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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA2136 2006-05-19 08:56 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Manila
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S E C R E T MANILA 002136

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/19/2016
TAGS: PGOV PTER PHUM PREL SA RP
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR’S MAY 18 MEETING WITH NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR GONZALES

REF: MANILA 2096

Classified By: DCM Paul W. Jones for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (S) The Ambassador, accompanied by the DCM and Regional
Affairs Chief, visited National Security Advisor Norberto
“Bert” Gonzales on May 18. Gonzales said he had useful side
meetings with his Saudi counterpart during President Arroyo’s
May 7-10 visit to Saudi Arabia. He asked Saudi National
Security Council chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan to visit the
Philippines to discuss possible counter-terrorism
cooperation, in close coordination with the U.S. Before
receiving Bandar, Gonzales suggested he travel to Washington
to meet U.S. counter-terrorism experts in Saudi terrorist
finance and religious extremism so that he is better prepared
and possibly able to suggest areas where the Philippines,
Saudi Arabia and the U.S. might cooperate. Gonzales assured
the Ambassador that substance, not protocol, was his primary
concern, and he would not seek high-level meetings (which he
had during his March trip). Mission will follow up with the
Department to investigate possible meetings in the coming
weeks.

¶2. (S) Gonzales appeared upbeat regarding a possible peace
agreement between the GRP and MILF, though he would not
speculate on how soon such an agreement might be completed.
He outlined GRP efforts to entice potential splinter groups
within the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to
participate in the peace process. To this end, he recently
traveled to Mindanao to meet with MILF second-in-command
Abdulaziz Mimbantes, whom he sees as a possible spoiler to
the peace process. Gonzales reported that the GRP was
looking at offering incentives — such as distributing
government-owned land — to bring Mimbantes and other
powerful local leaders on board with an eventual peace
accord. These latest actions are further evidence that the
GRP is engaged in intensive efforts to reach a peace
agreement with the MILF.

¶3. (C) The Ambassador highlighted U.S. concerns over
extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, which continue
(see reftel for details on the most recent killings).
Gonzales said he was well aware of the problem and had been
meting with military commands around the country to press a
human rights message. The military, not the NPA, must be
seen as the protector of the people, he observed.

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