IT HAS been described as a “virtual catfight,” “hair-pulling” even, while others say the tiff between Anderson Cooper and Korina Sanchez is a non-issue. Either way, who cares!
I’m sure Anderson doesn’t. (And yeah, we’re on first-name basis.)
WE can’t sleep, unlike weeks ago when we’d drop to bed into the day's rest.
Today, we keep seeing images of disasters in stories told to us personally (and in tears) or through what we hear and see in media and the cyberspace. Images of super typhoon Yolanda (internationally named Haiyan) creeps at the door of my consciousness and I think back to the day I watched the super monster from the “safest” corner of the house away from the glass windows as the monster passed by in screams and roars in all sides for over two hours.
THERE are no Christmas star lanterns here yet,” our friend from Loboc in Bohol emailed. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which hit Oct. 15, reduced their four century old church to rubble. “Perhaps, we should look for those parols elsewhere.”
I am appalled at Korina Sanchez- Roxas’s attack on Anderson Cooper of Cable News Network (CNN).
Over the past eight days or so, CNN has been a steady source of information on super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) for the world and for myself. While CNN was predicting a typhoon of epic proportions, even saying that if there were such a thing as a Category 6 typhoon, Yolanda could be considered one, President Noynoy Aquino was delivering a message of “zero casualty” to the nation.
WHILE criticisms seem called for, I ask that we (who are not on the ground) suspend judgment. We are not privy to all the factors and circumstances that might have conspired to result into the delays and inadequacies in the relief efforts of Yolanda.
Yes, I share in the revulsion of seeing the people of Tacloban having to walk by dead bodies daily. Yes, I also cannot fathom why our government would run out of body bags. Are we not a nation of disasters?
Tracy Ting Uy dreamed of living by the sea in a house with only glass walls to shield her from the sun when it rose. She lived her dream for four months and then died in it. Only 37, she was one of those who perished in the great Tacloban tragedy.
Tracy was a licensed physical therapist, placing third in her board examinations. She left for the United States after graduation from Cebu Doctors University but returned home and got married to Homer of the prominent Uy clan in Tacloban, where they settled after their wedding. They had three children.
DAY 5 after Typhoon Yolanda, the clotheslines were up.
As of this writing, a week after Yolanda’s storm surge left Leyte, Samar, the northern part of Cebu and other places in ruin, many problems continue to make the aftermath of the storm as challenging as the uprising of the sea.
OUR country’s recent history has shown that ordinary and poor folks are the most vulnerable to natural disasters like earthquakes and typhoons.
From the Ormoc flood to the earthquake in Bohol to the super typhoon that hit parts of the Visayas, those affected are mostly ordinary folks living their ordinary lives everyday.
FIRST things first. The municipalities and cities that were in the path of super typhoon Yolanda when it roamed the Philippine area of responsibility were mostly far from the country’s major urban centers of Metro Manila and Cebu City.
ON WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, Filipinos and Kiwis congregated in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland for a mass for the victims of typhoon Yolanda. The church overflowed with people who came to pray. Bishop Pat Dunn led the service assisted by Filipino priests.
A WEEK after super typhoon Yolanda pummeled parts of the Visayas, information on the extent of the devastation are still filtering in. This as the national government and the media continue to penetrate hard-to-reach localities and uncover more damage and suffering.
THE devastation brought about by super typhoon Yolanda has tested the capability of our government to respond to calamity. But our government and the public are not yet ready for such “horrifying” situation. We cannot therefore blame some sectors for criticizing the country’s relief and rehabilitation efforts.
WHEN the question is raised, it doesn't mean the one asking believes there's no one managing the relief operations for Yolanda typhoon victims.
In government bureaucracy, for anything high-profile, there's always a task force head or operations chief.
I CAN understand perfectly why Yolanda survivors should rage about help not coming fast enough. Anybody in their dire straits would. I can also perfectly understand why they cannot see that delivery of aid, under extreme circumstances, just cannot happen like instant coffee.
What I cannot understand is how some foreign and local news anchors and journalists can afford the unfeeling to fuel the rage and promote despair by their comments on the inadequacy and slowness of government relief operations.
