Today on Rappler.
AQUINO NAMES LAZO AS NEW SAF COMMANDER
President Benigno Aquino appoints Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio Lazo to head the Philippine National Police - Special Action Force or PNP-SAF.
Lazo was also a former SAF trooper.
A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy class 1984...
he was chief of the PNP’s Firearms and Explosives Office.
In a speech before the SAF troops, Lazo calls for unity.
MORO LAZO, SAF COMMANDER: Your excellency President Benigno S Aquino III, I thank you for your trust and confidence in selecting me to lead the Philippine National Police Special Action Force. I am grateful, honored, and humbled to lead the SAF, a unit that has always been close to my heart. To my brothers and sisters in the SAF family I am so elated and excited to work with you again.
Lazo will replace former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas…
who was relieved after the Mamasapano clash that killed SAF troops, Muslim rebels, and some civilians.
Napeñas was criticized for keeping the Mamasapano operation a secret…
from acting chief Leonardo Espina, the military, and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
He reported directly to President Aquino and former police chief Alan Purisima, who was suspended for corruption allegations.
AQUINO TOLD ROXAS: DON'T DISCUSS MARWAN DETAILS
In a Senate hearing on the Mamasapano operations, lawmakers asked security officials why they didn’t deal with the special ops ... while they were with President Aquino in Zamboanga.
One of Aquino’s text messages to Roxas may explain why.
President Aquino tells Roxas -quote- “When discussing the operation against Marwan and Usman…
direct everyone to discuss in passing or in very general terms the intel operation that led to it…
Too many details may be used as clues to how we were able to ferret out these high value targets.”
The intelligence information came from Aquino's close friend police general Alan Purisima, who was then suspended.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says at least 75,000 residents in Maguindanao and North Cotabato flee their homes due firefight between rival Moro rebel groups and the army offensive in the area.
12 FILIPINOS IN FORBES’ 2015 BILLIONAIRES’ LIST
Twelve of the richest Filipinos are part of Forbes Magazine’s billionaires list for 2015.
Topping the list is retail tycoon Henry Sy who climbed to the 73rd spot from 97th in 2014.
Sy has an estimated net worth of $14.2 billion due to the continuous growth of his SM Investments Corporation.
Joining Sy are Robinson’s John Gokongwei, Jr., shipping magnate Enrique Razon, and Megaworld’s Andrew Tan. Rejoining the list is real estate and former senator Manny Villar.
MAYWEATHER IS THE 'FIGHT OF MY LIFE,' SAYS PACQUIAO
Manny Pacquiao is gearing up for what he says is “the fight of his life” against Floyd Mayweather as he begins training in Los Angeles.
On Monday Pacquiao ran two miles and shadow-boxed for two rounds before breakfast.
In the afternoon he went to Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym for more training.
Roach, who is in Macau to help Chinese boxer Zou Shiming says Mayweather shouldn’t underestimate Pacquiao’s speed and strength.
FREDDIE ROACH, BOXING COACH: He really doesn’t understand how fast Manny is, and he doesn’t understand how Manny hits. Most people are devastated by the first round.
Pacquiao said he will prepare hard for the fight to give boxing fans the “entertainment they want.”
GOOGLE IN TALKS ON OPERATING MOBILE PHONE NETWORK IN US
Google says it is in talks with telecom companies to operate its own mobile phone services in the United States.
Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai announces this at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The US internet giant would be a kind of virtual mobile operator by buying access to existing networks… then selling it to clients.
Google does not have its own mobile phone services, but its Android operating system can be used on more than 80 percent of the world's smartphones.
For those on desktop, click on the links on your screen.
You can also click on the tabs below to go to a story in the video.
And for those on smartphones and tablets, the links can be found below the video.
Click here for audio version: