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Cordillera unveils 3rd SAF 44 shrine on Mamasapano clash anniversary

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Fourteen of the elite cops who died in the botched anti-terrorist operation on January 25, 2015, were from the Cordillera

SALUTE TO HEROES. The Cordillera police open unveil the SAF Memorial at the Ifugao Park, The Manor at Camp John Hay, Baguio City on January 22, 2020. A number of the elite cops killed in the anti-terrorist operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in 2015 were from the Cordillera. Photo courtesy of JJ Landingin

Using Magalong, VACC tries to reopen Mamasapano homicide case vs Aquino

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:04 PM

This is despite a recent Supreme Court ruling saying Aquino cannot be charged with homicide. Chief Justice Peralta leaves it to Ombudsman Martires to decide.

MAMASAPANO CLASH. Ex-CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong submits an affidavit to boost the VACC's Motion for Reinvestigation to reopen the homicide complaint against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III over the 2015 Mamasapano clash. Photo by DarrenLangit/Rappler

Calida asks SC to charge Aquino with homicide over Mamasapano ops

Jan 25, 2018 - 4:25 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida joins the relatives of the SAF 44 and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption in arguing that the former president's knowledge of the operation makes him liable of homicide

HOMICIDE VS AQUINO. Solicitor General Jose Calida and VACC Chairman Dante Jimenez file a Manifestation asking the Supreme Court to charge former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide over the bloody Mamasapano operations. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

Malacañang tells police on Mamasapano anniv: Embody integrity of SAF 44

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'Honor their memory by reliving their values of integrity and courage as you perform your duty to serve and protect the nation,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

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

Sandiganbayan finds probable cause to put Aquino on trial

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) About an hour after former President Benigno Aquino III posts bail, the anti-graft court announces it has found probable cause to put him on trial

MAMASAPANO. Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino posts bail at the Sandiganbayan on November 10, 2017 for graft and usurpation of authority charges over the Mamasapano bloodbath. Photo by Rappler

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Nov 08, 2017 - 1:01 PM

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SAF kin, VACC want SC to bring back homicide charges vs Aquino

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:52 PM

VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio wants the High Court to review the Ombudsman's decision to junk the 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide filed against ex-president Noynoy Aquino

APPEAL. Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain SAF member Nicky Nacino, files an appeal before the Ombudsman against former president Benigno Aquino III on July 19. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

WATCH: SAF 44 kin want homicide charges vs Aquino

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Aquino also files his appeal before Morales but it is done discreetly

APPEAL. Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain SAF member Nicky Nacino, file an appeal before the Ombudsman against former president Benigno Aquino III on July 19, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

VACC, SAF kin want 176-year jail time for Aquino

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:14 PM

'Hindi po commensurate 'yung penalty ng graft sa 44 lives na ninakaw ni Pangulong Aquino,' says lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, counsel for the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption

APPEAL. Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain SAF member Nicky Nacino, file an appeal before the Ombudsman against former president Benigno Aquino III on July 19, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte declares Jan 25 'Day of National Remembrance' for SAF 44

Feb 26, 2017 - 5:55 PM

I ask all our countrymen to remember the heroism of the SAF 44 and recall the daily sacrifices of our uniformed personnel for the sake of the continued peace and security of our nation says the President in a proclamation

Remembering his dead father, the boy in the photo wears a ‘SAF 44’ haircut as he and his mother attend the meeting with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte a day before the second death anniversary of the fallen 44 Special Action Force troopers at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on January 24, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

#DuterteLive: Launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

Feb 24, 2017 - 6:26 PM

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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

Duterte approves awarding of Medal of Valor to remaining SAF troopers

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:09 PM

Families of Medal of Valor awardees get a P20 000 monthly pension on top of other special incentives and special privileges the National Police Commission explains

SAF 44. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte tells Philippine National Police Director General Ronald€™ Dela Rosa to examine whether the Special Action Force (SAF) 44 should be given Medals of Valor and the benefits that go with it in his speech during a meeting with the bereaved families of the fallen police officers at the Heroes Hall in Malacanang Palace on January 24, 2017. File photo by Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

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

Duterte not creating commission to probe Mamasapano

Feb 06, 2017 - 7:01 PM

The President says creating another commission would be redundant since the Ombudsman is already pursuing a case on the deadly clash

FINDING OUT THE TRUTH. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the families of the Fallen 44, the Special Action Force troopers who died in an encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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Feb 03, 2017 - 8:56 PM

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Feb 03, 2017 - 1:19 PM

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Purisima posts P20k bail for Mamasapano charges

Jan 30, 2017 - 12:44 PM

The embattled former chief of the Philippine National Police is facing a separate complaint for homicide over his role in the Mamasapano fiasco

BAIL POSTED. Dismissed PNP Chief Alan Purisima posts bail for usurpation of public functions and graft charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Finger-pointing on Mamasapano

Jan 28, 2017 - 10:26 AM

If Aquino was ultimately responsible for Mamasapano should not Duterte accept ultimate accountability for the murder by PNP officers of Jee Ick Joo and any murder subsequently discovered to have been perpetrated by the police?

