PHILIPPINES - With his voice choked with emotion, veteran CNN reporter Anderson Cooper said that they honoured Filipinos in every broadcast, citing the strength and resiliency of those affected in the areas destroyed by Supertyphoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan).
"Can you imagine the strength it takes living in a shack, to be sleeping on the streets next to the body of your dead children? Can you imagine that strength? I can't. And I've seen that strength day in and day out here in the Philippines and we honour them in every broadcast that we do," Cooper said in a CNN broadcast Friday morning.
This was in response to President Benigno Aquino III's appeal to the foreign media to use their role "to uplift the spirits of the Filipino people to find stories of resilience, hope and faith and show the world how strong filipino people are."
On Thursday, Presidential Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma Jr. read Aquino's message to the media in a Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas' (KBP) conference at the Clark Freeport Zone appealing for "greater accuracy in reports."
"We can all do more, and today, I would like to make an appeal for greater accuracy in reports. In the same way that you have used your media coverage to give this tragedy a very real and human face, and to move others to action, you can also use your role to uplift the spirits of the Filipino people - to find stories of resilience, hope, and faith, and show the world just how strong the Filipino people are," the president said.
Aquino's appeal came after his administration was heavily criticised for failing to deliver relief assistance to hundreds of victims, five days after the monster typhoon roared across central Philippines.
But Cooper, who has been covering the disaster in hard-hit Tacloban City, said that they "strive for accuracy."