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http://wikileaks.org/cable/2007/05/07MANILA1701.html
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07MANILA1701
2007-05-24 08:01
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/25/2017
TAGS: PGOV PINS PREL RP
SUBJECT: MISUARI LOSES RACE FOR SULU GOVERNOR

REF: A. MANILA 1534
¶B. MANILA 1366
¶C. MANILA 1243
¶D. MANILA 1187

Classified By: Pol/C Scott Bellard for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) Summary: Detained Moro National Liberation Front
(MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari failed in his bid to become
governor of Sulu. The Commission on Elections proclaimed
Misuari’s opponent — traditional politician and wealthy
businessman Abdusakur Tan — as winner of the May 14
gubernatorial election, amid claims from observers and
members of the MNLF of widespread cheating. End Summary.

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Misuari’s Political Rally Fizzles
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¶2. (C) According to MNLF Attorney Jainal, Misuari’s
political campaign for Sulu Governor (ref a) received very
little attention in the local press, radio, or television.
Jainal claimed that all four radio stations in Jolo City were
closed during Misuari’s only political rally, which — for
security purposes — took place within the Philippine
National Police (PNP) compound on May 12. Misuari publicly
stressed the importance of peace to Sulu’s economic and
social progress, promised good governance and transparency,
and indirectly attacked his two political opponents — former
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan and incumbent Governor Benjamin
Loong – for allegedly embezzling Internal Revenue Allotment
funds. Jainal noted that Misuari made no mention of rogue
MNLF Commander Habier Malik, who remains on the run, aided by
small groups of other MNLF members.

¶3. (C) Jainal commented that many visitors lined up at the
PNP compound throughout the day on May 13 to meet with
Misuari. According to Jainal, Misuari was “delighted” after
five years of detention in Metro Manila to receive so many
guests, and told one elderly ethnic Tausug supporter “while I
am still useful, use me; if I get tired, push me.”

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Abdusakur Tan Proclaimed Winner
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¶4. (U) The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has proclaimed
Abdusakur Tan as the new Sulu Governor, despite claims from
observers of widespread cheating. During a press interview,
Chairman of the Bangsamoro Congress and senior MNLF member
Habib Zain Jali called upon COMELEC to void the election
results due to alleged electoral fraud.
¶5. (C) Jainal described Tan as a “traditional”
politician/businessman from Maimbung and as the wealthiest
ethnic Tausug in Sulu. Tan reportedly owns at least five oil
depots within Zamboanga and the Sulu Archipelago. Tan’s
half-brother, Nabil Tan, is Deputy Presidential Advisor on
the Peace Process. He added that Tan’s wife and Sulu
Congressman Munir Arbison’s wife are first cousins. His wife
is also reportedly related to a wife of rogue Commander
Malik.

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