maguindanao clash - updates

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3 BIFF killed in Maguindanao clashes over bridge project

Feb 06, 2016 - 5:52 PM

Intense fighting resumes early Saturday hours after a dozen BIFF members attack the site of a bridge construction project in Barangay Butilen

CLASH.Army troops take cover as tanks open fire in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/Rappler

SAF 44 used for politics? That’s for public to say – PNP

Jan 06, 2016 - 5:04 PM

The police general who headed the PNP s probe into the controversial operation says they ve already moved on but adds We ll have to move on again

SAF 44. Members of Philippine National Police, relatives and other government officials attend the necrological mass for the 44 slain PNP-SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa on January 30, 2015. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

President Aquino and the ghosts of Mamasapano

Sep 19, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Is it finally case closed for the controversial Oplan Exodus?

CLOSURE? President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during the necrological service for 42 slain SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on January 30, 2015. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Ampatuan clan welcomes first PNPA graduate

Mar 26, 2015 - 6:16 PM

We hope that the bad press about the family will go away now that you’ve seen what kind of person our son is says the young police inspector s mother

DIALOGUE. Members of the PNPA Class of 2015 speak to President Benigno Aquino III after their graduation rites on March 26, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

BIFF threatens to attack North Cotabato capitol

Feb 18, 2015 - 10:40 AM

If we will have the chance we will not only raid the town or city halls but we will also attack the provincial capitol says BIFF spokesperson Abu Misry Mama

RENEGADE. Ameril Umbra Kato, leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. File photo by Agence France-Presse

House suspends Mamasapano clash probe

Feb 16, 2015 - 6:46 PM

The probe is suspended indefinitely pending the results of the PNP investigation

CANCELLED. Resource persons attend the hearing of the House inquiry into the encounter between elite cops and Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Miriam: Bangsamoro law can be fine-tuned; MILF can't be trusted

Feb 12, 2015 - 7:42 PM

Santiago maintains the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law which will create an autonomous region to be initially run by the MILF is unconstitutional

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago attends Day 3 of the Senate probe into the deadly clash between Moro rebels and elite cops in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

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

BIFF: We will seize more gov't firearms

Feb 11, 2015 - 10:17 AM

Unlike the MILF the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters say they will not return the weapons of SAF troopers as these were seized in a legitimate encounter in Mamasapano town

RENEGADE. Ameril Umbra Kato, leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Why Roxas, Espina out of loop? ‘Operational safety’ – Purisima

Feb 10, 2015 - 12:29 PM

Former PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima says he was only following the SAF s plan when he advised that top officials be kept in the dark till the last minute on the Mamasapano operation

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

Sacked SAF commander apologizes for delay in peace process

Feb 10, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Government chief negotiator Miriam Ferrer says that based on her computation the peace process will be delayed by at least a month

HOPEFUL: Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer fights to save the peace process

Mamasapano clash delays passage of Bangsamoro law

Feb 09, 2015 - 9:42 PM

The pending probe in the House of Representatives will make it difficult for the proposed law to be passed by March says the chair of the ad hoc committee tackling the measure

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

Jerika Ejercito clarifies her comments about Kris Aquino

Feb 09, 2015 - 6:49 PM

I apologize for being inconsiderate and insensitive but this does not mean it devalues my observation she says

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

SCUAA athletes salute ‘Fallen 44’ in National Olympics opening

Feb 08, 2015 - 5:23 PM

The Fallen 44 were honored with 44 seconds of silence at the opening ceremonies of this year s 8 day SCUAA National Olympics

The Ilocos region marches during the opening of the SCUAA National Olympics. Photo by Maricris Mendez

EXCLUSIVE: Marwan’s ties that bind: From family to global terrorism

Feb 08, 2015 - 11:30 AM

In 2002 authorities around the world didn t know the role of Marwan in terror networks Looking back we can piece together the ties that bind him and his family to local and global terror plots

Erap apologizes to Kris for daughter Jerika's FB post

Feb 07, 2015 - 9:18 AM

5x nyang inulit yung salitang SORRY sorry talaga Kris says on Instagram

FULL TEXT: Mamasapano tragedy will never happen again

Feb 06, 2015 - 8:14 PM

English version of President Aquino s February 6 national address on the Mamasapano incident

FULL TEXT: Matapos ang Mamasapano, magkakaroon ng pagbabago

Feb 06, 2015 - 7:38 PM

Filipino version of President Aquino s February 6 national address on the Mamasapano incident

2ND SPEECH. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers on February 6, 2015, his 2nd televised speech on the Mamasapano tragedy. Photo By Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

