach and there was a nuclear plant nearby on the brink of meltdown. so pls stop making excuses for our govt because of logistics and inaccessibility. These does nkt exonerate our govt and excuse them from the fact that they were useless. that u would go out of ur way to ask ppl to give this msg to explain our incompetencies to a reporter who was giving his unbiased observation is unconscionable. that u would base everything just on the observations u got from tacloban w/o seeing what was happening to the rest of leyte and samar is reckless. And Cebu Pacifics flights weren’t free. they were charging people 2500 a pop.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 5:09 am
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      She just hit and run in Tacloban to save her family not even lend her hands for help and yet she has thousand of words to say about what’s going on thr like ..she saw it all! she’s too arrogant for me .:)Mr.Cooper.only say what he saw i believe him. coz me ,you , every filipino know how those people of authority deal with this kind of disaster ..they’re slow as hell! or dont even care ! look at Binay he’s croonies are busy imprinting his name in every plastic of food supplies knowing that the victims are dying of hunger!! 6 days past but dead bodies are still lying on the street !

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    • November 17, 2013 at 5:33 am
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      BEST REPLY EVER!!! Hahaha…. Well said, well done. Your writing is more realistic! I love it!

      I did not finish reading, because it’s TOO long and boring. She tried to make it too dramatic, obviously bias to her friend who owns the plane. Another embarassment to Filipinos. Friend ni Korina. Just say thank you for Mr. Cooper for showing the world what really happened in Tacloban day 5. No sugarcoating!

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    • November 17, 2013 at 7:37 am
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      To Geraldine Uy Wong : A very lengthy and tedious letter will only distract Anderson Cooper from his assignment which I’m certain, professional broadcast journalists have objectives and protocols to follow. Please, please, please BE INFORMED that a media person’s goal is to “inform” the masses. Next, you are identifying and dragging names of these politicians i.e. Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago whereas to help Anderson Cooper with him in doing his job. Lastly, I find it ironic that you and some of the Filipinos have been comparing our disaster management with what happened in Japan when you are are simply excusing the “unpreparedness by comparison” which actually negates your own opinion. Sorry, you subjected yourself to criticism. But this lacks conviction and such flowery and extensive appeals and opinions bored me to death. I nod my head on some of your viewpoints but overall, your letter simply justifies our government’s flaws.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 7:55 am
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      It is clearly written in the WORD>>>>

      (Deuteronomy 31:6) “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
      (Psalms 37:28) For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off”

      THIS IS THE GOD THAT I KNOW WHO NEVER FORSAKE HIS CREATIONS BUT FOR SOME REASONS OR PURPOSE THIS TRAGEDY HIT OUR BELOVED COUNTRY; for this is what the bible says:

      “Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand. “(Proverbs 19: 21)
      “But for this very purpose have I let you live, that I might show you My power, and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth.”( Exodus 9: 16);
      “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”(Jeremiah 29: 11);
      “Let this same attitude and purpose and mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5)

      AND THIS IS THE PROMISE TO THOSE WHO HAVE EARS THAT COULD HEAR…
      ” if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”( 2 Chronicles7:14 ).

      May the Filipinos learn from this tragedy & live according to their purposes in their lives in this temporary world….for…”While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” ( 2 Corinthians 4:18 )

      GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES!!!!!

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    • November 17, 2013 at 8:21 am
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      Hey Dickie… ang bastos mo… you owe this woman an apology. Your anus? Shit, i should stick a bottle of coke into it you loud mouth asshole. Who are you supporting? Binay? Korina?

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    • November 17, 2013 at 8:42 am
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      Dickie> how about you ? where were you ? were you able to go to tacloban and stayed behind to help with the relief operations?

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    • November 17, 2013 at 9:53 am
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      Failure of government to deliver right message

      Sending the right message to the right recipient at the right time is what effective communication is all about. In a calamity scenario with the magnitude of Super Typhoon Yolanda effective communication or the lack of it is a matter of life or death. In the recent disaster that hit the Visayas the lack of it caused the massive loss of lives.
      What should have been the right message? Weather monitoring stations all over the world were tracking with precision the growth and movement of Typhoon Yolanda with its international name, Haiyan. Satellite photos showed its perfect eye reaching unprecedented velocities topping previous records like those of the famous Hurricane Katrina that wrought similar destruction and chaos in the US. Every weatherman worth his salt knew Typhoon Yolanda was going to write history for its unmatched destructive power. This was streaming in the internet, carried by news networks all over the world and trended in social media. There was no way the country’s leaders could have missed that. They didn’t but sadly failed to send the right message.
      The destruction of property was inevitable and that could not have been prevented by whatever warnings you gave. Zero casualty target would have been a baseless bravado if you understood what was coming. Even the extent of the storm surge that might be generated was well predicted on real time by storm trackers and scientists but apparently our national and local leaders were incapable of determining its approximate impact on the country’s populated shorelines. The country’s much ballyhooed Project Noah turned out to be good only for conference presentation but was still far from being able to provide data accurate enough to tell and convince people in Tacloban City with its peculiar shoreline configuration that can amplify incoming waves to stay away from the sea as much as possible because the passing monstrous storm eye was not only blowing sea water to shores but also sucking sea level up. Even those who could have constituted the quick response contingents to keep order in the aftermath of the super typhoon were not spared. It was reported that almost all the 983 members of the Eastern Visayas police force based in Palo, Leyte were declared missing after a 15-meter-high storm surge hit their headquarters at the height of Super Typhoon Yolanda last Friday. There was no way the right message could have been given before the landfall. Or was there?
      Assuming there was a lot of unpredictable outcome of Typhoon Yolanda because it was something unprecedented, the right message could have contained precisely that – unpredictable despite its known destructive power based on standard scales. This message should have scrambled the national government into full mobilization days before landfall. True there was very little time but still enough to assemble, equip and preposition AFP personnel for quicker dispatch to secure ravaged areas. Communication systems were still working for all areas at that time. President Aquino in his live address to the people before the landfall made the assurance that this was done. If that could not be done at least with the country’s armed forces in times like that then we were doomed from the start. His list of sea, air and land assets was impressive. But it turned out many lives were lost during the landfall but more were lost because the government failed to secure the ravaged areas on time. One report said soldiers were not promptly dispatched for lack of food provision! The eventual loss of communication with the affected areas finally ended sending any usable message at all.

      How I really appreciate now the radio communication system with standby battery power installed by the Pampanga provincial government in every municipalty. Other provinces have them. When the power grids in the Visayas were destroyed communication with the far flung villages were cut. This was not something new. The usual storms that hit the country routinely toppled power posts and cut lines. No disaster preparedness plan could ignore alternative communication systems as a major concern. The national government should have checked that religiously for every area. It has the mechanism to do that. It was simple common sense or was that really hard to comprehend in a kind of governance where unloading moral rhetoric is not matched by unloading right logistics and plus guidelines. Now they get mad at CNN and other networks for reporting that there was chaos in the disaster areas five days after landfall. That was total absence of effective communication by the national government and it appeared for all the world to see that its disaster preparedness plans were not so prepared after all.

