#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 1, 2017

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The Ozamiz City raid, which resulted in the death of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 14 others, continue to be in the headlines. Administration officials have defended the police's actions, with the PNP chief warning other officials linked to the war on drugs to be careful. Meanwhile, the Commission on Human Rights prepares to probe the incident, amid questions over how the raid was conducted.

In other news, the Senate continues its probe on the P6.5-billion smuggled drugs that got past customs. Senators say they see possible "connivance" between the smugglers and some personnel of the Bureau of Customs. But with some key figures absent from the probe, more questions arise from the issue.

Abroad, the political unrest and violence continues in Venezuela, after a much-criticized election for President Nicolas Maduro's "Constituent Assembly." Meanwhile, the soap opera continues at the White House, as Donald Trump fires his newly-appointed communications director Anthony Scaramucci, just hours after his new chief of staff John Kelly took office. This, amid Trump's numerous problems, especially North Korea.

These, and other stories, are in Tuesday's wRap.

Senators see customs, Chinese 'connivance' in P6.5-B smuggled shabu

Senators saw the involvement of Bureau of Customs officials and some Chinese nationals in the shipment of P6.5 billion worth of shabu from China to Manila, which got past BOC monitors but recovered in a raid on a warehouse in Valenzuela City.

With the absence of key figures in the Senate, the start of the probe offered more questions than answers. One thing, however, was clear to the senators: it would not have been possible to smuggle 604 kilos of illegal drugs from China via the BOC’s express lane if there was no approval from the agency.

CHR investigates raid that led to Parojinog death

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Monday, July 31, launched its investigation into the raid that led to the death of 15 people, including Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog. Section 18, Article XIII, of the 1987 Philippine Constitution mandates the CHR to investigate alleged human rights violations – on its own or through a complaint filed – perpetrated by state actors or the government.

Scaramucci out as Trump's new chief of staff takes reins

Foul-mouthed spin doctor Anthony Scaramucci was fired as White House communications director Monday, July 31, just 10 days after being named to the post and hours after Donald Trump's new chief of staff was sworn in. The 53-year-old New Yorker – whose vitriolic rant against colleagues gained him global notoriety – got the boot shortly after retired Marine Corps general John Kelly took the oath in the Oval Office.

Venezuela braces for new protests after deadly vote

Venezuela braced for new protests after a controversial election for an assembly to rewrite the constitution unleashed a wave of unrest that left 10 people dead. Opponents of embattled President Nicolas Maduro vowed another day of nationwide marches, defying an intensifying crackdown on protests that have left more than 120 people dead in 4 months.

'Government has to treat HIV as national emergency'

Infectious disease experts and persons living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are asking the government to implement the "treat all" policy, which provides immediate medication to individuals who test HIV-positive regardless of their infection stage.

Top photo: A humpead wrasse, transported from Japan's southern island of Okinawa, swims with other tropical saltwater fish on display in a tank for the Sony Aquarium 2017 exhibition in Tokyo on July 31, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

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