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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'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'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

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

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

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

The outcast retires: Benjamin Magalong bids goodbye to the PNP

Dec 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM

After 38 years of service Police Director Benjamin Magalong known to most as the police general who led the probe into the botched ‘Oplan Exodus ’ retires

RETIREMENT. Benjamin Magalong retires after nearly 4 decades of service in the Philippine police. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

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Senate: Nothing new in Mamasapano probe

Jan 27, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Senator Grace Poe says they will not revise their report on the deadly Mamasapano clash

Senators, government, military and PNP officials face-off anew during the Senate reinvestigation of the Mamasapano incident on Wednesday, Jan 27. The Jan 25, 2015 clash in Tukanalipao resulted in the death of 44 SAF commandos, 17 MILF fighters and 3 civilians.

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Jan 27, 2016 - 6:55 PM

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Napeñas ‘detached from reality’ in Oplan Exodus

Jan 27, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas is also hit by the AFP for allegedly being unaware of the magnitude of the SAF casualties in Mamasapano

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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.

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

Senate wants Ochoa, Roxas, retired generals in Mamasapano probe

Jan 20, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe hopes the re opening of the investigation into a controversial police operation will only take one hearing

PROBE RE-OPENING. Former PNP OIC (retired) Deputy Director Leonardo Espina, former interior Secretary Mar Roxas, and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin during the 2015 probe into the Mamasapano clash. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

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

Roxas on Mamasapano probe: 'I'm for transparency'

Jan 09, 2016 - 6:07 PM

Hindi ako aatras sa kahit na anong imbestigasyon at ako ay para sa hayag na pagtingin sa lahat ng mga bagay says the former interior secretary

YOLANDA VINDICATION? Mar Roxas, the LP's standard bearer downplays an apology made by Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez. File photo by Rappler

VLOG: Honasan welcomes re-opening of Mamasapano probe

Jan 06, 2016 - 8:53 PM

But Senator Gringo Honasan insists it is not a witch hunt

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Jan 06, 2016 - 6:29 PM

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SAF 44 used for politics? That’s for public to say – PNP

Jan 06, 2016 - 5:04 PM

The police general who headed the PNP s probe into the controversial operation says they ve already moved on but adds We ll have to move on again

SAF 44. Members of Philippine National Police, relatives and other government officials attend the necrological mass for the 44 slain PNP-SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa on January 30, 2015. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

President Aquino and the ghosts of Mamasapano

Sep 19, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Is it finally case closed for the controversial Oplan Exodus?

CLOSURE? 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

In memory of SAF 44: 'Troopers never die'

Aug 08, 2015 - 4:36 PM

Our troopers fought a good fight and we will never forget them says PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez

SAF MEMORIAL. SAF troopers honor their fallen comrades on August 8, 2015. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Napeñas on SAF 44: No guilt over 'Oplan Exodus'

Aug 08, 2015 - 3:53 PM

Retired Police Director Getulio Napeñas who commanded the ill fated SAF operation in Mamasapano says he will have to bear the painful memory of losing his men till the day he dies

SAF MEMORIAL. SAF troopers honor their fallen comrades on August 8, 2015. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Why SAF troopers didn't get award

Aug 07, 2015 - 10:28 PM

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II says the awards given on August 7 were for acts done in 2014; SAF s Mamasapano operation happened in January 2015

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Aquino troops the line during the 114th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City on August 07, 2015. Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau

No mention of Mamasapano, SAF 44 in Aquino's last SONA

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III hits critics of the proposed Bangsamoro law for ensuring that peace wouldn t be achieved in Mindanao

NO MORE MENTION? President Benigno Aquino III responds to questions after he delivers his second televised address on the deadly 'Oplan Exodus.' File photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Purisima, ex-SAF chief face criminal raps over Mamasapano

Jul 22, 2015 - 5:18 PM

The Ombudsman s special fact finding panel on the Mamasapano incident recommends filing administrative and criminal charges against 11 police officers led by former National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima

JUSTICE FOR SAF44. A young boy carries a placard outside the hall at Villamor Airbase where the remains of the 44 SAF were brought for necrological services. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

'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

New PNP chief Ricardo Marquez: Will I live up to expectations?

Jul 14, 2015 - 2:57 PM

Even when he was in a meeting with the President the Interior Secretary and Executive Secretary Director Ricardo Marquez says he wasn t exactly sure if he was going to be the next chief of the PNP

NEW CHIEF. Director Ricardo Marquez faces the media on Tuesday, July 14 after he is announced as the new chief of the PNP. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alan Purisima: When a 4-star general is powerless

Jun 09, 2015 - 6:56 PM

There is no law that says that when you resign from your position as PNP chief you are also automatically retired says the PNP s spokesman Senior Superintendent Bartolome Tobias

TIME TO GO? Senator Bongbong Marcos renews calls for former PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima to retire early. File photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang photo

4 months on, probe into Purisima admin case 'continues' – Roxas

Jun 09, 2015 - 4:18 PM

The police s Internal Affairs Service the Napolcom DOJ and Ombudsman are leading the probe into possible administrative cases against former PNP chief Alan Purisima and other officers over the bloody Oplan Exodus

Photo by Mark Cristino

After Mamasapano: SAF 44 widow welcomes baby girl

May 09, 2015 - 2:27 PM

More than 3 months after her husband was killed during a botched police operation Raechelle Sumbilla welcomes baby Ranaiah

Jaden Ranaiah, the late PO4 John Lloyd Sumbilla's first and only daughter. 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

Ampatuan clan welcomes first PNPA graduate

Mar 26, 2015 - 6:16 PM

We hope that the bad press about the family will go away now that you’ve seen what kind of person our son is says the young police inspector s mother

DIALOGUE. Members of the PNPA Class of 2015 speak to President Benigno Aquino III after their graduation rites on March 26, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino not yet done with explanation on Mamasapano

Mar 19, 2015 - 5:20 PM

Malacañang says President Benigno Aquino III will likely use future engagements to further explain his knowledge on the Mamasapano incident

MORE TO SAY. President Benigno Aquino III has yet to explain his full side of the story on Mamasapano, says the Palace. File photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau.

