Amnesty Internat’l PH issues erratum after Uson, netizens hit them over fake ‘13M’ drug war deaths

Human rights organization Amnesty International Philippines apologized and corrected the wrong figure “13M” for the number of drug-related deaths in the country after Duterte supporters slammed them for their mistake.
“Erratum: On Amnesty International Philippines’ official Facebook and Twitter accounts, the post regarding deaths under the ‘war on drugs’ was incorrectly written as 13M. The correct post should read 13K,” the organization wrote on Facebook on November 13.

“An erratum was also sent to members of the media via sms on Saturday, 11 November, after the update was posted,” they added.


This came hours after Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson slammed the organization for using the “13M” figure.

“Wow natulog lang kami 13Million na kaagad. Magaling talaga kayo sa pagdagdag ng bilang,” Uson said in a Facebook post.

Uson’s criticism was followed by that of another Duterte supporter, Sass Sasot, who tagged the erroneous tweet from Amnesty International PH as “fake news.”

Another Duterte supporter, Faith Cabanilla, slammed the organization and accused of destabilizing the Philippines and demonizing President Rodrigo Duterte.

The comments section of Amnesty International-PH’s erratum post was bombarded with criticisms over their mistake and questions regarding their proof on how they come up with the 13,000 figure.

There has been a never-ending debate over the number of deaths related to the drug war, with local and international human rights organizations putting the figure between 7,000 and 13,000. On the other hand, the Philippine National Police (PNP) claimed that as of October 2017, there is no case of extrajudicial killing in the country under the Duterte administration, with around 3,800 people killed in the government’s war against drugs when they resisted arrest.

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