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

After Mamasapano: Seeking truth, building narrative

Feb 05, 2015 - 8:30 PM

That we should go to war to achieve peace is not a narrative about peace but a narrative about war The Mamasapano clash should not lead us to choose the us versus them narrative

Jerika Ejercito: Kris Aquino is a bully who 'can't handle the truth'

Feb 05, 2015 - 6:38 PM

She feels entitled to be brutally honest day in day out but obviously cannot handle the truth herself says the daughter of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada

In hard times, Kris Aquino draws strength from mom Cory

Feb 05, 2015 - 6:04 PM

She never condoned my mistakes but she never lost faith that I could be better Kris says of her late mother

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

Gov't, MILF in backchannel talks to return SAF arms

Feb 05, 2015 - 9:58 AM

UPDATED It might not happen in an instant as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is still in the process of tracking down weapons the chief government negotiator says

EXCLUSIVE: Marwan’s ties that bind: Ren-Ren Dongon

Feb 04, 2015 - 6:12 PM

UPDATED Marwan evades arrest for more than a decade and marries into at least 3 families one of them notorious for uniting at least 3 terrorist groups

BROTHER-IN-LAW. Ren-Ren Dongon is among Marwan's Filipino brothers-in-law

Dealing with MILF: It's knowledge, not intelligence

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:00 AM

We really know very little about the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

Return SAF weapons, ARMM governor asks MILF

Feb 04, 2015 - 8:39 AM

Mujiv Hataman says the gesture will help the MILF regain public trust amid calls from various sectors to scrap the peace process

Photo by Karlos Manlupig/AFP

2 hurt in Sultan Kudarat market blast

Feb 03, 2015 - 1:10 PM

UPDATED Even before the incident Central Mindanao has been on high alert for possible retaliatory attacks over the reported death of Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir better known as “Marwan”

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

Contextualizing MILF’s ‘self-defense’ statement

Feb 03, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Why coordination is necessary to make the peace process work

Slain SAF talked about December operation

Feb 02, 2015 - 1:29 PM

One of the slain elite cops had told a friend they were in Masasapano last December 2014 for a similar operation that was eventually cancelled

A neighbor views the coffin of the fallen SAF member. Photo by Dale Israel

Aquino to appoint Mamasapano truth body?

Feb 02, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Will this truth commission spare the President who faces questions about his role in the clash? His cousin Senator Bam Aquino says: Presidential immunity is for lawsuits This is not a suit We are not forming a court but a fact finding commission

INDEPENDENT BODY. Lawmakers from the Senate and the House file a bill creating a Truth Commission to probe the Mamasapano clash. From L-R, they are Quezon City Rep Jorge Banal, Basilan Rep Sitti Hataman, Senator Koko Pimentel, Senator TG Guingona, Senator Bam Aquino and Marikina Rep Marcelino Teodoro.    Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Kris Aquino answers comments on PNoy absence at PNP SAF arrival honors

Feb 02, 2015 - 10:55 AM

by continuing to read justsaying posts condemning my brother I will also end up having my justsaying piece Kris says

Pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law now

Feb 02, 2015 - 10:00 AM

When our leaders bring us war we must insist on peace

#AnimatED: Agonized cry for truth

Feb 02, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The country needs to know what really happened and why – and make those responsible account for the slaughter in Mamasapano

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

Abdul Basit Usman: The one that got away

Jan 31, 2015 - 7:53 PM

Abdul Basit Usman is a slippery bomb expert who can be deceptively calm even under intense police interrogation

 Photo from the US State Department  Rewards for Justice website

Mayor confirms civilian deaths in SAF-MILF clash

Jan 31, 2015 - 7:18 PM

The Mamasapano town mayor says a young girl and 3 men were among the civilians killed in the encounter

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

Palace vows jobs, college aid for 'SAF 44' families

Jan 31, 2015 - 4:08 PM

The government will finalize these forms of assistance in the next few days the Office of the President says

VOWING JUSTICE. President Benigno Aquino III honors the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) troopers during the necrological service at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, on January 30, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

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

Aquino and Maguindanao: Demanding decency

Jan 30, 2015 - 7:30 PM

It is utterly disrespectful for the commander in chief to dodge full responsibility over the deaths of 44 police officers who lost their lives in an operation that seems to have been set up to fail

Families of fallen SAF cry for justice

Jan 30, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Families of the fallen SAF soldiers join together in mourning

Filipinos mourn for fallen #Tagaligtas troops

Jan 30, 2015 - 5:50 PM

News about the death of 44 cops in a supposed mis encounter in Maguindano triggers an outpouring of grief and anger across the nation

5-year-old girl, 6 civilians died in Maguindanao clash – report

Jan 30, 2015 - 4:43 PM

The girl s parents sustain wounds but survive the January 25 attack

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