Aquino has no regrets over Purisima's role in Mamasapano

Mar 18, 2015 - 6:07 PM

Malacañang says President Benigno Aquino III maintains his position on why he decided to tap the then suspended top cop in a major police operation

'WRONG JUDGMENT.' Senator Francis Escudero says President Aquino made a 'lapse in judgment' in consulting suspended police chief Alan Purisima on the Mamasapano operation. File photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

No apology from Aquino on Mamasapano for now

Mar 18, 2015 - 5:01 PM

There are no discussions on a possible apology from President Benigno Aquino III on the Mamasapano incident but Malacañang insists he has already taken responsibility for it

President Benigno Aquino III announce that suspected Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist Zulkipli bin Hir alyas Marwan confirmed dead during SAF operation in Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao and Accepted the Resignation of Suspended PNP Chief P/ Director General Allan Purisima during his message on Friday(Frebruary 6, 2015) held at the President hall in Malacanang.(Photo By Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

BOI chief: Aquino ‘hurt’ by Mamasapano report

Mar 18, 2015 - 3:18 PM

2nd UPDATE President Benigno Aquino III holds a no holds barred meeting with Police Director Benjamin Magalong to clarify certain points of the BOI report

HOUNDED BY MAMASAPANO. President Benigno S. Aquino III discussed the Mamasapano incident at the Malacañang Prayer Gathering on March 09, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

‘The President has taken responsibility for Mamasapano’ – Palace

Mar 17, 2015 - 2:55 PM

In the face of falling trust and approval ratings Malacañang says the President will continue to explain details of the incident to regain people s trust

ORDERS DISOBEYED? President Benigno Aquino III says he gave instructions to former police chief Alan Purisima regarding 'Oplan Exodus' but Purisima did not follow him. Malacañang file photo

Aquino’s word vs BOI: Contradictions on Mamasapano

Mar 16, 2015 - 8:09 PM

After the release of the Board of Inquiry report on Mamasapano contradictions surface between the findings and past statements made by Malacañang and the President

TRUTH? President Benigno Aquino III's past statements contradict some findings of the Board of Inquiry. File Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

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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: Oplan Exodus defective, 'heavily influenced by Napeñas'

Mar 13, 2015 - 7:45 PM

BOI report: Napeñas said they ‘own the night ’ but he probably missed the point that the enemy ‘owns the day

UNREALISTIC ASSUMPTIONS. Sacked SAF commander Getulio Napeñas. File photo by Rappler

Purisima ready to face charges over Mamasapano – lawyer

Mar 13, 2015 - 3:44 PM

The lawyer of resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima cautions Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II against prejudging the case of his client

READY TO FACE CHARGES. Resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima at a Senate hearing on the Mamasapano operation. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

BOI: 6 Americans gave 'real-time' info to SAF

Mar 13, 2015 - 7:37 AM

UPDATED The PNP BOI s report on the Mamasapano clash confirm 6 Americans were at the SAF s tactical command post on January 25

US military personnel (L) help their Philippine counterparts prepare to load an injured police commando from one stretcher to another and onto a waiting US military helicopter in the town of Mamasapano on January 26, 2015, following clashes with Muslim rebels. File photo by Mark Navales/AFP

Purisima hits back at Roxas, Espina over Mamasapano

Mar 12, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Had there been no or few casualties the successful mission against Marwan would have been credited to the OIC PNP and the DILG secretary says resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima in a paper submitted to the Senate

HITTING BACK. Resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Mamasapano probe: Will Aquino speak to police investigators?

Mar 09, 2015 - 1:21 PM

The Board of Inquiry probing the Mamasapano incident reaches out to the President in hopes of getting his side of the story but Aquino has yet to respond

RECALLING MAMASAPANO. President Aquino with SAF commanders. At left is the new SAF director, Chief Supt Moro Lazo.  Photo courtesy of Malacañang Photo Bureau

SAF 44 get posthumous promotion

Mar 06, 2015 - 6:59 PM

The National Police Commission honors the slain police commandos for demonstrating acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry in action at the risk of their lives over and beyond the call of duty

Marwan not 'world-class terrorist,' says report

Mar 06, 2015 - 3:36 PM

The bomb maker whose arrest claimed the lives of 44 police commandos is actually just a little snake who has been blown up into a dragon says the Jakarta based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict

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

Roxas on Binay's jab: So you knew of Makati corruption?

Mar 04, 2015 - 5:58 PM

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas also tells Vice President to keep politics out of the Mamasapano issue

NO POLITICS, PLEASE. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas sits beside President Benigno Aquino III during the Assumption of Command Ceremony for the new SAF commander at Camp Bagong Diwa. Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau