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07MANILA1231
2007-04-18 11:03
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 001231

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/19/2017
TAGS: PREL PTER MOPS KISL RP
SUBJECT: BOUNTY FOR ROGUE MNLF COMMANDER; NO OIC MEDIATION

REF: A. MANILA 1206
¶B. MANILA 1187

Classified By: Pol/C Scott Bellard for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) Summary. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has
offered a 1-million peso reward for the capture of rogue Moro
National Liberation Front (MNLF) Commander Habier Malik.
Sporadic fighting continues between Malik’s followers and
government security forces on Jolo. A total of seven men,
including six government road project workers, have been
kidnapped in two separate incidents by suspected members of
the Abu Sayyaf Group. All Joint Special Operations Task
Force personnel remain safe. Despite appeals for a
cease-fire, Philippine military forces plan to continue their
operation, with the full support of Malacanang, until
bringing Malik to justice. The Philippine government has
declined the OIC’s assistance. There are over 8,000
displaced families on Jolo, most of whom have not sought
shelter at evacuation centers. End Summary.

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Reward for Malik
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¶2. (SBU) The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has now
offered a 1-million peso reward for the capture of rogue Moro
National Liberation Front (MNLF) Commander Habier Malik,
responsible for the recent attacks and fighting on Jolo
Island (reftels). Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process
Secretary Jesus Dureza described Malik as a “common criminal”

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and called upon the MNLF leadership for assistance in
bringing him to justice.

¶3. (C) Detained MNLF Chairman and Sulu Gubernatorial
candidate Nur Misuari has denied ordering the April 13-14
mortar attacks by Malik’s followers, according to Philippine
National Police Chief Superintendent Leo Santiago. Other
MNLF leaders, including members of the Council of 15, have
similarly distanced themselves from Malik.

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ASG Still Active
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¶4. (C) Sporadic fighting continues between government
security forces and Malik’s followers on Jolo, according to
the U.S. Joint Special Operations Force – Philippines
(JOSTF-P). Suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group under
Alabadar Parad have apparently abducted seven Filipinos in
two separate incidents recently. Six were workers for a
government road project, traveling by truck from Indanan to
Parang. The seventh victim was a dried-fish factory worker.

¶5. (C) There are unconfirmed reports from military sources
in Jolo that the AFP in a military operation on April 17
killed the ASG’s Tahil Sali and four other ASG members after
they were part of an attack on a company of the AFP’s 33rd
Infantry Brigade in Parang.

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Pursuit of Malik To Continue; thanks, but no to OIC
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¶6. (C) Sultan Muhammad Abdulla Fuad Kiram, whom Habier Malik
and other MNLF members formally recognized as the
“legitimate” Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo during a March
18 meeting at Malik’s camp in Bitanag, has now appealed for
an end to the fighting, along with former Autonomous Region
in Muslim Mindanao Governor Parouk Hussin (also the MNLF’s
external relations chief) and Senator Aquilino Pimental, Jr.
Philippine military authorities have nonetheless vowed to
continue operations against Malik and his followers, with the
full support of Malacanang.

¶7. (C) In response to the Organization of Islamic
Conference’s call for a cease-fire under the terms of the
1996 peace accord with the MNLF, Foreign Secretary Alberto G.
Romulo on April 17 formally expressed the Philippine
government’s appreciation for the OIC’s commitment to the
peace process in the southern Philippines and the
implementation of the 1996 peace accord, reiterated that the
AFP was not engaged in military operations against the MNLF
itself but had been attacked by MNLF elements under Malik as
the AFP pursued ASG elements in Sulu, and therefore declined
an OIC proposal for “the constitution of a small military
monitoring mission to observe the suspension of military

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operations.”

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Displaced persons
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¶8. (U) According to an April 18 report from the National
Disaster Coordinating Council under the Department of
National Defense, the fighting on Jolo has now displaced more
than 8,400 families, of whom only about 2,000 are receiving
assistance in evacuation centers in Indanan and Luuk. The
Philippine National Red Cross and local authorities continue
to provide limited assistance, but have claimed that most of
the displaced persons have sought help from friends and
relatives instead. Zampenbasulta, an NGO umbrella
organization aligned with the Mindanao Emergency Response
Network through Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s Peace
Institute, is also active in providing assistance.

¶9. (U) The NDCC has also reported that more than 7,000
people have been displaced from Pagalugan, Maguindanao as a
result of a family feud; less than 2,000 are in evacuation
centers in North Cotabato. Yet another 300 families have
separately been displaced due to election campaign-related
violence in Pagalungan. Another 500 families were displaced
in Datu Ampatuan and Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao after fighting
between an MNLF command and the MILF’s 105th base command
beginning on April 13 due to a “personal grudge.”

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