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Typhoon death estimates 'too much,' President Aquino of the Philippines tells Amanpour

November 12th, 2013
03:50 PM ET

By Dominique van Heerden, CNN

A well-publicized estimate that Typhoon Haiyan killed 10,000 people in the Philippines is "too much," and the death toll likely is closer to 2,000 or 2,500, President Benigno Aquino told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

“There was emotional trauma involved with that particular estimate quoting both the police official and local government,” he said, adding that “they did not have a basis for it”. He did however acknowledge that the number “might still get higher.”

President Aquino said they are still trying to establish their numbers and have another 29 municipalities to contact before they can finalize a death toll.

Typhoon Haiyan is one of the worst typhoons in recorded history, and the monster storm left behind a catastrophic scene after it made landfall last Friday, leaving many without access to food and medical care.

When asked about his government’s reaction to the crisis, President Aquino told Amanpour he feels the immediate response has been “reassuring” to the vast majority of people but that “two or three” local governments were “simply overwhelmed” by the severity of the typhoon that hit the islands. For example, in Tacloban, only 20 of 290 police were available when disaster struck; many were tending to their own families, he said.

Aquino expressed gratitude for the aid that has been pouring in from around the world. "There are, at last count, over 22 countries have either pledged to us, actually given us aid," he said.

Typhoons are not an unusual occurrence in the Philippines, but the president says this year has been “an exceptionally bad year”. Responding to a question about the vulnerability of his country to climate change, President Aquino called it an “accepted reality”. But, he had a stark warning to developed countries, saying there has to be a sense of moral responsibility because global warming is “playing havoc” with the lives of others.

“Either we come up with a solution that everybody adheres to and cooperates with,” he said, “or let us be prepared to meet disasters, every increasing disasters, on a global level.”


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  1. ashok

    Heart rending. The UN, which is now largely irrelevant to the large questions of war and peace, should reinvent itself as the nodal agency to coordinate the global response to climate change.

    November 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  2. Linda Marshall

    I have just heard on CNN that an American General has commented on the slow response to the dire situation in the Philippines, while the announcer commented about women and children begging in the streets over horiffiying images.

    I would like to hear from journalists and from the Vatican as to why the Catholic Church has not immediately responded with wholesale efforts on behalf of the population, as it is statistically clear that the many problems of that country are driven by the explosive overpopulation of the poorest and least educated, that it is these who are most at risk in this crisis and that they are in this position because the Catholic Church will not back down on its inhumane birth control policy.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    November 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Dimples

      The Catholic churches in Leyte sheltered many families BEFORE the STORM, DURING the STORM and AFTER the STORM. Unfortunately, the churches were not spared and were also severely damaged. Catholic churches and schools raised donations and sent relief, but they were not enough for the entire town. The roads were also not passable, and the boats/ferries were damaged too. For a while, the entire town was cut from the world without electricity and water.

      November 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Reply
      • alexburias

        residents like you who obviously have Internet access could have suggested to your LGU to show (on large public TV monitors used during all the Pacquiao bouts) the possible destruction of a Category 5 cyclone. This action would have given them the sense of urgency and decide to leave town days before the landfall.

        November 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
      • iNellMen

        People prepare based on their experience, and the greatest danger of typhoons here in the Philippines has traditionally been flooding and landslides due to extreme rainfall. A storm surge event of this magnitude is unprecedented and people would not have been ready for it. It's very likely that many Local Government Units prepared, but prepared for the wrong threat.

        November 14, 2013 at 1:30 am |
    • Nonette Pabular

      Population explosion should never be the cause of problem of poverty and lack of education to any civilized nation. In fact, the people should be the crowning glory of nations that believe in the spirit of freedom and democracy. The problem in our country in particular is not about the over population but the corruption that is rooted in the political system. There are ample natural resources this particular country has, man-made or natural, it is the problem of proper distribution of the wealth that is in question here. Maybe in the near future politicians or the new generation of politics will enable to change this unfair practice and thereby helping the least fortunate and the less educated to empower themselves and to change their lives for the better. The Catholic Church as always is a bastion of moral barometer for the faithful no matter the kind of environment and time there is !

      November 13, 2013 at 12:23 am | Reply
      • Agnes

        Sad to say but not in the near future as you mentioned. It'll take a thousand years, a good heart , bold dedication and sacrifice to fight corruption in the political system. None was born yet to serve my countrymen with clean hands. As long as the family dynasties are living, it'll remain.

        November 13, 2013 at 1:59 am |
      • Rey B

        The Catholic church has done nothing to restrain corruption in the Philippines. They protect and patronize politicians due to the money being accorded their parish church. We don't even hear them condemn known gambling Lords and corrupt politicians. But when it comes to blocking govt programs that will alleviate population control and poverty, they are quick to reprimand but never give any alternative solution.

        November 13, 2013 at 2:14 am |
      • Dee

        i totally agree with you. that corruption is the main issue in our country

        November 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Guiller

      Be sensitive! not all victims of Yolanda are poor or less educated.

      November 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • joelsdb

      I am a Filipino. For your information, it is the Catholic Church that is among those at the forefront in helping in every calamity for the past decades, be it for volcanic eruption, for typhoons, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions. Their structures become shelters for the people be in in the urban setting or the rural setting. They mobilize people and bring in relief. You should see how many volunteers there are. The leaders, especially the parish priests and the religious congregations are among those truly visible in times of crisis. They have a social arm and this functions especially in calamities. I have been involved in many of these. Look at all those packing relief goods in the Philippines: I can dare say that majority come from the religious sector. So I do not know where you get your data.

      November 15, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply
  3. Jane

    Please, Please find out what is happening in Roxas City, Capiz, Phillippines. hit by Haiyan. No electricity yet.

    November 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • Lynn

      No electricity yet.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  4. Ben Kritz

    CNN needs to read the local papers and talk to people on the ground other than this waste of time and space to find out just how "reassuring" Filipinos are finding his utter lack of compassion and the completely incompetent and useless response of his government to the crisis.

    November 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • Sam Cab

      "I just want to share with you the sentiments of the Filipino people:
      i am teary eyed while writing this post regarding our frustration with the delayed response and reactions of our government in sending relief goods to the typhoon victims in the south of the country.

      It's been almost one week and most of the towns in Leyte have not received any food, water, clothing and important needs for the victims. and worst part of it all is this government is starting it's blame game again in finding excuses for their failure to satisfy the needs of these victims.

      There is no more excuse after the sixth day Mr. president! you are not only insensitive to these victims but you are a failure to the Filipino people in all aspect of your presidency!

      The donations and personnel coming in from our neighboring countries, the United States and Europe has reached the coastline of the disaster areas ahead of your help! shame on you for being the leader that we can depend on in disasters such as this one!"

      November 13, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply
      • Sun

        it's too much..i cant believe how lax he is infront of all the crises. ... before typhoon Yolanda land on our country, there have been heart wrecking issue on rampant corruption, in which hope for justice is totally out of sight. the people who are supposed to pave way for JUSTICE are the ones behind the PORK BARREL SCAM.

        our support must not stop on supplying the physiological needs of our countrymen. the trauma that these cause could last longer than the hunger they feel.

        _there are thousands of students in the University of the Philippines itself, i hope.. i pray that the students (who i am one of) would be given the chance to be of greater help. it breaks me that we are merely discussing it inside our psychology classes. when our professors (if deploying psych graduating students will be of less help) should be part of the rescue / recovery planning being done. :'(

        November 13, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • ethon

        I agree- "There is no more excuse after the sixth day Mr. president! you are not only insensitive to these victims but you are a failure to the Filipino people in all aspect of your presidency! "... It is really Incompetence of Aquino , that DOnations from Other FAR away countries Arrive earlier than those relief goods from Aquino Government.. Hello President Aquino grrrrr.

        November 13, 2013 at 11:38 am |
      • miranda

        You're right!! He must not be concern with the numbers then....either they estimated it to be millions as the anchor of cnn said it doesnt count the needs of the people right now.For me, he won because of sympathy, the death of his mother but I dont know if he knows the meaning of it.

