Palace welcomes CNN anchor's praise for characteristic strength of Filipinos

November 18, 2013 7:18 am 

MANILA, Nov. 17 — Malacanang on Sunday welcomed the tribute that CNN anchor Anderson Cooper paid to Filipinos affected by super typhoon "Yolanda."

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said it was indeed good that Cooper thanked Filipinos for showing others how to live.

"Ikinalulugod po natin ang patuloy na pagpapahayag ng suporta ng iba’t ibang mga indibidwal, grupo, at bansa dahil malaki po ang maitutulong nito sa pagpapaangat ng ating morale, ‘yun pong public morale, lalo po doon sa mga nandoon mismo sa calamity areas (We welcome the show of support from various parties. It lifts our public morale, particularly that of the people in calamity areas)," he said.

Coloma also echoed President Benigno Aquino III's call on media to help lift the morale of people especially at this time.

He said Filipinos especially need something to perk up their spirits.

"Kailangan po natin ngayon ang katatagan ng kalooban para po mas maging mabilis ang pagbabagong-tatag ng ating mga nasalantang pamayanan (What we need is strength so we can continue helping affected areas)," he said. (PNA)

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