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PNP gets operations man as new SAF chief

Jan 16, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Chief Superintendent Amando Empiso spent his early years in service in the Special Action Force

PNP deploys SAF after Duterte order vs ‘lawless violence’

Nov 26, 2018 - 12:30 PM

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde also fends off criticism that the order may be prelude to military rule across the country, saying it 'has nothing to do with martial law'

SAF TROOPERS. PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde says companies from the PNP Special Action Force have been deployed and realigned to Samar, Bicol, and Negros Island. Rappler file photo

Duterte to order SAF vs Kadamay if they occupy more gov't housing

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'Pagka lumaban kayo at namatay kayo, problema ninyo 'yan,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells urban poor group Kadamay after they attempt to occupy housing units in Rizal

Ex-SAF chief Lusad, staff blame each other in allowances mess

May 22, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'I was focused on the operational aspect of my task and I was actually not very informed,' says former SAF chief Benjamin Lusad

BLAME GAME. Police Director Benjamin Lusad during the Senate hearing on SAF funds on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on SAF allowances issue

May 22, 2018 - 9:18 AM

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CHEAT SHEET: The SAF allowances issue

May 22, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Here's what you need to know about the controversy over the P59.8-million Special Action Force allowances

ROBBED? PNP Special Action Force commandos haven't been receiving their subsistence allowances for months. Rappler file photo

Cop dies during PNP-SAF training in Bataan

Apr 27, 2018 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) Police Inspector Richardson, a member of the Philippine National Police Academy Class of 2015, drowns during a water training exercise

DEATH IN TRAINING. Police Inspector Richardson Urmatan dies from a Special Action Force training course in Morong, Bataan. Photo from Urmatan's Facebook page

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 25, 2018

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:55 AM

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Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

P59.8-M SAF allowance mess 'litmus test' for Albayalde – Año

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'This should be his first priority and will serve as litmus test on how he will carry out the internal cleansing program within the police organization,' says DILG OIC Eduardo Año, as the new Philippine National Police chief assumes his post

FORMER AFP CHIEF. DILG OIC Eduardo Año wants incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde to solve the SAF allowances issue. Malacañang file photo.

Senate to probe unreleased P59.8-M allowance of SAF troopers

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee chair Panfilo Lacson says if true, the withholding of allowances 'constitutes a criminal or unlawful act'

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 18, 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:01 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa prior to his series of engagements at the Malacañan Palace on April 17, 2018. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Returning money won't stop probes vs ex-SAF chief – Dela Rosa

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:02 AM

The Philippine National Police has now launched its own probe into the Special Action Force allowances controversy

OUTGOING CHIEF. Ronald dela Rosa speaks to reporters during his retirement testimonial dinner in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Ex-SAF chief's budget officer returns P37 million to PNP

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:21 PM

(UPDATED) The PNP presumes that the money is in relation to the missing P59.8-million SAF allowances allegedly kept by former SAF chief Director Benjamin Lusad and his cohorts

BENEFICIARIES. This file photo shows the PNP SAF troopers who saw action in Marawi City. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ex-SAF chief sacked as Ombudsman probe pushes forward

Apr 17, 2018 - 4:23 PM

(UPDATED) Police Director Benjamin Lusad is facing plunder and malversation cases in the Office of the Ombudsman as he allegedly failed to release funds intended as allowance for troops on the ground

SACKED. In this photo, former SAF chief Benjamin Lusad shakes the hands of troopers who were assigned in the Marawi Siege. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Former SAF chief faces plunder charges over P59.8M in unreleased allowances

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Former and current members of the Special Action Force (SAF) file charges against former SAF chief Benjamin Lusad and other finance officials over nearly two years’ worth of allowances that were not distributed to police

ELITE UNIT. SAF troopers who were deployed in Marawi get a hero's welcome at Camp  Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 25, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PNP to recruit 2,500 SAF troopers

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the new commandos will be tasked to prevent terrorist attacks in the country

'TAGALIGTAS'. PNP-SAF troopers deployed to Marawi get a heroes' welcom as they walk to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa to Bilibid SAF: 'If you accept bribes, I'll shoot you'