        November 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • edwward

      i i agree philippine govt is a corrupt govt and the aide must be in the form of food shirt andanything ,aterials because in the form of money they are just going to put in in their pockets

      November 13, 2013 at 6:56 am | Reply
      • josephine

        don't worry... the donations from other countries not all delivered to the government.... others, to NGO's they know of, foundations, churches... we just hope they are delivered for the best interests of the people devastated by typhoon yolanda... about this, i saw in the newspaper.

        November 13, 2013 at 10:58 am |
      • ethon

        that is Really a Very big possibility-Maybe that is the reason of SLOW response by Aquino Government....they are still calculating How to Distribute the Millions and still KEEP SOME of it in their pockets, and Fix the Audit Paper Works. grrrr.
        Government Slow response is very Fishy.

        November 13, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Tamana

      truth hurts! This President is a Big Time Liar! rude, hypocrite, pretentious, irresponsible, incompetent, dumb, a cry baby at most… arrogant, metally defective and isn't he corrupt too? I can go on and on. It's about time to fire him out and the rest of his minions. They do no good to my countrymen. Time is running out and this country is going down the drain with the leadership of Aquino. It's about time to shift to a Parliamentary form of government and I hope someone would initiate this. Please help us!

      November 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
      • Rhea

        please..cant we just for once focus on the issue instead of being blindsided by our own prejudices and biases? the issue is, we need help, now. please help. please.

        November 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
    • Lynn

      They actually on the site.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Filipino-Ako

      I totally do not agree, he fights for corruption, how can you be sure that he is a liar and not moved by this. In a way the image he is showing is just himself, no drama no anything just work. Why don't you talk to the soldiers and the DSWD, DPWH how they want to do it faster than faster. It was just tremendous, the damage was unimaginable. Didn't you know that even local officials that supposed to know the geography of each barangay also victims, do you think in just a day those from National government can get all the information from the LGU in an instant. The magnitude was too high to handle and even the UN did not expect that this will happen even in their imagination.

      Please do not think like that, they are doing their job and we should support instead of criticizing this admin, just think about this, if GMA/ERAP or BINAY was the president can you imaging if there will be response or will this be totally ignored and will not be aired at all.

      November 14, 2013 at 4:50 am | Reply
      • Trudy

        Pnoy, is very corrupt, he is not fighting is practicing corruption , before his stomach is not big and protruding, look at him how big his tummy, that's because he is very corrupt. He should fired Lacerda, Ochoa , dinky soliman of dsw, soliman is so very very corrupt, she is not to confirmed, she is not helping, she is a destruction , look at this idiot Abad the whole family is working inPnoys cabinet , very corrupt too, he should step down, so Pnoy should be impeach. He is not cleaning the government, he is making is worse for all his corrupt cabinet members.

        November 18, 2013 at 12:59 am |
    • Dee

      I don't agree with you saying that this people trying to help us lack a sense of compassion...in fact they show support and sense of urgency in helping our country more than our government did. it's a shame that relief good/medical support came ahead from other countries rather than from our very own.

      November 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • Rachelle

      The relief effort wouldn't be such a mess if Gloria Arroya and Gibo Teodoro were still in charge. These officials at customs, DSWD, etc would do their jobs because they are scared of Gloria's legendary tantrums if things aren't fixed. Instead, they are trying to hold on to the donations so they can keep it for themselves. No help is arriving to affected areas if you put Phil agencies in charge now.

      November 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Reply
      • Venz

        what a foolish comment... you would rather have a president, GMA, that is currently on trial due to corruption just because the current president (come to think of it every one in the world) is overwhelmed by how strong Haiyan was and just how great its damages were. I believe the Philippines is receiving all this help from all foreign governments and organizations because they themselves acknowledge that no one has ever experienced a typhoon this strong... and unless you have experience the same you will never really know if you have prepared enough.

        November 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
  5. Brian

    Looks like another fine graduate of the GW Bush School of Disaster Management. "Heckuva job Brownie". They'll never know the death toll. Probably over 100,000 will never be found. Gone. Adios.

    November 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • James

      Did that comment mean anything?????

      November 13, 2013 at 5:29 am | Reply
  6. Josh

    He lies. simple. Not only that he lies, he also does not care at all of what is really going on, and of course he wants to hide it from the international press and community.

    The Philippines goverment is corrupted, and the last thing that they wanted now is a global scale desaster that will bring the world attention to their country, because that will expose the uncarring corrupted goverment to the eyes of the world. This is why he is nervous in the interview, this is why he looks like he is trying to picture everything as "fine". It's not. And that's his goverment fault.

    Samar and Visayas, the areas effected, are the lowest class in the Philippines. The goverment neglected them and didn't care them for years. This is why they caught unprepared, this is why the people didn't belive the warnings (that came too late). The PAGASA website (the Philippines offical weather forcast site) actually reduced the level of the typhoon and presented it as lower than it was. Not to create panic, and not let the poor people know what they ahead of.

    For him, the Vesayas and Samar are just disposable, lowest class people. If he has just could ignore that reginon and pretend that it never existed, he would already do so. Unfortunatly for him, the international press and community force him and his goverment, for the first time in many years, to address those areas and actualy (or at least pretend) to do something.

    You must understand the class system in the Philippines. For the president even to just say "Samar" or "Visaya" is a shame, lost of face. At least now he will have to say that a lot.

    I am not a filipino, but I have a filipina wife. So I know what's going there, and belive me, the world attention is the best thing that could have happened to that poor country. Too bad that the price was 10000 dead people (or more).

    November 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Your damn stupid!!!

      November 12, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • VJ

      If you were trying to help or motivate US, Filipinos, let me tell you that you've done the exact opposite with this inaccurate description of our people & government! What you said is to basically generalize our people as illiterate & insignificant indigents ran by incompetent & evil rulers. Well f**k you for seeing us that way! Yes our people and govt have a lot to learn but we are in no way even remotely close as to how you perceive us to be. Come live in the Philippines first then, only then, can you give a close-to-accurate description of OUR country.

      November 13, 2013 at 12:22 am | Reply
      • Aquino Sucks

        stop protecting the government from bashing and start helping our countrymen. there's no use denying that Mr. Aquino is an incompetent leader. Always pointing fingers and blaming the people and refuses to take responsibility.

        November 13, 2013 at 3:29 am |
      • tristan

        you must have been one of those individuals who has a bogus NGO to get a hefty pork barrel fron DAP Program of the Aquino government. Well kudos to you, go, live and multiply. Arent you in a trance musing over how you are about to get billions again through the many relief programs other countries are flushing into the country? Am sure you do. Enjoy!

        November 13, 2013 at 4:52 am |
      • James

        No he didnt say that but thats what you read. I do live in the Philippines and haters and stupid people like you VJ who are racist and cannot handle the truth are a big part of the problem

        November 13, 2013 at 5:34 am |
    • Edlar

      In fairness to the president, he announced on national tv during primetime, two days before the landfall and warned the areas of the severity of the typhoon. I believe in the president as far as honesty is concerned but having doubts in his leadership or maybe just frustrated. Storms and typhoons are normal incidences in the country, but this year is truly been worse. We still have not recovered from the 7.2 earthquake in Bohol and the incident in Zamboanga

      November 13, 2013 at 2:53 am | Reply
      • blueD

        you're implying that aquino is honest?

        are we talking about the same person here? o.O

        November 14, 2013 at 12:44 am |
    • del

      i would have to agree with Josh at some points. I admired our President for the economic progress that he has done for the country so far, but for this specific instance about typhoon, he is definitely lying! He does not want to appear that the government is actually acting so slow! Come on, he keeps on pointing at the local government, but it is pretty obvious that the local government was also devastated, and he was still waiting for endorsement? It is a matter of common sense that he has to take over and take control, but he didn't!