      Restoration of power in some affected areas would take months or even more than a year to complete. Consequently communication in these areas will continue to be a problem. One report said that the standby power units of the PCOS machines will be lent and that was one bright idea that was never incorporated into the contingency plans for the worst scenario of disasters. These power units can sustain enough communication hours to coordinate assistance to disaster areas where grid power is out.
      The biggest communication fallback that people and even major aid agencies resorted to was social media. It established communication with people that could channel through various means messages meant for rescuers and those waiting to be rescued, for relief givers and those needing relief, for those looking for missing persons and those found, for verifying reports and debunking rumors, for lambasting government shortcomings and for keeping the people’s hopes.

      Imagine yourself with your family without roofs on your head, without water and food, with dead bodies lying not far from you and not even a candle to allow you to see others in the pitch-dark night then you will know exactly what message to send. In the absence of any material means it is only your distressed mind and your grieving heart that could send your signals to God. And for those whose desperation for survival is all that they had left the message ultimately was expressed through junking all civility and even taking the law into their own hands. It took surreal photos and videos of looting and violence posted on social media for the national government to get the right message – things were not moving fast enough. Government was being outdone in mass communication and beaten to a pulp in the competition for delivering the right messages to the right recipients at the right time.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 10:11 am
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      Hey Dickie,

      It was clear that her motive was to save her family. She did not conceal that. Did you read the whole article? Did you understand it at all? The point is – there are indeed lapses with how the situation is being handled but we should not be focusing on that. We should also look at the reasons behind that and most specially the efforts being done to better the situation because there are certainly efforts being done. This is not the time to find fault on anyone like what you are doing for Geraldine. What we need now are words of encouragement, not whines and distraction like what you are saying. If Geraldine did not go back to help, how about you? What have you done so far to help instead of just attacking people?

      You said God has forsaken “us” so that makes it clear you are also a Filipino. Who are you to judge and claim what God has done because of people like Geraldine? I wonder if you realized you sound like a dickhead… If you think we are God-forsaken, I think BABANGON PA RIN ANG PILIPINAS no matter what you you think because there are still far more Filipinos who think right and positive. Don’t be a shame to the Filipino people. You can still change your way of thinking.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 11:06 am
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      Just because the author went in a pulled her family out, doesnt mean she’s “elitist and cowardly”. She actually did the people a favor by reducing the number of needy people on the island. If you’ve ever smelled rotting corpses day in and out, you would know what a horrible demoralizing factor that is. Plain and simple, humanitarian work is not everyone’s cup of tea. And I suggest you rethink your religion, because the typhoon was not God’s fault. Typhoons occur naturally. If it was God’s wrath vented upon mankind, then he would have done a better job on the body count.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 11:21 am
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      idiot comment. She can’t save all of them, faggot! A dick-like, yellow-race mentality like you together with your elected BS Aquino (no-balls) president, that’s we are doomed! Piti ka ron

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      • November 17, 2013 at 11:49 am
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        I mean I agree with what Dickie wrote…..Geraldine is 100% WRONG!

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    • November 17, 2013 at 11:47 am
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      Status Update
      By Geraldine Uy Wong
      MY MESSAGE TO ALL:

      1. I would like to thank all the people who shared my letter – I never imagined that it would reach so many people all over the world! I received messages from so many people in the Philippines and from different countries that I cannot possibly process all of them for the moment, but rest assured that I will go through each one and reply back. For now, I want to assure everyone that my family and I are safe and trying to recover from the trauma. Thank you for all your messages of concern and support. Please continue to share that earlier message because our fellow Filipinos need to know the real situation and learn to trust the government. The world also needs to know that we are not the type of people who will just sit down while our brothers and sisters are dying. The government is doing its best but it acknowledges its limitations and the need for outside help. The magnitude of this problem is unimaginable but things are getting better day by day.

      2. No, I am not a Malacanang asset, nor am I a fictional figment of Presidential Spokesperson Ricky Carandang’s spinning machine. I do not know anybody from Malacanang on a personal level. I only see them on TV. Likewise, I am not a member of the Cojuangco or Aquino clan. I prefer to stay silent most of the time but here and now, I am declaring these things to stop the malicious messages going around. I have decided to open my facebook account for everyone to scrutinize me, at the risk of my family’s safety and security, so the world may know that I am a legitimate person with a real story. I have given up my privacy and it was a difficult decision but I had to do what I had to do.

      3. MOST IMPORTANTLY, as I now appreciate the importance of social media and I am beginning to embrace the reality that I am in the position to help in my own way since my messages are being shared everywhere, I write you again today, November 16, to ask you to help the DSWD look for VEHICLES and TRUCKS to deliver relief to the far-flung Visayas areas outside of Tacloban and the main towns. Mr. Bert Lina of Air 21 Express has selflessly dedicated all his planes to the government ever since the typhoon happened in order to bring gensets, important communications equipment, medicines , doctors, and relief goods to Cebu, Tacloban, and the other remote areas. His planes were also spread out to bring around DSWD heads and staff to wherever they needed to go. His magnanimous contribution has been very critical from the beginning until now and in the days to come. Even the warehouse of Air 21 near the airport in Manila and the Air 21 warehouse in Cebu is now dedicated for use in processing the relief that are being brought in from DSWD. But just today, the Civil Aviation has announced that air space will now be restricted to Tacloban and Cebu so the Air 21 planes can only land in these 2 main areas. They are now unable to land in the other smaller remote towns. Civil Aviation wants the airspace to be freed up for use by the C130’s and military choppers. The enormous amount of relief we have sent will remain useless until it is sent out to the rightful destination. Presently, there are military and volunteer trucks that pick up and deliver the relief that are brought in by the C130’s and Air 21’s planes, but these are not enough! In this light, I ask you to share this message once again to as many people as you can, in the hope that people in the nearby areas like Bicol, Ormoc, Samar, Calbayog, Catbalogan, and other areas who have available vehicles, preferably trucks, to please coordinate with me where they can pick up the relief (either Cebu or Tacloban airport), and to bring these relief to the areas designated by the DSWD. These are the relief that have come in from Manila, the relief that we all continue to repack and process as of today, in various DSWD-designated areas Metro-Manila wide. Tacloban is almost depleted of these kinds of vehicles and most have run out of fuel. We are trying to tap private companies who are willing to lend their vehicles for a day or two, as well as those who have already gone out to bring relief from Manila to Visayas. If you are there now, and you are about to come home with empty trucks, especially those that are not bringing home evacuees, and if you can read this message, please pm me at my facebook account and give me your celfone number. I will be the one to contact you. To my friends who have my mobile number, please call me or my husband Ferdie, or any of my family members so that I can call you back. I call on all the Filipino-Chinese community to help out in this endeavor. If you know of any relatives in the area who have the resources, and they were spared from the wrath of the typhoon, please contact them because their help is so much needed. God has allowed me to come back safely, and here on safe grounds, I will try my best to be the conduit for all.

