2015 Mamasapano clash - updates

Rappler's latest stories on 2015 Mamasapano clash


WATCH: Senate joint public hearing on Mamasapano

Jan 27, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Watch the livestream of the Senate probe here

'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

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

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

Aquino: No apologies, but seeks understanding

Mar 27, 2015 - 11:41 AM

The President speaks one last time on the Mamasapano clash that left 44 policemen dead

Aquino on Mamasapano, Germanwings pilot, Mayweather-Pacquiao | The wRap

Mar 26, 2015 - 7:48 PM

President Aquino asks for ‘understanding A pilot on the Germanwings plane that crashed was not in the cockpit The Mayweather Pacquiao fight will be on free TV

Cayetano claims threats to life for MILF stance

Mar 26, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Senator Cayetano says: If something happens [to me] the MILF will make it appear as if it s the BIFF because that is their modus operandi

AT RISK? Senator Alan Peter Cayetano claims he got "official and unofficial" reports of a threat to his life for his criticism of the MILF. File photo from Senate PRIB

Cayetano: Were slain MILF men really sleeping?

Mar 26, 2015 - 3:11 PM

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano suggests that PO2 Christopher Lalan may have been justified in killing 4 MILF combatants sleeping in a mosque out of self defense

'SELF-DEFENSE.' Senator Alan Peter Cayetano says it was likely that the lone survivor of the 55th Special Action Company of the SAF only acted in self-defense. Photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

No sanctions for 'storyteller' Trillanes

Mar 25, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Senate President Drilon tells Rappler there is no basis to sanction Trillanes as the senator claims he can prove that his information came from the Army

THE STORYTELLER? Senator Antonio Trillanes IV criticizes police leaders for disputing his statement on the dinner on the eve of the Mamasapano tragedy. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

No malice in army party before Mamasapano – PNP officer

Mar 25, 2015 - 5:15 PM

Senior Superintendent Manolo Ozaeta breaks his silence amid insinuations that he invited military officials to a party to make sure they wouldn t get in the way of Oplan Exodus

BROTHERS. AFP and PNP officials links arms during a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on February 19, 2015. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Miriam: Mamasapano an 'orgy of truth-twisting'

Mar 25, 2015 - 2:59 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago says of the Mamasapano players: Puro sinungaling eh Kino kontrol ko sarili ko Pero iniisip ko: Gago Gago gago gago

'STUPID, STUPID!' Senator Miriam Santiago says this was her thought bubble while listening to the half-truths of officials who testified in the Mamasapano hearings. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Did a police official 'distract' army commanders before Mamasapano?

Mar 24, 2015 - 9:02 PM

The SAF denies any of its officers were involved in the evening ‘socials ’ while the PNP says it will clarify revelations made by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

'SHOW OF UNITY.' Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines officers and members link arms in a Unity Walk along EDSA to the People Power Monument during the 29th People Power Anniversary Celebration on Feb 25, 2015. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

PNP sticks to BOI findings as MILF report refutes ‘overkill’

Mar 24, 2015 - 6:11 PM

Weeks after emotional calls for the MILF to answer for what happened to the SAF 44 the PNP gets its answer Is it enough?

A man points to reporters January 28, 2015 the site where SAF policemen and rebels first engaged in intense fighting on January 25, 2015 in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Rappler file photo

Should Roxas have resigned over Mamasapano?

Mar 24, 2015 - 9:30 AM

‘We’re talking here about trust friendship of being on the saddle in so many ways ’ says former PNP chief Panfilo Lacson of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas who was kept out of the loop in the Mamasapano operation

ISSUE OF TRUST? Interior Secretary Mar Roxas during the Senate's probe into the bloody Mamasapano clash. File photo by Mark Cristino

Lacson: Aquino should 'deal with MILF' too

Mar 24, 2015 - 9:24 AM

‘To care about the peace process and nothing more I don’t think it speaks well of the commander in chief ’ says former PNP chief Panfilo Lacson

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

'Mishandled' Mamasapano? We endeavor to inform – Palace

Mar 22, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Yet the President himself is ‘still forming his own narrative’ on Mamasapano

'ONLY THE TRUTH.' President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his Commencement Address during the 110th Commencement Exercises of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2015 on March 15, 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Mamasapano 'first sin,' Filipinos on Aquino, British royal baby | The wRap

Mar 19, 2015 - 7:50 PM

The Senate’s Mamasapano report says the MILF committed first sin A survey shows Filipinos don’t want President Aquino to resign Duchess Kate says she’ll give birth in April

BOI head: Did I clear the President in Mamasapano?

