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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA1366
2007-04-30 05:41
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/30/2017
TAGS: PTER PINS RP
SUBJECT: MISUARI REPORTEDLY ORDERS CAPTURE OF JI MEMBERS ON
JOLO

Classified By: Pol/C Scott Bellard for reason 1.4 (d)

¶1. (C) Summary: The Armed Forces of the Philippines overran
a Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) camp in Indanan
during an April 25-26 assault on the Abu Sayyaf Group.
Government security officials requested MNLF Chairman and
Sulu gubernatorial candidate Nur Misuari to assert his
leadership by ending the armed conflict on Jolo involving
rogue MNLF Commander Habier Malik. Misuari reportedly agreed
to cooperate, but will ask the government to drop the warrant
for Malik’s arrest. He also reportedly instructed the MNLF
Sulu Revolutionary Command under Khaid Ajibon to capture
Jemaah Islamiyah High Value Targets Dulmatin and Omar Patek.
A Makati Regional Trial Court may decide on May 9 whether to
release Misuari on bail. End Summary.

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MNLF Camp Overrun
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¶2. (U) On April 25-26, the Armed Forces of the Philippines
(AFP) bombarded and then occupied a camp in Indanan that the
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) “Sulu Revolutionary
Command” under Khaid Ajibon had earlier vacated. AFP
spokesman Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacano told the press that the
AFP believed that members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were in the
camp, but had managed to escape. Philippine Joint Special
Operations Task Force Commander Brig-Gen. Ruperto Pabustan
added that fugitive Jemaah Islamiyah High Value Targets
Dulmatin and Omar Patek had previously been sighted in the
camp.

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Seeking Misuari’s Cooperation
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¶3. (C) According to MNLF attorney Ombra Jainal, Secretary of
Interior and Local Government Ronaldo Puno and Special Action
Force Superintendent Leo Santiago visited MNLF Chairman and
Sulu gubernatorial candidate (for Puno’s party, Kampi) Nur
Misuari on April 27 to discuss the fighting on Jolo. During
a meeting that lasted nearly four hours, Puno requested
Misuari’s cooperation in ending the armed conflict between
rogue MNLF commander Habier Malik and government security
forces, Jainal said. Puno admitted Misuari’s role as the
only MNLF leader recognized by the Organization of Islamic
Conference (OIC), but underscored that there would be no need
for a tri-partite conference (OIC, MNLF, and Philippine
government) if indeed Misuari was unable to assert his
leadership over the MNLF, according to Jainal. To facilitate
communication between Misuari and his followers on Jolo, Puno
offered to have Misuari transferred detention quarters in
Zamboanga City, Jainal added.

¶4. (C) Although Misuari promised Puno and Santiago that he
would coordinate the cessation of hostilities, he later
confided to Jainal that it would be “very difficult” to
convince Malik to stop fighting as long as government
security forces pursued him with an arrest warrant. Misuari
told Jainal that he planned to ask the government to drop the
warrant for Malik’s arrest.

¶5. (C) Instead, Misuari instructed the MNLF Sulu
Revolutionary Command under Khaid Ajibon to capture Dulmatin
and Omar Patek, according to Jainal. He added that Misuari
hoped personally to turn over the two fugitives to U.S.
authorities.

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Bail for Misuari?
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¶6. (C) During an April 18 hearing in a Makati Regional Trial
Court, Judge Winlove Dumayas denied attorney Jainal’s motion
to dismiss sedition charges against Misuari. However, Jainal
noted that Judge Dumayas may decide on May 9 whether to allow
the release of Misuari on bail.

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