      Henceforth, I will use this account to shout out for anything else that is needed as soon as I get the call for help from the DSWD and DOH that I have reached out to in the past few days.

      To my countrymen, the next few days will be crucial in our national operations to help the survivors of this disaster. We are called by our country and our God to HELP! May God bless us all! Please share.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm
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      Wong made a lot valid points up there in terms of the level of efficiency of the government and I appreciate her optimism with them as well. You claim that she was being self-centered going to Tacloban to help her family there escape. How is this being self-centered? How is it self-centered to risk your life to save other people? Yes, she may have fled after getting her family members safe but can you blame if she wanted to take care of her family members back in Manila? We don’t have an idea with what she did with her time after posting this blog. She could have helped out by packing relief goods, or assisted Red Cross, we don’t know. We can’t judge her person. She was just really expressing herself and she wasn’t even doing it in bad taste.

      Let’s just refrain from pulling each other down in this time of darkness. We’re all just trying to help out in our own way. I hope that in some way, you are, too.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm
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    by the way, i’m from PNoy’s camp. Keep it a secret.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm
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    please stop this non-sense. You have time to write such a long story. Use your time to act and help instead.

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    • November 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm
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      And I suppose YOU were there? No, of course not. Because if you were, you wouldn’t have the time to write cruel, illogical comments one after another just to make it look as if there are so many people supporting you in your stilted view. If you were, you wouldn’t call out a victim’s family member because she did her best in placing her family out of danger. You wouldn’t call it self-centered for the victims to leave the devastation left by Yolanda nor tag as cowards their families who help in their evacuation. That is what the victims want to do- what right do you have to judge them? where was she when the shit hit the fan? She was in manila, but her family was there experiencing first hand the typhoon’s wrath. She immediately, voluntarily went to Tacloban, distressed over her family and over the place her family calls home. You have obviously no idea what she and the typhoon victims and their families went through. She’s self-centered because she didn’t mention helping out anyone outside her family. What logic. For all you know, she could have contributed a lot in the relief operations. For sure, she did a lot more than sit comfortably in front of a computer and make heartless, ignorant criticisms.

      PS. yes, it’s the same reply I gave to the comment above, because I’m sure I’m replying to the same person. I won’t make the same move to the other comments which are obviously from the same author, too, because I hope this makes my point.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 7:25 pm
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    yeah right! geraldine, papansin ka na naman.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm
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    stop this non-sense. You have time to write such a long story. You should have used it in acting and helping instead. Geraldine, you are showing your yellow color. Be real.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 12:03 am
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      Kung may time nga kayo magreklamo sa gobyerno at magreply sa post nya, bakit wala din ba siyang karapatan isulat ang opinyon at nararamdaman nya. Baka hindi mo lang alam na marami na siyang natulungan sa relief operations pagkatapos nilang bumalik ng Manila. Kelangan ba 24 hours siyang nasa relief center at wala nang oras para magsulat ng mensahe nya. Nakakapang init kayo ng ulo! Kaya di umaasenso ang Pilipinas dahil marami kayong self righteous!

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  • November 16, 2013 at 8:21 pm
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    5 Things Why You Want Anderson to See Your Post:

    1. To refute his claims that there were inadequacies in the way the government handled the disaster in Tacloban.
    2. To point out that his way of reporting demoralizes the morale of volunteers and the Filipino people in general.
    3. To order him to be a watchdog on how the cash donations will be spent since you believe corrupt officials will only squander the money.
    4. To remind him that since “he is a well-respected veteran journalist the world listens to”, can he just help the Cause of the Philippines Climate change as well.
    5. To gloat that you were there so you know what you’re talking about unlike some who were not there at all.

    For me, i don’t think it would serve any purpose at all….he’s right. Let’s just move on.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 8:49 am
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      LESSONs learned, Prior to the downfall of Super Typhoon, announcement has been made how prepared the government is. The route will it passes has been tracked down. Please review the announcement.. My point of view is, if you are the Bosing, right after the Typhoon stops, whether my comunikasyon o wala, dapat nagparonda ka na agad kung ano na nangyari sa dinaanan nya, Why wait for somebody to report. Why wait for how many days to act. Now after a week, you will start seeing political leaders roaming around. Pangising ng kunsensya ang ginawa ni Mister Cooper. Bato bato sa langit tamaan wag magagalit.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 9:28 am
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      You forgot number 6 : Product placement for ABS-CBN, Air 21, Cebu Pacific and various government agencies.

      While I admire some parts of the report, I can’t help but think this is more self serving than anything. Notice how many times she used “I” in here story.

      This is patronizing at its worst.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm
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      i totally agree with you!

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  • November 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm
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    Ms. Uy, please stop trying to educate these foreigners who came to our country to Help, ok. It’s irritating. They’re not dumb, and dont try to make them feel they dont know much. Please, it’s embarrassing. They came to help. Just be grateful.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 2:24 am
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      Nakakahiyta naman at nahiya ka sa mga foreigners. Sa kapwa Pilipino mo kaya may hiya ka? Myla Galicia?

      “They’re not dumb” so ibig sabihin Bobo ang mga PIlipino? that foreigners are always right?

      Halatang walang pagmamahal sa Pilipinas, kung gusto mo nang pagbabago tumakbo ka sa gobyerno at baguhin ito. nakakahiya naman kasi puro ka reklamo

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      • November 17, 2013 at 5:55 am
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        Hahahaha! :p Sobra talaga ang paghanga sa mga foreigners…

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      • November 17, 2013 at 7:10 am
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        Bakita naman tayo mahihiya sa kapwa Pilipino kung ginagawa naman nating ang tungkulin natin bilang isang Pinoy at bilang tao? Di ba ang mga namununo ang dapat mahiya sa atin?

        Mukhang ikaw naman yata ang nagsasabing bobo ang mga Pilipino. Hindi natin sinasabi na ang mga foreigners ay palaging tama pero sa panahon na nagbabalita ang isang Anderson Cooper, nanduon siya sa nangyayari. Kung palanuorin mo ulit ang kanyang report, ibinalita lang naman niya kung ano ang nakita niya. Wala siya sinabi na ang gubyerno na ipinaglalaban mo ay tanga.

