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Final conclusion: SAF killed Marwan – Aquino

Sep 17, 2015 - 1:09 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says an investigation he ordered debunked the alternative version of the Mamasapano incident presented by other parties

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May 22, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Aquino promised us the BBL, says MILF chief negotiator

May 09, 2015 - 1:40 PM

UPDATED The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law would establish a new autonomous Bangsamoro region in Mindanao as part of a peace agreement signed by the government and the MILF in March last year

Mohagher Iqbal photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler. Archbishop Quevedo photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Usman death to boost trust but won't ensure BBL passage

May 04, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Senators say the Moro Islamic Liberation Front needs to do more to regain public trust

SMALL STEPS. Senate President Franklin Drilon says the death of Usman would help restore trust in the peace process. File photo by Mark Cristino

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?

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

The other Marwan’s dream

Apr 04, 2015 - 8:00 AM

The aftermath of the tragedy in the village of Tukanalipao on January 25 remains fresh It was a fateful day that just like a bad dream still haunts the villagers memory

BLISS. Children of Barangay Tukanalipao enjoy a dip in the river. Photo by Amir Mawallil/Rappler

Germanwings crash, Miriam for MVP, Mayweather sparring | The wRap

Mar 25, 2015 - 8:55 PM

No survivors from the Germanwings flight Miriam Santiago endorses Manny Pangilinan Watch Mayweather destroy his sparring partner

MILF recommends sanction for its commanders

Mar 24, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The MILF probers also admit a glaring failure of intelligence of the 105th and 118th base commands – not just on wanted terrorists but also the entry of the PNP SAF into Mamasapano

MILF: Rebels 'justified' in fighting back, taking SAF arms

Mar 24, 2015 - 5:24 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front maintains that its members did not commit overkill in Mamasapano

Maj. Gen. Dato Abdul Samad Bin HJ Yaakub, head of International Monitoring Team, brief Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. (left) about the weapons returned by MILF at Camp Siongco, the headquarter of 6th Division in Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao, February 18.

He collapsed? No such thing, says President Aquino

Mar 21, 2015 - 9:48 AM

UPDATED Rumors circulate that President Aquino collapsed Friday evening March 20 His spokespersons act quickly to dispel it

'NO SUCH THING.' Palace denies rumors circulating that President Benigno Aquino III collapsed Friday evening, March 20. File photo by Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Evacuees in Maguindanao, N. Cotabato almost 100,000

Mar 20, 2015 - 5:45 PM

Clashes between government forces and Muslim rebels also affect more than 130 000 persons in Maguindanao and North Cotabato

DISPLACED FILIPINOS. People displaced by fighting sleep at an evacuation center in the southern Philippines. File photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera

Junjun Binay stays, Usman’s coddler arrested, Murray for Mayweather | The wRap

Mar 16, 2015 - 7:18 PM

A court stops Junjun Binay s suspension Troops arrest Usman’s coddler Andy Murray says Floyd Mayweather has the edge over Manny Pacquiao

Usman's alleged coddler arrested in GenSan

Mar 16, 2015 - 8:29 AM

UPDATED Joint forces of the military and police arrest Ali Mohammad Tambako the man said to have been coddling terrorist Abdul Basit Usman in General Santos City

ARRESTED: Ali Mohammad Tambako is brought to Manila for inquest. Rappler photo

Military carries out airstrikes anew on BIFF rebels

Mar 15, 2015 - 8:46 PM

The fighting has displaced at least 80 000 people in Central Mindanao

BIFF. Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters members in their camp in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao in September 2012. File photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Rappler

Palace backs SAF 44 march, warns vs 'opportunistic' groups

Mar 05, 2015 - 5:39 PM

Malacañang supports the March for Justice for SAF 44 planned by the police but calls for public vigilance against groups with a different agenda

'MY RESPONSIBILIY'. President Benigno Aquino III says he will never forget the death of the 44 troopers who died in a deadly clash with Moro rebels. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Jolo Revilla condition, Mamasapano bomb factory, Roach on Pacquiao | The wRap

Mar 03, 2015 - 7:47 PM

A family spokesman says Jolo Revilla’s condition is deteriorating The military captures an explosives factory in Maguindanao Freddie Roach will lock down Pacquiao’s training gym

Students divided over Iqbal’s Xavier University invite

Mar 03, 2015 - 1:41 PM

With rumors of student walkouts the university will be on red alert during its Baccalaureate Mass and university convocation on March 26

Should Aquino apologize? Palace says no

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:37 PM

Malacañang continues to evade the question: why did President Aquino in the first place involve a suspended PNP chief in the Mamasapano operation?

