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07MANILA1285
2007-04-20 09:34
2011-08-30 01:44
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Embassy Manila

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 001285

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PTER MOPS KISL RP
SUBJECT: ASG BEHEADS SEVEN HOSTAGES ON JOLO

REF: A. MANILA 1231
¶B. MANILA 1206
¶C. MANILA 1187

¶1. (SBU) Summary. The Abu Sayyaf Group has reportedly
beheaded seven Philippine hostages on Jolo. Rogue MNLF
Commander Habier Malik remains on the run, but defiant. The
AFP has reiterated it is only after him and his lawless
followers, not the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
MNLF Vice-Chairman Jimmy Labuan has called for three-way
talks among the government, MNLF, and Organization of Islamic
Conference (OIC). The USG has granted $75,000 to the Save
the Children Federation for immediate relief assistance to
the families on Jolo, while other donors have donated food
supplies. Exact numbers of internally displaced persons are
not yet available, but local authorities are making plans for
better assessments and distribution programs. End Summary.

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Hostages Beheaded
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¶2. (U) Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Colonel Mark
Antonio Supnet confirmed publicly that suspected Abu Sayyaf
Group members under Albader Parad appear to have decapitated
the seven Philippine workers taken hostage on Jolo Island
recently (ref a). Unknown elements on April 19 dropped off
the seven severed heads near two Philippine military
detachments in Parang and Indanan after the company that
employed six of the workers had refused to pay a 5 million
peso ransom.

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Malik on the Run
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¶3. (U) Rogue MNLF Commander Habier Malik remains on the run
in Jolo. He gave a defiant telephone interview to a national
television channel on April 19, claiming that the AFP treated
its own soldiers like “animals” and that all he and his
followers wanted was peace. AFP Chief of Staff General
Esperon reiterated in a separate television interview on
April 20 that the AFP targeted only Malik and his followers
in response to their attacks on the AFP and civilians, and
did not intend or wish to go after law-abiding elements of
the MNLF.

¶4. (U) According to press reports, Philippine health
officials on Jolo have said that at least six civilians,
mostly children, have died in recent days from shrapnel or
gunshot wounds related to the fighting between Malik’s forces
and the AFP, with at least another ten wounded.

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Pressure From OIC?
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¶5. (SBU) MNLF Vice-Chairman Jimmy Labuan indicated publicly
that the MNLF would not intervene to help the AFP capture
Malik, and called instead for three-ways talks among the
Philippine government, MNLF, and Organization of Islamic
Conference (OIC). OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
has reportedly appealed to OIC members, especially those with
close ties to the Philippines and MNLF, to use their
influence to end the armed conflict with Malik on Jolo.

¶6. (SBU) The Philippines, which continues to seek observer
status in the OIC, has reportedly now received an invitation
as a “special guest” from Pakistan to the 34th Session of the
Islamic Conference on Foreign Ministers in Islamabad from May
15-17.

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Displaced Persons
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¶7. (SBU) The USG, through USAID, has granted $75,000 to the
Save the Children Federation as immediate relief assistance
to the families on Jolo affected by this armed conflict
initiated by Malik. The relief items, including temporary
shelter materials, water containers, cooking utensils, and
hygiene kits, will go through the Mindanao Emergency Response
Network composed of local NGOs and community-based groups.

¶8. (SBU) Authorities on Jolo have formed a technical group
including the Philippine National Red Cross, the Integrated

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Provincial Health Office, the Department of Public Works and
Housing, the Department of Social Welfare and Development,
the Department of Education, the Philippine National Police,
the Provincial Engineers’ Office, and the Armed Forces of the
Philippines to determine how best to conduct an accurate
assessment and to provide effective aid to “permissive,
semi-permissive, and hostile environments.” There are no
truly reliable estimates of the number of internally
displaced persons yet, although Presidential Adviser on the
Peace Process Jesus Dureza and others have estimated that it
may be as high as 45,000 individuals. According to the
provincial government, the United Nations World Food Program,
the Regional Government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim
Mindanao, the Sulu Provincial Government, and local
politicians Munir Arbison and Sakur Tan (who are running for
Sulu Congressman and Governor, respectively) have already
donated rice, noodles, sardines, and/or noodles.

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