        May karapatan kaming magreklamo dahil nagbabayad kami ng tamang buwis. Baka isa ka lang sa mga nakikinabang sa buwis namin, nakakahiya naman sayo.

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      • November 17, 2013 at 11:27 am
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        So, ikinakahiya mo pala ang pagiging Pilipino mo? Marahil mas bilib at naniniwala ka pa sa mga banyaga kaysa sa kapwa mo. Kawawa ka naman…kasi araw-araw mo nakikita sa salamin at ikinakahiya ang sarili mo.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 5:38 am
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      Agree. Kakahiya ka Geraldine Uy Wong. Name itself, richness! It’s always the rich and powerful who easily get insulted or offended. They went there to help, not to attacked our gov. Really!?!

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    • November 17, 2013 at 7:22 am
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      I agree sa sinabi mu Myla Galicia, to think these people are doing their efforts to help us kahit hindi sila obligado ay isang malaking utang na loob na. Nakakahiyang pangaralan natin sila. We are not in the position na magmarunong sa ngayon, we obviously need their help.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 8:51 am
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      you are irritating too.. Geraldine is grateful but she has also a stand and may backbone.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm
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    Attack the issues she raised not the person that she is. I agree that our government failed us in ways other than this, but stop thinking of things that could drag our hopes down because it would be the last thing we should be doing right now.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm
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    alalay ka ba ni soliman at talagang alam mong 24/7 syang nagtrabaho?

    buti nahanap mo pa ang mga kamag-anak mo sa 2 separate locations kahit sunod ng sunod ka kay soliman 24/7.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm
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    LOL…nobody aint gonna share or even let this reach to anderson cooper this is all bullshit. The philippines should have another revolution a fucking bloody one,

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    • November 17, 2013 at 12:08 am
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      How many revolutions have passed and did the majority of the Filipinos lives got better? I didn’t think so. At least she has the decency to state her opinions in a respectful and concise manner rather than stupid ranting we find on the internet. Just like yours.

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      • November 17, 2013 at 10:58 am
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        I agree with Peejay!

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  • November 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm
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    and to some of the commenters above, it’s quite obvious you’re just one person using a lot of usernames just to show that a lot of people share your opinion. quit it. it’s pathetic.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm
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    i will share your letter Ms. Geraldine. I have spoken to a lot of survivors from Leyte- some of them my own relatives, some are friends and mostly strangers. And i never once heard them bash the government or complain about its incompetence. I was surprised, even shocked. after reading all the rants from people on the social network-people who haven’t even set foot in Tacloban or any of the typhoon-ravaged places, I expected more emotional complaints from people who were actually there. Having experienced all kinds of difficulties in those places, i expected them to curse the government like most people in the social media are doing. But all they said was despite what they’ve gone through, they understand why the government has experienced all those delays. they understand why the relief ops were slow. they understand the government, period. and these are people who haven’t eaten for days, people who have lost loved ones and livelihood. it’s ironic that those who continue to complain and spout negative rants are those people who weren’t even there and who haven’t undergone a fraction of what these typhoon victims went thru. ang problema kasi, ang daming nagmamagaling, di naman nakakatulong. tsktsk

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    • November 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm
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      so true! marami kasi mga know it all e. sa next election kayo sa ung kumandidato tingnan natn kung mas magaling kayo!

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    • November 17, 2013 at 7:15 am
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      Kuya Mar, ikaw ba yan? Baka hindi Tacloban ang napuntahan mo. Ininterview na po ang mga biktima at galing mismo sa bibig nila na walang dumadating na pagkain, tubig atbp sa lugar nila. Idilat mo naman yung mga mata mo paminsan-minsan.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 8:05 am
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      ^ this person either doesn’t watch the news/updates or he/she is completely clueless and is pertaining to him/herself in his/her last sentence :)

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    • November 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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      I agree. My relatives who live in Tacloban got out safely five days after the bagyo. They had no roof over their heads and hardly any food for days. But they do not bash the government. They It is so easy to pass judgement and make cruel insults from the comforts of your house far away from this disaster.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm
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    ok, i think i made a wrong comment earlier. Why should i post this. Geraldine, kalerkey ka.

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    • November 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm
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      another pathetic comment by the same person. :) I won’t be wasting any more of my time with the likes of you. I hope you get a lot of satisfaction from all those trolling. have a good sleep! :)

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    • November 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm
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      Shut up, troll. You’ve just proven my point. Pati yung original commenter na tin ginaya mo pa.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:00 pm
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    Hey Dickie, it’s blasphemous for you to say that God has forsaken us! Let me bring your attention to Hebrews 13:5 which states that God will never leave us nor forsake us! Hope you will find time to read the Bible verse yourself…

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    • November 17, 2013 at 5:34 am
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      Miss Wong – Just say thank you Mr. Anderson! Don’t justify what the government has done or has not done.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:04 pm
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    she’s expressing her thoughts and feelings in a non-offensive way, yet some of you attack her like you know her personally. how mature of you people. you may not like what she’s saying but atleast try to be a little more respectful.

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    • November 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm
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      don’t bother explaining, dear. it’s quite obvious that all those nonsensical replies came from just one person pretending to be many. he/she can’t even form a valid argument, opting instead to attack the writer of the letter.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm
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    we have to confront the person that she is, so she will learn. We have to stop being epaloyds. Let’s just take actions to help more. This article is a waste of time.

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    • November 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm
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      kaw ung epaloyd
      ????

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm
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    Another famewhore! Stop being a hypocrite geraldine! You’re a BIG joke! Just shut up and leave the country as long as you want and stop this nonsense! Your sarcasm will never earn our respect nor post your stupid letter! just act and help. not only to your relatives!

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm
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    Instead of trying very hard to be a famewhore, why don’t you just shut up and go to a nearest repacking station to help your countrymen? There you will be able to turn your useless time into a precious one! Stop being nonsense! #yellowblood

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm
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    the article is long, but i understand the motive. Thank you geraldine. But i feel like you’re kris aquino wanting some attention. Move on tayo. I’m still in leyte, if you want to help.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm
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    mature or immature, let’s give our comment freely, so everybody can learn and be happy. Forget the feelings. We have to teach each other a lesson, however painful it is.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm
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    Tama naman si Ms. Geraldine. I agree with everything she said. Kaya lang naman siguro kinokontra ng mga nagcomment dito kasi kinakampihan nila si Anderson Cooper dahil kilala sya sa buong mundo as a veteran reporter ika nga ni Ms. Geraldine. Hay nako mga pinoy talaga mga balimbing. Pwede ba for once let us stand up for the ideals of a True Filipino tulad ni Ms. Geraldine. Buti nga may katulad nya na nagsasabi ng totoo at hindi agree ng agree sa mga sinasabi ng ibang bansa. E totoo naman bakit sasabihin ni Anderson Cooper na parang wlang itinutulong ang bansa natin sa calimty? E ang mismong inaasahan nga rin nating tutulong sa atin sa ganitong sitwasyon e sila din lang ang naging biktima. At wag nyo din po sisihin si Ms. Geraldine na ang family nya lng yung nailigtas nya dahil for sure kapag sa inyo din nangyari ang ganito e uunahin nyo din yung pamilya nyo na wala na kayong iniisip kung hindi sila lang. To Mr. Anderson Cooper I totally agree with your report or tweets however you did not completely elaborate the efforts of our fellowmen. I hope you read this article!