Mar 19, 2015 - 2:13 PM

Let s just stick to facts Let s not spin words says Police Director Benjamin Magalong head of the BOI on reports that the board cleared the President of liability in the Mamasapano clash

'WE STAND OUR GROUND.' Police Director Benjamin Magalong during the Senate's probe into the bloody Mamasapano clash. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

More Filipinos don't want Aquino to resign – poll

Mar 19, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Despite widespread criticism on how he has handled the Mamasapano incident there are still more Filipinos who want President Benigno Aquino III to stay on

President Benigno Aquino III speaks at the necrological service for the SAF 44 on January 29, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Aquino on BOI report, Jabidah massacre anniversary, Pacquiao-Mayweather ‘couch dance’ | The wRap

Mar 18, 2015 - 8:16 PM

The BOI chief says the President was “hurt” over the Mamasapano report Filipino Muslims commemorate the Jabidah Massacre Pacquiao or Mayweather could get “couch dances for life”

Aquino apology? ‘What’s so difficult about that?’ – FVR

Mar 18, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Former president Fidel V Ramos says a heart felt apology from President Benigno Aquino III would probably do 90 of the job but the situation has changed nearly two months after the Mamasapano tragedy

TIME TO SAY SORRY? Former president Fidel V. Ramos says based on the doctrine of command responsibility, President Benigno Aquino III should take responsibility for 'Oplan Exodus.' Rappler photo

Lacson defends BOI amid Malacañang tirade

Mar 15, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Former police chief and senator Panfilo Lacson says the President should explain why he did not involve OIC police chief Leonardo Espina and instead went straight to SAF commander Getulio Napeñas

PNP FOLLOWS CHAIN OF COMMAND: Former police chief and senator Panfilo Lacson says PNP has always followed the chain of command

Binay keeps mum on Aquino's role in Mamasapano

Mar 14, 2015 - 7:48 PM

I haven t read it yet says Vice President Jejomar Binay when asked about the PNP BOI s report on the Mamasapano operation

AQUINO'S MISTAKES? Vice President Jejomar Binay dodges questions about the findings of the PNP BOI's report on the Mamasapano report.

Cheat sheet: The truths and lies of Mamasapano

Mar 14, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The BOI singles out President Aquino resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima and sacked SAF commander Getulio Napeñas for the lapses they committed in planning the operation in Mamasapano

Purisima, Napeñas gave wrong info on Mamasapano – BOI

Mar 14, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Alan Purisima an experienced Intelligence Officer and Getulio Napeñas a seasoned combat officer should have done a better job in relaying information on January 25

Napeñas assured SAF troops of artillery, had no 'abort' option

Mar 13, 2015 - 11:47 AM

Documents show the crucial judgments made by sacked SAF commander Getulio Napeñas before the Mamasapano operation

Priests bless the remains of SAF members killed in an encounter with Muslim rebels during the arrival honors at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on January 29, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

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

BOI: Mamasapano report presents 'true' picture

Mar 12, 2015 - 4:41 PM

UPDATED The BOI said it is ready to present its truthful report on the Mamasapano operation to the public once cleared by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II

Bello to Aquino: Follow Kennedy, Carter, Reagan's lead

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:01 PM

The newly resigned Akbayan representative urges the President to take responsibility for the Mamasapano tragedy or it would be a festering wound

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Assumption of Command Ceremony of Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) at the PNP-SAF Headquarters Quadrangle of the Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City. File photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

‘Aquino Cabinet like a fraternity’

Mar 11, 2015 - 8:33 PM

Instead of competence instead of the kinds of consideration based on really rational discussion loyalty is what counts says resigned Akbayan Representative Walden Bello

Gag order on Napeñas? 'I don’t do that' – Espina

Mar 11, 2015 - 1:25 PM

PNP OIC Leonardo Espina says he leaves it up to the discernment of sacked PNP SAF chief Getulio Napeñas on whether he should speak on the Mamasapano clash

PNP OIC PDDG Leonardo Espina. File photo by Mark Cristino

Aquino fooled? Poe says Purisima role is the problem

Mar 10, 2015 - 8:01 PM

Senator Grace Poe says of Aquino s speech: I do not know if he was fooled or if the protocol used in the situation was just really wrong

'WRONG PROTOCOL.' Senator Grace Poe says President Aquino was silent on the participation of resigned police chief Alan Purisima in the Mamasapano operation. File photo by Mark Cristino

Napeñas lawyer: 'President should take responsibility too'

Mar 10, 2015 - 5:54 PM

The lawyer of relieved PNP SAF director Getulio Napeñas says the trouble began when the President allowed his friend resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima to be part of the operation despite a suspension order

FINGER-POINTING? Relieved SAF commander Getulio Napeñas during a Senate hearing. Seated behind him is his lawyer, Vitaliano Aguirre. File photo by Mark Cristino

SAF gave Purisima full Mamasapano briefing

Mar 10, 2015 - 11:52 AM

A document obtained by Rappler shows former PNP chief Alan Purisima – then suspended – was briefed on ‘Oplan Exodus’ on January 5 ahead of the President

Poe to Purisima: What are you afraid of?

Mar 09, 2015 - 6:07 PM

The senator says Purisima s refusal to turn over his phone records to the Senate is suspect and questions the BOI s decision to again delay the submission of its findings

MORE DOUBTS. Senator Grace Poe criticizes Purisima's refusal to waive his privacy over his phone records, and grant an interview to the police Board of Inquiry. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler