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05MANILA2016 2005-05-03 06:58 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Manila
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S E C R E T MANILA 002016

SIPDIS

NOFORN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/03/2015
TAGS: PTER EFIN PREL SA RP XC XF
SUBJECT: ENGAGING THE SAUDIS ON GWOT EFFORTS IN THE PHILIPPINES

REF: A. MANILA 1614
¶B. TD-314/20397-05 (5 APRIL 05)
¶C. TD-314/26225-05 (2 MAY 05)

Classified By: Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone, reasons 1.4 (b)(c) an
d (d)

¶1. (S/NF) In a meeting on May 2, Ambassador told Foreign
Secretary Romulo of our concern about the role Saudi-based

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financiers appear to be playing in Mindanao by channeling
money to terrorists linked to the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and
the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). He noted that there has been at
least one case in which the Saudi Ambassador here had
successfully intervened with the Bureau of Immigration to
secure the release of a suspected terrorist financier. He
warned of an ongoing case in which a Saudi national with
apparent terrorist links had been captured by the Philippine
National Police (PNP) recently. He urged that the GRP
register its concerns about these cases frankly with the
Saudi Ambassador, and urge that all assistance from Saudi
Arabia be handled in an open and transparent manner at all
levels of the GRP, including the city and provincial levels,
as the USG and other economic donors do. He told Romulo that
he had proposed to the Saudi Ambassador a collaborative
approach to development assistance in Mindanao, and that the
Saudi Ambassador had expressed warm interest.

¶2. (S) Secretary Romulo expressed concern at these reports,
and asked for more details about the latest case. Ambassador
referred him to the PNP. Romulo said that he had understood
that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) itself was not
involved with the JI and ASG, although some “renegades”
within the MILF might be. Ambassador confirmed that the MILF
leadership was at least aware of the support to the ASG and
JI some of its factions were providing.

¶3. (S) Action request: In ref a (repeated to GCC), Mission
urged that we impress more fully on the Saudi government the
importance of information-sharing with governments in the
region, and highlighted the “ambiguous” role of both official
and unofficial Saudis in aiding suspected terrorists here in
the Philippines. We reported that there have been no
discernible Saudi efforts to guard against private Saudi
funding to extremist Islamic groups here. We recommend
greater attention to this issue across intra-USG regional
bureaucratic lines and a serious and candid discussion with
the Saudis and other Gulf Arabs about countering terrorist
financing from the Gulf to Mindanao, and to Southeast Asia
generally, if the problem is as evident elsewhere in the
region.
Ricciardone

   

 

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