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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

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

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

Aguirre, Philippine economy, ISIS | Evening wRap

Jan 26, 2017 - 10:42 PM

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Aquino pins down Napeñas in Mamasapano affidavit

Jan 26, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Aquino defends himself before the Ombudsman saying the families of SAF 44 have no basis to charge him with homicide over the Mamasapano clash

HOUNDED BY MAMASAPANO. The Mamasapano incident continues to hound President Benigno Aquino III 2 months after the tragedy. File photo By Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Aguirre: Commission should probe Aquino liability in Mamasapano

Jan 26, 2017 - 1:06 PM

The justice secretary says former president Aquino should submit his phone records to the commission that President Duterte will be creating

ULTIMATELY AQUINO'S FAULT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says former President Noynoy Aquino should have made sure that his orders to coordinate with the AFP were followed. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ombudsman: Mamasapano graft charges should have been filed June 2016

Jan 25, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Families of the slain Special Action Force SAF cops are unsatisfied with the criminal charges recently filed against Purisima and Napeñas and are demanding homicide charges against Aquino

NOT ENOUGH. Families of the slain SAF cops demand the Ombudsman for homicide charges against former President Noynoy Aquino. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Two years after Mamasapano: What has happened to the case?

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Two years have passed since the Mamasapano encounter but the victims families are still clamoring for truth about the bloody police operation

SAF 44 families demand justice from Duterte

Jan 25, 2017 - 11:45 AM

During a dinner for the families Duterte promises to set a day of remembrance for the SAF 44 and orders the PNP to study the possibility of awarding the fallen troopers the Medal of Valor

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN. The son of one of the SAF 44 wears a shirt bearing his father's face and a 'SAF 44' haircut during a dinner hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang. Photo by Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

Duterte to create commission to reinvestigate Mamasapano

Jan 24, 2017 - 9:36 PM

The President wants to appoint men of integrity and honor possibly former Supreme Court justices to head the reinvestigation into the 2015 botched police operation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed government officials at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace on January 9, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL/Presidential Photo

Duterte claims U.S. role in Mamasapano tragedy

Jan 24, 2017 - 6:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the ill fated Mamasapano operation was an American adventure with the blessing of former president Benigno Aquino III

UNEARTHING MAMASAPANO. President Rodrigo Duterte has many questions about the Mamasapano massacre. File photo from Malacañang

Complaint on Mamasapano vs Aquino not forgotten – Morales

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the complaint against former president Benigno Aquino III is still being investigated to see if there are grounds for a preliminary investigation

MAMASAPANO CLASH. President Benigno S. Aquino III condoles with the family of the fallen police troopers on January 30, 2015. Photo courtest of Malacañang Photo Bureau

Piolo Pascual, Dingdong Dantes to star in new Erik Matti film about Mamasapano clash

Dec 16, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Pintakasi looks into the events that led to the 2015 Mamasapano clash

ERIK MATTI. Erik Matti is set to direct a film about the Mamasapano clash, titled 'Pintakasi.' Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Mamasapano was a 'crisis of confidence' in PNP, says Marquez

Jun 28, 2016 - 7:45 PM

In his retirement ceremony PNP chief Ricardo Marquez turns emotional and looks back on how the deadly Mamasapano clash affected the police force

Outgoing president Benigno S. Aquino III (rightmost) along with PNP Chief-PDG Ricardo Marquez (left) troops the line for the last time in a ceremony held in his honor at Camp Crame on Tuesday. Photo by Joel Liporada

The emotional journey of Benigno Aquino III

Jun 25, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Throughout his interview with Rappler President Benigno Aquino III is relaxed confident and in good spirits – the picture of a retiring public servant satisfied with a job well done

LEGACY. 'There is no place in the country that I am afraid to go to because we neglected them,' says President Benigno Aquino Photo by Robert Vinas/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Napeñas to Aquino: No balls

Apr 09, 2016 - 10:21 AM

Former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas says President Benigno Aquino III should own up to the bloody Mamasapano clash

NO BALLS. Former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas did not mince words against President Benigno Aquino III. Photo of Napeñas by Rappler, photo of Aquino from the Malacañang Photo Bureau

Charges set vs Purisima, Napeñas over Mamasapano – Ombudsman

Apr 05, 2016 - 5:41 PM

The Ombudsman finds sacked PNP chief Alan Purisima and former SAF chief Getulio Napeñas Jr responsible for the bloody clash in Mamasapano

RESPONSIBLE FOR MAMASAPANO? Former PNP chief Alan Purisima during a Senate probe into the Mamasapano clash. File photo by Mark Cristino

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

Ex-cop urges Poe to subpoena recording on Mamasapano ‘cover-up’

