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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09STATE3842
2009-01-14 20:05
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Secretary of State

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UNCLAS STATE 003842

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS
MANILA FOR GRAZYNA COFFIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC RP
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK ON LICENSE 050140763

REF: 09 STATE 2825

¶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 pre-license check on license 050140763 for the export of
firearms to the Philippines. Post is requested to complete
this Blue Lantern check within 30 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: Recent events and reports from
Post indicate that the Philippine National Police (PNP)
suffers from significant corruption in the regulation and
distribution of firearms (REFTEL A AND B). In addition, the
supporting documentation issued by the PNP does not match
documentation provided in previous cases. This request is to
establish the bona fides of this transaction.

¶4. (SBU) Action Request: Post is requested to establish the
bona fides of this transactions by making appropriate
inquires to authorities of the PNP. Post is also requested
to establish the bona fides of foreign intermediate consignee
Twin Pines, whose owner Servando Topacio is affiliated with
many other business interests involved in USML (especially
firearms) imports to in the Philippines. The following points
are included for guidance:

(TO THE PNP)

–Can you confirm the order of the firearms listed on this
license application?

–Can you confirm that the firearms listed below are being
purchased for testing and evaluation purposes? Please
describe the tests and evaluations that will take place and
explain their purpose.

–Can the PNP provide the purchase order and/or contract
through which this transaction is taking place?

–For what will the firearms be used once the testing and
evaluations are completed?

(TO TWIN PINES)

–Can you confirm that the firearms listed below are being
purchased for testing and evaluation purposes? Please
describe the tests and evaluations that will take place and
explain their purpose.

–For what will the firearms be used once the testing and
evaluations are completed?

–With what other companies is Mr. Servando Topacio
affiliated? In what capacities? What services and products
are sold by these companies? Who are their regular customers
and where do they reside? What are the annual sales for each
of these businesses? Are you familiar with the regulations
governing the import of U.S.-origin defense articles,
including restrictions on re-transfer or re-export?

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

¶5. (U) Details of license applications:

DTC Case: 050140763

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

3 Sig Sauer Model 556 Rifles. 5.56mm Caliber

5 Sig Sauer Model SSG3000 Rifles, .308 WIN Caliber

3 Sig Sauer Model 556 SWAT Automatic Rifles, 5.56mm Caliber

License Value: USD $30,161

SELLER:

Sig Sauer
18 Industrial Drive
Exeter, NH 03833

FOREIGN INTERMEDIATE CONSIGNEE:

Twin Pines Incorporated
Makati Cinema Square, FB 48, 1st Basement
Makati, the Philippines
(as provided on license)
Tel: (632) 727-5252 / (632) 911-1331 / (632) 721-2351

AND

Twin Pines Incorporated
#4 Liwayway Street
San Juan, Metro Manila
Philippines 1500
(as provided on purchase order)

FOREIGN END-USER:

Philippines National Police
Office of the Chief, PNP
Camp Crame
Quezon City, the Philippines

PURPOSE:

For exclusive use by the PNP for testing and evaluation
purposes.

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

Pro Forma Invoice from Sig Sauer dated 07/09/2008 (NOTE: This
invoice only lists 3 Sig Sauer SIG556 Rifles)

DSP-83 signed by Servando Topacio (Twin Pines) dated
10/02/2008, Florencio A. Caccam (PNP) dated 10/02/2008, and
Melanie Fox (Sig Sauer) dated 11/20/2008

End-Use Statement issued by PNP dated 10/02/2008 signed by
Servando Topacio and Florencio A. Caccam

Confirmation Letter from PNP dated 06/07/2008 signed by
Florencio A. Caccam

Purchase Order Ref# SIG2008002tpi from Twin Pines signed by
Servando Topacio dated 11/11/2008

¶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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