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:15 PM

'Kayo na pinakamagaling, malinis, at matino at inaasahan ng PNP– kung kayo ay masisira, wala na akong mapupuntahan,' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa tells the new batch of SAF troopers assigned to the New Bilibid Prison

THREAT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives an ultimatum to new SAF troopers assigned inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

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Oct 29, 2017 - 11:54 AM

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BACK FROM BATTLE. About 160 members of Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces arrive at Pier 4 of North Port in Manila on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, after months of fighting against local terrorists in Marawi City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

All Marawi-assigned SAF troopers promoted one rank

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) It will be done by virtue of 'meritorious promotion,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

BACK FROM BATTLE. About 160 members of Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces arrive at Pier 4 of North Port in Manila on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, after months of fighting against local terrorists in Marawi City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

De Lima commends Dela Rosa for cutting cellphone use in Bilibid

Aug 23, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Senator Leila de Lima once headed the justice department which manages the New Bilibid Prison

'NO MORE CELLPHONES.' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and Senator Leila De Lima during the first Senate hearing on EJK on August 22, 2016. Photo by Alex Nuevaespana/PRIB

Mamasapano: Murder charges vs 5 MILF commanders, 83 others

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Cruelty is clearly present in this case according to the Department of Justice

GRIEF. Relatives cry 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 on January 30, 2015. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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

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.

WATCH: Senate joint public hearing on Mamasapano

Jan 27, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Watch the livestream of the Senate probe here

IN PHOTOS: Mamasapano a year later

Jan 25, 2016 - 12:14 PM

Seeking peace and justice in Tukanalipao

A man crosses the river in Tukanalipao village in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao on January 18, 2016,the centre of gun battle on January 25 last year where least 67 persons were killed, including 44 members of the police Special Action Force and 17 MILF fighters, during the a clash that nearly triggered the collapse of the peace process.

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

House hearing, sedition in SG, Roach on Mayweather history | The wRap

Apr 08, 2015 - 8:12 PM

On Mamasapano: Troops refute each other’s testimonies Singapore charges a Filipino with sedition And Roach scores Mayweather’s history of domestic abuse

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

SAF officer tells army colonel: 'Man up, sir'

Apr 08, 2015 - 5:40 PM

An army colonel and a police official face off during a legislative hearing on Oplan Exodus over the lack of artillery support for beleaguered SAF troopers

The Army's Colonel Gener del Rosario (L) and the PNP-SAF's Superintendent Michael John Mangahis face-off during a legislative probe into 'Oplan Exodus'

Purisima refuses access to call, text logs

Apr 08, 2015 - 12:17 PM

Citing security concerns resigned PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima declines a legislator s request for access to his call and text logs

NO GO. Former PNP chief Alan Purisima reads his exchange pf text msgs with president Aquino during the Mamasapano inquiry of the house of representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday, April 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Napeñas dismisses IMT findings, says 'Exodus' legitimate

Apr 08, 2015 - 10:35 AM

The sacked SAF chief downplays the IMT’s verification report and asks reporters to first check the composition of team that said both the SAF and MILF violated standing ceasefire agreements

HIGHLIGHTS: House hearing on Mamasapano clash, April 8

Apr 08, 2015 - 8:27 AM

The hearing on the Mamasapano clash continues

SAF's Oplan 'Exodus' map came from Americans

Apr 07, 2015 - 6:06 PM

An army general also confirms a ‘Caucasian looking person’ ordered him to fire artillery during ‘Oplan Exodus’ but he says he can’t determine his nationality

HIGHLIGHTS: House hearing on Mamasapano clash, April 7

Apr 07, 2015 - 10:18 AM

The hearing on the Mamasapano clash continues

'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

'Should we disregard history, hard work on Bangsamoro law?'

Mar 28, 2015 - 5:48 PM

Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal tells graduates of Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan that the youth will reap the fruits of the peace process

'SPEAK UP ABOUT PEACE.' Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal speaks to graduates of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. Screenshot from Youtube

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