Department of Health secretary Paulyn Ubial called the attention of the news outlet Rappler for allegedly sharing the wrong information about the number of deaths in Evacuation Centers in Marawi.
According to the article of Rappler Secretary Ubial said on June 15 during the ASEAN Dengue Forum in Legazpi City that at least 59 evacuees from Marawi City died of dehydration and other health-related issues.
The article also said that the DOH were able to monitor only 20,000 in evacuation centers, while there are 180,000 other displaced residents.
But Ubial released a statement on Friday and denied that she said that exact statement published by Rappler.
“The information of Rappler of 59 deaths in Evacuation Centers in Marawi is wrong! Totally and intentionally gave wrong numbers! We reviewed video I clearly said no deaths in Evacuation Centers!” Ubial said in her official statement.
Ubial said that no evacuees died due to dehydration, like what the article of Rappler stated.
She clarified that there are some reported deaths in the hospitals of Marawi City, ‘but the deaths were due to pre-existing health conditions such as cancer’.
Pro-Duterte supporters accused Rappler several times of posting wrong statistics especially the count of people killed under the Duterte administration war against illegal drugs.
Official Facebook page of DSWD secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo posted the official statement of DOH sec. Ubial.
Rappler is not yet responding on the official statement of the health secretary.