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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA2629
2007-08-03 10:17
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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STATE FOR EAP/MTS
USPACOM ALSO FOR J5
SECDEF/OSD/ISA/AP TOOLAN/REDMAN
JOINT STAFF J5 (WILKES/ROBINSON/COLEMAN)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/04/2017
TAGS: PTER MOPS PINS RP
SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT ADOPTS JOINT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS ON BASILAN INCIDENT

REF: A. MANILA 2575

¶B. MANILA 2503
¶C. MANILA 2474
¶D. MANILA 2428
¶E. MANILA 2369
¶F. MANILA 2358
¶G. MANILA 2344

Classified By: Pol/C Thomas Gibbons for
reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (C) Summary. In a continuing effort to preserve the
Mindanao peace process, senior Philippine national security
officials decided August 2 to emphasize the use of police
forces rather than military units in tracking down suspects
in the recent beheadings of 10 Marines. Tensions on Basilan
are described as having diminished somewhat, as government
and Moro Islamic Liberation Front forces continue to exercise
restraint. Philippine military forces remain “on standby,”
however, to support police actions against four Abu Sayyaf
Group members identified by the Joint Committee as primary
suspects in the beheadings. End Summary.

¶2. (C) According to Government Peace Negotiations Panel
Executive Director Ryan Sullivan, the Joint Committee
completed its investigation of the Basilan incident on August
¶1. Twenty-two witnesses were interviewed, including
Philippine Marines, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
members, local government officials, and civilians. Based on
two eyewitness accounts, the Joint Committee identified Abu
Sayyaf Group (ASG) members Umair Indama, Suaib Kalibon,
Nurhasan Jamiri, and Buhari Jamiri as the perpetrators in
four of the ten beheadings. The identities of those
responsible for beheading the other six Philippine Marines
remain unknown.

¶3. (C) Sullivan said National Security Advisor and Acting
National Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, senior military
and police officials, and members of the Cabinet agreed
August 2 to coordinate “punitive police actions” against the
four ASG members through peace process mechanisms. Other
Joint Committee recommendations adopted by the government
include the reactivation of the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group,
wider dissemination of information on existing peace process
agreements and mechanisms, review of evidence supporting the
Basilan Regional Trial Court’s July 26 issuance of 130 arrest
warrants, and return of all Philippine Marine firearms
recovered by the MILF during the July 10 armed encounter.
Sullivan added that the MILF was expected to follow the Joint
Committee’s recommendations, and assist in the identification
and apprehension of those responsible for the beheadings.

¶4. (C) While the situation on Basilan remains “far from
normal,” Sullivan noted that tensions have diminished. With
the results of the Joint Committee’s investigation, commented
Sullivan, “we can now better manage the situation.”

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