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Mamasapano: Aquino's 'compartmented' plan, 'detached' SAF chief?

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:54 AM

Administration allies say Senator Juan Ponce Enrile failed to pin down President Benigno Aquino III in the controversial Mamasapano clash

REOPENED PROBE. Former PNP chief Alan Purisima during the Senate's January 27, 2016 probe into the Mamasapano clash. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PNP change of command ceremony

Jul 16, 2015 - 10:41 AM

The PNP confers retirement honors to outgoing OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and welcomes new chief Director Ricardo Marquez

Leonardo Espina's 'last card'

Jul 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM

PNP OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina who is retiring on July 19 looks back on almost 40 years of service and talks to Rappler about why Oplan Exodus hit close to home and why the PMA was his last card

New PNP chief, Revilla’s furlough, Pluto flyby | 12PM wRap

Jul 14, 2015 - 1:01 PM

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John C. Maxwell: Grow today, grow intentionally

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:38 AM

Find your passion Find your strength But most importantly stay consistent

Rappler Talk: Leonardo Espina on leading the PNP post-Mamasapano

Jun 25, 2015 - 10:11 PM

PNP officer in charge Leonardo Espina saw through what is arguably the most gruesome encounter in police history – the bloody clash between 44 Special Action Force troops and Muslim rebels in Mamasapano Maguindanao

Binay’s resignation, next PNP chief, PH vs China | 12PM wRap

Jun 25, 2015 - 1:09 PM

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Who will Aquino pick as PNP chief?

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The President has spoken to at least 3 police officials as he wraps up the vetting of contenders for the top PNP post

WHO'S NEXT? President Benigno S. Aquino III is set to pick the next chief of the PNP. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Half a million gun owners in PH without licenses – police

May 06, 2015 - 6:52 PM

With expired licenses guns cannot have their registration renewed making them illegal says the PNP’s Firearms and Explosives Office

MODERNIZING GUN REGISTRATION. PNP FEO chief Senior Superintendent Dennis Siervo unveils plans to simplify the country's gun licensing process. Rappler photo

Why Aquino is taking time to pick a PNP chief

Apr 29, 2015 - 11:39 AM

President Benigno Aquino III says he wants to rush the appointment of several key government officials – the post of PNP chief included – but he’d rather take his time than have regrets in the end

'GIVE ME TIME.' President Benigno Aquino III says more time is needed as 'investigations' wrap up for the next PNP chief. File photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Espina: I offered to resign in December 2014

Apr 23, 2015 - 4:54 PM

Asked if he s willing to extend his tour of duty Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina tells reporters: I m sure of my retirement I don’t know about you

PNP OIC. Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina gives a short press briefing after their command conference at the Camp Crame in Quezon City on February 5, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino on Espina, Binay vs Poe, ‘royal baby’ | The wRap

Apr 17, 2015 - 8:13 PM

The president confirms Espina did resign Binay’s camp claims it’s not worried about Grace Poe The countdown for the ‘royal baby’ begins

Espina on resignation: I didn't want to get in the way

Apr 17, 2015 - 4:09 PM

‘I didn’t want to get in the way of President Aquino’s free hand in appointing a new Chief PNP ’ says the police general of his resignation letter

OIC UNTIL? Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina gives a short press briefing after their command conference at the Camp Crame in Quezon City on February 5, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino: Espina resigned; acceptance 'pending'

Apr 17, 2015 - 1:46 PM

The President confirms an earlier report that the PNP OIC did tender his resignation

UNDECIDED. President Aquino with PNP OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina (3rd from right). File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Poe vs Binay, Espina resigns, Pacquiao training | The wRap

Apr 16, 2015 - 8:12 PM

Grace Poe in a statistical tie with Binay in a presidential survey PNP officer in charge Espina resigns Pacquiao says his killer instinct is back

Espina hands in resignation as PNP OIC

Apr 15, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina the current OIC of the PNP sent the President his letter of resignation last March

PNP OIC Leonardo Espina arrives at the South Wing Annex of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday, Arpil 14, to attend the executive session of the House of Representative's probe into the Mamasapano encounter. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Constantino joins PNP's Command Group

Apr 14, 2015 - 11:28 PM

Police Director Danilo Constantino is now the PNP’s number 4 official as Deputy Director Generals Leonardo Espina and Marcelo Garbo Jr are officially promoted

Espina, Garbo to assume new PNP posts next week – Roxas

Apr 10, 2015 - 6:35 PM

Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina will be Deputy Chief for Administration while Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr will take over as Deputy Chief for Operations

MORE POWERS. Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina gives a short press briefing after their command conference at the Camp Crame in Quezon City on February 5, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NSA chief: Aquino knew Espina out of the loop

Apr 08, 2015 - 7:47 PM

National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia Jr tells lawmakers that on January 8 he informed the President that PNP OIC Leonardo Espina seemed out of the loop in ‘Oplan Exodus’

