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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

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

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

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

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

'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

Senate reopens Mamasapano probe to hear 'new evidence'

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The hearing is likely to center on one question: what did President Aquino do – or failed to do – in the planning execution and aftermath of the anti terrorist operation

epa04592364 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. Fighting between police and Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines has left at least 50 people dead, a police report said. Police were trying to arrest two suspected Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists in the town of Mamasapano in Maguindanao province, 960 kilometres south of Manila, when the clash erupted. The rebels belonged to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which signed a peace deal with the government in March, and to its breakaway faction the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, which opposed the agreement. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

Honasan on re-opening Mamasapano probe: 'This is not a witch hunt'

Jan 06, 2016 - 6:12 PM

The UNA vice presidential bet also believes Senator Grace Poe is competent enough to manage the resumption of the hearings

FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE. Senator Gringo Honasan believes the reopening of the Senate investigation into the Mamasapano probe is a good thing for the victims' families. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SAF troopers to join HPG in manning EDSA traffic

Sep 10, 2015 - 11:29 AM

Chief Superintendent Arnold Gunnacao PNP Highway Patrol Group director says the Special Action Force responded to his call for reinforcement to direct traffic along EDSA

TRAFFIC CHAOS. Commuters stranded along Commonwealth Avenue on Tuesday during rush hour. The government deployed HPG along EDSA in a bid to solve the traffic problem. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Nancy Binay files bill to declare Jan 25 SAF 44 Day

Sep 01, 2015 - 12:49 PM

Senator Nancy Binay says the SAF 44 should be recognized for their bravery heroism and sacrifice

IN COMMEMORATON. Senator Nancy Binay files Senate Bill No 2916 for the SAF 44. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

SAF officer arrested for 2011 Makati bus explosion acquitted

Aug 06, 2015 - 8:56 PM

A Makati court notes the prosecution s vain attempt to pin down PO2 Arnold Mayo when there was enough evidence he was in Basilan at the time of the blast

BOMB BLAST. President Benigno Aquino III (right) inspects the Newman Gold Liner Inc bus that exploded in Makati City in 2011. EPA/Jay Morales/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Rappler Talk: Panfilo Lacson on Mamasapano and the troubles facing PNP

Mar 23, 2015 - 1:17 PM

From a former police chief’s perspective how should the President explain his actions regarding the Mamasapano carnage?

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

Aquino hits Napenas, Quevedo defends MILF, Pacquiao vs Mayweather | The wRap

Mar 10, 2015 - 7:53 PM

Aquino says Napeñas tricked him Quevedo says the MILF is not a terrorist group Pacquiao is unimpressed by Mayweather’s KO of a sparring partner

De Lima: SAF to be investigated too for MILF deaths

Mar 04, 2015 - 6:29 PM

So far however the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has yet to present evidence that its members also died in the clash with police commandos in Mamasapano

FAIR PLAY. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the MILF shouldn't get the impression that the government probe into the Mamasapano clash favors the police force. Photo by Mark Cristino

Resignation? Aquino has no plans to step down – Palace

Feb 20, 2015 - 4:01 PM

The President will step down on June 30 2016 I can tell you that Any reports or stories of any other exit plan apart from that are fictitious said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte

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

Q&A with MILF Commander Haramen on Mamasapano: 'Walang eroplano, walang bazooka'

Feb 15, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Rappler is republishing MindaNews Q A with MILF Commander Haramen first published on February 13 2015

SLAIN COMRADES. Philippine police commandos load body bags containing the remains of their comrades killed in a clash with Muslim rebels onto a truck in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on January 26, 2015. Photo by Mark Navales/AFP

MILF commander: No 'overkill' in Mamasapano

Feb 14, 2015 - 4:05 PM

Shedding light on possible US involvement in the bloodbath MILF commander Haramen also says they observed a drone hovering around the area the night before the attack on January 25

SLAIN COMRADES. Philippine police commandos load body bags containing the remains of their comrades killed in a clash with Muslim rebels onto a truck in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on January 26, 2015. Photo by Mark Navales/AFP

Cardinal to Christians: Moro dream 'very valid'

Feb 13, 2015 - 9:39 AM

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says Christians should look at history not their own biases and prejudices against Muslims

END CONFLICT. Filipino Muslims shout for peace during a rally for peace in Manila, Philippines, on February 6, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

FULL TEXT: Mohagher Iqbal's statement at Mamasapano hearing

Feb 12, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Please do not let this unfortunate incident be used to derail 17 years of hard work and lessen our resolve for peace and justice Let peace be our legacy says chief MILF negotiator Mohagher Iqbal

PRESENT. Chief MILF peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal attends the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano clash on February 12, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Iqbal: MILF will help gov’t find Usman

