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2007-09-05 05:22
2011-08-30 01:44
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/05/2017
TAGS: ECON PGOV PREL PTER RP
SUBJECT: FIGHTING TERROR AND SPARKING GROWTH: LIKELY TOPICS FOR BUSH-ARROYO AT APEC

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney for reasons
1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (C) Summary: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hopes
that she and President Bush will have a few minutes to talk
at the September 7 APEC meeting in Sydney, Australia. Palace
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita (equivalent of the White
House chief of staff) and Foreign Minister Alberto Romulo
separately told the Ambassador that in a possible pull-aside
meeting with President Bush, President Arroyo would likely
raise the Philippine military’s progress against terrorists
in the southern Philippines; positive developments in the
Philippine economy; and Philippine participation in the
Millennium Challenge Corporation. End Summary.

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“Hard Power” Not Enough
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¶2. (C) President Arroyo will likely tout Philippine
successes in the fight against terrorism and emphasize that
the Philippines is a key U.S. partner in this effort.
Despite taking an estimated 59 casualties over the past month
in fighting in southern Mindanao, the Philippine military has
continued to steadfastly chase down Abu Sayyaf fighters and
other international terrorists. However, the Philippine
government remains committed to the peace process and is
complementing military “hard power” with what it terms “soft
power,” including U.S. development assistance and joint
U.S.-Philippine civil-military operations in Mindanao.
According to Secretary Ermita, such joint activities and
development aid help steer the local population away from
supporting terrorists and toward a productive, prosperous
future.

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Seeking Interfaith Understanding
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¶3. (C) Her advisors indicate that President Arroyo will also
tell President Bush of her efforts to involve religious
leaders ) including Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant
representatives ) in creating conditions for lasting peace
in the southern Philippines. The Philippine government has
reinvigorated the “Bishops Ulama Forum,” an organization of
bishops and Islamic scholars (ulamas) established in 1996 in
Mindanao to help the government implement the peace agreement
with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). The Forum
continues to promote interfaith understanding and tolerant
views and President Arroyo is hopeful that peace talks with
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, an MNLF splinter group,
will lead to an agreement in the near future.

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Becoming an MCC Compact Country
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¶4. (SBU) President Arroyo may also want to discuss
Philippine economic progress with President Bush,
highlighting the 7.5 percent economic growth last quarter and
growing foreign investment. She would likely also cite Texas
Instruments $1 billion investment in new facilities at the
Clark Development Area (the former U.S. airfield). President
Arroyo may raise the Philippine government’s interest in
graduating from a Millennium Challenge Corporation threshold
country to a compact country.

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Suggested Topics for President Bush
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¶5. (C) The pull-aside meeting presents an excellent
opportunity for President Bush to again thank the Philippines
for its steadfast partnership in the fight against global
terrorism, commending in particular those brave Filipinos who
gave their lives in the effort. President Bush may also want
to commend the Philippines for its continued commitment to
Philippine Defense Reform, an important and successful tool
in transforming the Philippine military into a more
transparent, accountable, and effective institution, and
pledge continuing U.S. support for military modernization and
training. Finally, the President may want to convey U.S.
concern regarding unresolved extrajudicial killings, which
undermine confidence in the rule of law and in the armed
forces, and the importance of apprehending suspects and

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