Philippine police colonel on Duterte drug list killed in shootout

Nearly 5,000 people have been killed in police anti-drug operations since July 2016. (File/AFP)
Updated 06 November 2018
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Philippine police colonel on Duterte drug list killed in shootout

  • Santiago Rapiz, a police officer in the southern city of Dipolog, was on a list of 6,000 suspected dealers compiled by Duterte’s government in a war on drugs
  • Human rights groups say thousands have been summarily executed in what amounts to systematic extermination of drug users in the poorest communities

MANILA: A police colonel on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s wanted list for alleged drug links was killed in a shootout with police during an anti-drug operation, a senior police official said on Tuesday.
The official said Santiago Rapiz, a police officer in the southern city of Dipolog, was on a list of 6,000 suspected dealers compiled by Duterte’s government in a war on drugs launched after he won the presidency in 2016.
Rapiz sold 50,000 pesos ($940) worth of methamphetamine to undercover police in Dipolog on Monday night, said Romeo Caramat, head of the police counter-intelligence task force.
“There was a brief chase but when he was cornered, he fired at our agents,” Caramat said, adding that Rapiz died in the exchange of gunfire.
Rapiz was accused of protecting drug lords and engaging in narcotics dealing, Caramat said.
Reuters was unable to contact Rapiz’s family for comment.
Nearly 5,000 people have been killed in police anti-drug operations since July 2016.
Human rights groups say thousands have been summarily executed in what amounts to systematic extermination of drug users in the poorest communities. Police vigorously reject that, saying they were suspected drug dealers who resisted arrest.


UN team to investigate ‘horrific’ massacre in central Mali

Updated 26 March 2019
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UN team to investigate ‘horrific’ massacre in central Mali

  • UN human rights office spokeswoman says the massacre in Ogossagou, in Mali’s Mopti region, mostly targeted people from the ethnic Fulani, or Peuhl, community

GENEVA: The United Nations is deploying crime-scene investigators, human rights officers and a child protection expert to central Mali to investigate intercommunal violence over the weekend that killed more than 150 people, one-third of them children.
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani of the UN human rights office says the massacre in Ogossagou, in Mali’s Mopti region, mostly targeted people from the ethnic Fulani, or Peuhl, community.
She said Tuesday the “horrific attacks” signal a “spike in killings” in a cycle of violence in the region that has caused 600 deaths and displaced thousands since last March.
Shamdasani said the attacks appeared to be motivated by an effort to eliminate violent Islamic extremist groups active in Mali, but that “millions of people are being painted as violent extremists simply because they are Muslim.”