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    • November 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm
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      we APPRECIATE THE EFFORT OF OUR FELLOW MEN Vince… pro kahit anong gawin ko, di ko talaga ma appreciate ang mga ginagawa ng gobyerno natin sa krisis na ito… WELL PREPARED na daw tayo ayon kay PNOY before Yolanda… prng hindi eh??? pa cute lang ba yun dahil di nila inakala na ganito KALALA ang magaganap??? =(

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    • November 17, 2013 at 9:58 am
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      kung ikaw ay pinoy, expected na sayo na tutulong. Wag mong hangarin na pag tumulong ka ay dapat bigyan ka ng credit. Sinabi nya lang kung anong nakita nya. Magpasalamat na lang kayo dahil sa report ni anderson ay bumuhos ang napakaraming tulong mula sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo. Tumulong na lang kayo wag puro dada!

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm
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    please stop including God here. It is a natural disaster.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm
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    talking to my right hand. I said i won’t be wasting anymore time, but i still keep on following the comments, ha ha. Funny me. It’s me – mae.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:34 pm
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    Ai, may mali pala si Ms. Geraldine. Sorry po. Pinanood ko ang report ni Anderson Cooper. Nakita talaga sa camera. Nagsasabi pala sya ng totoo sa mga report nya. Hindi nya rin naman sinabing walang tinutulong ang bansa natin. Sinabi nya lang na di organize at nakakalungkot ang progress. Sorry, Ms. Geraldine, pero alam ko may point ka din.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm
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    mga boss, lahat sisihin huwag lang ako. Ako ang pangulo ninyo at kayo ang boss ko. Ako ay laging tama at laging magaling. Kasama nyo po ako, pero pagdating sa sisihan, huwag akong idamay. Isisi na lang natin sa local na government. Huwag nyo na rin idamay sana ang ating magiting na si Mar Roxas. Kailangan mapapogi natin sya dahil sya ang gusto kong pumalit sa akin. Nakita nyo naman siguro ang kuha nyang picture na may buhat na sibuyas. Ang galing di ba. Parang artista lang. Magtulungan po tayo. Sisihin natin kahit sino huwag lang ako.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:41 pm
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    ito po ay kagagawan ni maam napoles, para mawala ang attention sa kanya.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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    hindi ko po alam. May amnesia na ako.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm
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    by the way, i’m enjoying reading the comments and replying using different names. Call me the troll!

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:51 pm
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    guys, we have different views. Let us respect each other. I think everyone has their own point.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm
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    love you PNoy. That’s the reason i voted for you. You are always right! Hindi ka nagkakamali. Pweh!

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  • November 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm
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    bangon tayo pilipinas. Hayaan na natin si Geraldine at Anderson na magusap. Ang mahalaga bumangon tayo mamayang umaga. Marami tayong gagawin para sa Pilipinas. Sa ngayon, matulog muna tayo. Tulog muna Pilipinas.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm
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    well, to defend Mr. Cooper, he was just reporting what he saw in Tacloban and it’s quite justifiable that he cannot show the other side in one reporting because the news should be focused. It doesn’t mean any other reporter from the same network could report about the efforts of the government. Let’s not complicatedly dwell on this topic, rather, let’s help out in our little ways our kababayans especially affected by the calamity.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm
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    thank you mae. Are you calling me ????

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  • November 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm
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    i totally agree with shelly! move on people.
    Finally, outside gas business we are one! This is petron jelly.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 11:17 pm
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    Im enjoying the thread, Everyone seems to be a troll.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm
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    So whats your point woman?

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    • November 17, 2013 at 12:10 am
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      If you read her posts completely and keep an open mind you might have just understood her point. Magbasa ka kasi at alamin mo, naka enumerate na nga eh. Basa basa din pag may time.

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  • November 16, 2013 at 11:42 pm
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    sa lahat ng tumulong,,,sa isip, sa salita at lalo na sa gawa –maraming salamat po-mabuhay po kayo,at sa di na nga tumutulong sinisiraan pa bansa natin sa labas,lumayas n kau sa pinas …

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:17 am
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    yah, wat is ur point? Decimal point.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:18 am
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    panatang makabayan…. sa isip, sa salita at lalo na sa gawa.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:29 am
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    peace, bugatti. Basa basa pag may time ha. Alam mo na, kailangan may kumontra para mabuhay natin ang thread na ito. By the way, lab yu.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:36 am
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    guys, thank you for posting this. 1. I want to express my opinion. 2. I have a crush on Anderson.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 9:03 am
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      WHERE ARE UR PICTURES THAT U WERE IN TACLOBAN DISASTER AREA AND WITH THE REST OF GOVT PEOPLE UR TALKING ABOUT…BE REAL.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:37 am
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    Just want to make a point here, Either Cooper was wrong or right.. but he succeed to get the world attention to what happen in the Philippines generally, and because of that, the world give more Aids that they can give. He did a great Job.

    To Corina Sanches, please.. put aside your personal pride, no ones blaming your husband, event thow I’m not a Filipino, but I’m from a thirld world country too.. the world knows (including Mr, Cooper), they cannot compare us to sunami in japan, nor katrina in the US.. , should compared it with the Sunami in Aceh (3 million victims)..or the earthquake in Padang (1000 victims), , Tacloban is far more fortunated and organized in terms of Emergency respons.

    but still.. disaster is stil a disaster… no matter where it is, we have to do what ever we can do to help. put a side all personal matters.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:45 am
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    Auto-correct suggestions for tridarsa:
    1. should be “make some points”, instead of a point. You gave more than one point.
    2. happen to “happened”
    3. Corina to “Korina”. Should be K, that’s why it is Balitang K.
    4. no ones to “no one’s”
    5. sunami to “tsunami”
    6. fortunated to “fortunate”

    Thank you for the post, tridarsa. This is automated feature of this blog.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:46 am
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    OMG people!! move on!!

