‘Mission accomplished,’ Espina on SAF killing of Marwan

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos did not die in vain. Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina declared this on Monday after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officially confirmed the SAF had killed...

Alan Cayetano: MILF sanction to erring commanders just a slap on the wrist

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday described as a “slap on the wrist” the recommendation of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to sanction their erring commanders. “Iisa ang batas natin: Kung murder (ang ginawa, dapat) murder ang kaso. Ang...

Give Muslims self-rule or ‘count body bags’:Aquino

Manila, Philippines, AFP – Philippine President Benigno Aquino called on lawmakers Friday to pass a bill endorsing a pact aimed at ending a decades-long Muslim separatist rebellion, warning them they would otherwise start counting “body bags”. Aquino had wanted the bill, which...

Aquino seeks ‘understanding’ but no apology for Mamasapano

MANILA (Mabuhay) – In what he said would be the last time he speaks on the issue, President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday again accepted responsibility for the disastrous January 25 Mamasapano incident and “humbly” asked for “understanding,” but offered no apology. “I say again,...

MILF sugarcoated Mamasapano report – Trillanes

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The report of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Special Investigative Commission on the Mamasapano incident on January 25 is likely sugarcoated, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV  said in a television interview Wednesday. He is not convinced the MILF did not...

Miriam sees ‘truth distortion’ in MILF claim on Marwan, Usman location

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is not buying the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s claim that it was unaware of the presence of two suspected terrorists near its community in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. In a press conference on Wednesday, Santiago said the MILF’s...

Poe urges DOJ: Expedite probe report on Mamasapano clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Amid differing findings by various bodies conducting probes into the Mamasapano incident, Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday  urged the Department of Justice to expedite the completion of its investigation report. “Given the differing findings of fact, it is...

Ampatuan patriarch’s men involved in Mamasapano clash, AFP says

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Saturday confirmed the involvement of the private armed group of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. in a firefight with the Philippine National Police Special Action Force in Mamasapano town in...

Senators stand by report on Mamasapano clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The leaders of the Senate committees which looked into the bloody Mamasapano clash stood by their report Monday amid the ‘concern’ aired by the Commission on Human Rights. Senator Grace Poe, head of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, said...

Napeñas lawyer: Senate report on Mamasapano ‘more objective’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – While he has yet to read the entire draft of the Senate joint committee report on the deadly Mamasapano clash, sacked PNP Special Action Force commander Director Getulio Napeñas’ lawyer said that based on the executive summary, the Senate report is more...