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Aquino admin liable for MRT3, Dengvaxia, Mamasapano? Senate bets weigh in

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat inako niya ang lahat ng responsibilidad doon bilang tatay ng bansa,' says opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano

VP Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino during presentation of senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Remembering #SAF44, 4 years later

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'It has been 4 years since the tragedy jolted the national police and the entire nation, but the pain brought by this loss has lingers in our hearts,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Graft or homicide? SC stops Aquino’s Mamasapano case at Sandiganbayan

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Relatives of some Special Action Force commandos who died have asked the Supreme Court to charge the former president with 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide instead of just graft.

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the Vin d’ Honneur attended by the members of the Diplomatic Corps headed by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Papal Nuncio His Excellency Guiseppe Pinto, in commemoration of the 115th Philippine Independence Day at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacañan Palace Tuesday June 13, 2013. (Lauro Montellano Jr./ Malacanang Photo Bureau).

SC records show Midas, not Sereno, sat on Mamasapano transfer request

Jan 26, 2018 - 5:36 PM

In a statement Thursday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II blamed Chief Justice Sereno for the delay

Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (left), and SC Administrator Jose Midas Marquez attends the house hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on January 15, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman probe on Dengvaxia, Aguirre on Mamasapano, Duterte in India | Evening wRap

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:27 PM

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Calida asks SC to charge Aquino with homicide over Mamasapano ops

Jan 25, 2018 - 4:25 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida joins the relatives of the SAF 44 and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption in arguing that the former president's knowledge of the operation makes him liable of homicide

HOMICIDE VS AQUINO. Solicitor General Jose Calida and VACC Chairman Dante Jimenez file a Manifestation asking the Supreme Court to charge former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide over the bloody Mamasapano operations. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mamasapano survivor killed on SAF 44 Day of National Remembrance

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'Magaling na bata 'yan at palaging concerned sa kasama niya,' says Mamasapano veteran and newly installed SAF chief Director Noli Taliño

KILLED. Carlos Bocaig was among the casualties of the plaza explosion in La Paz, Abra. Sourced photo

Malacañang tells police on Mamasapano anniv: Embody integrity of SAF 44

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'Honor their memory by reliving their values of integrity and courage as you perform your duty to serve and protect the nation,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

SC has been sitting on Mamasapano transfer request for a year – DOJ

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The trial of 88 people charged with murder for the bloody Mamasapano operations has yet to start

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SAF 44 widow: Duterte revived our hope for justice

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'When President Rodrigo Duterte had finally sat on that powerful throne, we now feel that we are able to see the sun shining upon us,' says SAF widow Julie Cayang-o

JUSTICE NEARING? SAF widow Julie Cayang-o speaks to the media at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Aquino no-show in scheduled arraignment over Mamasapano

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:58 PM

(UPDATED) Aquino's previous pleadings defend former police chief Alan Purisima, his close friend. That slightly changes in his latest motion to quash

AQUINO'S LAWYER. Lawyer Romeo Fernandez talks to reporters at the Sandiganbayan on January 12, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Roque on RevGov, Duque on Dengvaxia, Tax Reform bill | Evening wRap

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:03 PM

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Aquino's Mamasapano cases out of appointee's division

Dec 01, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The cases are consolidated with those against Purisima and Napeñas earlier raffled to the 4th Division

Aquino defends Purisima as Mamasapano 'resource person'

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:04 PM

'Was he performing the role of the chief, PNP? Was he ordering anybody? Did I tell anybody to follow him?'

MAMASAPANO DEFENSE. Former president Benigno Aquino III speaks to media after posting bail for charges linked to the botched 2015 Oplan Exodus. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Aquino again blames Napeñas for Mamasapano mistakes

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:33 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says that at that time, he had no reason to believe that the former SAF chief would lie to him

MAMASAPANO. Former president Benigno Aquino III presents his case on the Mamasapano encounter in a news briefing in his home in Quezon City on November 10, 2017. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Aquino posts bail, Duterte meets Putin, Trump on South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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Sandiganbayan finds probable cause to put Aquino on trial

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) About an hour after former President Benigno Aquino III posts bail, the anti-graft court announces it has found probable cause to put him on trial

MAMASAPANO. Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino posts bail at the Sandiganbayan on November 10, 2017 for graft and usurpation of authority charges over the Mamasapano bloodbath. Photo by Rappler

Aquino's Mamasapano cases raffled to Sandigan appointee's division

Nov 10, 2017 - 1:11 PM

'More than just our gratefulness to those who appointed us, we have a sworn duty and that should be the foremost consideration,' says Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang who also chairs the Third Division