      November 13, 2013 at 6:08 am | Reply
      • ethon

        Yes–I agree Pres.Aquino was lying and deflecting the responsibility to the Tacloban local officials. He is lacks the Knowledge on how to handle this crisis as a LEader...so ithink he is Incompetent and always just wants to put a Show thats everything is Fine , and that He ORDERED that and This, and so on...but at the end-it is Still-WHERE are the relief Goods ??? its so DELAYED

        November 13, 2013 at 11:47 am |
      • blueD

        actually...

        there have been articles that point that most of our economic improvements during Aquino's term was due to the work of the previous administration. Not saying.we were better off during Arroyo's term, but it may not be accurate to claim that this administration caused our economic improvements

        November 14, 2013 at 12:48 am |
    • filipino

      you almost got it all right. at least now the world knows what kind of government and politicians we Filipino's have.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:52 am | Reply
    • Josh

      Hi to everyone,

      First, I want to apologize if I hurt anyone. I didn't mean to speak bad about the Philippines. I love the Philippines people, my wife is filipina, and I love the filipino people.

      When I said that "Samar and Visayas are the lowest class in the Philippines" – I ment that that's the way it is in the goverment eyes.

      My heart goes for that poor people, and I feel so pitty and sad when I see the pictures on the news. And to see the president, sitting on his cousy chair with his expansive clothes, half smiling, totatly disconnected and uncrraing, makes me so upset. This is why I wrote my post. I wanted for the people to know the truth, and not belive him.

      Hearing him say "oh we cleared the main roads already", when my wife in Visaya is telling me that people don't have anything to eat or drink, just makes me furiuis.

      To the people who called my racict, I might say that if my wife is a Visaya filipina from samar (which is carrying our baby) and I love the filipino people, I can't understand how it is posible.

      For the ones here that just get upset that I tell the truth on the filipino govermnet, I say I am willing to an open debate on the issue, and will be happy if you can prove me wrong. But I just let you know that the first step in fixing a probelm (any problem) is facing the truth. Hiding behind pride and face and pretending that everything is ok will just make the problem stay forever.

      November 13, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
      • Josh

        * I love The Philippines nation, my wife is filipina, and I love the filipino people.
        :)

        Was wrong there...

        November 13, 2013 at 8:50 am |
      • Tamana

        Josh, you have nothing to apologize as everything you said is true. I'm a filipina married to an American and how wonderful life is in the US and for that I'm forever grateful for the place I now call Home.

        November 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
      • sweetbonds

        No need to apologise Josh, some just misunderstood what you said in your earlier post

        November 14, 2013 at 12:51 am |
      • JoTalorong

        Josh,

        Don't worry. No misinterpretation. What you have said is just right. I completely agree with you.

        November 14, 2013 at 1:45 am |
      • J. delos Santos

        If we Filipinos heard comments that we are stupid, then DEAL with it. We are the ones who voted for these people, so basically it is our fault. But our task is to change this rotten system.

        November 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
      • Rachelle

        People do not have enough to eat or drink because Phil agencies are hoarding the donations. They are waiting for the international journalists to go away and for attention to go elsewhere so they CAN HAVE SOMETHING TO STEAL when this "blows over". That is why no help is coming from Phil government.

        It is really frustrating because there is no strong leadership. If Gloria Arroyo were still in charge, this would be quick, quick cause of her legendary tantrums. These corrupt officials beneath her would be doing their jobs instead of hoarding the goods when people are suffering. Gloria is a compassionate person to the poor despite what the Phil media says.

        November 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
    • Filipino-Ako

      Simply the opposite of what you are saying. PNoy was the best we had so far just compare that to FVR, GMA, ERAP or BINAY.

      November 14, 2013 at 4:53 am | Reply
    • Rhea

      hi josh, if wishing can kill, u would be gone by now.

      November 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  7. Mark A.

    He is not answering the question directly. He don't know how to put things into details. I think he don't know what really is going on.

    November 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • Aquino Sucks

      He doesn't know how to run a country. He was just pressured to run for presidency due to her mother's death and people thought he could be a hope/solution to the problem of corruption in the Philippines. But he was no matched for the corruption deeply rooted in our government in which he is part of, instead he keeps on blaming the previous administration. He didn't invest on social services and calamity funds. Instead the money/taxes of the people went down to his and our congressmen and senators' pockets.

      November 13, 2013 at 3:34 am | Reply
      • Jason

        Since you're so dissatisfied with Aquino, why don't you run for president in the next election so you can show us how to do a better job?

        November 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • ethon

      Yes–I noticed that-Pres.Aquino DID not Answered the question,, but WENT around it......It sucks...what a President

      November 13, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • paulines santos

        You know mr jason, you have the stupidity nature huh ! You even don't know what is the real issue here. If i were you, turn off your computer and hang yourself. GETS????

        November 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
  8. Nigel Pope

    It's a shame that Christine Amanpour lauded Aquino for his anti-corruption efforts because, under his maladministration, billions of pesos have been stolen by his allies, often in exchange for their support on key votes. And because so much has been stolen, little remains by way of emergency funds.

    And while Ms Amanpour referring to Aquino as "Mr President", in reality he is just a squatter in the presidential palace. It's his unwillingness to actually be the commander-in-chief that has directly led to the paralysis in government which has resulted in the lack of any sort of co-ordination between agencies or even the activation of key government agencies.

    Our hope is that the Americans and others will come and simply take command. Yes, it may breach Philippine sovereignty but, right now, Aquino is ensuring that Philippine sovereignty means nothing.

    To the rest of the world, please send people. Not just money and supplies but people. We need people who can organise. We need people who can plan. We need people who can execute. We don't need any more from Aquino and his allies who see this disaster, once again, as an opportunity to grandstand while simultaneously ignoring the desperate need of the people.

    November 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Reply
    • Sam Cab

      You said it right Nigel. As some of you may not have known days after the typhoon struck Central Visayas during a meeting he walked out of the meeting because he didn't like the data being reported by one of his cabinet member. Please see reports by Channel 5 or GMA7. Though our local media is afraid and very well composed in terms of commenting against the President if you have noticed, this is basically because local media helps in covering up the shortcomings of the President due to self serving reasons. Admit it or not this is a case of politicking at its highest level (no consideration, no leadership, no sense of urgency, no care, no compassion – coming from the very own President of the Philippines)

      November 13, 2013 at 12:15 am | Reply
      • Carlo

        Precisely Sam, in fact there was an earlier mishap where he quipped stopping short of blaming local government officials of "seemingly not fully prepared for the storm" based on "the high rate of casualty" This he did i think a day after the storm which drew flak from the social media for being premature and insensitive of the current situation.

        Now i think we understand that the President is seemingly "invisible and managing things from afar" because honestly i think he can't take the heat

        November 13, 2013 at 12:45 am |
      • Carlo

        Now i think we understand WHY the President is seemingly "invisible and managing things from afar" because honestly i think he can't take the heat

        November 13, 2013 at 12:46 am |
    • filipino

      thumbs up.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
    • Trevor Hughes

      I absolutely agree with you. The government and people who elect it are the basket case of the world. Amonpour needs to understand what is happening, and show less respect for the President and his disfunctiional government.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:11 am | Reply
    • tee bee

      *Agree on more TRAINED Disaster Managers & Emergency Healthcare Teams
      *More trucks, fuel/gasoline to deliver the goods in the affected communities
      *Accounting of Donated Funds
      *Cooperation amongst LGUs regardless of political party
      *Stop blaming anyone

      November 13, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply
      • Venz

        i agree with you, tee bee. Let's focus on what is needed to aid the victims of Haiyan first.

        November 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
    • JoTalorong

      Nigel, this is very well said! Thanks!

      November 14, 2013 at 1:48 am | Reply
    • Filipino-Ako

      Absolutely not true! He is the admin that exposes the pork barrel that only in his administration this pork barrel was dragged to supreme court. The reason why the media in this new admin admire him is because of the transparency, just compare the previous admin how they handle funds, there are full of insertions.

