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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA2369
2007-07-13 07:33
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/14/2017
TAGS: PTER MOPS PINS RP
SUBJECT: ARROYO ORDERS RULE OF LAW FOR PERPETRATORS OF BEHEADINGS

REF: A. MANILA 2358

¶B. MANILA 2344

Classified By: Acting Pol/C Paul O’Friel for
reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (C) Summary: Peace Panel sources speculate that the
ambush and beheadings of the ten Philippine Marines in
Tipo-Tipo, Basilan may have been triggered by the murder of a
Muslim cleric. Muslim and Christian leaders throughout the
Philippines are condemning the beheadings. President Arroyo
has directed government security forces to bring the
perpetrators of the beheadings to justice in accordance with
rule of law and peace process mechanisms. An investigation
of the July 10 ambush of the Marines is now underway by the
Joint Committee for the Cessation of Hostilities. Armed
Forces of the Philippines Commander General Hermogenes
Esperon has ordered all troops deployed on Basilan to
exercise restraint and discipline. End Summary.

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Body of Muslim Cleric Found
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¶2. (C) According to Philippine Government Peace Negotiations
Panel Executive Director Ryan Sullivan, the body of a Muslim
cleric was found in Barangay Ginanta, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan
prior to the ambush of the Philippine Marines on July 10 (ref
a). Sullivan speculated that there could be a connection
between the Muslim cleric’s murder and the ambush.

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Muslims and Christians Condemn Beheadings
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¶3. (SBU) Muslim and Christian leaders throughout the
Philippines are condemning the July 10 beheadings of the ten
Marines. Basilan Congressman Wahab Akbar called the
beheadings “a violation of Islamic law.” Philippine Islamic
Council President Taha Basman referred to the incident as “a
black spot in the country’s history” while calling for “a
more aggressive campaign against bandits and terrorists, and
promotion of interfaith and intrafaith dialogue among the
civilized members of society.”

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Arroyo Orders Perpetrators Brought to Justice
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¶4. (SBU) In a July 12 press statement, President Arroyo
emphasized rule of law and adherence to peace process
mechanisms for government security forces “duty-bound to hunt
down and arrest those who treacherously killed and beheaded”
the ten marines. Arroyo also said that “if the perpetrators
are Abu Sayyaf, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) must
stand apart from these terrorists and allow their pursuit and
interdiction by government forces. If MILF forces are
culpable, then they must be accounted for by the ceasefire
committees and brought to justice.”

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Investigation Underway
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¶5. (C) A Joint Committee for the Cessation of Hostilities
Chairmen Brig-Gen Edgardo Guerra and his MILF counterpart,
Von Al Haq, arrived in Basilan on July 13 to investigate the
incident. Sullivan said the focus of their investigation
would be to determine who was responsible for the beheadings,
whether there was a breach of the ceasefire agreement, and
the reason for any such breach.

¶6. (C) Sullivan expected the Joint Committee to issue a
report to the GRP-MILF Peace Panels within three or four
days. Based on the Joint Committee’s
findings/recommendations, appropriate measures would be
adopted to ensure the effectiveness of peace process
mechanisms on Basilan, said Sullivan.

¶7. (C) Sullivan noted that Armed Forces of the Philippines
Commander General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. has issued orders to
all troops deployed on Basilan to exercise restraint and
discipline.

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