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      Just in case these comments may come from future parents, or worst, they probably are, ,.. growing up with sarcasm and critics can bring so much harm to the next Gen. Hurting people, do hurt people, corruption is in the heart, our own words will give us away. MOVE ON… it won’t cost you, but sure is worth trying.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 2:11 am
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    Ok lang tong article na ito. OK din ang mga reports ni Anderson Cooper. Ang malaking problema nasa mga mambabasa na nagbigay ng ibang kahulugan sa mga report. Anderson Cooper made accurate reports but he did not blame the government. Sinabi nya na mabagal at kulang ang government presence sa lugar na napuntahan nya which is true pero wala syang sinisi. Talaga namang kulang e. Subalit ,ginagawa ng mga govt. workers the best they can and in situations like these, nothing will ever be good enough. Mga readers lang ang nagsimula ng sunog due to the nature of pinoys na mahilig sa drama at kontrobersya. Itong article ni Geraldine maganda rin tho it may sound sarcastic. Nasa bumabasa na if they will interpret it negatively or positively.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 2:43 am
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    Geraldine, point well taken. Anderson Cooper reported as he saw the event, while standing on top of the debris and watching the desperate victims around him. He was in battle ground zero. What I don’t understand is your Climate warming liberal talking point. It has nothing to do with Climate warming. Look, the liberals used that to enrich themselves and their companies and now, the whole world (poor countries) are picking up on it. Do you realize that for half a million years, the actual temperature has not changed much one way or the other? When global warming did not make sense, that issue’s name was changed to Climate Change. What we all need to do is help ourselves and not wait for the big government to help. Back to basics of self help and fundamental prayers will also go a long way!

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  • November 17, 2013 at 4:24 am
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    ha ha, i had a really big laugh reading the comments!

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  • November 17, 2013 at 4:29 am
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    geraldine, send your message directly to his blog. http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com
    If that is really your intention instead of just getting attention.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 4:35 am
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    i repeat: back to basics of help! even in little way as picking-up small stone and bringing it to your sisters.
    That is just one of the humble things i do. My sister narda appointed me to carry her magical stone. Her usual call for action is “Ding ang bato!”. And i’m always there. There’s a Ding in all of us.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 4:42 am
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    tama ka dyan repapips na Noel. Mga tol, relaks lang. Think positive! walang aayaw! Kaya di ako nanonood ng soap opera e. Si Geraldine naman, sana hwag na magdagdag pa ng mga makapagdamdaming mga sulat. Kung ako sa’yo magsulat ka na lang ng tula. Yung maiksi lang a.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 6:13 am
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    weakling lang talaga ang gobyerno natin aminin nyo na kasi…

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  • November 17, 2013 at 6:33 am
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    family comes first..tama lang ung ginawa mo miss wong,but maybe mr. anedrson did’nt saw what you saw.
    pero kung s news media mo nlang pinadala tong liham at mga request mo mas madaling makakarating kay mr. CNN to..

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  • November 17, 2013 at 6:38 am
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    hmmm, division. Oh well, I assume that majority of the comments came from Filipinos? Hopefully not.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 7:19 am
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    I have lived in the Philippines for over 4 years now. I have been visiting the Philippines twice that time. I heard a saying, “The Filipino is worth saving”. Of course that statement is true but just like all other people of the world, Filipinos have problems to. I can deal with that because that is a fact. What I have had problems with is the Filipino that responds as a child when that child is accused of something or thinks he or she is accused of something. A good example is the former president. When the world media focused on the Philippines, she put up tarp to cover/hide the poverty. This next statement is not to say Americans are better but to be used as an example only. If someone calls me fat. I will say yeah I’m fat, what’s your point or yes, I’m fat, I really need to lose some weight and get some exercise. Say that to a Filipino and you will get one of three responses. “I’ll kill you” or “Well, you Americans eat beef, potatoes and bread”, and the third, “yes, I am fat. I really need to eat less…fill in the blank”. My point is, there is always a feeling of defence. I’m expecting any minute for someone here to say “well your momma wears combat boots”.

    Filipinos are a great people. Americans have a great relationship with Filipinos. This is one reason Filipinos are the second largest Asian group immigrating to the US. Just like every other people in the world, Filipinos have their issues. It makes no since snapping at the truth only because someone spoke it. When the mayor or Davao City visited Leyte (his birth place) he was shocked and saddened when he found no National Government on the ground and he said so. When reporters like Cooper reports the truth, the people that are suffering on the ground will receive more help and your government will be held to a higher standard. This is in the best interest of all Filipinos.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 7:20 am
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    Actually, hindi ko maintindihan ang point niya. Sa simula nag-aagree siya kay Cooper. In the middle, she was trying to defend bakit ganon ang nagyari sa relief operations at kay Cooper lang naka-address ang explanation. Tapos in the end, humihingi siya ng tulong kay Cooper. Ano ba talaga te?

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  • November 17, 2013 at 7:36 am
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    To Geraldine Uy Wong : A very lengthy and tedious letter will only distract Anderson Cooper from his assignment which I’m certain, professional broadcast journalists have objectives and protocols to follow. Please, please, please BE INFORMED that a media person’s goal is to “inform” the masses. Next, you are identifying and dragging names of these politicians i.e. Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago whereas to help Anderson Cooper with him in doing his job. Lastly, I find it ironic that you and some of the Filipinos have been comparing our disaster management with what happened in Japan when you are are simply excusing the “unpreparedness by comparison” which actually negates your own opinion. Sorry, you subjected yourself to criticism. But this lacks conviction and such flowery and extensive appeals and opinions bored me to death. I nod my head on some of your viewpoints but overall, your letter simply justifies our government’s flaws.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 7:43 am
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    I don’t bother reading replies from people with CRAB MENTALITY. It is not worth it.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 7:55 am
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    well said!!!!…filipinos are the most wonderful people on earth!

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  • November 17, 2013 at 8:21 am
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    Anderson Cooper reported what he saw, period! What is your point, Geraldine?
    If you really think that the relief operations are that great and that Tacloban is that safe, then why do you actually have to charter a plane and whisk all of your relatives out of there on the fifth day???!!! If you seriously trust the government, then ask your relatives to go back to Tacloban now!

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  • November 17, 2013 at 8:29 am
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    I SMELL POLITICS IN THIS BLOG.. SORRY MAGKANO BINAYAD SAYO IHA???

