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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

FULL TEXT: MILF report on Mamasapano

Mar 24, 2015 - 3:04 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front submits its final report on the Mamasapano incident to the International Monitoring Team and provides copies to the government and the Senate among others

BODY COUNT. Police carry a body bag of one of their comrades during a retrieval operation on January 26, 2015, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province.

FULL TEXT: Draft Senate report on Mamasapano

Mar 17, 2015 - 6:39 PM

UPDATED The Senate panel that probed the Mamasapano incident reveals its findings and recommendations in a 129 page report

MAMASAPANO REPORT. Senator Grace Poe presents to the media the draft Senate report on the Mamasapano incident on March 17, 2015. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Senate draft report: 'Aquino must bear responsibility'

Mar 17, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The Senate panel that conducted the probe into the Mamasapano operation says that President Benigno Aquino III must show leadership with regards to the incident

SENATE HEARING ON MAMASAPANO, Senate Grace Poe leads the Senate hearings on the Mamasapano incident. Photo by Rappler/Mark Cristino

EO refutes Malacañang: Command responsibility applies to PNP

Feb 23, 2015 - 3:08 PM

Full text of Executive Order 226 which Senator Guingona cites when Justice Secretary De Lima insists command responsibility does not apply to the PNP a civilian organization

DEFENDING THE PALACE. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima tells senators on February 23, 2015, that command responsibility applies only to the military, not the Philippine National Police, which is a civilian organization. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

DFA: SAF plan and execution ‘100% Filipino’

Feb 23, 2015 - 1:56 PM

Updated Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Evan Garcia stresses however that ‘intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance’ are within the ambit of the US Philippines cooperation

COOPERATION. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Evan Garcia tells senators on February 23, 2015, that the US helping gather intelligence is part of the PH-US cooperation agreement. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Napeñas: Purisima gave order, not advice

Feb 23, 2015 - 12:49 PM

Senate President Drilon: ‘Kung galing sa itaas pababa di ba order iyon sa police at military?’ Sacked SAF director Napeñas: ‘Ganoon na nga iyon siguro ’

Photo by Mark Cristino

Did MILF coddle Marwan? Police, military chiefs differ

Feb 10, 2015 - 1:56 PM

Answering questions from Senator Recto PNP OIC Leonardo Espina says the MILF provided haven for the terrorist while AFP chief Gregorio Catapang Jr says the group didn t

Sacked SAF commander: What drones?

Feb 09, 2015 - 9:06 PM

Relieved PNP Special Action Force commander Getulio Napeñas denies that high tech gadgets were used to communicate with troops during the Mamasapano operation

NOT HIGH-TECH. Suspended SAF commander Getulio Napeñas tells senators that during the Mamasapano operation, commanders communicated with the troopers via radios, satellite phones, and personal cellular phones. Photo By Mark Cristino/Rappler

Command or advice? Senators say Purisima story ‘incredible’

Feb 09, 2015 - 7:06 PM

Despite the protestations and denials of [resigned PNP chief Alan] Purisima it is clear he was in the loop How did it happen that a suspended officer was in the chain of command?

PRESENT. Resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima tells senators on February 9 he was present in two meetings to plan the January 25 anti-terror operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, when he was suspended, but insists he was only giving advice, not instructions. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Senators question MILF absence in SAF hearing

Feb 09, 2015 - 2:19 PM

If peace is really their objective and they want to save this agreement they must have full cooperation one senator says of ranking MILF officials who only sent a representative

WHERE'S IQBAL? Senators tells Rasid Ladiasan, chairperson of the MILF Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities, why the MILF higher-ups wouldn't honor the Senate hearing with their presence when ranking police, military, executive officials are present on February 9. Rappler photo

Aquino, Purisima were at final ‘Oplan Exodus’ briefing

Feb 09, 2015 - 1:08 PM

Relieved PNP Special Action Force commander Getulio Napeñas tells senators the briefing held at President Aquino s residence excluded the PNP OIC and the interior secretary

BRIEFING FOR BOSSES. Suspended SAF commander Getulio Napeñas Jr tells senators he joined suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima and Intelligence Group Director Fernando Mendez in briefing President Benigno Aquino III on the Mamasapano operation in January 2015. Rappler photo