Jan 28, 2016 - 3:38 PM

A subpoena will exempt those who have copies of the recording from criminal prosecution

Netizens frustrated at reopening of Mamasapano probe

Jan 27, 2016 - 11:13 PM

Aside from thinking the probe became a platform for political grandstanding netizens are also calling it a waste of time

GRANDSTANDING? Many netizens think the reopening of the probe in the Mamasapano clash was used by some sides as a form of political grandstanding. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'No stand down order from Aquino' during Mamasapano clash

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Former and current security officials make the assertion at the reopening of the Senate probe into the botched operation

MAMASAPANO PROBE. Military officials led by former Armed Forces chief retired General Gregorio Catapang (second from right) at the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano clash on January 27, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Aquino ‘hid behind’ Purisima to escape blame – Enrile

Jan 27, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile says his bid to reopen the Senate probe is driven by a promise to the survivors of the Mamasapano clash and not by politics or any personal grudge

MAMASAPANO PROBE. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile gives his opening statement at the re-opening of the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano encounter. on January 27, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Senate joint public hearing on Mamasapano

Jan 27, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Watch the livestream of the Senate probe here

Keeping the memory of Mamapasano alive by sharing your stories

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:37 AM

I would like readers to share their stories about the massacre I am especially calling on those directly involved and those directly affected

People look at a display of photos in Manila on February 7, 2015 showing the 44 elite commandos who died in a police raid in Mamasapano town, in the southern island of Mindanao during a mission in January to capture one of the world's most wanted terrorists, Bali bomber Zulkifli bin Hir. The hunt for Zulkifli ended at his hideout on remote farmland in the southern island of Mindanao just before dawn on January 25. Philippines media on February 6 ran a photo purportedly showing his dead body, sprawled in a hut and in a blood-soaked shirt. Philippine Muslim rebels said they were considering returning dozens of high-powered firearms that they seized from some of the 44 police commandos killed in a botched anti-terror operation in the south. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO / AFP / JAY DIRECTO

Mamasapano: Aquino hits commanders who 'failed in duty'

Jan 25, 2016 - 1:56 PM

The families of 3 SAF troopers opted not to send a representative to claim the awards given during the PNP s tribute to the SAF 44

Former PNP Special Action Force head police director Getulio Napeñas Jr. narrates to members of the media some snippets of information regarding the Mamasapano, Maguindanao operation during a press conference at the PNP press office in Camp Crame in Quezon City on Wednesday.

Sarmiento: Don't politicize SAF, slain soldiers and police

Jan 25, 2016 - 9:39 AM

Sana huwag natin haluan ng pulitika Sana huwag natin kalimutan ang kanilang sakripisyo at hindi pagpiyestahan dahil sa ibang motibo

WHERE THEY FELL. The cornfields of Tukanalipao, site of the Mamasapano encounter. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler

True mark of valor: SAF's Gednat Tabdi, Romeo Cempron

Jan 25, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Coins were tossed and as fate would have it Tabdi got the assignment he badly wanted: Mindanao He was killed in heavy gunfire in Mamasapano

AFTER EXODUS. Policemen man the highway leading to barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015. Rappler file photo

Mamasapano survivor: Never for self, always for country

Jan 24, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Nakakalungkot na wala na sila pero at least yung pagkamatay nila may kabuluhan says a junior officer of his comrades killed in the Mamasapano clash

TAGALISTAS. A PNP-SAF member during necrological service for the 42 slain SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on January 30, 2015. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Presidential bets on the Mamasapano clash

Jan 24, 2016 - 8:00 AM

January 25 2016 marks the first anniversary of the Mamasapano clash What are the thoughts and insights of presidential aspirants on the botched operation?

Mamasapano clash: What did Aquino know?

Jan 22, 2016 - 8:48 AM

Before next week s Senate re investigation on Mamasapano Rappler revisits the timeline of events to determine what Aquino knew or didn t know before and during the controversial Oplan Exodus

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

P70M given in benefits, pensions to SAF 44 families

Jan 19, 2016 - 6:13 PM

Two of the SAF 44 are set to receive the Medal of Valor – pending President Benigno Aquino III’s approval

SAF 44. Members of the PNPA Alumni association with relatives and widows of the fallen 44 PNP-SAF commandos leads other sympathizers in a unity walk from Cavite Province to Quezon City on March 8, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mamasapano widow, 20, to work as domestic helper in Oman

Jan 18, 2016 - 11:45 PM

While politicians and various government and non governmental organizations granted the families of the dead SAF troopers cash and scholarships the widows in Mamasapano have barely enough to survive

FAR FROM HOME. Sarah Langayen will work as a house help in the Middle East

Criminal raps filed vs 90 individuals over Mamasapano clash

Sep 22, 2015 - 2:50 PM

Almost 8 months since the January 25 clash in Mamasapano 90 individuals from the MILF BIFF and private armed groups face criminal complaints over the bloody firefight