      November 14, 2013 at 5:00 am | Reply
    • Jason

      Don't place all the blame on Aquino for the problems Filipinos face regarding corruption because there's only so much that he can do. He is surrounded by politicians and business people who have thrived on a culture of corruption that has developed for generations long before we were even born. Aquino, or any president, can't just change this culture of corruption over night. Corruption not only exists at the highest levels of government but all the way down to the provincial, local and barangay level. Is it the President's fault that you have teachers in school asking for bribe money from their students? Is it the President's fault that the Barangay Captain has mismanaged funds? Sure, let's all blame Aquino for all problems and for sending this country on a downhill slope. The problem with corruption in the Philippines doesn't fall 100% on Aquino. The problem is that Philippine culture at many levels of society condones corruption. That may sound ridiculous but just take a look around the Philippines. Although many are honest with good intentions for the country there are many more who only wish to enrich themselves at the expense of the people. Why do you think family dynasties have taken over political elections? It's because these family dynasties want to ensure they are in power forever so they can continue enriching themselves. As long as Philippine society continues with its corrupt ways you will never see improvement in the Philippines. Accusing the President of corruption is only the tip of the iceberg.

      November 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Reply
      • John

        Have some more nails Jason as you've just hit this particular one on the head.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:07 am |
    • not filipino

      i'm not a filipino .. but if aquino would be bothered like the thailand.. he would be much appreciated. The king is genuinely concerned with the thais so much so so that they revered him like "god". If only prez aquino would have 50% of the caring..

      November 15, 2013 at 8:12 am | Reply
  9. Carlos

    Aquino is hip shooting Amanpour. during the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo Eruption, the Phil govt listened to the warnings og USGS and PhilVocs timely evacuating thousands of residents living in and around the volcano saving thousands of lives. Less than 900 lives were lost mostly due to illness caught in unsanitary evacuation centers not from the eruptions ash fall. Aquino just sat down and watched the 250mph typhoon rip the islands and kill thousands more than Mt.Pinatubo.

    November 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Reply
    • Lia

      Carlos, who sent you here? Sen. Enrile or Sen. Estrada? Just saying

      November 13, 2013 at 1:17 am | Reply
      • Amir al Bahr

        Lia, did Noynoy send you here? Just asking.

        November 13, 2013 at 1:55 am |
      • tristan

        Mt. Pinatubo erupted at the time of Cory Aquino; 600 years of being dormant and it spewed fire. Another Aquino on the Presidential chair and a historical typhoon ripped the land. See the Aquinos are cursed!. So lia, were you sent by the Dead Aquino off the Grave to support the mentally retarded son of hers?

        November 13, 2013 at 4:56 am |
    • Venz

      i came from Pampanga and i can assure you a lot more people perished because of Mt. Pinatubo. maybe not during its eruption but many were buried alive due to lahar flows many years after it erupted. the lahar buried whole communities turning them into ghost towns for a very long time. the big difference is that Haiyan left its victims exposed.

      November 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  10. Raven

    Its been over five days and those people who need the aid have not recieved it.

    Mr. President, please stop this incompetence and get those aid supplies a soon as possible, dispatch the military for security! The people need food, water, shelter and medicine right now! Not tomorrow, not next week, they need it as soon as possible.

    More are going to die, that death toll will reach 10,000 if the aid is not getting to where it is needed.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:09 am | Reply
  11. Sam Cab

    DONATIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE VICTIMS OD THROUGH PRIVATE AGENCIES AND TRUSTED NGO'S AND NOT TO THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • Agnes

      We are all for your opinion Sam!! You know well enough !!

      November 13, 2013 at 2:18 am | Reply
    • VoltesV

      Hell Yeah!!

      November 13, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
  12. Carlo

    Its understandable that international reporters would be a tad bit generous in describing the Philippine leader, but those who are really on the ground might have a different opinion especially his recent conducts in this national tragedy.

    It can be noted that this was only the second time the President was actually made "visible" to the public and IMMEDIATELY within the vicinity of a ground zero area.

    And the way he conducted himself in the early hours of this Haiyan tragedy was not very nice.

    First was his penchant to blame people and this was made evident when in the early hours after the devastation when datas are still trickling about casualties and destruction, he quipped stopping short of blaming local government officials for "seemingly not being fully prepared for the storm" based of the "number of fatalities". This drew public ire for a seemingly premature and insensitive "opinion". And it was made apparent now when a clearer and more complete picture of the devastation that his assessment "inaccurate"

    Then during a meeting where he was being briefed of the situation, he was being urged by a local businessman to declare martial law or state of emergency because of the gradual breakdown of law and order in the are citing his own experience that he was held at gunpoint by looters to which the President reportedly answered "buhay ka pa naman, diba? (You're still alive, right?"). Then he was reportedly irked by the incoming reports that he "walked out" of the meeting and would return at a minimum of ten minutes later. There was a growing discontent over his conduct that the Presidential Staff had to do damage control citing that the President just took a "bathroom break" and reporters "did not hear the President excuse himself".

    November 13, 2013 at 12:25 am | Reply
    • Agnes

      This is a very "shameful "thing for a head of state. This same story I heard from the mouth of a Chinese overseas, blah..blah... ,quoting what the Pres. said. A President was elected to serve the people. He promised when he asked for their votes. He shouldn't uttered those "buhay ka pa naman ah"! I wasn't able to say a word to these people who me told because they were all laughing and shaking their heads. What a ......!! Mabuhay ka!!!

      November 13, 2013 at 2:15 am | Reply
  13. Sam Cab

    RETRIBUTION AND POLITICAL AMBITION – Deadly combination for Yolanda Victims

    http://jpfenix.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/day-6-since-yolanda-haiyan/

    November 13, 2013 at 1:41 am | Reply
  14. richard

    that is why it is a cnn exclusive interview, so he can lie on the facts. try other news org like bbc.

    November 13, 2013 at 3:16 am | Reply
  15. Ed

    Aquino is the worst and most incompetent president we have, he even blame the local officials in Leyte and Samar. He even said to one of the survivors. "Did you die?" What a pathetic and mentally ill president we have here in the Philippines. Since he took office as president. He always blame the past administration for the problem of our nation, even the conflicts in Zamboanga, blamed it to arroyo administration, and now in this super typhoon haiyan, he will blame it again and again, he didn't do nothing on helping the victims, all I can say is Aquino failed to do his job. He is arrogant, mentally retard, even blame the number of population why there are many lose of lives in our province, if guillotine is accessible right now, I wish to behead aquino.

    November 13, 2013 at 3:32 am | Reply
    • Mel

      if you were in pnoy's position would you have done better? did you hear him tell the survivor "Did you die?" ?
      Pnoy did not fail his job, he may not broadcast everything he has done to public but that does mean has done nothing. There has been no such thing as Pnoy blaming others! im not defending him, i'm just saying is that don't talk about thing that doesn't have any basis. Beheading pnoy won't do the victims any good it would only add up to thousand that has died.

      Let him do his job, while we do our best as well to help the victim of super typhoon Haiyan.

      November 13, 2013 at 5:49 am | Reply
      • Robin

        Amanpour is an outsider that sees things in wide range that is why she was able to hit Mr President directly like no other local journalist/broadcasters able to do for fear that they would be lashed out on national TV, i share the same sentiment with most people here that He should take over and be in control of the whole situation because most of the LGU's were paralyzed, skip with the requirements and procedures in running the government at least when it comes to these affected areas, forget partisan politics, stop blaming others, be in COMMAND, be a LEADER, the world is watching.

        November 13, 2013 at 6:54 am |
    • ver

      Why behead Pnoy ? It is not enough, cremate him alive. He doesn't know humility. Anyway he is just a puppet, who cares if you burn a puppet ?

      November 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      So you're saying Aquino is more incompetent than Joseph Estrada? I don't know about that.

      November 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  16. Ed

    I hope the donations worth $ 300 million dollars by UN and other financial assistance given by 22 countries will given directly to the survivors of super typhoon yolanda, I appeal to cnn to inform the UN don't give your donations to philippine national government, because even the philippine national government will just steal the donations, don't give it executive and legislative branch of government of the philppines. Please give it directly to survivors. Up until now, she survivors is still waiting for the aide to come, that's how incompetent our national government here in the Philippines. And our president is mentally insane, arrogant and blame gamer,

    November 13, 2013 at 4:10 am | Reply
  17. jethro

    why I don't understand is why are so many people are trying to cover up his failures or his mistakes as a leader....

    November 13, 2013 at 4:14 am | Reply
    • dryedmangoez

      Blinded by "yellow fever."

      November 13, 2013 at 5:45 am | Reply
    • Venz

      just because Mayor Romualdez also became one of Haiyan's victims should not excuse his incompetence. As many netizens mentioned many victims who died in Tacloban City were considered poor... Why is this so Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Tacloban City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez (also the mayor's wife) and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez? Tacloban is a city so obviously it has substantial income and funds? So why is this city considered as one of the poorest places in the Philippines. You can keep blaming the president but please also remember those who made this tragedy possible due to their own selfish gains.

      November 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
      • julius

        Vinz or Venz lol did you drop your head as a baby? how can you say the local government has no excuse? they're victims too, how can they function if everything is destroyed? and how can you say something about funds? what funds are you saying? have you realized they cant just spend government money when they are not allowed to do so. and poorest place in the Philippines? before haiyan tacloban is one of the most organized cities in the Philippines, complete with government facilities from hospitals and other infrastructures all destroyed by the typhoon as you were saying i can tell that your one of those idiotic people idolizes a stupid president who claims projects that he did not even do or finished before the beginning of his term. and please tell your president that stop pocketing our donations, billions of donations cant be seen where it went and even a simple canned goods has been corrupted and replaced by a nearly expired goods. and even a simple noodle pack with a yellow ribbon imprinted from national government can explain why it took so long for them to help and why is other countries came faster than them.

        September 26, 2014 at 5:59 pm |
  18. Alcioniefrey

    I believe that a lot of people are wrong in their views and opinions of what is currently happening in the Philippines. I ask everyone to critically analyze the situation before making useless and baseless comments.
    With regards to the PNoy's action immediately after the supertyphoon, i believe that he was not lax nor was he "invisible". He was doing what needs to be done. Just because his actions were not broadcasted by the media it does not mean that he was doing nothing. Just because he was not on the scene it does not mean that he doesn't care. OF COURSE HE CARES!! think for a minute! If he shows weakness at a time like this, what would the entire country feel?! We need someone strong and calm to lead us, to give us HOPE! It's not that he does not care, but he needs to be strong and calm enough to do what needs to be done! I'm not defending PNoy I'm just stating fact!

    As for the slow coming of relief operation, please be reminded that the roads are still blocked. It's not easy to clear miles and miles of blocked roads when most of the equipment and staff of the local governments were also swept away by the storm. Most of the Backhoe and heavy equipment used to clear the road needs to be brought over from far places. thus making the entry of relief operations slower. Also, if you've watched the news recently, you will know that some groups that carries relief goods were intercepted by armed rebel groups. The government is doing everything they can.

    Now is not the time for blaming and bashing. instead of criticizing the government, what we need to do is to extend help in whatever way we can. You can probably go to the nearest repacking stations and help repack the relief goods. You can donate money or goods for the victims. You can also encourage others to donate and/or volunteer. Instead of posting your criticisms, what you need to do is promote volunteerism and encourage others to donate!

    Pls. guys! we don't need more conflict! criticisms would only make divisions among the people! We need to be UNITED in a time like this!

    November 13, 2013 at 5:15 am | Reply
    • James

      I understand your well meaning sentiments Alcioniefrey and ok i know division wont help. But fact remains that he didnt act and still hasnt been able to cope. He went there and his remarks was appalling. Simple matter of moving troops into positions where they can move in as soon as storm over is a huge failing. He had many days notice and did little. When it happened despite that he put nothing in place, he plans local gov who he never gave tools too. I admire your spirit but frankly none of this defendable, he has to go. Its not just this issue its hundreds of others.

      November 13, 2013 at 5:56 am | Reply
      • James

        Sorry i meant to say blames local gov

        November 13, 2013 at 5:57 am |
      • Alcioniefrey

        james, do you think that making him go will solve the problem that we are currently facing? would it give solace to those who were affected? do you believe that one person can think of everything?
        What I want to say is that blaming Pnoy solely is not the answer to this disaster. You can't expect Pnoy, who has a million and one things to worry about, personally handle each and every aspect of the problem. why do you think we have various government agencies and local government? Also, disasters are supposed to be managed locally. Only when the local government can no longer contain and solve the problem, will the national government intervene. We cannot blame anybody. No one could have expected Yolanda to be this devastating....PNoy is a president not a superhuman who can magically solve everything. Also, Pnoy has already retracted his earlier comments about the local government. There is no use in mulling over the issue!

        November 13, 2013 at 7:13 am |
    • Robin

      That is why we need to have reinforcement but the government should take the lead, quick and wise decisions, the government is actually being judged through the victims who are openly crying out for help.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:03 am | Reply
  19. Minda

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    November 13, 2013 at 5:42 am | Reply
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  20. kandi

    whatever Pnoy!
    your response on the situation is way too slow,
    you let your corrupt people handle donations and help from other countries
    irresponsibly and now everyone in Philippines are afraid those money,relief good etc
    will be put on your and your corrupt officials own pocket,
    let the help reaches the victims...
    give them what they necessary needs in this time of disaster,
    many victims in many different town in Samar are still wasn't able
    to get the help they are needed,they are starving to death,most of them haven't
    eat and drink for almost 4 days now and they are dying...
    i don't get it when the media men was able to reach those places and you and your
    people can't go there to give help.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:52 am | Reply
    • ethon

      I agree-- grabe- President Aquino DID not even answer the question by amanpour "HOW can you OPEN the pipeline for disater Relief,,because Government AID is Very SLOW ??"" --aquino answer: the local (tacloban) government should do this... and then goes on to tell the Difficulties of no pwerlines-at havoc..then finish.. what the F*(k....he did not answer the Question 'HOW will you GET relief goods--HOW......instead of saying his solutions–quino still Blames the powerlines and havoc and local government,,,blah blah...... Incompetent President

      November 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  21. 3stars & a sun

    Stop hating the president, We need to understand that the Local goverment unit ( congressman, governor, mayor) should know the details.

    The Philippine goverment is decentralized in nature, the planning, rescue of any natural disaster will be managed locally. Which I hope to stay that way, so the people should choose their leaders wisely.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:58 am | Reply
    • visualpains

      WRONG! The Philippines is a unitary republic. All orders and budget allocation are mandated by the central government functioning in Manila. Decentralized?! Who are you fooling??! Your ignorance of our national government system is such an insult

      November 13, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  22. Marie

    Shame on you. Filipinos are cursing you. your not a leader you and your government are just damn greedy to money

    November 13, 2013 at 6:48 am | Reply
  23. Daphne - London, UK

    Lousy president lousy leader of the nation! I have been watching his declaration of his typhoon warnings up to his State of the Nation Address but there is no compassion in his words! We need a strong leader than him. It just looks like it is nothing serious to him. He's relying on somebody's help.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply
  24. LeeRoy

    Am I the only one creeped out by his smiling candour inspite of the catastrophe?

    November 13, 2013 at 7:44 am | Reply
  25. Sandy

    what a stupid, ignorant president. Can somebody please impeach this animal?

    November 13, 2013 at 7:57 am | Reply
  26. VoltesV

    It's not just this government that corrupt, the whole system of government is corrupt and it's very own people is to blame. Most of the politicians elected are movie stars who know's squat about politics from Major all the way to the Senate. Why do they pursue to be in politics?..... because there is always money to steal in the government and they all wonder why there is no immediate help.....hmm, I wonder why? To the senators and congressman if there are any who are involved in the pork barrel scam, why won't you all give the millions of dollars perhaps billions to the people who are affected by this catastrophic event and make everyone happy.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
  27. wilfcb

    What is needed now is a solution to the logistics problem that the Visayas is facing. Remember that the country is archipaelagic and that Tacloban is an island with limited road access, even more so now. There's a backlog of trucks carrying aid waiting to go through Samar because of a lack of RORO ferries – used to be 12 now just 8. The government only has a handful of aircraft that can ferry supplies – I believe we only have 3 working C130s ! On top of that, we have less than a handful of Vietnam-era Hueys that can access the remote communities. We can all be critics but this is what's on the plate right now – how do you get aid to the needed locations?

