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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

WATCH: PNP Special Action Force celebrates 35 years of service

Jun 05, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The Special Action Force remains one of the most prestigious units of the Philippine National Police

SERVICE. Members of the PNP-SAF from war-torn Marawi get a heroes welcome from the public as they arrive at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

A first after Mamasapano: CIDG probes SAF over allowances mess

May 25, 2018 - 8:08 AM

It's the latest addition to the investigations already being pursued by the Ombudsman and the Senate

Duterte on Zeid, Abas as Comelec Commissioner, Go on Duterte | Evening wRap

May 23, 2018 - 6:58 PM

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Delayed SAF allowances diverted to Bilibid commandos

May 22, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Ex-SAF budget officer Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon refuses to disclose how much they took from provincial troopers' allowances for Bilibid commandos

FUNDS DIVERTED. Money intended for provincial SAF troopers were apparently re-allocated for commandos inside Bilibid. Rappler file photo

Senate on BBL, Malacanang on Marawi rehab, Carpio and Del Rosario on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

May 22, 2018 - 6:57 PM

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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

SAF ex-budget officer admits: I kept the missing P37M

May 22, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon claims that the money came from allowances delayed of release from 2016 to 2017

WHERE'S THE MONEY? Police SSupt Andre Dizon during the senate hearing on SAF funds on May 22, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/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

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories for April

May 03, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories and what they mean for the public: Boracay's 6-month closure, diplomatic crisis with Kuwait, corruption in the PNP-SAF, disinformation and propaganda in the Philippines

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.

Albayalde on PNP, Bello on ‘endo,’ Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

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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

Malacañang on PES official, PCOO on Facebook fact-checking, Comey on Trump | Evening wRap

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:38 PM

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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

Conclusion: Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A holistic solution is necessary. There is a need to address the problems of overcrowding, the lack of qualified personnel, and the inadequacy of resources.

Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Being a BuCor chief, and with your closeness to the President, you will be in the best position to advocate for small regional prisons

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

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

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

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:01 PM

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

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:03 PM

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Fallen but not forgotten: The 4 SAF troopers killed in Marawi

Oct 30, 2017 - 11:46 AM

They are fathers, brothers, sons, friends, and as their comrades in the PNP know them, heroes

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 23-29, 2017

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

WATCH: Marawi-assigned SAF troopers welcomed home as heroes

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:13 PM

The Philippine National Police Special Action Force's return was celebrated with a Heroes' Welcome Ceremony

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

No HK for SAF troopers? Dela Rosa promises them bulalo in Tagaytay

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:40 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa plans to reward SAF troopers who fought in Marawi City by treating them to bulalo

TAGAYTAY TRIP. PNP chief Dela Rosa says he will treat SAF troops himself if President Duterte will not. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Inside Bilibid: Resurgence, resignation, 'recanting'

Jul 29, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says these developments only prove the transactional nature of the drug charges against her

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Grab and Uber, Aguirre, PCGG | Evening wRap

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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Aguirre takes over BuCor, leads surprise inspection of Bilibid

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also orders the return of transferred inmates to their original jail cells

OPLAN GALUGAD. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II conducts Oplan Galugad inside Bilibid on July 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 5, 2017

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:45 AM

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CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. Pyongyang residents watch the news on the successful launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile 'Hwasong-14' on a big screen near the Pyongyang Railway Station in Pyongyang on July 4, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

NBI to investigate 'resurgence' of Bilibid drug trade

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:41 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says he plans to replace the Special Action Force troops with soldiers inside Bilibid

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Martial law, Duterte, Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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Dela Rosa: SAF troops want out of Bilibid

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:50 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says some drug lords were moved to other areas in the prison – areas not under the supervision of the PNP SAF

NEW ROLE. PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa address members of the PNP-SAF at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Resorts World attack, martial law, Trump | Evening wRap

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:00 PM

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Aguirre wants SAF out of Bilibid as drug trade 'active again'

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Aguirre says he is closely watching the drug inmates they turned witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima amid this creeping resurgence of drug trading

File photo of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Alvarez, Dela Rosa, Noriega | Evening wRap

May 30, 2017 - 6:54 PM

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