'ESPINA DIDN'T KNOW.' National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia Jr. during the April 8, 2015 House of Representatives hearing on 'Oplan Exodus.' Rappler photo

Napolcom expands PNP OIC Espina's powers

Apr 08, 2015 - 1:23 PM

PNP OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina is now authorized to approve and issue permits to transport firearms explosives and ammunitions for air naval and land assets

MORE POWERS. Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina gives a short press briefing after their command conference at the Camp Crame in Quezon City on February 5, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Roxas defends Aquino, Arroyo plunder, MayPac ad | The wRap

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:11 PM

Interior secretary Mar Roxas defends President Benigno Aquino Plunder charges against Gloria Arroyo moves to the trial stage The Mayweather Pacquiao ad is out

Kenya massacre, Marwan dead, boxing gloves | The wRap

Apr 06, 2015 - 7:34 PM

A Kenyan official’s son one of the Garissa attackers The Philippine National Police declares Marwan dead Pacquiao and Mayweather’s preferred boxing gloves

'Mission accomplished': PNP declares Marwan dead

Apr 05, 2015 - 5:47 PM

FBI findings effectively dismissed any and all doubts ’ says PNP OIC Leonardo Espina 3 days after the US agency officially removes Marwan from its most wanted list

MOST WANTED: Top Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist 'Marwan' is the target of the PNP-SAF operation in Maguindanao

BBL prospects, Germanwings pilot, Mayweather-Pacquiao | The wRap

Mar 27, 2015 - 7:43 PM

Aquino announces new prospects for the Bangsamoro Basic Law The Germanwings pilot suffered from depression A boxing announcer says Mayweather Pacquiao could end in a draw

Cadets talk future of PNP, BJMP, BFP with Aquino

Mar 27, 2015 - 2:38 PM

In an hour long meeting with the President newly minted police fire and jail inspectors ask about his plans for the agencies they will be serving

President Benigno S. Aquino III speaks with newly-minted police, jail and fire bureau inspectors after the PNPA Class of 2015's graduation on March 26, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Espina stands firm on SAF 44 'overkill'

Mar 27, 2015 - 12:10 PM

PNP OIC Leonardo Espina avoids comment on the MILF report on the Mamasapano clash but takes exception to the group’s findings that the SAF used their own comrades as human shields

Why the PNP needs a full-time chief now

Mar 27, 2015 - 9:30 AM

President Benigno Aquino III has not yet filled in the nearly 4 month vacancy in the PNP crucial to the operational effectiveness of the 150 000 strong police force

President Benigno S. Aquino III troops the line during the 36th PNPA Commencement Exercises of the Lakandula Class of 2015 at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Cavite on March 26, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Lacson: Aquino should 'deal with MILF' too

Mar 24, 2015 - 9:24 AM

‘To care about the peace process and nothing more I don’t think it speaks well of the commander in chief ’ says former PNP chief Panfilo Lacson

President Benigno Aquino III announces that a National Day of Mourning will be observed for members of the PNP Special Action Force who were killed in Maguindanao. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau

FULL TEXT: Draft Senate report on Mamasapano

Mar 17, 2015 - 6:39 PM

UPDATED The Senate panel that probed the Mamasapano incident reveals its findings and recommendations in a 129 page report

MAMASAPANO REPORT. Senator Grace Poe presents to the media the draft Senate report on the Mamasapano incident on March 17, 2015. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Senate draft report: 'Aquino must bear responsibility'

Mar 17, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The Senate panel that conducted the probe into the Mamasapano operation says that President Benigno Aquino III must show leadership with regards to the incident

SENATE HEARING ON MAMASAPANO, Senate Grace Poe leads the Senate hearings on the Mamasapano incident. Photo by Rappler/Mark Cristino

BOI report, MILF invites Cayetano, Morales for Pacquiao | The wRap

Mar 13, 2015 - 8:13 PM

The Board of Inquiry report says President Aquino broke chain of command The MILF invites Alan Cayetano to coffee Erik Morales roots for Manny Pacquiao

BOI on Purisima, Junjun Binay, Pacquiao-Mayweather face-off | The wRap

Mar 12, 2015 - 8:39 PM

The board of inquiry on Mamasapano says Purisima acted without authority Makati Mayor Junjun Binay refuses to step down Pacquiao and Mayweather face off in Los Angeles

Gag order on Napeñas? 'I don’t do that' – Espina

Mar 11, 2015 - 1:25 PM

PNP OIC Leonardo Espina says he leaves it up to the discernment of sacked PNP SAF chief Getulio Napeñas on whether he should speak on the Mamasapano clash

PNP OIC PDDG Leonardo Espina. File photo by Mark Cristino

Mamasapano probe, Filipinos in Libya, Tarver on Pacquiao | The wRap

Mar 09, 2015 - 8:14 PM

The Board of Inquiry asks for President Aquino: what happened in Mamasapano? Four Filipinos are abducted in Libya Former boxing champ Tarver says Pacquiao will give Mayweather a hard time