    November 13, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
  28. Iron Man

    I pitty these Filipinos more for having such a stupid president. No wonder why these poor people are suffering.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
  29. Sam Tolentino

    Aquino is incompetent! What is happening on the ground is totally different and much worse. I am still very proud as a Filipino but very ashamed to have such government, incompetent and corrupt leaders.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
  30. Zerah20

    I just don't get why people put all the blame to the President. First of all, you cant just judge a person from his looks. Second of all the government is not just composed of a President. There are a lot of hands in there. Yes, my country has corruption issues but this is not the time to put the blame on someone. Nobody wishes a typhoon to any type of people not even "lowest class people". This is the time to forget all those things for the sake of the victims. Let this be a lesson not just for the govt but also for us Fillipinos. We shouldnt be wasting our time blaming each other. Also let us be thankful that other countries took time to help us. We know for a fact that we dont have enough vehicles or whatever you call those things that other countries have. But let us just be thankful that help reached some parts of Leyte and samar. Whoever it is whether from the Filipino govt or from other countries. The important part is, help was there. Stop pointing fingers people. This will not save hungry men.

    November 13, 2013 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • Karen

      We should not blame anyone. INSTEAD help those people in need. If the President can't then us individual WE should move to help our country men. We have MIND, HAND and BODY to help, right? instead of posting unnecessary things that NOT helping at all.

      November 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  31. MessiahRampage

    It is too much a humiliation to see military forces from another country (US) arrive in hard hit areas and provide food and aid to the victims/survivors BEFORE the national gov't mobilizes the Phil Armed Forces!! And in all this disaster and devastation, the Commander-in-Chief can still smile on camera!?! A HEALTH undersec. saying that not burying the dead/cadavers does NOT pose any health concerns?? This country is being run by (sad to say) CLOWNS and (reality) ACTORS who just look good on TV, but have no idea what's the actual number of affected/dead, or what's the real situation in the hard-hit areas, and WORSE, NO IMMEDIATE RELIEF/AID PLAN!! NO ONE(GOVERNOR, GENERAL, MAYOR) IS IN CHARGE AT THE AREAS AFFECTED, NO IMMEDIATE MASTERPLAN FOR DISASTER RESPONSE WHATSOEVER!! With all the aid pouring in from other countries, very little is trickling to the actual people/victims due to logistical problems!! Being a "leader" you should foresee such disasters, and you MUST act accordingly. IT'S BEEN FIVE DAYS AFTER HAIYAN, MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE IF THOSE FOREIGN AID AND FOOD DON'T REACH THEM!! DO YOUR JOB!!

    November 13, 2013 at 9:37 am | Reply
  32. Ed

    How cruel the bureau of customs here in the Philippines is.... Their blocking the relief goods that came from 22 countries who offer aide to survivors of super typhoon... Because there is tax need to be paid.... I'm going to speak in Tagalog now, napaka ganid nyo sa pera mga taga customs kayo.... Mamamatay na lang sa gutom ang mga nasalanta ng bagyong yolanda. Yung relief goods ng ibang bansa, papatawan nyo pa ng buwis...

    November 13, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
  33. Maria

    Don't blame LGU. This is the responsibility of National Government. How do you expect LGU to do their responsibility even with all the preparations Nature was more powerful. You were safe in your Palace. How fast can you deliver your responsibilities as President of not just Manila but also these provinces? Work. Help. Stop pointing fingers for your slow/ ineffective response.

    November 13, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
  34. Sam Cab

    I say to some of the people here who tried so hard to make themselves believe that the President of the Philippines is the Best: Management and Leadership 101 (TAKE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION, KNOW WHEN TO OPEN AND CLOSE YOUR MOUTH (MEANING CHOOSE YOUR WORDS), EMPATHIZE, ASSIGN COMPETENT AND EFFICIENT PEOPLE, NO POLITICKING IN TIMES OF CRISIS, TAKE OWNERSHIP, HAVE THE SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND HAVE THE SENSE OF URGENCY). I'am not going to try and change your minds about him because I know for sure you will defend his actions (whether good or bad)..I understand he is your idol so as the whole family. But speaking of the victims in Central Visayas, I would say don't think and act as if you know everything, don't even think you suffered enough in your life just for once. These people have nothing left in them even the LGU's (most of them died). The next big thing is for the National Government to take quick action to save more lives in the process. Having conducted several meetings and come up with a master plan after 5 days of turmoil is NOT acceptable. People are hungry, weary, cold, sick and God knows what else they are experiencing there for more than 72 hours. Try putting yourself in the shoes of the victims and tell us that its alright to wait for help after 3 – 5 days and lets see if that's the same thing you will say after.

    November 13, 2013 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • lat

      I totally agree. Please send somebody to manage the Philippines right now. People in tacloban needs help badly. Why is the president so hesitant to help them? Is it because this is Imelda Marcos province? and the mayor is her nephew? Cant help to wonder. I hope I'm wrong. CNN please continue covering the situation in the philippines. I can only rely on international media because local media is covering up failures of this govt.

      November 13, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Teresa

      I understand all your sentiment. But please stop blaming the President of the Philippines or others for the slow distribution of relief goods or help. I know we received so many help from other countries, thank you so much. But this help are not easy to send out for the means of transportation are limited. I know because I’m there. Everything inTacloban are washout from public (multicabs, taxis, jeepneys, buses) private and government vehicles. There are 138 barangays in tacloban city alone (whole samar is affected) and their just using one truck to send the relief . Its hard. Tacloban is an island with limited access. wilfcb is right for we need a solution to help our country.

      November 13, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
  35. Sweet jane

    Our president has a kind heart but he is clueless on what to do and how to do it.

    November 13, 2013 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • Sun

      "kind" heart?
      should he bring forth what happened in "HACIENDA LUISITA"..even just ONCE .. maybe, he kindda deserves a pinch of that word.

      there was no typhoon at that time, but dead bodies piled up.

      November 13, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Ed

      Does he has a kind heart when he said to one of the survivors of super typhoon yolanda "bakit namatay ka ba? Hindi ka naman namatay ah"

      November 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  36. Reniel Y. Saño

    What is wrong with this president??? PNoy, why do you keep on blaming the local government??? They were also victims. This was a MONSTER of a storm. More than twice Katrina. Need I remind you what happened....??? It's been almost 6 days already and the waray-waray community, especially the Taclobanons are suffering, dying, continues to be terrified by insurgents, bandits, and escaped prisoners. Cadavers litter all over the city!!! If the local government is non-functional should the National Government supposed to step IN??? SO, WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT??????? It's very, very, very SHAMEFUL that you're not doing enough if nothing at all, while the rest of the world are hurrying in to help!!! This will be part of your legacy and the waray-waray community will NEVER FORGET!!!
    Any good or bad done/given to Leyte and Samar, will never be forgotten. We will be forever grateful to all the kind-hearted people. BUT, President Aquino and all your minions, may God have mercy on your souls. May harm not befall upon you. And may The Lord Almighty overwhelms us with forgiveness and loving-kindness towards you, in Jesus' Merciful NAME! Amen! WARAY NATION WILL RISE AND WILL EVEN BE MORE STRONGER! We will NEVER BE THE SAME AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!! God bless LeySam and God bless the Philippines! To God be all the glory! MY HEART BLEEDS!

    November 13, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
  37. Jon

    Additional strategies plan should be a Disaster recovery point/area/storages (that can withstands typhoon) where when there are typhoons that hits a certain place there is already a place to prepare days before the storm landfall with the relief goods that are ready to be distributed on the aftermath.
    Awareness and readiness is the key for fast distribution/help.
    Continuous improvement. Proactive preparation not unplanned reaction.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  38. Shell

    Too much BS! What kind of a president are you?

    November 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  39. bon

    22 countries have donated more than enough but the politicians are not finding ways for the goods and money to reach the victims. the reason so more will come. no wonder why we are no 1 in corruption. they even exaggerate the number of casualties.