Feb 12, 2015 - 12:25 PM

In his first appearance at the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano clash the MILF chief negotiator says his group is committed to help track down terrorist Abdul Basit Usman and reiterates the importance of the peace process

PRESENT. Chief MILF peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal attends the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano clash on February 12, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Lovi Poe on sister Grace Poe and Senate probe: 'I'm proud of her'

Feb 11, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Lovi says she will be there for Grace if she decides to run in 2016

Cordillerans pool funds to help families of 14 SAF heroes

Feb 10, 2015 - 11:30 AM

A group led by the Cordillera Administrative Region’s top real estate builder and leaders of various churches have jumpstarted an initiative to help the bereaved families

FUND DRIVE. Fr Andy Cosalan Jr and Bishop Joel Padchao complete requirements for the BPI account where Cordillerans can deposit donations for the families of the 14 fallen SAF members from the region. (Photo from the Facebook account of Atty Alexander Bangsoy)

MILF: We will return SAF arms, personal items

Feb 10, 2015 - 10:27 AM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF has agreed to return the firearms and personal effects of elite cops in the Mamasapano clash

Aquino: I have accepted Purisima's resignation

Feb 06, 2015 - 6:40 PM

President Benigno Aquino III facing the nation for the second time in nearly two weeks after the January 25 Mamasapano clash says it is a painful decision

JUSTICE FOR SAF 44. With some coffins behind him, President Benigno Aquino III tries to comfort families of the elite cops killed in a clash with Moro rebels in Maguindanao, at necrological services in  Camp Bagong Diwa on January 30, 2015. Photo by  Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Despite Mamasapano clash, 'all okay in PNP' – acting chief

Feb 05, 2015 - 3:16 PM

PNP OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina meets with top police officials more than a week after a bloody encounter in Mamasapano town that claimed the lives of 44 elite cops

Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina gives a short press briefing after their command conference at the Camp Crame in Quezon City on February 5, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Wife of SAF-44 hero wants to be a cop

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:41 AM

A widow at 31 Michelle Candano wants to fill in the big shoes left by her husband one of the 44 slain PNP SAF troopers in the January 25 Maguindanao clash

HOMECOMING. Cebu honors the fallen PNP SAF troopers. Photo courtesy of dyLA-AM Cebu

WATCH: Excerpts from necrological service for slain PNP-SAF troops

Feb 01, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Watch excerpts from the necrological service for the slain members of the Philippine National Police s Special Action Force

Purisima invited to Senate probe on SAF-MILF clash

Feb 01, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Senator Grace Poe says the probe aims to clarify who ordered the operation and what went wrong in the clash that killed 44 elite cops

Necrological service of 42 slain SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on January 30, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Shame on you, Mr President

Feb 01, 2015 - 11:02 AM

I am writing this in anger and the next lines are an attempt at bringing it out I have left the last line open and suggest that readers add on to this screed

Why family of slain SAF from Bicol didn't wait for Aquino

Jan 31, 2015 - 6:20 PM

Twenty police officers assigned in Bicol shave their heads to mourn the death of 3 police academy batchmates who died in the Maguindanao clash

At least 17 MILF fighters die in Mamasapano clash

Jan 31, 2015 - 3:02 PM

This brings the number of fatalities in the clash between armed insurgents and government forces in Mamasapano Maguindanao to at least 68

CLASH. Residents survey January 28, 2015 the scene in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano Maguindanao where 44 SAF members died and 11 others wounded during a clashed with combined forces of MILF and BIFF. Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem

Binay: Purisima must break silence over SAF clash

Jan 30, 2015 - 3:57 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay says suspended Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima can provide crucial information on the botched operation

'SPEAK UP.' Vice President Jejomar Binay is urging suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima to speak up on the SAF-MILF clash. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler  © Mark Fredesjed R. Cristino

Take Maguindanao clash to int'l court, gov't urged

Jan 30, 2015 - 2:40 PM

Letting an independent international body prosecute the case could help restore public sentiment in favor of the peace process in Mindanao lawyer Harry Roque says

INTERNATIONAL COURT. SAF members march as they carry the flag-draped coffins of their fallen comrades, shortly after the bodies arrived at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on January 29, 2015. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PNP SAF commander: Was it worth it?

