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Slow aid response hurting Aquino's image

Updated: 2013-11-16 07:36
By Rosemarie Francisco in Manila, Philippines ( China Daily)

Two days before one of the world's most powerful typhoons rammed into the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino had a simple but ambitious target for government agencies: zero casualties.

Fast-forward a week: Thousands are dead, anger is growing over the state of the relief effort, and Aquino's once-unassailable popularity is under threat - along with reforms that have helped turn the Philippines into one of Asia's fastest-growing emerging economies.

Aquino is facing a challenge that could undermine his presidency in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, whose 313 kilometer-per-hour winds and tsunami-like wall of water turned coastal regions into corpse-strewn wastelands.

Slow aid response hurting Aquino's image