Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA1201 2007-04-17 07:49 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
DE RUEHML #1201 1070749
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 170749Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6091
INFO RUEHNH/AMCONSUL NAHA IMMEDIATE 0092
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 001201
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/17/2012
TAGS: PREL MARR KCRM CASC RP
SUBJECT: MARINE CASE UPDATE 04/17/2007
REF: A. MANILA 1174
¶B. MANILA 1098
Classified By: CDA Paul W. Jones, reason 1.4 (d)
¶1. (C) Upon the urgent advice of Embassy medical staff,
Lance Corporal Daniel J. Smith entered the Makati Medical
Center on April 16. Doctors describe his condition as
non-life threatening but painful, and want to keep him under
observation for a second night. He likely will return to
Chancery on April 18. To protect his privacy, we admitted
him under an assumed name.
¶2. (SBU) RSO orally notified Department of Interior and
Local Government Undersecretary Marius Corpus on April 16.
DILG assigned Philippine National Police personnel to provide
security for Smith. III Marine Expeditionary Force personnel
have accompanied Smith throughout the hospital visit. On
April 17, Embassy formally notified the Department of Foreign
Affairs by diplomatic note of this development, while
separately Pol/C orally notified the Solicitor General.
¶3. (SBU) As of COB April 17, no media stories have surfaced
on Smith’s hospitalization. If asked, we will confirm his
hospitalization, but we hope to avoid media attention.
¶4. (SBU) The Solicitor General on April 17 provided Embassy
with a copy of the “Consolidated Comment” her office
submitted to the Supreme Court on April 12 in response to two
separate “nuisance” motions related to Smith’s custody and
the validity of the Visiting Forces Agreement (ref b). The
Presidential Chief Legal Counsel filed a separate Comment.
There is no indication yet of when the Supreme Court will
rule on these motions.
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