Jan 30, 2015 - 1:35 PM

I’m sure if you will ask them it is worth it because more lives were saved when Marwan was killed says the SAF OIC commander in his eulogy for the slain troopers

DAY OF MOURNING. Police officers tie a black ribbon around their badges January 30 to mourn the deaths of 44 Special Action Force troopers. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Ben Nabong

'Justice for PNP SAF 44'

Jan 30, 2015 - 9:17 AM

The grief stricken uniformed service and the general public ask that justice be given to the 44 young men who died in a clash with the BIFF and MILF

HEROES’ WELCOME. An aerial view of the arrival of the remains of 42 of the 44 slain cops in the Maguindanao clash on January 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Air Force

Duterte: Stall Bangsamoro law until SAF deaths are resolved

Jan 30, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Famous for his ironclad approach to peace and order the mayor of Davao City says he was disturbed at how the dead bodies of the policemen were desecrated in MILF territory

SAF 44 back in the camp they call home

Jan 29, 2015 - 11:27 PM

Family members fellow police personnel and the public have waited inside Camp Bagong Diwa and along the streets leading to it to welcome back home the SAF commandos slain in Maguindanao

COMRADES. Members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force and cadets from the PNP Academy serve as honor guards at the homecoming of slain SAF troopers at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, on January 29. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

The SAF 44: Our sons, our heroes

Jan 29, 2015 - 6:45 PM

They were highly trained decorated young policemen On January 29 they came home to a heroes welcome – not as lively troops but as corpses

'FALLEN HEROES.' 42 of the 44 slain PNP SAF commandos arrive at the Villamor Air Base on January 29, 2015, 4 days after the bloody 'misencounter' in Maguindanao Photo courtesy of Philippine Air Force

Mamasapano: Sleepy town roused by SAF-MILF clash

Jan 29, 2015 - 1:26 PM

A military official says that what s more interesting in the area is the presence of dual citizens who are flexible in terms of identity – whether they are MILF or BIFF

Residents survey January 28, 2015 the scene in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano Maguindanao where 44 SAF members died and 11 others wounded during a clash with combined forces of MILF and BIFF. Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem

IN PHOTOS: The hunt for Marwan

Jan 28, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Images of Mamasapano town in Maguindanao 3 days after the deadly misencounter between policemen and the MILF and before President Aquino addressed the nation to defend the SAF operation

Policemen closed the highway leading to Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

Marcos blasts ‘gag order’ on SAF-MILF clash

Jan 28, 2015 - 5:49 PM

Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr says he has been unable to talk to key playes in the peace process to determine what really happened in the January 25 misencounter

'FACTS, PLEASE.' Senator Bongbong Marcos says he will only resume the Bangsamoro law hearings once it's clear what happened in Maguindanao. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

MILF conducts own probe into Maguindanao clash

Jan 27, 2015 - 11:54 PM

There will be a lot of speculations as to what happened and until what happened is established with credibility and integrity the said incident will weigh down our current efforts to bring peace to our homeland

CONFLICT. 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. Thirty police commandoes were feared dead after Philippine security forces clashed with Muslim rebels in the south, in rare violence that tested a nearly one-year-old peace accord, a rebel official said January 26. AFP PHOTO / Mark Navales

Region in mourning: 1 in 3 slain SAF sons of Cordillera

Jan 27, 2015 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Special Action Force OIC Noel Taliño says 65 of the Philippine National Police s elite force comes from the northern Philippine region

PERIOD OF PRAYER. The Philippine National Police offers 9 days of prayer for members of its Special Action Force who died in a clashes with Muslim rebels in Maguindanao. Rappler photo

What now after the Maguindanao clash?

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Grand gestures are needed to restore confidence in the peace process

PNP-SAF chief, Junjun Binay, US blizzard | The wRap

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:11 PM

The chief of the Special Action Forces is relieved of his post Junjun Binay slams the Senate’s telenovela probe A blizzard hits the Northeastern United States

Binay urges 'utmost caution' in peace talks after SAF clash

Jan 27, 2015 - 5:56 PM

Peace must be achieved within the framework of our Constitution and national sovereignty says the Vice President echoing lawmakers who have questioned the proposed Bangsamoro law

FALLEN BROTHERS. The Vice President mourns the death elite cops, including his APO fraternity brothers. File photo/Rappler

MILF to lawmakers: Don't delay Bangsamoro law passage

Jan 27, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Ghadzali Jaafar MILF vice chair the political affairs suggests an impartial investigation to clarify the issues and to avoid speculations that would disrupt the peace talks

PEACE GAINS. The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at the signing of the historic peace agreement in March 2014.  Malacañang Photo Bureau Malacañang Photo Bureau

Gloomy PNP anniversary after bloody Sunday in Maguindanao

Jan 26, 2015 - 9:43 AM

The Philippine flag flies at half mast in all PNP camps as a tribute to dozens of PNP SAF commandos who reportedly died in clashes in Maguindanao

6 hurt in Davao clash with rebels

Jul 09, 2014 - 4:38 PM

Five members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force PNP SAF and one soldier are hurt during an encounter with members of the New People s Army in Davao City