Duterte jokes: ‘Fragrant’ Filipinas, ‘ugly’ Yolanda victims

Jan 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Duterte cracks a joke about Typhoon Yolanda in front of survivors Lord sana ‘yung mga pangit lang ang namatay na Ang magaganda huwag sana

PRESIDENTIAL HUMOR. President Duterte cracks plenty of jokes during his speech at the inauguration of the New Hope Village Housing Project in Tacloban City on January 25, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

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Jan 27, 2017 - 11:22 AM

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#DuterteLive: Visit to a power plant in Maasim, Sarangani

Jan 26, 2017 - 3:57 PM

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President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Malacanang PPD

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Jan 26, 2017 - 11:26 AM

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Jan 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

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Ombudsman: Mamasapano graft charges should have been filed June 2016

Jan 25, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Families of the slain Special Action Force SAF cops are unsatisfied with the criminal charges recently filed against Purisima and Napeñas and are demanding homicide charges against Aquino

NOT ENOUGH. Families of the slain SAF cops demand the Ombudsman for homicide charges against former President Noynoy Aquino. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Two years after Mamasapano: What has happened to the case?

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Two years have passed since the Mamasapano encounter but the victims families are still clamoring for truth about the bloody police operation

SAF 44 families demand justice from Duterte

Jan 25, 2017 - 11:45 AM

During a dinner for the families Duterte promises to set a day of remembrance for the SAF 44 and orders the PNP to study the possibility of awarding the fallen troopers the Medal of Valor

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN. The son of one of the SAF 44 wears a shirt bearing his father's face and a 'SAF 44' haircut during a dinner hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang. Photo by Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

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Jan 25, 2017 - 11:25 AM

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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

Duterte to create commission to reinvestigate Mamasapano

Jan 24, 2017 - 9:36 PM

The President wants to appoint men of integrity and honor possibly former Supreme Court justices to head the reinvestigation into the 2015 botched police operation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed government officials at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace on January 9, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL/Presidential Photo

Duterte claims U.S. role in Mamasapano tragedy

Jan 24, 2017 - 6:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the ill fated Mamasapano operation was an American adventure with the blessing of former president Benigno Aquino III

UNEARTHING MAMASAPANO. President Rodrigo Duterte has many questions about the Mamasapano massacre. File photo from Malacañang

Complaint on Mamasapano vs Aquino not forgotten – Morales

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the complaint against former president Benigno Aquino III is still being investigated to see if there are grounds for a preliminary investigation

MAMASAPANO CLASH. President Benigno S. Aquino III condoles with the family of the fallen police troopers on January 30, 2015. Photo courtest of Malacañang Photo Bureau

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

Duterte wants reopening of Mamasapano probe

Oct 21, 2016 - 11:20 AM

The President says he wants to know where the reward money for terrorist Marwan went

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

Ombudsman affirms charges vs Purisima, Napeñas

Jun 16, 2016 - 12:04 PM

The Ombudsman says the Motions for Reconsideration of the two police officers deserve scant consideration

SHADOW OF MAMASAPANO. Former SAF chief Getulio Napeñas Jr (left) and former PNP chief Alan Purisima. Rappler file photos

Enrile: Too sick for detention, but fit to work?

Jan 31, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Supreme Court released the aging Senator Enrile on bail for humanitarian reasons but he manages to grill witnesses in two hearings last week

OUT ON BAIL. Does Senator Juan Ponce Enrile deserve to remain a free man after last week's Senate investigations? Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Jan 29, 2016 - 6:00 PM

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DOJ resolution on Mamasapano clash out 'in 3 to 4 weeks'

Jan 28, 2016 - 7:04 PM

The justice department asks the public to give the prosecutors more time to come up with a resolution considering the number of respondents involved in the very sensitive case

FALLEN. 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. Photo by Mark Navales/AFP

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Jan 28, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Senate: Nothing new in Mamasapano probe

Jan 27, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Senator Grace Poe says they will not revise their report on the deadly Mamasapano clash

Senators, government, military and PNP officials face-off anew during the Senate reinvestigation of the Mamasapano incident on Wednesday, Jan 27. The Jan 25, 2015 clash in Tukanalipao resulted in the death of 44 SAF commandos, 17 MILF fighters and 3 civilians.

'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

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Jan 27, 2016 - 1:24 PM

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Aquino ‘hid behind’ Purisima to escape blame – Enrile

Jan 27, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile says his bid to reopen the Senate probe is driven by a promise to the survivors of the Mamasapano clash and not by politics or any personal grudge

MAMASAPANO PROBE. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile gives his opening statement at the re-opening of the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano encounter. on January 27, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Senate joint public hearing on Mamasapano

Jan 27, 2016 - 9:55 AM

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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

SAF: Tagaligtas

Jan 26, 2016 - 10:49 AM

The PNP Special Action Force marks the first year 44 of their brethren were killed in the Mamasapano clash

Aquino and the wounds of Mamasapano

Jan 25, 2016 - 11:40 PM

On January 27 the Senate re opens its probe into the ill fated Operation Exodus

No closure without justice for Mamasapano victims

Jan 25, 2016 - 10:12 PM

One year on the wounds of the Mamasapano clash are still fresh for many Filipinos