Aquino 'only did what he deemed was best' during Mamasapano – LP

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The political party of former president Benigno Aquino III comes to his defense after the Office of the Ombudsman filed charges against him at the Sandiganbayan over the botched Mamasapano operations

MAMASAPANO CLASH. Former President Benigno S. Aquino III presents the €œMedalya ng Katapangan€ to the family of a fallen SAF trooper during the Necrological Service at Camp Bagong Diwa on January 30, 2015. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino charged, Suspect in Grab driver killing, Twitter 280-character limit | Midday wRap

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:01 PM

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Nov 08, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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APPEAL DENIED. The Ombudsman denies the appeal of former president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III in connection to graft charges over the Mamasapano operations. Malacanang file photo

Ombudsman files charges vs Noynoy Aquino over Mamasapano

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) The former president is facing charges of graft and usurpation of official functions over the botched Mamasapano operation back in 2015

President Benigno S. Aquino III honors the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Troopers during the Necrological Service at the NCRPO Multi-Purpose Center of Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City on January 30, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH rule of law rating drops, Marawi stragglers, Australia travel warning | Evening wRap

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:03 PM

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SAF kin, VACC want SC to bring back homicide charges vs Aquino

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:52 PM

VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio wants the High Court to review the Ombudsman's decision to junk the 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide filed against ex-president Noynoy Aquino

APPEAL. Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain SAF member Nicky Nacino, files an appeal before the Ombudsman against former president Benigno Aquino III on July 19. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Morales on Aquino, Lorenzana, Oldest panda | Evening wRap

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:58 PM

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Ombudsman affirms graft case vs Aquino over Mamasapano

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:19 PM

2ND UPDATE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales again junks the complaint for 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against former president Benigno Aquino III

APPEAL DENIED. Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's appeal is denied as Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales affirms her earlier indictment of Aquino for graft and usurpation of authority over the botched 2015 Mamasapano operations. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Supreme Court upholds Alan Purisima's 2014 suspension

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Purisima was serving the said suspension when he participated in the botched Mamasapano police operations in January 2015

WERFAST DEAL. Dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima's anomalous deal with courier firm Werfast is the basis of his suspension, eventual dismissal, and pending graft charges before anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Mark Cristino

Aquino's appeal at Ombudsman: A defense of Purisima

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Former president Benigno Aquino III defends the text messages cited by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales when she indicted him for graft and usurpation of authority

APPEAL AT OMBUDSMAN. Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino tries to clarify the text messages sent among him, Alan Purisima and Getulio Napeñas in a bid to have charges dismissed over the Mamasapano operations.

Aquino on Mamasapano: Ombudsman violated my right to due process

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Aquino claims he was never given the chance to defend himself from complaints of graft and usurpation of authority

MAMASAPANO OPERATIONS. President Benigno Aquino III looks at the coffin of one of the 44 police commandos killed in a botched anti-terror operation during a necrological service at the Camp Bagong Diwa, in Manila on January 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

WATCH: SAF 44 kin want homicide charges vs Aquino

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Aquino also files his appeal before Morales but it is done discreetly

APPEAL. Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain SAF member Nicky Nacino, file an appeal before the Ombudsman against former president Benigno Aquino III on July 19, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

VACC, SAF kin want 176-year jail time for Aquino

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:14 PM

'Hindi po commensurate 'yung penalty ng graft sa 44 lives na ninakaw ni Pangulong Aquino,' says lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, counsel for the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption

APPEAL. Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain SAF member Nicky Nacino, file an appeal before the Ombudsman against former president Benigno Aquino III on July 19, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aquino surprised Duterte defended him over indictment

Jul 18, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III will file a motion for reconsideration before the Ombudsman on Wednesday July 19 to clarify what transpired in the Mamasapano operation

President Benigno S. Aquino III condoles with the family of the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Troopers during the Necrological Service at the NCRPO Multi-Purpose Center of Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City on Friday (January 30, 2015). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Gov’t, MILF call on public, lawmakers to support new Bangsamoro law

Jul 18, 2017 - 8:21 AM

The Duterte government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front launch a joint communications roadmap to pass the revised Bangsamoro Basic Law

COMMUNICATION ROADMAP. Government's Irene Santiago and MILF's Mohagher Iqbal ink Implementing Panels for Bangsamoro Peace Accords Joint Communication Plans in Manila, Philippines on Juky 17, 2017. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Duterte: Ombudsman's charges vs Aquino sure to fail

Jul 17, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The President says the Ombudsman s usurpation charges against his predecessor are silly since Aquino had every right to consult with then suspended PNP chief Purisima

Aquino's Mamasapano indictment 'bad precedent' – Trillanes

Jul 16, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano another former military man says the top commander can t possibly usurp a lower commander s powers

MAMASAPANO'S GHOSTS. Then-president Benigno Aquino III attends the necrological services for the slain SAF troopers on January 30, 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Mamasapano generals: Where are they now?

