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November 14th, 2013
10:11 PM ET

"In every report we have shown how strong the Filipino people are"

Anderson addresses criticism from Korina Sanchez. She's a radio broadcaster in the Philippines and also the wife of the country's Interior Minister. She reportedly claimed Anderson said he had seen no presence of the Filipino government on the ground in Tacloban. Anderson talks about the relief response he saw during his time in the hard-hit city and describes the extensive work that still needs to be done. Anderson also pays tribute to the strength of the people he met there.

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  1. josie

    Thank you Mr. anderson whatever you say and see yes its true, the government dont care if people need them.

    November 15, 2013 at 10:33 am |
  2. Rudy Marquez

    Thank you very much for your accurate reporting, We know CNN IS THE BEST, Asa a filipino living in Africa for more than 38 years, I could not fully understand why she has to be irk with you as a proffesional to another. This could be attributed to her personal attachment to the affected politician. A lot of us Filipino Expatraites here in africa does not believe a word that she has said against your proffesional reporting. Please continue to provide us the best coverage as it actually helps the Pilipino people as a whole not just politicians trying to cover up the very slow distribution of AID meant for the super typhoon victims.

    November 15, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  3. Hazel

    as you can all see and understand from the news, politics is again at play, sadly, at the expense of those victims who still need food and water and shelter at this time. biased local reporting is unacceptable at this time. without international media, we will never know what is really happening there.

    November 15, 2013 at 10:08 am |
  4. Raquel

    Thank you Anderson for your coverage. I am a Filipino residing in the US, and I understand how politics work out there. Please do not listen to people who criticize you because sadly they have their own agenda. I personally appreciate the way you showed to your viewers bits and pieces of what is happening. Thank you for lending your phone to the man who called his mother to ask "why did this thing happen to me?" He needed to express that. Thank you for giving the victims a voice. You made a difference. God bless!

    November 15, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  5. allan

    keep it up sir. A lot of Filipinos firmly believe you and support your show specially here in america because i'm one of them.

    November 15, 2013 at 10:01 am |
  6. Sarita Pangilinan

    Thank you for telling it like it is! There is too much lying, sugar coating and corruption in media and in Philippine politics as it is! Thank you for reporting this tragedy of corruption & the even more tragic aftermath of this superstorm out there. It is after all about the victims especially the children and not about the political hyenas in the Philippines!

    November 15, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  7. Brian Enriquez- Filipino from Oslo

    Don't mind those people Sir. You have done a great job and we are grateful for such honest reporting, unbiased. We got a better picture of the situation

    November 15, 2013 at 9:54 am |
  8. Christine Villapando

    We truly appreciate you being there for the Philippines! May God bless you!

    November 15, 2013 at 9:50 am |
  9. Jun Guianan

    Mabuhay ka! Do what you must do. Keep on reporting the truth, and nothing but the truth. Salamat po!

    November 15, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  10. Kalbo

    I am in no doubt that you are correct in your reporting. I've been to the Philippines many times and there is no stronger people on the planet! The only reason the government isn't helping the people as quickly as they should is because they were caught un-prepared...un-prepared for any way to easily siphon off aid money for their own greedy selves. But trust me...they probably already have by now...

    November 15, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  11. Lurchi

    Dont worry mr. Anderson, we know thst you are telling the truth because the philippine government is always like that specially if not on the line of thier political party, the people are suffering because of this traditional poluticians.. Tacloban city is run by a rumualdez mayor, a blood line of marcoses, enemy of the aquino. Luckily, you were able to expose them on media if not it will take a very long yome for them to respone. Tacloban were lucky coz international media covered the incident and put the government in shame, if you did not go there...if will take month for the aquino govt. to work. I sm a filipino

    November 15, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  12. elechon vanvolkom

    thank you for telling the real stories on the ground. the filipinos abroad deserves to know the truth.

    November 15, 2013 at 9:25 am |
  13. joanna

    Thank you anderson.. you're doing a great Job!!
    praying for your team and you
    God will protect you and guide you. more power from God

    from Cebu House Of Prayer.Philippines

    November 15, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  14. Rod

    Please don't mind the "unprofessional" remarks of some of our local "feeble-minded" media & government officials (both more like tabloid & fantasy point-of-views) & stick on to your straight-talk, no-spin, unbiased & factual reporting on what is really happening there in Tacloban & elsewhere. And with the rest of the foreign media contributing all their time & effort in arousing the world to take notice & contribute to the recovery effort throughout the devastated regions of the Philippines, we commend the CNN family & Mr Anderson Cooper for his outstanding journalistic ethos & that you continue on acting as the typhoon victims' voice & one of their only hope of redemption from the scum of Philippine politics. On behalf of our "kababayans" (compatriots) from the Philippines & around the world, "mabuhay ka" (long live) & "salamat ng marami " (thank you very much)!

    November 15, 2013 at 9:15 am |
  15. Alvin Tria

    Thank you very much Mr. Cooper for your accurate and responsible reporting of the real situation in Tacloban. My respect to you and you institution have never been tarnish in any way.

    November 15, 2013 at 8:59 am |
  16. Procesa Rull

    We believed in you Anderson, what you have actually seen in Tacloban and that was the one youvwere saying in media. People in politics are defensive andt it is true that they are slow in the delivery of services tho there are so many donations received. Thank you Anderson for going to our country and telling the world of the real situation. This might serve an eye opener to the politicians.

    November 15, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  17. Irmino Angeles

    This is a tale of two journalist, one has a big heart to face the dangers both of natural and human in nature to deliver the truth ( ANDERSON COOPER ) ,

    November 15, 2013 at 8:52 am |
  18. Noli Lovenaria

    I just want to say thank you very much Anderson Cooper for waking up most of those suppose to be responsible.
    Thank you to the Government and People of USA for helping our Countrymen....

    November 15, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  19. Maria Correa

    To Anderson Cooper. You are the best reporter ever!!!! Thank you for giving the Filipino people the respect they deserve from you. You are awesome – I can't say anything more. JUST REMEMBER, THE FILIPINO PEOPLE WORLDWIFE LOVES YOU!!!!

    November 15, 2013 at 8:39 am |
  20. QUEENIE DELOS SANTOS

    Thanks Anderson Cooper for highlighting the Filipino spirit. My people are resilient and stronger than any storm. I wish I could be there in the Philippines to help out in times like these but all I can offer at the moment is lots of prayers.

    November 15, 2013 at 8:23 am |
  21. Noel Quizon

    Mr.Anderson Cooper (one of the most respected Journalists entire world) THANK YOU SO MUCH for being with the Filipino people +BLESS YOUR HEART+

    November 15, 2013 at 8:21 am |
  22. boycee

    i am a Filipino and i am thankful for all the reporters that had given every single negative details of what those people are experiencing. If it wasn't for you guys, if all reports will say "oh its fine, everything will be good its all under control" no one will think of donating anything because we would assume that no one needs help. i hope CNN and Mr. Cooper continue their best efforts in helping us visualize how it is to be in the affected areas.thank u. 🙂

    November 15, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  23. Alicia Echavez

    Thank you Mr. Cooper, you are true to your profession. God bless

    November 15, 2013 at 8:14 am |
  24. RonRon

    Dont worry Anderson Cooper Filipinos believed you more since your on the ground than someone sitting comfortably in an office.

    November 15, 2013 at 8:05 am |
  25. Maria

    I believe in Anderson Cooper! He has no vested interest and ulterior motives. Unlike, this Korina Sanchez – she's all politics and propaganda. Kudos to you Anderson Cooper for speaking the truth. Thank you for being our eyes and ears while we are far away from our homeland. May God bless you, Anderson Cooper!

    November 15, 2013 at 8:02 am |
  26. Phred Madsen-Vallee

    It would appear that Mr. Cooper and the media is doing more for relief efforts then the Philippine Government, calling worldwide attention to the fact that help is so desperately needed, therefore their embarrassing reaction to coverage of disaster. Kudos to Anderson for his tactful response.

    November 15, 2013 at 7:49 am |
  27. Gerald R Lahey

    You're doing a very good job Mr. Cooper. Keep it up! 🙂

    November 15, 2013 at 7:48 am |
  28. shella

    Thank you for letting the world know the truth. It's just a shame that it takes a foreign journalist to open the eyes of Pres. Aquino.

    November 15, 2013 at 7:41 am |
  29. Josephine Austria

    No need to explain, Mr Anderson Cooper. You helped our countrymen a lot by showing the true scenario. We admire you and Filipino people will not ever forget you. We are grateful to have found a hero in you 🙂 Thank you, sir and continue your advocacy of telling the truth!!! Salamat 🙂

    November 15, 2013 at 7:33 am |
  30. Elvira laluan

    We thank you very much sir for your concerns and kindness and help for the victim af Haiyan. we do appreciate it all much. thank you very much once again God bless you all. =)

    November 15, 2013 at 7:01 am |
  31. edith s.

    Anderson and crew,
    Truly appreciate your presence and reporting in the Philippines. This sheds light to the vast devastation and continued suffering of our countrymen. I believe this is not just a job but you really care for the victims like you did in Haiti, New Orleans. God bless you guys and be safe.
    Filipino in USA

    November 15, 2013 at 6:52 am |
  32. Cleo Barredo

    I believe what Anderson say and I don't see any bad on your report. Your describing situation you are seeing and this will help the authority to understand what are the things they need to do. To ABS-CBN claiming as one of the biggest broadcasting company are sometimes bias on their reporting. They are use-to on this kind of criticizing and most all if they knew it will benefit it to them. I am one of those people who don't see any sincerity on their action.

    November 15, 2013 at 6:51 am |
  33. Ryan s.