NOTHING ILLEGAL. Malacañang defends President Benigno Aquino III's choice to consult former PNP Chief Alan Purisima on the deadly January 25 operations. File photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Lawyer: Not in Purisima's character to lie to Aquino

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:23 PM

The resigned PNP chief also says nothing was amiss when he was in direct contact with the President and top military and police officials on the day of Oplan Exodus

'I DIDN'T LIE.' Resigned PNP chief Dir Gen Alan Purisima during a Senate hearing on the Mamasapano encounter. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Mamasapano: A month after

Feb 25, 2015 - 5:47 PM

How is Mamasapano coping in the aftermath of the tragic clash?

Armed men raze Marwan's hut in Maguindanao

Feb 25, 2015 - 12:37 AM

A source says one of the houses that was torched was the hut where Malaysian bomber Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan was reportedly neutralized in the village of Pidsandawan

Photo courtesy of Mayor Benzar Ampatuan

Mamasapano senate hearing, BOI probers, Taylor Swift | The wRap

Feb 24, 2015 - 8:38 PM

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Did the President lie? Text messages contradict Aquino

Feb 23, 2015 - 6:54 PM

President Aquino apparently did more than just consult his good friend suspended police chief Alan Purisima on jargon on the day of Oplan Exodus

COVER UP? Malacañang denies Cabinet secretaries and other officials are covering up for the President regarding his role in the deadly operation that killed 44 elite cops. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace: SAF families wanted details of operation from Aquino

Feb 19, 2015 - 8:33 PM

They continue to ask for clarity on what happened so the President told them what he knows and what he understands to have happened in Mamasapano

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Benigno Aquino III makes an unscheduled visit to Camp Crame, the national police headquarters, on February 18, 2015, to meet with the families of Special Action Force commandos who died in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

AFP, PNP: Return of SAF arms 'good first step'

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:12 PM

This is an important first step not just in restoring the trust between the PNP and the MILF but in restoring trust between the MILF and the Filipino people says Interior Secretary Mar Roxas

FIRST 16. Some of the 16 SAF firearms returned to the PNP by the MILF. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Palace: Aquino open to disclosing his role in Mamasapano

Feb 18, 2015 - 4:42 PM

While President Benigno Aquino III s role in the deadly operation remains unclear Malacañang gives assurances he is willing to speak to the public about what he knows

COVER UP? Malacañang denies Cabinet secretaries and other officials are covering up for the President regarding his role in the deadly operation that killed 44 elite cops. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Binay to Aquino: Convene meeting on national security

Feb 18, 2015 - 2:43 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay urges the President to convene the National Security Council to assess the national peace and security situation amid clashes in Mindanao

DISPLACED. People displaced by fighting sleep at an evacuation center. Photo courtesy Ferdinandh Cabrera

Americans in Mamasapano? Palace points to terrorism

Feb 17, 2015 - 4:54 PM

Malacañang does not answer the question about American involvement but says transnational cooperation is acceptable when dealing with transnational crimes such as terrorism

BLOODIEST OPERATION: Philippine police commandos unload body bags containing the remains of their comrades killed in a clash with Muslim rebels. AFP PHOTO/Mark Navales

Officials covering up for Aquino? Not true, says Palace

Feb 13, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Malacañang also asks the public not to jump to conclusions based on testimonies alone and to await the official report of the state investigators

3 questions on Aquino’s Jan 25 Zamboanga trip

Feb 13, 2015 - 1:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III s trip to Zamboanga on the day of the deadly January 25 operation raises questions on his role in the incident that led to the death of at least 65 people including 44 Special Action Force troopers

ZAMBOANGA VISIT. President Benigno Aquino III inspects the site of a bomb blast in Zamboanga City on January 25, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Coup d’etat brewing? Palace not concerned

Feb 12, 2015 - 2:35 PM

Malacañang says it is the military’s duty to prevent and eradicate all enemies of the state

NO STATEMENTS. President Benigno Aquino III won't make any statements on Maguindanao until after the Board of Inquiry's findings are released.  Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace defends MILF, calls leaked video 'heartless'

Feb 11, 2015 - 6:08 PM

Malacañang defends the Moro Islamic Liberation Front s commitment to the peace process despite the absence of its chief negotiator in congressional hearings on the Mamasapano clash

ASSISTANCE. President Benigno Aquino III spends over 12 hours with families of fallen elite cops and assures government assistance.

