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SAF commander shot dead by subordinate in Camp Bagong Diwa

Aug 20, 2019 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) Police say Master Sergeant Sanwright Lobhoy was blinded by jealousy when he killed Major Emerson Palomares during a heated confrontation

KILLED BY ALLY. Major Emerson Palomares is shot dead inside Camp Bagong Diwa. Photo from Palomares' Facebook page

PNP gets biggest batch of women recruits in SAF history

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:24 AM

The Philippine National Police Special Action Force gets 172 women in its first batch of recruitment for 2019, surpassing its previous record in 2014 when they recruited 54 women

MORE WOMEN. The PNP SAF gets 112 men and 172 women for its first batch of recruitment in 2019. PNP SAF photo

PNP deploys SAF after Duterte order vs ‘lawless violence’ | Evening wRap

Nov 26, 2018 - 9:11 PM

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Sep 17, 2018 - 9:57 PM

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PNP SAF joins search mission for victims of Benguet landslides

Sep 17, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde also says cops will now focus on maintaining law and order in affected areas, and supporting relief and rehabilitation efforts

Policemen lon September 17, 2017, lead the search and rertrieval operation for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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

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

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

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Suspend ex-SAF chief, 3 others over missing funds – complainants

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Complainants, led by a former SAF chief, had earlier filed a malversation and plunder complaint against the 4 cops over P59.8 million in unreleased allowances

FORMER SAF CHIEF. Benjamin Lusad (leftmost) is accused of failing to distribute over P59.8 M in allowances to SAF troopers. File photo courtesy of DOJ

Rappler Talk: Oscar Albayalde on maintaining momentum in PNP

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:24 PM

Watch Rappler's one-on-one interview with Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday, April 24

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

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

Fate of ex-SAF chief up to Albayalde now – Dela Rosa

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Albayalde himself knows the struggle of SAF troopers over their allowances as he was once part of the elite force

INCOMING CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde is set to lead the PNP starting April 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/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

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

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

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

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

The week in photos: September 23-29, 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

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

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

PNP still can't locate SAF armored vehicle in Marawi

May 30, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Police deployed in Marawi City – the SAF RPSBs and local police – are now under the operational control of the military

UNDER SIEGE. Members of the PNP SAF maneuver as they assault terrorists' hide out near the city hall in Marawi City on May 28, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Napolcom recommends Medal of Valor for slain SAF troopers

Feb 07, 2017 - 1:05 PM

The recommendation is for 42 out of the 44 troopers killed in the Mamasapano clash in January 2015 The two others received the award in January 2016

MEDALS FOR ALL? The Napolcom recommends the conferment of Medals of Valor to the rest of the SAF 44, barely a week after President Rodrigo Duterte meets with their surviving families. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Task force vs police scalawags: What we know so far

Feb 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Will the newly formed counter intel task force be enough to rid the Philippine National Police of its wayward members?

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate bill: Declare Jan 25 special working holiday for SAF 44

Dec 03, 2016 - 10:15 AM

The efforts of the PNP SAF 44 will always be remembered and should be given recognition says Senator Nancy Binay author of the bill

MOURNING. Bodies of SAF members who were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels were welcomed at the Villamor Airbase. File Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Illegal drugs found in Bilibid even after SAF takeover

Nov 16, 2016 - 7:28 PM

However Police Superintendent Francisco Ebreo says he is not sure if the drugs came from an old stash or were recently brought inside the prison

SPECIAL FORCES. Members of the PNP-SAF have been deployed to the New Bilibid Prison since July 20, 2016, to beef up security after drug operations were discovered on the compound. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ probes 2 ex-officials allegedly on payroll of VIP convicts

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:02 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II refuses to name the former high ranking DOJ officials but says they served the previous administration

BOMB THREAT. Employees are asked to evacuate the DOJ building over a reported bomb threat. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

PNP's elite striking force now man New Bilibid Prison

Jul 20, 2016 - 6:20 PM

320 troopers from the elite PNP Special Action Force now stand guard at the high security New Bilibid Prison

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

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

Napeñas to Aquino: No balls

Apr 09, 2016 - 10:21 AM

Former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas says President Benigno Aquino III should own up to the bloody Mamasapano clash

NO BALLS. Former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas did not mince words against President Benigno Aquino III. Photo of Napeñas by Rappler, photo of Aquino from the Malacañang Photo Bureau

Charges set vs Purisima, Napeñas over Mamasapano – Ombudsman

Apr 05, 2016 - 5:41 PM

The Ombudsman finds sacked PNP chief Alan Purisima and former SAF chief Getulio Napeñas Jr responsible for the bloody clash in Mamasapano

RESPONSIBLE FOR MAMASAPANO? Former PNP chief Alan Purisima during a Senate probe into the Mamasapano clash. File photo by Mark Cristino

'No stand down order from Aquino' during Mamasapano clash

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Former and current security officials make the assertion at the reopening of the Senate probe into the botched operation

MAMASAPANO PROBE. Military officials led by former Armed Forces chief retired General Gregorio Catapang (second from right) at the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano clash on January 27, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

True mark of valor: SAF's Gednat Tabdi, Romeo Cempron

Jan 25, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Coins were tossed and as fate would have it Tabdi got the assignment he badly wanted: Mindanao He was killed in heavy gunfire in Mamasapano

AFTER EXODUS. Policemen man the highway leading to barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015. Rappler file photo

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

Aquino to award 2 SAF troopers Medal of Valor

Jan 22, 2016 - 4:11 PM

UPDATED The President will be the Guest of Honor during the PNP s tribute for the 44 SAF troopers who died during a controversial police operation last year

P70M given in benefits, pensions to SAF 44 families

Jan 19, 2016 - 6:13 PM

Two of the SAF 44 are set to receive the Medal of Valor – pending President Benigno Aquino III’s approval

SAF 44. Members of the PNPA Alumni association with relatives and widows of the fallen 44 PNP-SAF commandos leads other sympathizers in a unity walk from Cavite Province to Quezon City on March 8, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Enrile: I'll prove Aquino did nothing to save SAF

Jan 18, 2016 - 7:51 PM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile singles out President Benigno Aquino III and what he apparently failed to do during the controversial police operation

IS HE TO BLAME? President Benigno Aquino III condoles with the families of the 42 slain PNP-SAF members during the necrological service at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on January 30, 2015. File photos by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Enrile on Mamasapano: Did Aquino do enough to save SAF?

Jan 13, 2016 - 5:33 PM

Says the former senate president: Wala akong nalalaman na galaw ng gobyerno upang sagipin sila at ano ba ang ginawa ng Presidente?

WHAT HAPPENED, MR PRESIDENT? Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, out of bail for the pork barrel scam, wants to know what the president did to prevent the carnage in Mamasapano town, Maguinanao. File photos from AFP and Rappler

Robredo: No need to re-open Senate Mamasapano probe

Jan 12, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Leni Robredo the LP s vice presidential candidate says incumbent officials should be careful not to use their posts just to get the public s attention

WHAT FOR? VP candidate Leni Robredo from the ruling Liberal Party sees no reason for the Senate to re-open its probe into the bloody Mamasapano clash. Photo from Leni Robredo's Facebook page