    November 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • John

      You could also argue that there is already enough money in the country to handle not only this calamity but also the general poverty within the Philippines. Unfortunately the top 5% do not allow the money to be distributed to the remaining 95%.

      November 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  40. Ken Yab

    too much excuses, finger pointing, you're the F'ing president. There is no contingency plan, no prevention plan, no preparations before the typhoon hit. bend over and take it like a man, admit that you guys are inept in these kinds of things.

    November 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  41. mramos28

    As for me, I think that President Aquino is doing his best. And I can't imagine how difficult it is to be in his shoes especially after people have lost their trust in the Government. Before all this devastating typhoon, the economy of the Philippines is getting better as I have heard from the business report news. There's an old saying " it is insane when you do the same thing all over again then expect different result". We been bombarding our Government long enough base on previous leaders behaviors and then demand the Government better result. PEACE EVERYONE & GOD BLESS.

    November 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  42. Ken Yab

    tell that to the people who are suffering for a week now, the news about the strongest hurricane is all over the world, as i can see there was no preparation for it. evacuation? that's not enough and separating himself from the local government? compare the response of the government of other countries who experienced a tragedy, their response was a lot better than what the Philippine government did.

    November 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  43. Rose

    Hola, My name is Rose, my sister and her children was a victim of ST-YOLANDA.. I am very thankful to all the countries who give us aid, and millions of donations.. As our government is corrupt,, I SUGGEST THAT EVERY COUNTRY WHO DONATED MILLIONS TO THE VICTIM OF YOLANDA MAY HAVE ITS OWN REPRESENTATIVE TO MONITOR THE MONEY.. Please help us Filipinos from our corrupt government!

    November 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Rey

      Amen to the monitoring part. It's sad to see that after five or so days after the typhoon that relief/aid has yet to get to those who really need it. I hope the international aid gets to the typhoon victims and not into the hands of those whose minds are bent on enriching themselves as a result of this calamity.

      November 15, 2013 at 7:14 am | Reply
  44. cherrie

    Why does the administration seems so slow for immediate response on the typhoon victims? BECAUSE
    Philippines current president is an AQUINO, a son of the country's assassinated senator BENIGNO AQUINO , and Leyte especially its capital TACLOBAN is the home town of the late president FERDINAND MARCOS' wife IMELDA ROMUALDEZ...

    November 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • John

      Yopu are correct to ake that observation, but how much of her billions has Imelda donated?

      November 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  45. Kristine Santos Domingo

    What Leyte needs is a GIANT feeding center, per area, that the people can go to during meal times while they fix their homes and look for their loved ones. Eating exactly three times a day is now considered a luxury to them. The funds sent over is more than enough to serve home cooked meals for these poor people. This will prevent misuse and over-consuming of goods if given directly to the victims. If this can be done for the military training camp, this can be done as easy as 1-2-3.

    I hope my post reaches anyone who is capable of doing that.

    No more blaming others, finding the root cause is a good deal but solutions to these will take years to be deployed. We need to take action now. Local government is taking its precious time moving to help, ordinary citizens are far more concerned and helpful. Please give us the resources to move if the government does not.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Lynn

      I'm a chef in Miami I would love to do that if there's free flight for me to tacloban

      November 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Reply
      • Kristine Santos Domingo

        Appreciate the thought Lynn. People here in the nearby areas should be more like you.

        November 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
  46. Eva Fabian

    Such a lame response. Filipinos, I guess we have to start planting mangrove as that is the plan of our president to fight the inevitable calamities that we are to face in the future. I was hoping, at the very last minute of interview that somehow he would say that we would empower and develop the response teams and maybe empower the role of the Department of Health in coordinating and managing these types of tragedies same thing as USA does. Pathetic

    November 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  47. anonymous

    philippine president(Pnoy)is nothing and just waiting for the help of other countries.such a lousy president.!I'm a filipino and I know how politics works here.and it is the dirtiest politics in the world.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  48. jmcortez

    this is based on mayor quick response http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRbs-Wj3FSo

    November 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  49. Rachelle

    Pres BS Aquino is really full of it! It is very shameful that he would act all smug with that stupid smile on his face while millions suffer in the Visayas. He is not fit to be president. Even worse, his allies are surely coming up with ways to steal food out of the victims' mouth even at this very moment.

    That is the reason why everything is so disorganized. If it was even slightly organized, these officials would be held accountable for their pocketing the money. It's fiesta days for these crocodiles with the millions of dollars in aid coming in from abroad.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  50. juujuu

    Here's the thing, one death is too much, regardless of the actual numbers, one death is more than enough to say that we are not prepared for such disasters.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  51. marilou huber

    Unbelievable response fr a leader of nation. Would you let the local government to rule and manage this on its own.where are the senators and high officials get down in there yourself in the ground mr president and do something, can the central government unable to provide food water,pick up the bodies, set up treatments.Why cant we do this, dont we have planes and resources to bring in the area? Surely the government has money,stop filthy corruption and being so selfish! Low or high deaths- question is your preparation and quickness in this situation.Resiliency? Mangroves? So laid back opinions. I beg that international MUST restore this place using the generous amts of donation overseas THEMSELVES and don't hand it in to the local or national government. It's proven that we cannot trust incompetent and corrupt philippine government.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  52. Kyle

    Listen to Christiane's FIRST QUESTION- How do you feel, on a personal note, seeing all the devastation? (Because Aquino visited the site himeself) She wanted to hear how their President FELT seeing all the death and destruction, seeing the misery of the people...

    Aquino ignored that part and proceeded to pat himself on the back, downplayed the grim situation while simultaneously blaming the Local government units.

    Watch the video again to see what I mean.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  53. marilou huber

    I won't blame fully the pretty sleeping rich officials for corruption and lazyness, who put them into the seat-people the public themselves-vote buying. Are we really an independent capable nation? I' d rather be under someones wing for prosperity peace discipline order security.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  54. sarah

    in behalf of my country men, we filipinos would like to thank a thousand times to the countries who extend there help to filipinos who are victims of the latest tragedy we have. despite all the tragedy we meet we learn alot and we want to stand again and ready to face every challenges that comes in our lives. we are so grateful that UN extend there help to my country. again thank you so much maybe thanking you would not be enough.
    god bless us all

    November 13, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  55. Zos

    This President talks a lot and has not taken an actions. He is useless...

    November 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  56. mardi

    philippine gov't. are too slow to assist and rescue. same what happened to the manila hongkong hostage taking , and now, the yolanda typhoon... what is new?? the phil.pres.and his cabinet can act right away if they want to for the sake of many filipinos dying on the ground. they can use helicopters and planes to deliver foods waters and medical suppplies. thank God for all the help from the US and all countries who help my fellow countrymen. salamat po!

    November 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  57. Zac Faelnar

    Can we once and for all put those little yellow ribbons away? How will this nation heal if we insist on wearing party colors? What does it really mean to wear the yellow color and yellow ribbon today? It symbolized hope a few decades ago. But the yellow ribbon is neither an official symbol nor the seal of our country. If the President of the Republic of the Philippines had to necessarily wear a ribbon on his barong for his CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour, he should have respectfully and appropriately worn a BLACK RIBBON, or just stick to the traditional patriotic pin, as protocol at the very least. Are we not grieving for the thousands of countrymen who have so recently perished? In fact, the entire nation should already be in a STATE OF MOURNING even if the total death toll of Yolanda victims are but estimates, and the death toll of the recent earthquake in Central Visayas as well as the death toll of the recent War in Zamboanga have not yet been confirmed.

    November 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  58. jorwin

    poor leadership.

    November 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  59. jorwin

    yeah right useless

    November 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  60. Mari Rose PD

    The President should not be downplaying the number of deaths in our country. He has a problem, the way I see it. Its either he is stingy or simply mistrustful of the people around him that even in such a catastrophe, he is a slow believer. Or maybe, he is still in the stage of DENIAL? But he has been flying from one disaster stricken area to another after the typhoon, so how can he say that their slow response is due to communications problems and unbelief on the initial estimate of about 10000 deaths? Un-acceptable excuse Mr. President! At any rate, whatever extra effort you did, thank you anyway. But you could have done more indeed... that's why many Pinoys are sort of disappointed with you...

