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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA2733
2007-08-13 12:24
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/13/2017
TAGS: PTER MOPS PINS RP
SUBJECT: MILF AGREES TO PERMIT ARMY OPERATIONS ON BASILAN

REF:QA: MANILA 2688
QB: MANILA 2629
QC: MANILA 2575
QD: MANILA 2503
QE: MANILA 2474
QF: MANILA 2428
QG: MANILA 2369
QH: MANILA 2358
QI: MANILA 2344

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

¶1. (C) Summary. In a significant show of cooperation with
Philippine military forces, the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front (MILF) has agreed to relocate MILF communities on
Basilan to give the army greater freedom to pursue Abu
Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists responsible for the July 10
beheadings of ten Marines. Joint government and MILF
monitoring posts near the repositioned MILF communities
will seek to maintain the peace process during pursuit
operations. Separately, a judge is considering a motion to
reinvestigate the evidence used to issue arrest warrants
July 26 for 130 suspects sought in the Marine killings. A
prime suspect in the beheadings who surrendered August 9
has implicated three ASG members and has offered to turn
state witness against them. MILF cooperation on Basilan
contrasts sharply with renewed tension on neighboring Jolo,
where Philippine armed forces are waging an intensified
battle against insurgent Moro National Liberation Front
forces (septel). End Summary.

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MILF to Reposition on Basilan
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¶2. (C) Government, military, and MILF negotiators agreed
“in principle” August 9 to reposition the MILF in Tipo Tipo
and Al-Barka to other locations on Basilan, according to
Ryan Sullivan, head of the government peace negotiation
panel. Sullivan said international monitoring team leader
Major General Dato Ismael played a key role in facilitating
the agreement, which would allow government security forces
to pursue more freely ASG members responsible for the July
10 beheadings.

¶3. (C) Sullivan noted that Basilan provincial authorities
and local monitoring teams are currently identifying
locations on the island for the impending move. MILF
leaders are weighing very carefully the security
implications and logistical requirements of the prospective
sites, and whether to concentrate or disperse MILF
communities.

¶4. (C) Sullivan said that Joint Monitoring Outposts will
be established by the Philippine military and MILF wherever
the communities are ultimately repositioned. He added that
the outposts will serve as the principal coordinating
mechanism to uphold the peace process during pursuit
operations against Abu Sayyaf.

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Motion for Re-Investigation
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¶5. (C) Sullivan said that the public attorney’s office
filed a motion for re-investigation of the Philippine
National Police evidence upon which 130 arrest warrants
were issued July 26 against suspects in the July 10
beheadings. Sullivan noted that MILF members, local
religious figures, and even some persons already deceased
were included among the 130 suspects. If the motion is
approved, said Sullivan, the 130 arrest warrants will be
temporarily withdrawn by the court pending the outcome of
the re-investigation.

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Basilan Beheading Suspect Surrenders
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¶6. (C) One of the Joint Committee’s four prime suspects in
the July 10 beheadings — Buhari Jamiri — surrendered
August 9 to a television news crew on Basilan. According
to Sullivan, a reporter conducted a videotaped interview
with Jamiri before turning him over to the National Bureau

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of Investigation (NBI). From Basilan, Jamiri was taken by
NBI agents to Zamboanga and then onward to Manila for
interrogation. Sullivan said that during the interview,
Jamiri admitted to assisting the ASG and MILF in carrying
out the July 10 ambush of the Philippine Marines in Tipo
Tipo. Jamiri also confessed to cutting off the hands of
some of the Philippine Marines, but denied committing any
of the ten beheadings. According to Sullivan, Jamiri
identified members of the ASG as the perpetrators of the
beheadings, and offered to turn state witness against them.

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“Extra-Judicial Confession”
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¶7. (C) During an August 10 press interview, NBI National
Capital Region Director Ruel Lasala said Jamiri gave a
four-page “extrajudicial confession” giving the names of
Umair Indama, Atting Indama, and Suaib Kalibun as those
responsible for the July 10 mutilation and beheading of the
Philippine Marines. Lasala noted that NBI agents were
continuing to interrogate Jamiri, and that a decision
whether to include Jamiri in the witness protection program
would be made by the government prosecutor and judge.

¶8. (C) According to Sullivan, ASG members Umair Indama and
Suaib Kalibun were among the perpetrators of the beheadings
identified during the Joint Committee’s investigation (ref
b). Sullivan added that another member of the Indama clan
— ASG sub-commander Puruji Indama — was suspected to be
involved in an August 6 attack on a Philippine Marine
patrol in Barangay Silangkum, Tipo Tipo. No casualties
were reported on either side during the brief armed
encounter.

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