Philippine typhoon: Asian press emphasise solidarity

Typhoon Haiyan has caused maximum damage to the coastal city of Tacloban Typhoon Haiyan has caused maximum damage to the coastal city of Tacloban

Newspapers in the Philippines are calling on authorities to urgently restore law and order in the areas ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, and warn politicians that any misuse of aid would be a "heinous offence".

Commentators in other Asian nations are keen to stress the importance of regional assistance, and reassure their Filipino neighbours that they are not alone in dealing with the disaster.

Regional papers are also commenting on the need to tackle global warming as nations discuss the issue at a UN summit in Warsaw.


Editorial in Philippine Daily Enquirer

Now that it has stepped in to take over the rehabilitation efforts of Tacloban, the national government must immediately put a stop to the looting and restore order and priority to relief efforts… It's a situation that can but have the direst consequences if repeated in Metro Manila, or on a national scale.

Editorial in The Daily Tribune

With the great loss of lives, which can be the worst ever for a natural disaster, political ambitions and grudges should be set aside as the speed of government in responding to the crisis would spell the difference between restoring the ravaged provinces to normalcy or they descend to a more dreadful state.

Editorial in The Manila Times

This time, this one time, we want every peso, dollar, rial or euro that is sent to the Philippines to reach the victims… We dare say that anyone who pockets such aid is committing a heinous offence against the Filipino people, and deserves the maximum penalty.


Editorial in The Jakarta Post

If we are to look for a blessing in disguise from the calamitous storm in the Philippines, it is certainly the quick disaster response from its neighbours to ensure the nation is not alone in dealing with its misery. More than being just a friend when needed, Indonesia should show the world that it is a friend that is available at all times.

Report in The Jakarta Globe

The paper writes that medical supplies and relief goods are sorely needed in the Philippines. The paper urges its readers to help and publishes a list of international agencies and local organisations that deliver aid to the disaster-stricken country.


Report in Thanh Nien

Vietnam, which has reported 14 deaths as the weakened typhoon swept through its northern provinces, has joined the global response to provide $100,000 in aid to the Philippines.


Article in Haiwai Wang, a website affiliated to the People's Daily Overseas Edition, one of the Chinese Communist Party's official newspapers

The huge casualties and property losses caused by Typhoon Haiyan are distressing for the Philippines. But what is more distressing is the fact that the capacity of the Philippines to prevent disasters and tackle disasters is very weak, the affected disaster areas have been already plunged into 'anarchy'.

Commentary in South China Morning Post

The 100,000 dollars the Chinese government has offered is not only dwarfed by other countries' pledges but is also modest compared to China's own record of humanitarian aid to the Philippines before relations deteriorated this year. In December 2011, China provided $1m after Severe Tropical Storm Washi killed hundreds in the Philippines.

Analysis in South China Morning Post

China should show sympathy and support even though Philippine President Aquino considers China an enemy... China should not try too hard in making a gesture of generosity, or have any false expectation that hefty aid to the Philippines would repair bilateral ties in any way.


Article in The China Post

China's belated aid to the Philippines is seen as motivated by politics... prompt action could have helped improve the region's opinion of China, which is regarded as increasingly assertive.


Editorial in The Business Standard

Coming just before the fortnight-long United Nations-sponsored negotiations on climate change began in Warsaw, the catastrophic super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines served as a grim reminder of the dangers of global warming, weird weather, and the urgent need for a new climate deal.

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