Aquino to SAF troopers: 'We're like family here'

Mar 04, 2015 - 6:33 PM

SAF troopers air their concerns to the President – from training equipment to their hazard pay

SAF MEETING. President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulates the newly newly installed PNP-SAF Director Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio Lazo during the assumption of command ceremony at Camp Bagong Diwa. Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino will choose next PNP chief ‘at right time’ - Roxas

Mar 04, 2015 - 4:18 PM

The President interviews two of the PNP’s most senior officials – PNP OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and Chief of Directorial Staff Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr – for the post of top cop

TAKING HIS SWEET TIME. President Benigno Aquino III

Aquino told Roxas: Don't discuss Marwan details

Mar 04, 2015 - 9:43 AM

Even as President Aquino was with his top generals in Zamboanga City on January 25 information about Mamasapano came in trickles These text messages may explain why

PNP awaits court's 'further action' on PDAF senators in Crame

Mar 03, 2015 - 6:41 PM

An internal investigation by the PNP shows the visit of senators Ramon Revilla Jr and Jinggoy Estrada to the PNP General Hospital recently was irregular

HOSPITAL VISIT. Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II on February 26, 2015, shows a diagram of the movement of detained Senator Ramon Revilla Jr, who claimed he needed emergency treatment at the PNP hospital but turned out to have attended the birthday celebration of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will the President's crisis management style spell his downfall?

Mar 03, 2015 - 1:39 PM

The President s handling of the aftermath of the Mamasapano operation raises questions on whether his crisis management style has aggravated the problem

CRISIS MANAGEMENT. It took President Benigno Aquino III 3 days since after the Mamasapano operation before addressing the nation. Malacañang Photo Bureau

PNP officials relieved over Revilla visit to Enrile

Feb 26, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II has ordered the relief of Police Chief Superintendent Alberto Supapo as head of the PNP Headquarters Support Service and several others over the unauthorized visit

‘VIOLATIONS.’ Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II shows a diagram of the movement of Senators Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile during a press conference in Camp Crame on February 26, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lawyer: Not in Purisima's character to lie to Aquino

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:23 PM

The resigned PNP chief also says nothing was amiss when he was in direct contact with the President and top military and police officials on the day of Oplan Exodus

'I DIDN'T LIE.' Resigned PNP chief Dir Gen Alan Purisima during a Senate hearing on the Mamasapano encounter. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

The many answers to: ‘Who led Oplan Exodus?’

Feb 25, 2015 - 6:30 AM

Purisima and Napeñas continue their blame game but senators and security officials say both of them shoulder responsibility for the Mamasapano debacle

'I AM ACCOUNTABLE BUT...' Resigned police chief Alan Purisima takes responsibility for Oplan Exodus but still blames Napeñas for failing to coordinate with the military. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Mamasapano senate hearing, BOI probers, Taylor Swift | The wRap

Feb 24, 2015 - 8:38 PM

An army general turns emotional The board of inquiry goes to Mamasapano Taylor Swift is 2014’s top selling artist

Aquino tells lawmakers: I asked Purisima to loop in Espina

Feb 23, 2015 - 9:07 PM

UPDATED Aquino felt he was lied to about details on the Mamasapano clash lawmakers say

NATIONAL ADDRESS. President Benigno Aquino III is expected to address the nation regarding the Maguindanao incident. Malacañang file photo

After Mamasapano: PMA '81 comes home

Feb 21, 2015 - 10:45 PM

The Mamasapano tragedy casts its long shadow on this year s Philippine Military Academy homecoming

‘Presidentiables’ flock to PMA homecoming a year before polls

Feb 21, 2015 - 5:04 PM

Rappler spots 4 incumbent and former senators marching with their PMA mistahs

PMA 1984: Secretary Mar Roxas (third row, righmost)

PNP probe: No Purisima affidavit yet

Feb 19, 2015 - 4:02 PM

The PNP probe into the Mamasapano clash is 70 complete

PNP-AFP rift? 'We are one, we will overcome'

Feb 19, 2015 - 3:06 PM

Police and military generals downplay any perceived rift between the two forces in the aftermath of a police operation that left 44 elite cops dead

BROTHERS. AFP and PNP officials links arms during a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on February 19, 2015. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

AFP, PNP: Return of SAF arms 'good first step'

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:12 PM

This is an important first step not just in restoring the trust between the PNP and the MILF but in restoring trust between the MILF and the Filipino people says Interior Secretary Mar Roxas

FIRST 16. Some of the 16 SAF firearms returned to the PNP by the MILF. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Faulty grenades, US in Mamasapano? Wait for probe – PNP

Feb 16, 2015 - 7:13 PM

The PNP OIC urges the public to wait for the Board of Inquiry report as the police force continues to audit and check equipment issued to its elite commandos

CLASH SITE. Residents survey January 28, 2015 the scene in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano Maguindanao where 44 SAF members died and 11 others wounded during a clashed with combined forces of MILF and BIFF.