Jul 16, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Former police generals Alan Purisima and Getulio Napeñas allegedly conspired with former president Benigno Aquino III in the lead up to the tragic Mamasapano clash

Aquino, Morales, Marawi rehab | Evening wRap

Jul 14, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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Liberal Party: Aquino actions in Mamasapano 'in good faith'

Jul 14, 2017 - 5:21 PM

The LP sees his actions in relation to Mamasapano as imperatives in good faith to advance the cause of justice and peace in Mindanao says party president Senator Francis Pangilinan

MAMASAPANO CLASH. Former President Benigno S. Aquino III presents the €œMedalya ng Katapangan€ to the family of a fallen SAF trooper during the Necrological Service at Camp Bagong Diwa on January 30, 2015. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino to appeal Ombudsman decision

Jul 14, 2017 - 4:11 PM

UPDATED Aquino spokesperson Abigail Valte says the ex president will seek to clarify certain facts as stated in the Ombudsman decision

MAMASAPANO'S GHOSTS. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during the necrological service for 42 slain SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on January 30, 2015. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Noynoy Aquino indicted for graft over Mamasapano

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:17 PM

UPDATED Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also orders usurpation of authority charges against the former chief executive but dismisses charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide

File photo by Lauro Montellano Jr./ Malacanang Photo Bureau

Mamasapano town earns COA praise for women-friendly programs

Jul 09, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The Commission on Audit says the local government managed to make the most out of its meager funds by implementing projects that made a big impact

3 cops injured in Maguindanao blast

May 09, 2017 - 5:06 PM

An improvised explosive device attached to a police vehicle goes off in Mamasapano Maguindanao

IED BLAST. 3 cops are injured in Mamasapano, Mindanao as a result of an IED explosion. Photo courtesy of CSupt Reuben Theodore Sindac/PNP

Ombudsman lawyer being probed for Mamasapano delay

Apr 29, 2017 - 3:53 PM

UPDATED The Office of the Ombudsman discovers that their former chief records officer sat on the informations for 7 months until someone noticed nothing had been filed in relation to the Mamasapano case

INVESTIGATING THEIR OWN. The Office of the Ombudsman, recently hit for investigative delays, swears to be proactive in cleaning up their ranks. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte declares Jan 25 'Day of National Remembrance' for SAF 44

Feb 26, 2017 - 5:55 PM

I ask all our countrymen to remember the heroism of the SAF 44 and recall the daily sacrifices of our uniformed personnel for the sake of the continued peace and security of our nation says the President in a proclamation

Remembering his dead father, the boy in the photo wears a ‘SAF 44’ haircut as he and his mother attend the meeting with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte a day before the second death anniversary of the fallen 44 Special Action Force troopers at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on January 24, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Defense chief rejects wholesale valor award to 42 SAF

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:37 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says a few of the elite cops who helped kill the country s top terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir or Marwan may be deserving of the award But not all

Duterte approves awarding of Medal of Valor to remaining SAF troopers

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:09 PM

Families of Medal of Valor awardees get a P20 000 monthly pension on top of other special incentives and special privileges the National Police Commission explains

SAF 44. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte tells Philippine National Police Director General Ronald€™ Dela Rosa to examine whether the Special Action Force (SAF) 44 should be given Medals of Valor and the benefits that go with it in his speech during a meeting with the bereaved families of the fallen police officers at the Heroes Hall in Malacanang Palace on January 24, 2017. File photo by Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

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Feb 07, 2017 - 9:05 PM

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Napolcom recommends Medal of Valor for slain SAF troopers

Feb 07, 2017 - 1:05 PM

The recommendation is for 42 out of the 44 troopers killed in the Mamasapano clash in January 2015 The two others received the award in January 2016

MEDALS FOR ALL? The Napolcom recommends the conferment of Medals of Valor to the rest of the SAF 44, barely a week after President Rodrigo Duterte meets with their surviving families. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Duterte not creating commission to probe Mamasapano

Feb 06, 2017 - 7:01 PM

The President says creating another commission would be redundant since the Ombudsman is already pursuing a case on the deadly clash

FINDING OUT THE TRUTH. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the families of the Fallen 44, the Special Action Force troopers who died in an encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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Feb 03, 2017 - 8:56 PM

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