    Mr. Cooper you dont have to explain yourself.we the filipino people are sooooooo thankful for the help that you,you network and your beloved country has given us.no one in our country belive in our government.please pray for us that our leader will change. Sir THANK YOU we will forever remember all the things that you have done to us....MARAMING SALAMAT PO...

    November 15, 2013 at 6:49 am |
  34. Leah

    You don't need to explain, Your coverage clearly and honestly conveys to the people of the world what was / is happening to the affected area. People there were desperate and at lost... Your honest reporting express their shock and numbness to the situation. It's a wake-up call to all Philippine politicians and some Filipino media that this is surreal and not something they could just cover up...Koodos to what you doing Cooper!

    November 15, 2013 at 6:39 am |
  35. ramona

    Mr.Anderson Cooper Filipino people are glad that there is someone like you that could expose the real situation in the Philippines and the Filipino People thank you for that. I wish the Philippines will be under the US government, so that situation like these people will be attended immediately and will become corrupt free country.

    November 15, 2013 at 6:38 am |
  36. Linda Delossantos

    Do not worry and do not explain yourself to the people Mr. Cooper! She is just trying to save face because she sits comfortably in the studio while you and other reporters are out there trying to help everyone. Thank you for your effort to get relief for the victims.

    November 15, 2013 at 6:36 am |
  37. Karen Demorin

    I watch and believe your reporting more than Korina Sanchez's and I am a Filipino. Thank you for your unbiased and objective reporting of what's happening in our land. I had hoped we could all have set aside politics at a time like this but unfortunately some just could not resist. God bless the Filipino people.

    November 15, 2013 at 6:11 am |
  38. Dorothy Rodriguez

    Thanks a million Mr. Anderson Cooper for everything you done for the Filipino people. God bless you more.

    November 15, 2013 at 6:04 am |
  39. Rey Del Rosario

    Thank you. For the truth.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:47 am |
  40. Rose Martinez

    I salute you, MR. ANDERSON COOPER!!! Thank you for all the support!!!! More power to you and the CNN.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:23 am |
  41. Sarah

    Thank you for all the help you have given the Filipino people. You are a voice of courage to the weak and a message of strength to the helpless. It is a divine appointment with God why you are here in the Philippines. It is not an accident why you are here in such a crucial time as this. You are very instrumental in leading the people of the world to help us receive relief goods and donations particularly people in the Visayas. Thank you so much. Your encouragement are powerful and will inspire the Philippines to put our hope in God. Thank you for seeing strength day in and day out in the Philippines every time you broadcast. God bless you, your family, CNN and your country...

    November 15, 2013 at 5:10 am |
  42. sheryl torda

    Anderson is just doing his job and he's doing it well! Filipino people are thankful to your team. We all know that you are just reporting the True Status of the ongoing relief operation, The Truth and Nothing But The Truth, No Politics, No Nonsense! Again, thank you!

    November 15, 2013 at 5:06 am |
  43. jessica jazul

    i live in corpus christi, tx but i'm from leyte, philippines.
    i would like to THANK YOU in behalf of ALL leytenos/filipinos for everything you have said and done!
    Well done mr. cooper..... VERY WELL done!!!
    God bless you always!

    November 15, 2013 at 4:57 am |
  44. Ramil Ramos

    Thanks Anderson Cooper for your factual coverage on Tacloban. I'm one of the many Filipinos who believes in you!

    November 15, 2013 at 4:57 am |
  45. SimSheila

    Thank you Anderson Cooper 360 for sharing the real situation to the world. And we apologise for how stupidly and irrationally defensive our leaders and insecure journalist Korina, are to your honest reports. Thank you for honouring the strength of our people. Most importantly, thank you for helping us bring more international help in this great human tragedy.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:55 am |
  46. Lileth Dela Serna

    Thank you very much Mr. Cooper. I salute you for uplifting Filipino spirits and for bringing into the world what is really going on in our country in times like this. As a citizen of this country, I love the Philippines but I never like our government.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:41 am |
  47. Janet Jodloman

    Thank you Anderson Cooper and all the foreign media covering the Philippines. Thank you to the whole world who responded to our needs. God bless you all!

    November 15, 2013 at 4:25 am |
  48. Jackie Peredo

    I applaud your reporting and followed your updates on the storm. I am sad that the Philippine government chose to dispute the facts that you reported. I am so glad that CNN and other international media is on the ground in the Philippines to report the real crisis of those hardest hit, otherwise we'd have to resort to what folks want to hear NOT what is the real story of the affected areas. Keep those stories coming.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:24 am |
  49. Lorna Cerny

    You are the best Anderson Cooper! Yes..she did misunderstand. Thank you for being there in the Philippines...to accurately report what is really going on!

    November 15, 2013 at 4:23 am |
  50. Nina C

    Thank you so much Anderson for your coverage and concern to my countrymen.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:08 am |
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