SAF chief sacked over Mamasapano as PNP OIC blank on who cleared operation 27-Jan-15, 1:19 PM | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com The commander of the elite Special Action Force has been sacked over the deaths of scores of his men in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Sunday even as the acting chief of the Philippine National Police admitted ignorance about who cleared the disastrous operation.

VIDEO | Board of Inquiry formed to probe Maguindanao misencounter 26-Jan-15, 11:33 PM | Philippines News Agency | Ed Lingao, News5 Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Monday ordered the formation of a Board of Inquiry to get to the bottom of Sunday's misencounter between the police Special Action Force and the MILF in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Acting PNP chief Leonardo Espina chairs the board.

DEAD FOR 2ND TIME? | Was terrorist Marwan killed in Maguindanao? Gazmin says still verifying 26-Jan-15, 5:02 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Monday they are verifying a report that Abdhir, more famously known as Marwan, was killed in the day-long firefights between the police Special Action Force (SAF) and up to 300 armed men of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that killed 53 people.

IN LIMBO | Police continue to follow Comelec guidelines on SK elections, ready to enforce gun ban 27-Jan-15, 10:49 AM | Philippines News Agency As no law has yet been passed by Congress resetting the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled on February 21 this year, the Philippine National Police in Pangasinan continues to abide by the original instruction of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

ON HIDING STREET KIDS DURING PAPAL VISIT | Give DSWD opportunity to explain, says Cardinal Tagle 27-Jan-15, 9:29 AM | Philippines News Agency Amid reports that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) allegedly hid street children in Metro Manila during the recent visit of Pope Francis, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the agency should be given an opportunity to explain.

Govt 'deeply saddened' by PNP-SAF, MILF clash in Maguindanao 26-Jan-15, 11:53 AM| Dexter San Pedro and Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com (UPDATED - 4:30 p.m.) The government said it was "deeply saddened" with the death of at least 30 members of the elite Philippine National Police Special Action Forces who clashed with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Sunday.

Hundreds of typhoon victims air grievances at Northern Samar capitol 27-Jan-15, 11:52 AM| Eladio Perfecto, InterAksyon.com Hundreds of farmers and other victims of typhoons that struck Northern Samar over the past few months marched on the capitol in Catarman Monday to air their grievances before the provincial government.

PHOTO | Senate suspends arrest warrant for Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, 5 others 26-Jan-15, 2:03 PM| Ernie Reyes and Jamin Verde, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 2 - 4:50 p.m.) Two senators question the process of the issuance of the warrant of arrest, and Senate President Franklin Drilon holds the order in abeyance.

23 bishops ask to bar Smartmatic from diagnostics contract 26-Jan-15, 3:53 PM| Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com Led by Manila Auxillary Bishop Broderic Pabillo, the prelates say the haste lacks prudence and the amount is far too high just to diagnose the machines.

Left-wing Syriza party wins historic Greek election victory 26-Jan-15, 7:19 AM| John Hadoulis and Guy Jackson, Agence France-Presse Anti-austerity party Syriza won a historic victory in Greece's election Sunday, partial results showed, setting up a confrontation with the EU over its plans to renegotiate the country's massive bailout.

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO | SAF casualties in Maguindanao now 50, names of 41 released 26-Jan-15, 6:52 AM| Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.) The number of casualties from the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in the encounter between the police and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Tukalinapao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao has now reached 50.

 
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