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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA2228 2006-05-30 09:23 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
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C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 002228

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/26/2016
TAGS: PREL MARR KCRM CASC RP
SUBJECT: MARINE CASE UPDATE 05/29/06

REF: A. STATE 46742

¶B. MANILA 2085
¶C. MANILA 1968 AND PREVIOUS

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

¶1. (U) Summary. Pre-trial hearings have concluded in the
case of four U.S. Marines accused of raping a Filipina, and
the trial is scheduled to begin on June 2. DCM conveyed to
DFA officials the USG’s position that the one-year period in
the Marine case began on December 27, 2005, when the Marines
were first charged. Post is implementing the recommendations
of the Embassy working group designed to enhance the welfare
and morale of the four Marines. The Marines are next
scheduled to appear in court at the initial trial session on
June 2. End Summary.

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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
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¶2. (U) Pre-trial hearings have concluded in the case of four
U.S. Marines accused of raping a Filipina. At a hearing on
May 22, Judge Pozon announced that the trial of the Marines
would begin on June 2. Pozon stated that the trial would be
held three days a week until it concluded, and that he would
consider daily sessions beginning in July if he felt that the
trial was not proceeding with the speed required by the
Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). At a subsequent pre-trial
hearing on May 26, Pozon revised this schedule. The trial
will meet four days a week in June — Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday — in order to accommodate the large number
of witnesses. Pozon said he wanted the trial to conclude in
August.

¶3. (C) On May 25, DCM met with Rey Carandang, Assistant
Secretary for American Affairs at the Philippine Department

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of Foreign Affairs (DFA). DCM conveyed to Carandang the
USG’s position that “judicial proceedings” in the Marine case
began on December 27, 2005, when the Marines were first
charged (refs A and B). DCM further indicated that the USG
would not be bound by any GRP decision that linked the onset
of judicial proceedings in this case with some other, later
judicial activity. Carandang stated that he fully understood
the USG position, and would convey it to DFA Secretary Romulo.

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MISSION SUPPORT
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¶4. (C) Post has begun to implement the recommendations of
the Embassy working group (ref B) to improve the Marines’
welfare through increased access to exercise and other
facilities for the Marines while they remain in the
Philippines. The Marines now have early-morning,
after-hours, and weekend access to the running track and
adjacent grass field on Embassy grounds. This access,
particularly the opportunity for outdoor exercise during
daylight hours, has been a significant boost to the Marines’
morale. We continue to avoid activities that could be
misconstrued publicly as incongruous with their status at the
Embassy.

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NEXT STEPS
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¶5. (C) The Marines are next scheduled to appear in court on
June 2, when the trial begins. Officers from RSO, PAS,
JUSMAG, and other Embassy agencies will accompany the Marines
at this and all other appearances, as they have in the past.
The Marines may not be required to appear at all trial
sessions; their appearance schedule will be determined by
their lawyers, who are currently recommending that they be
present at all sessions. Regardless of the presence of the
Marines, a IIIMEF officer will be present at all trial
sessions and Post will monitor all sessions closely.

Kenney

   

 

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