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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09STATE2825
2009-01-12 15:36
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Secretary of State

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SENSITIVE
SIPDIS
MANILA FOR GRAZNYA COFFIN
MANILA FOR JUAN ADAMES

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC RP
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK ON LICENSE 050083978

REF: EMAIL ARAMBULO-COFFIN OF 15 DECEMBER 2008

¶1. (U) This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2 – 4.

¶2. (U) The Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests Post’s assistance in conducting
a post-shipment check on license 050083978 for the export of
firearms to the Philippines. Post is requested to complete
this Blue Lantern check within 45 days. Lack of response to a
Blue Lantern check will affect pending and future licenses
involving parties to this license.

¶3. (SBU) Reason for Request: Email from ICE liaison in Manila
states that Crisostomo Aquino d/b/a Caliber Trading had
diverted from the Philippines a significant quantity of
Bushmaster Carbon Fiber carbines to unauthorized end-users in
the region (REFTEL). Review of PM/DDTC license history
suggests that this license represents the authorization under
which Aquino may have exported Bushmaster carbines to the
Philippines. Any subsequent re-export or retransfer is in
violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation
(ITAR). This request is to determine if the firearms listed
below have, in fact, been diverted.

¶4. (SBU) Action Request: Post is requested to inquire with
representatives of Caliber Trading and appropriate GOP
officials to determine the final disposition of the firearms
listed below. Post should also establish the bona fides of
Caliber Trading as a reliable recipient of United States
Munitions Listed items. The following points are included
for guidance:

(To Caliber Trading) — Have all of the firearms on this
order been received by the PCG? Have any been transferred
elsewhere or sold to other end-users? Is so, where? How long
has your company been in the business of importing and
selling defense articles in the Philippines? What services
and products are sold by your company? Who are your regular
customers and where do they reside? Are you familiar with the
regulations governing the import of U.S.-origin defense
articles, including restrictions on retransfer or re-export?

(To Philippines Coast Guard Headquarters) — Did the
Philippines Coast Guard order the firearms listed below? If
so, have you received the firearms and in what quantity? Can
you provide the purchase order or contract through which this
procurement was made? Are all of the firearms currently
being used by the PCG or have some been transferred
elsewhere? Has the Philippines Coast Guard previously had a
business relationship with Caliber Trading? If so, have there
been any irregularities in your transactions with that
company?

In its reply, Post may also comment on any other information
pertinent to these transactions such as security of
facilities and concerns about the entities involved.

¶5. (U) Details of license application:

DTC Case: 050083978

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

130 Bushmaster C15 P21S 5.56mm Compact Carbines

50 Bushmaster C15 C15 11.5″ Entry Type Carbines

1000 Bushmaster 30-Round Magazines

License Value: USD $205,250

SELLER:

Bushmaster Firearms International
999 Roosevelt Trail
Windham, ME 04062

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE

Caliber Trading
POC Marlon B. Aquino
152 J. Arellano Street
San Juan City 1500, Philippines
Tel: (632) 722-4098/721-9293

FOREIGN END-USER:

Philippine Coast Guard Headquarters
139 25th, Port Area
Manila 1018, Philippines
Tel: 63 0918 8555333

PURPOSE:

To be used by PCG Sea Marshal Unit and not to be re-exported
out of the Philippines

¶6. (U) Submitted in support of the license application were
the following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to
Posts upon request):

Import Authorization No PI-F165-07 dated 12/10/2007 signed by
Avelino Trazon, Jr.

DSP-83 signed by Marlon B. Aquino dated 07/27/2007, CAPT.
Joel S. Garcia dated 07/27/2007, and Shannon Shuman dated
01/09/2008

End-Use Statement dated 07/23/2007 signed by CAPT. Joel S.
Garcia

End-Use Certificate issued by the Department of
Transportation and Communication, Philippine Coast Guard
signed by CAPT. Joel S. Garcia

Purchase Order from Caliber Trading dated 12/13/2007 signed
by Marlon B. Aquino

¶7. (U) Please slug reply for PM/DTCC – BLUE LANTERN
COORDINATOR and include the words “Blue Lantern” and the case
number in the subject line. POC is Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref) is
available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library’s E-Book
Collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

¶8. (U) Department is grateful for Post’s assistance in this
matter.
RICE

   

 

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