MAMASAPANO CASES. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima gestures to the files on the criminal cases filed against 90 people in relation to the Mamasapano incident, on September 22, 2015. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rapper

'Majority' of 'Oplan Exodus' survivors leave SAF 6 months later

Jul 18, 2015 - 10:15 AM

SAF chief Director Moro Lazo says those who opted to leave SAF have since been replenished

A PNP-SAF member during necrological service for the 42 slain SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on January 30, 2015. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

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

4 scenarios if Bangsamoro bill is not passed

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED One of the least likely scenarios is passing the bill and providing for a longer transition period

5 co-authors signed Senate report on BBL unconstitutionality

May 28, 2015 - 6:05 PM

How has support for the proposed Bangsamoro basic law changed since it was filed at the Senate?

Did Purisima lie during Mamasapano? ‘Wishful thinking’ – Aquino

May 14, 2015 - 6:17 PM

As far as President Benigno Aquino III is concerned it s a stretch to say that the former top cop lied to him during the controversial operation

TRUSTED. PNP Chief Alan Purisima (L) chats with President Benigno Aquino III at Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 during the PNP's Change of Command Ceremonies. File photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino, Grace Poe in talks on 2016 polls

May 09, 2015 - 9:39 PM

Talking to reporters in a flight from Ottawa to Toronto Canada President Benigno Aquino III says he believes he still has some endorsement power judging from the unrelenting vociferous attacks of his critics

IN-FLIGHT INTERVIEW. President Benigno Aquino III fields questions from reporters in a chartered flight to Toronto, Canada, on May 8, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH troops pursue Singaporean terrorist

May 08, 2015 - 11:11 AM

Following the elimination of terrorists Marwan and Usman Philippine authorities are hunting down Mohammad Ali alias Muawiyah a senior Jema ah Islamiyah member

BACK IN MAGUINDANAO. A batallion of Marines have been redployed to Maguindanao days after the bloody clash between elite cops and the MILF in the province. File photo

Pacquiao sabotage, Usman dead, royal baby name | The wRap

May 04, 2015 - 7:55 PM

Pacquiao says he was not allowed to get painkillers for an injury Terrorist Usman wasn’t killed by a government bullet What’s the most popular name for the new royal baby?

PCOS machines, Mamasapano report, Mayweather-Pacquiao contract | The wRap

Apr 23, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Supreme Court ruling may render the PCOS machines useless The NBI calls Mamasapano incident murder Bob Arum refuses to sign the Mayweather Pacquiao contract

SAF didn’t breach ceasefire deal in ‘Oplan Exodus’ – DOJ report

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:21 PM

The report a joint investigation by the NBI and the National Prosecution Service says the PNP SAF cannot be faulted for not coordinating with the MILF prior to ‘Oplan Exodus’

SLAIN COPS. Philippine police commandoes load body bags containing the remains of their comrades killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, onto a truck in the town of Mamasapano, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on January 26, 2015. File photo by Mark Navales/AFP

DOJ report: SAF troops 'tried to surrender'

Apr 22, 2015 - 6:30 PM

The report done by a special investigation team composed of National Bureau of Investigation and National Prosecution Service agents refuses to label the incident as a ‘misencounter’ or ‘massacre’

SLAIN SAF. Police load body bags containing the remains of their comrades killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, onto a truck in the town of Mamasapano on January 26, 2015. File photo by Mark Navales/AFP

FULL TEXT: Justice department report on Mamasapano

Apr 22, 2015 - 5:36 PM

The version of the report that the DOJ has made public includes redactions to conceal the identities of witnesses suspects and NBI operatives

Death of SAF troops 'murder all the way and around'

Apr 22, 2015 - 2:40 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation and National Prosecution Service Special Investigation Team recommend the filing of direct assault complexed with murder and theft charges against 90 members of the MILF BIFF and PAGs

SLAIN SAF. Police carry a body bag of their during a retrieval operation on January 26, 2015 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Province. Rappler file photo

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

Rappler Talk: Will the peace process survive the Mamasapano crisis?

Apr 16, 2015 - 3:59 PM

Government Peace Panel chair Miriam Coronel Ferrer discussed the challenges facing the peace process in the aftermath of the Mamasapano clash

DOJ readies criminal raps vs 90 for SAF deaths

Apr 16, 2015 - 2:36 PM

The report recommends charges against some 90 MILF BIFF and PAGs fighters alleged to be responsible for the Mamasapano bloodbath

BLOODY FIELDS. Barangay Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, where the 55th Special Action Company found themselves trapped on January 25. Rappler file photo

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