    November 14, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
  61. M

    CNN journos only reported what they observed. It's a shame that some of my countrymen took this report to be highly critical of the government's aid efforts – I reckon these are the same people who are quick to judge the local government without knowing the whole story. What a shame. I commend Mr Cooper and CNN on their coverage of the typhoon – this will surely serve as an example to other nations of what NOT to do after a disaster.

    November 14, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
  62. leo

    Please don`t wait for the local government to act on these issues, this is is a national issue, and it`s obvious that the local officials on these areas are also affected, so please fast track the release of aids that has been granted by different countries and individuals and don`t let these funds go into waste and vanish into corrupt officials hands. The world can feel the needs of our people, no need to discuss further, no need so much explanation!! we need to act!!

    November 14, 2013 at 1:31 am | Reply
  63. ShamefulSins

    Too bad my homeland government is pure corruption. My people is at the mercy of the government. I wish my countrymen will find a way to go to another country like me. Most likely the dionations and the money from other countries has already been taxed and already put some in these deep pockets of the corrupt governement. 5 days and still no relief from out government, why? simply because the government is weak, slow, and selfish.

    November 14, 2013 at 2:18 am | Reply
  64. Moron Leader

    hope Noynoy Aquino resign or disappeared!

    November 14, 2013 at 3:21 am | Reply
  65. holidaysonice

    This not just a national emergency but also one of the worst storms in recorded history & the President lays blame on local officials who were probably swept away in the disaster? He cannot be serious. This is a vivid isllustration of the fact that the Philippines has one of the most pathetically corrupt, impotent & incompetent governments in existence.

    November 14, 2013 at 3:56 am | Reply
  66. Dawn Summers

    It's not proper for a president to put the whole blame to his subordinates. He should take responsibility. If the local government fails to give immediate aid to the people of Visayas then he should take over and give the needs of the survivors. They need food and water, please don't prioritize reconstruction of houses coz no one will live there if they all die in hunger. I've lost my faith in government many years ago. I stopped going to precinct during election coz I know nothing good will happen in the government. The people in the government are all corrupt. I love my county and I love being a Filipino so it's really hurting to know that we have a very very bad government.

    November 14, 2013 at 4:13 am | Reply
  67. liza

    I believe in the sincerity and honesty of our president. I also believe in the failure of local government in the case of Tacloban. Several days had passed and I was wondering why I had not heard from the mayor of Tacloban? Unlike the other areas where I saw local officials being interviewed and seeming to be in control. There was even a rumor that the mayor's wife was missing. Oh, I thought that was the reason why. Days later, they surfaced, yet the stories we heard from them are even about them and not about their people. That is why aside from the "physical" collapse-of people, houses, airport etc.-was a concomitant organizational collapse...no one simply immediately filled in the leadership void, and when you have a vacuum like that in the midst of a crisis, the lawless elements step in. Many other areas were also affected, but how come it's only in Tacloban that there's a total breakdown of law and order?
    There were relief goods, but the roads were simply impassable, airport non-functional. A lot of clearing had to be done. The next stories that came were that the goods were finally getting in, but unfortunately were being blocked by armed men,who would take the goods for themselves and would even kill people to do it. Now there's an ongoing exodus out of Tacloban. Yes, the government is channeling goods etc to Tacloban (we only have 3 C-130s and they were traveling to Tacloban everyday from Cebu) but I think the local government's help of course is sorely needed as they know their barangays better, etc. I don't think it's possible for the President to actually sit in Tacloban and man everything in person.
    We are very grateful to the countries who have extended help; these are developed countries with resources and disaster response operations already in place even long before. May we hopefully learn much from all this and rise again and never encounter such a thing again! God bless our country!

    November 14, 2013 at 5:54 am | Reply
    • Mark Flores

      Failure of the local government??? Whether there's failure or not – that is not the point! What happened is not a "local disaster" IT IS A NATIONAL DISASTER so the action should come from the national government and not from the LGU or whatever. 6 days after the disaster? Common you can't be anymore slacker than that. It is very obvious that the President failed to respond quickly to the disaster and now he keeps blaming the LGU on international TV. Sure there are some governments official and military personnel doing their bit but on a massive scale as what would be expected in relation to the measure of the destruction and suffering, there is none! Impassable roads? Surely the Philippine government and the military must have some helicopters to airlift food and water in. This interview has just confirmed to the whole world what really is the Philippine Government – and it's not a nice picture.

      November 14, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply
  68. lanz Art

    I agree-There is no more excuse after the sixth day Mr. president! you are not only insensitive to these victims but you are a failure to the Filipino people in all aspect of your presidency!

    he should put more efforts to command all government agencies,police,military etc, and devided them for 3 groups to do the operations,to clean up the debris especially in the street so that if there are relief goods it can past through barangays,another groups to search for the dead bodies and to distribute donations in each affected places...no proper attention,lack and slow

    November 14, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
  69. Mark Flores

    Failure of the local government??? Whether there's failure or not – that is not the point! What happened is not a "local disaster" IT IS A NATIONAL DISASTER so the action should come from the national government and not from the LGU or whatever. 6 days after the disaster? Common you can't be anymore slacker than that. It is very obvious that the President failed to respond quickly to the disaster and now he keeps blaming the LGU on international TV. Sure there are some governments official and military personnel doing their bit but on a massive scale as what would be expected in relation to the measure of the destruction and suffering, there is none! Impassable roads? Surely the Philippine government and the military must have some helicopters to airlift food and water in. This interview has just confirmed to the whole world what really is the Philippine Government – and it's not a nice picture.

    November 14, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply
  70. Gigi

    Ms. Amanpour great job on grilling President Aquino. But it seems what we really want his response to some questions are not really answered. His Government seem to be dislocated and unorganized.

    November 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  71. Phoebe

    You do not dare point finger at the local government. How could they still function? They were victims too, Mr President! Did you fail to realize that they also lost their homes, their families and some even lost their own lives? When the local government cannot do it, the national government should step in and HELP.

    November 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Venz

      just because Mayor Romualdez also became one of Haiyan's victims should not excuse his incompetence. As many netizens mentioned many victims who died in Tacloban City were considered poor... Why is this so Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Tacloban City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez (also the mayor's wife) and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez? Tacloban is a city so obviously it has substantial income and funds? So why is the people of this city considered as one of the poorest places in the Philippines? You can keep blaming the president but please also remember those who made this tragedy possible due to their own selfish gains.

      November 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  72. pio

    just waring for catholics.pls be prepared to defend your faith.we do not worship mary,we dont practice idolatry,Jesus is the center of our faith.Jesus established the CC,Matthew 16:18 .few weeks,months from now ,the Opportunists,like Born Again Christians,Mormons will spearhead their proselytization,by camouflaging as charity works.the former will obliged victims to read the bible first and renounce your catholic christian faith before offering you help e.g. food,the latter group will help victims rebuild houses,lives ,but at the same time they will commence brainwashing poorly and inadequately catechized catholics to jump to their pseudo christian faith.these are wolves in sheeps clothing.they do this when calamity strikes,especially when victims are professed catholics.they see these as their opportunities to boost their cause.pls catholics ,do not be fooled by these groups.visit catholic .com/forums,if you have any question about our one,holy and apostolic church.here in the USA ,every yr ~ 100k converts to the CC,majority of them former BORN AGAIN Christians,who used to despise the CC,with some of them were responsible for brainwashing and programming ex catholics to abhor their former faith,then they found out the TRUTH and repented for what they did in the past!

    November 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  73. Nathaniel

    Typhoon death estimates 'too much,' President Aquino of the Philippines tells Amanpour:
    – Stupid Philippine President, strategically INEFFECTIVE.
    – Untrained, incapable to adopt and respond to any situation.
    – his judgement is above all on his political interest, like mother like son.. Shame on your self Mr Aquino.

    November 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply

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