TWO separate TV programs: Christian Amanpour on CNN’s “Amanpour” and Arnold Clavio on GMA 7’s “Unang Hirit.”
Two different guests and topics: President Aquino on CNN last Nov. 13, about relief operations for typhoon Yolanda victims; Atty. Alfredo Villamor on GMA-7 last Nov. 5, about Janet Lim-Napoles’s subpoena to testify on the pork barrel scandal before the Senate.
ONE shouldn’t take it against CNN’s Anderson Cooper for calling to task the Philippine government for the slow pace of relief efforts. He is a out there in the field and must have felt the suffering of the people who survived the pummeling by super typhoon Yolanda.
TALES of bodies littering the streets, hanging on trees, and buried beneath houses and fallen buildings, also dominated the reports in broadcast and print media, both local and foreign. The misery that has befallen the Philippines has become the source of great drama and heart-rending stories.
As things stand now, the living should find the means to pick up the pieces of the devastation. As for the dead, they should be laid down in in appropriate places to rest their wearied remains forever.
EVEN as relief efforts are under way in areas badly hit by super typhoon Yolanda, the blame game, especially in social networking sites, is also intensifying.
AFTER the President declared a state of calamity and deployed more policemen and soldiers in Leyte, I thought that the peace and order situation in that typhoon-ravaged province would stabilize. Recent events have proven me wrong.
BUSINESSMEN who fled Tacloban City for fear of armed looters placed the value of their combined stocks left in the city at about P400 million. All of that was lost to looting.
Reports coming from Tacloban City said there’s no more looting of stores and warehouses in that city.
WHEN President Noynoy Aquino asked early on if officials of Tacloban City, which was badly hit by the 235 kilometers per hour maximum sustained winds brought by super typhoon Yolanda and a storm surge, had adequately prepared for the weather disturbance, critics flogged him.
THE reaction we got from the other nations of the globe to our unexpected twin tragedies is not only deeply revealing but is also heartwarming.
We see how the people of planet earth demonstrated their kindred humanity to us in the face of the pain and suffering that we experienced.
FINE day, isn’t it? So we say when conversation needs a warm-up by breaking the ice of inconvenience. No matter if cloudy, it’s still cooler to blather about the weather than to lapse into thunder-dense silence.
Listen, for instance, to Hollywood despite its flair for raking over worldwide revenues by churning out entertainment even from doomsday scenarios true to “The Day After Tomorrow.”
WIRE reports say that warships from two of the world’s most powerful navies are rushing to the Philippines. But relax, they’re not coming for war but on a humanitarian mission.
“On the way to the airport, we saw many bodies along the street. They were covered with just anything: tarpaulin, roofing sheets, cardboard--well over 100 bodies.”
--Philippine-born Australian Mila Ward, 53
THE ravage brought about by super typhoon Yolanda (STY) on Friday is immeasurable.
Tacloban City was most unfortunate as STY made a land fall in Leyte. The body count is increasing every day.
BUSINESS owners who have found their way to Cebu from Tacloban City are calling on the government to secure other distribution centers in the devastated region.
Without the assurance that organized marauders will be kept away from them, other cities like Ormoc, Catbalogan, Maasin, Sogod and Baybay will inevitably see business owners fleeing at the first opportunity, if they haven’t already done so.
WHEN photographs were published and tales of survival where told by the print media during the past couple of days, I could not think of ever having seen anything like these. I think of the story of Bea Joy, the miracle baby whose birth at the height of Yolanda and the loss of the baby’s grandmother carried away by the storm surge.
THERE are times when you view the landscape after a tragedy and various emotions tug at your very core. I scoured the internet for reports on the aftermath of the pummeling the Visayas received last Friday and Saturday (Nov. 7 and 8) from super typhoon Yolanda and got teary eyed. Pain pricked, but happiness surged, too.
CALAMITIES like typhoons, earthquakes and floods don't respect borders. Rich and powerful nations like the United States and Japan have also been hit by typhoons (hurricanes) and earthquakes, but because they are advanced and well-equipped, their government's emergency response and rehabilitation process are quick, unlike here in the Philippines.