While I have no problems with Anderson Cooper and the rest of the foreign press criticizing the government for slow action in addressing the needs of the victims of the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), but I don’t think they’re able to see how the Philippine defense establishment’s logistical and transport limitations affect the way aid is being delivered to the devastated areas.
It would be difficult to compare the Philippines with how the US (the biggest defense spender in the world) and Japan (5th biggest defense spender in the world), with all their air transport capabilities, landing craft ships and other logistical and technical capabilities, responded to disasters when it struck their populations.
I am as frustrated as the next Filipino with what’s seen on the news and I do understand where Cooper and the others are coming from as journos. But I think it’s also important to look at the logistical side of distributing aid over several places in several islands in the Visayas.
You can only do so much with three C-130 planes and a handful of antiquated landing craft.