Korina Sanchez was reportedly suspended by the Management of ABS-CBN for unethical reporting. But some reports claim that the radio and television broadcaster only filed a week’s worth of leave of absence.
Here’s a breakdown of what had happened over the course of the widely-talked about word war between Sanchez and Anderson Cooper of CNN.
Cooper in a November 13 report for his special coverage of Supertyphoon Haiyan gave the following statements:
“There’s no evidence of organized relief and rescue operation around Tacloban. I haven’t seen much of relief effort, I haven’t seen a large military presence.”
Cooper then tweeted about his observations directly from Tacloban. Apparently, here’s one that irked both Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas, the Interior and Local Government Chief.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) November 13, 2013
Sanchez then reacted to Anderson’s statements through her DZMM show. Sanchez was quoted saying on radio the following:
“Hindi yata niya alam ang sinasabi niya (he doesn’t know what he is talking about).”
DILG is the agency in charge of “search, rescue and relief operations on the ground”.
The netizens then have a field day attacking and criticizing Sanchez.
The following day, Cooper released a less than four-minute video defending his mother station’s coverage of Haiyan and addressed Sanchez’s criticisms of the journalist.
Cooper talked about the country’s relief response that he saw during his time Tacloban City. Cooper also described the extensive work that still needs to be done.
“Ms. Sanchez is welcome to go there and I would urge her to go there. I don’t know if she has, but her husband as interior minister, I’m sure he could arrange a flight.”
Toward the end of the video, Cooper raved about how strong and resilient the Filipino people are.
“We honor them in every broadcast that we do.”
On November 15, Friday, Sanchez made it to CNN as the Filipino radio announcer who attacked Cooper.
In the video, Cooper denied ever saying something that Sanchez said in her radio show. The CNN journalist and host of “Anderson Cooper 360′ described as “bizarre” and “inaccurate” the commentary by the local ABS-CBN veteran broadcaster.
As his defense, Cooper finally said:
“Obviously, having been on the ground there, we were reporting what we are seeing.”
Cooper and his crew visited the Philippines and flew to Tacloban on Wednesday to do live coverage for his show about the monster typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda).
ABS-CBN is yet to confirm reports of the suspension of their broadcaster Korina Sanchez.