Mamasapano Special Action Force - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Mamasapano Special Action Force


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

Defense chief rejects wholesale valor award to 42 SAF

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:37 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says a few of the elite cops who helped kill the country s top terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir or Marwan may be deserving of the award But not all

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 25, 2017

Jan 25, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends sympathies to the families of the Fallen 44, the Special Action Force troopers who died in an encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 25, 2015. The President met with the families of the fallen police officers for the first time at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on January 24, 2017, a day before the second death anniversary of the gallant troopers. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

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Jan 28, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Jan 27, 2016 - 1:24 PM

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Keeping the memory of Mamapasano alive by sharing your stories

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:37 AM

I would like readers to share their stories about the massacre I am especially calling on those directly involved and those directly affected

People look at a display of photos in Manila on February 7, 2015 showing the 44 elite commandos who died in a police raid in Mamasapano town, in the southern island of Mindanao during a mission in January to capture one of the world's most wanted terrorists, Bali bomber Zulkifli bin Hir. The hunt for Zulkifli ended at his hideout on remote farmland in the southern island of Mindanao just before dawn on January 25. Philippines media on February 6 ran a photo purportedly showing his dead body, sprawled in a hut and in a blood-soaked shirt. Philippine Muslim rebels said they were considering returning dozens of high-powered firearms that they seized from some of the 44 police commandos killed in a botched anti-terror operation in the south. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO / AFP / JAY DIRECTO

DOJ summons MILF, BIFF leaders over SAF deaths

Oct 28, 2015 - 8:44 PM

At least 13 commanders of the MILF and the BIFF are required to appear during the first preliminary investigation hearing on November 11

DOJ: No charges vs killers of 9 SAF troopers in Mamasapano clash

Oct 08, 2015 - 12:06 PM

The justice department also says charges cannot be filed against lone survivor PO2 Christopher Robert Lalan who allegedly killed several civilians in a mosque a day after the encounter for lack of evidence

FALLEN COMRADES. Police carry a body bag during a retrieval operation on January 26, 2015 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Province.

Mamasapano tragedy: NBI files charges vs MILF, BIFF, armed groups

Jul 15, 2015 - 8:21 PM

More than 100 members of Muslim rebel groups and private armed groups face charges of direct assault with murder and theft over the death of police commandos

DFA: Iqbal carries 'valid' Philippine passport

Apr 15, 2015 - 11:34 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs knows the real name of Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal

'VALID PASSPORT.' Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario confirms that Muslim rebel group negotiator Mohagher Iqbal carries a valid Philippine passport.

MILF: Charge SAF survivor for killing sleeping men, civilian

Mar 24, 2015 - 2:54 PM

The MILF accuses PO2 Christopher Lalan – the sole survivor of the SAF company that served as the blocking force in Oplan Exodus of– committing war crimes and human rights violations

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

Aquino aunt slams gov't over ballot stealing charges

Mar 20, 2015 - 10:59 AM

Margarita Tingting Cojuangco and 13 others face separate complaints filed by the Commission on Elections law department

SAF 44 relatives: Resume Mamasapano probe

Mar 10, 2015 - 6:29 PM

They already killed the SAF 44 Now they want to kill the case

ON THEIR OWN. Widows of the Fallen 44 SAF visits the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday (March 3). The widows asked for the continuation of the Congress hearing on the Mamasapano clash. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Rappler reporter receives Hildegarde journalism award

Mar 06, 2015 - 7:13 PM

Multimedia reporter Natashya Gutierrez is recognized for her outstanding achievement in the print and online journalism for her article SAF 44: The women they left behind

HILDEGARDE AWARDEE. Rappler multimedia reporter Natashya Gutierrez is given the Hildegarde Award for her article, SAF 44: The women they left behind

Tagaligtas: Pain, pride, and the PNP SAF

Mar 06, 2015 - 3:42 PM

The PNP s Special Action Force an elite police unit forged in the first years of a revolution and several coup tries soldiers through its biggest crisis yet

ELITE FORCE. PNP SAF troopers during the 2013 Zamboanga siege. Rappler file photo

Will the President's crisis management style spell his downfall?

Mar 03, 2015 - 1:39 PM

The President s handling of the aftermath of the Mamasapano operation raises questions on whether his crisis management style has aggravated the problem

CRISIS MANAGEMENT. It took President Benigno Aquino III 3 days since after the Mamasapano operation before addressing the nation. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino spends over 12 hours with SAF, families

Jan 30, 2015 - 11:36 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III leaves Camp Bagong Diwa around 1 am on Saturday after a heart to heart talk with the families of the 44 SAF troopers killed in Mamasapano Maguindanao on January 25