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  • November 17, 2013 at 8:49 am
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    I have already sent this to CNN Internation and asked them to relay it to Mr. Cooper.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 8:51 am
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    Sobrang haba. Not worth reading. Not offended at all sa mga sinabi ni Mr. Cooper, if you watched the all of his report about Yolanda and what he saw in Tacloban, at kung nakinig kayo mabuti, wala nman siya binalita na mali. Wala lang siya finilter na na witness niya unlike our local news na pili lang ang binabalita. Ms. Uy you just took it out of context, next time panoorin mo muna lahat ng binalita at pakinggan sinabi niya instead of getting it in a few tweets out of context. Tapos gusto mo pa basahin niya yan pagkahaba haba na yan. May kamag anak din ako sa Leyte, and know what, Thursday na dumating ang tulong ng Gov sa kanila. Nasasabi mo na hindi nagkukulang sa effort ang Gov dahil natulungan ka ng maaga, pero yung walang resources, capacity, at walang strings to pull, wala, until now some small islands are not getting enough food. Haba ng sinulat mo eh di mo din naman kita ang buong picture, vantage point yan ng may kilala at kapit sa Gov na natutulungan agad agad isang tawag lang. Kung tingin mo irresponsible reporting ginawa ni Cooper, I would say the same with this write up.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 8:53 am
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    i believe that what happens in a family should stay with in the family, it would be better to rcve all the helps we can get but not to reveal all the foul smell we had, be reminded that they also have their own foul smell.. what they saw in tacloban is caused by yolanda not by our politicians, they havent seen enough yet but it is our duty to keep it that way and not the ones who would reveal to them.. pakatandaan..anu mang baho ang lumabas from us would make them cover their noses when we pass by.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 8:59 am
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    SCRIPTED! ANG DAMI NYA ALAM PATI FULL NAME AT POSISYON? AT NAG TATAKA AKO KUNG BAKIT WALA NI ISANG PICTURE NA GALING NGA SYA SA TACLOBAN. ANO ANG PROWEBA MO DARLING? E MUKHANG GAWA ETO NI KORING…

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  • November 17, 2013 at 9:15 am
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    Well said, Geraldine! Tamaan na ang dapat tamaan! Masakit talaga ang katotohanan! Huwag kang magbulag-bulagan at magbingi-bingihan, Korina Sanchez!

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  • November 17, 2013 at 9:25 am
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    Stop this nonsense and focus on the VICTIMS. This is not about the government, not about the media and not about you. This is about the victims’ plight to survive. Please refrain from taking the limelight from the victims.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 9:27 am
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    I can’t understand the hateful comments towards Geraldine. Everyone including Geraldine has the right to share thier firsthand experience in Tacloban to give people who are not physically there an inside of what happened. I can’t fathom how unlike ‘god-liness’ many of you posses to feel and say ill words towards another human being who has no other intention but to show love for another. It’s people with negative consciousness that should just keep quiet to allow ‘the good” to do God’s work as they reach out and help someone in need. There is no place for hate and hateful people when strangers from other countries and from all over the Philippines go out of their way to show only love to help the victims of this tragedy. Geraldine even braved the conditions, danger, and uncertainties to go to Tacloban to rescue her loved ones — how dare you all who lambast her! If the government is not performing as we expect them to, the private sector and other nations who come to the rescue supplement and compliment to achieve the results we want. I respect you Geraldine and salute you too. And to those who don’t agree, bless you just the same.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 9:47 am
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    Geraldine, thank you for writing this. i hope he will be able to read this. Ignore the bashing comments from people full of hatred. They can’t think right when they are emotional.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 9:59 am
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    Jibberish None Sense. All rattled up but with no fuckin substance. Organize your point girl. Talak ka ng talak. You just wasted my time.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 10:05 am
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    Ang gagaling nyong lahat,mga hinayupak. Ibat-ibang pananaw. Basta ako iisa lang ang panalangin ko, na itong mga magnanakaw ng kaban ng bayan at may balak na nakawin ang bilyon-bilyong pera na ayodang darating para sa mga nasalanta ng sakuna ay sana, sana naman po, KAYO PONG MGA MAGNANAKAW KASAMA NG INYONG PAMILYA AY MAGKAKAROON NG SAKIT NA KANSER. Amen

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  • November 17, 2013 at 10:13 am
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    Itong si Geraldine Uy Wong papansin din eh noh.may ma open letter lang.Truth Hurts eh.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 10:27 am
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    Nagpadala na po ako ng donation sa Tacloban. Please spare me.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 11:05 am
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    the heck.. do you really think showing the world or our people what really is happening would demoralized all??? then you clearly have no trust on these people… cowardly to say that they wouldnot make it if the truth is not out… why focus on the negetive ones when we can focus on the positive who would do good and more when they see and know these..and from that few, it will grow..
    you only demoralize people if you only say so, have you ever tried doing the opposite and still saying the truth.. now that is a good leader there..
    keep moving forward.
    (kahirap mag ingles potek hehe)

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  • November 17, 2013 at 11:25 am
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    SHORTCUT NG GUSTO NYA SABIHIN… KAYA DAW MABAGAL ANG TULONG KASI WALA COMUNIKASYUN DAW AT WASHED OUT DAW ANG BUONG AREA… PARANG PINAGTATANGGOL NI GERALDIN ANG GOBYERNO SA WALANG KAHANDAHAAN SA CALAMIDAD!!! YUN LANG PO!!!

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  • November 17, 2013 at 11:31 am
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    This is her side of the story. I wish there are other stories of families (real victims) that can share their own.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 11:34 am
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    Geraldine? seriously? global warming? climate change? dammit! do you have a tv or something? watch NATGEO..! hahaha you cant halt Global Warming..!

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  • November 17, 2013 at 11:42 am
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    Maybe you are able to make a good write up because you are able to pull out your family members as easy as that…you had not experienced to be in the airport for couple of days just to be able get a ride for C130. You have your connections because you are able to talk to the owner of the company air21. What if you were not able to get your family members because of financial constraint? Will you defend our Gov’t? Idiot????

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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    i listen to geraldine… to ej… to ding.. noel padilla.. and etc… it is instinct for one family member to look for her/his family first. have you ever felt how to loose a love one? your world will surely crash that you won’t be able to maximize your capabilities to help. i have a family in leyte as well and i did the same thing, family first.. then i organize for the other victims and for my own neighbors. i spread the help i can gather and give.. to ormoc, to antique, and to my own barangay… at di pa tapos. God bless everyone.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm
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    My grandparents are in Tacloban and my other relatives are in Leyte. So I do understand to a certain degree what the others might feel but I was fortunate enough to have been able to call them after 4 days whereas a lot of people up to now are still looking for their relatives, hoping for some news be it good or bad. My heart breaks for them but all we can do now is help with the relief operations and give/do what we can.

    I do agree with Ms. Geraldine on some points. The place was wrecked and everyone was distraught, everyone there is a victim including the medical team, police, military and even the gov’t officials. Everyone was frightened, worried, tired, injured or hungry. We are not fully capable, that may not be a good excuse but there is some truth in it. We have no training for it, no contingency plans, nothing. I’m hoping that after what happened in the Visayas, the government will take it upon themselves to prepare for calamities of this magnitude.

    I do not agree however with the way Anderson Cooper is being dragged into this and with all of the requests that were made. I get it though, since foreign journalist are not afraid to speak up. To call the government and the politicians on their bullshit. Yes, we cannot trust our journalists to uncover the truth since most of them are on some politician’s payroll but shouldn’t we at least try to resolve this ourselves first? The movement is already starting. The people won’t rest about the Pork Barrel issue no matter what the gov’t uses as a distraction. In a way, we are learning from our mistakes, little by little.

    Also, from what I’ve heard Cebu Pacific flights went as high as 7,000php last week.

    In times like these we should not be pointing fingers, we can do that later.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm
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    Anderson should have used the word HELPLESS rather than DISORGANIZED. Because he did not ask enough before he reported

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm
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    Some of the arguments here are flawed.

    First of all why did she bring up Katrina? The US and Bush’s Administration response of Hurricane Katrina was heavily criticized and considered a poor overall. Why use scenario with such a low bench mark whose president had the one worst approval rantings at the end of his term? It’s like a parent asking their kid how come their grades are only “B” while their cousins have “A’s”. The kid replies “oh but look at my other cousins they have “C’s and D’s”.

    Besides let’s compare Katrina with Sandy. Katrina was a much weaker hurricane but had 1,800 fatalities and Sandy (years later) only had 200 fatalities. So the events between Katrina and Sandy something must have been done to improve the response before and after such hurricanes that did garner results. So why did the article fail to mention Sandy? And with The Philippines being so typhoon prone why isn’t the country improving the response to typhoons overall, this is not the first time the country was hit by a Super Typhoon (Pablo comes into mind).

    Secondly it’s hard to believe there was no way to reach Tacloban faster. Reporters were on the ground and so were some government officials.The notion that there was no way to reach the supplies to people faster doesn’t seem believable. Were other options taken into consideration like by sea or cargo plane parachutes?

    Then there’s the excuse that The Philippines is an Archipelago making up of multiple islands. That’s true but the country is also a very typhoon (and disaster prone area). The government and other emergency relief officials and crisis management teams are probably aware of this so how come there is no emergency plan or infrastructure to support the country’s logical challenges. This isn’t an “after the fact” situation either there should have been a contingency plan placed a long time ago due to the high probably that situations like this could (and did) happen. Kind of like the US and the Cold War, the reason why the Interstate Highway was initially built was because at the event of an escalated Cold War the people can evacuate out of a city quickly.

    Finally the excuse that The Philippines is a poor country with little resources. This goes back to the government again. Why is the Philippines such a poor country? It’s because of corruption and inability for politicians and elected officials to do their job effectively for over half a decade. If the Philippines was a more developed country yes the typhoon would still hit and would still cause huge damages and a number of casualties. But if the country’s officials didn’t neglect the military, infrastructure, and strengthening government organizations I am sure all that was said before hand by this article would have been addressed better and the loss and damage would have been significantly less.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm
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    Anderson said it the best way possible so the Philippine Government and people outside the philippines could understand. ( How can you allow a mother to sleep outside next to her dead children for five days without food or water?). Dislike him or hate him, he reported the facts. I wonder do the Government even care about it’s people after seeing anderson cooper passing dead people and animals on day three?

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm
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    Help me get this to Geraldine Uy Wong!!!
    Bwisit ka, friend ka siguro ni Koring!

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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    Geraldine, as you mentioned these reasons rationalize the situation but they do not justify them. It’s good to be able to outline the limitations but for the National Government to simply accept them, and not overcome them, is something I cannot tolerate. Not when people are dying. When people criticize the government, it’s not to insult them but to tell to do a better job. That’s all.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm
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    suggestion to DLIG or phil mayors league or phil vice mayors league of the phil (so no suffering town due yolanda will be left out of relief goods & no town will be doubly assisted) let 1 or more unaffected phil town/city adopt 1 affected town for 1-3 months. pairing maybe based on nso population count & the reported # of victims. This syst should also avoid making one agency the bottleneck in the distribution. this division of labor.Dole out should be preferably no longer per kilo or piece but per sack or box per family. this will economize manhours in repacking & queuing. assisting mayors/vice mayor may also assist in the the town management of suffering town/city until it gets normalize. systematic collaboration/coordination & not competition / grandstanding. priority aside fr relief good distribution is clearing of road network,restoration of potable water system,peace & order,communication system,trade/commerce,tv network

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  • November 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm
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    Ms. Geraldine first of all why don’t you post this to Mr. Anderson Cooper’s website you know you can do it don’t you? What’s the point of using other people to reach Mr. Cooper. I was reading your post and you stated that on the third day the airport begun its operation because Air21 brought their generator so the airport will function now the question is they did it how come the government particularly the disaster council didn’t do it. I do understand that they must assess the area before anything else and they can use a chopper /helicopter for their assessment this they don’t need runway and they can go down in the area the nearest possible safety area as possible as they can and how long does it takes for that assessment and what did they assessed is it how to give rescue and relief or they assessed how much is the damaged brought by yolanda.
    As I understand in your writing is that you are upset that Mr. Cooper degraded our country which is absolutely not take away your pride think of the people that needs help they need quality life your relatives are lucky you were there when they needed help how about those people that nobody where to run to, nobody help them pick up the pieces of their life.

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  • November 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm
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    Geesh, Geraldine, up to now you still want to be on the spotlight. This incident must have given you a lesson already. Time to mend the wounds that you have created.

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  • November 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm
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    I commend her intention pero di ka ba nagtaka bakit private organizations ang mga naunang tumulong? Bakit Air21 at Cebu Pacific nauna at hindi ang government?

    The national govt should admit that they are not prepared as shown on their actions.

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  • November 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm
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    I believe there is always a positive in every negative. I wish all of us would analyze & understand first before we say any negative. We will all be better off if we search for the positive of every negative Let us all pray that we be blessed and be guided towards a better Philippines. If it is true that President Obama appointed Mr. Anderson Cooper to be the U.S. Ambassador to our Beloved Philippines, I would like to apply to be his assistant for half the would be compensation. I personally guarantee, on my mother’s & my other loved ones graves, that I will be “clean” until I die. NOTE TO AC: This is a very serious, coming from heart, offer. Thank you for your honesty in saying the truth, politically correct or not. I am positive you will be an excellent Ambassador with a kind heart for our People. I will keep my sharp eye open to Mr. AC’s response to this message or my offer to assist him. Please call me at (707) 584-9651. I am “live” from when I wake up, with my coffee, until 9:00AM (California time) only. I trust everyone until proven otherwise. The only rule I follow: I do not do unto others what I do not want others do unto me, Amen.

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  • December 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm
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    If we will accept that our country is fine as it is and that Dinky Soliman is doing her job. Let’s be content that we our in deep shit because Filipinos are smiling when they are robbed and bullied by this govt people. Eto nakita natin na till now mahirap pa sa mahirap ang visayas. Dahil sa mga pulitikong gungung at mga tao bumoboto sa kanya

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