DSWD: Families of SAF 44 need livelihood assistance

Feb 11, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Some families also need medical assistance and subsistence allowance

FAMILIES NEED HELP. Relatives of killed elite PNP-SAF PO3 Junrel Kibete grieve over his coffin during the necrological service of 42 slain SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on January 30, 2015. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Palace on Purisima: Aquino can consult anyone he wants

Feb 11, 2015 - 3:34 PM

Malacañang defends President Benigno Aquino III s decision to speak with former top cop Director General Alan Purisima on the Mamasapano operation despite his suspension

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

Palace evades questions on Mamasapano hearing

Feb 10, 2015 - 6:53 PM

It may be inappropriate to give comments at this time because the testimonies given by individual resource persons need to be understood in proper context Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma says

President Benigno Aquino III announces that a National Day of Mourning will be observed for members of the PNP Special Action Force who were killed in Maguindanao. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Did MILF coddle Marwan? Police, military chiefs differ

Feb 10, 2015 - 1:56 PM

Answering questions from Senator Recto PNP OIC Leonardo Espina says the MILF provided haven for the terrorist while AFP chief Gregorio Catapang Jr says the group didn t

MILF orders troops to arrest Usman, other terrorists

Feb 09, 2015 - 8:36 AM

The MILF also holds meetings with commanders and community leaders to avoid confusion and agitation

 Photo from the US State Department  Rewards for Justice website

Aquino on Napeñas, Revilla’s assets, TransAsia pilot | The wRap

Feb 07, 2015 - 4:00 PM

President Aquino blames the SAF commander for the carnage Senator Revilla’s 5 million dollar assets to be seized The TransAsia pilot died clutching the plane’s controls

Aquino: Mamasapano unforgettable, 44 of my children died

Feb 06, 2015 - 8:46 PM

The President says the deaths of the SAF troops is a tragedy he will carry to the end of his days

WIDOWED WOMEN. Many of the 44 who died in Maguindanao leave behind their wives. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino to MILF: Surrender Abdul Basit Usman

Feb 06, 2015 - 8:22 PM

UPDATED Usman has become the most hunted Filipino bomber with a 1 million reward for his capture offered by the US government

 Photo from the US State Department  Rewards for Justice website

Gov't, MILF in backchannel talks to return SAF arms

Feb 05, 2015 - 9:58 AM

UPDATED It might not happen in an instant as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is still in the process of tracking down weapons the chief government negotiator says

Abdul Basit Usman: The one that got away

Jan 31, 2015 - 7:53 PM

Abdul Basit Usman is a slippery bomb expert who can be deceptively calm even under intense police interrogation

 Photo from the US State Department  Rewards for Justice website

Families of slain cops to receive counseling, aid

Jan 30, 2015 - 9:03 AM

2nd UPDATE Aside from psychosocial counseling the families will also get education and livelihood assistance

HOME. Relatives of killed elite Police Special Action Force pay their respect during arrival honors at Villamor Air Base, south of Manila, Philippines, 29 January 2015.  File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Aquino on Maguindanao, ISIS threat, Pacquiao-Mayweather | The wRap

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:23 PM

President Aquino evades questions on authorizing the Special Forces operation in Maguindanao ISIS threatens to kill hostages within 24 hours Mayweather to Pacquiao “stop lying”

PNP: Elite cops killed in Maguindanao clashes

Jan 25, 2015 - 3:38 PM

UPDATED Local officials say at least 27 members of the Special Action Force are killed while the MILF claims 5 of its members died

ENCOUNTER. Muslim rebels line up in their headquarters in Maguindanao.  File photo by Rappler