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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA2689
2007-08-09 10:02
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/09/2017
TAGS: PGOV MARR RP
SUBJECT: NEW DEFENSE SECRETARY VOWS TO CONTINUE PHILIPPINE DEFENSE REFORM

REF: MANILA 2238

Classified By: Charge d’Affaires Paul W. Jones, reasons 1.4(b) and (d)

¶1. (U) In an August 8 swearing-in ceremony, new Secretary of
National Defense Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr. vowed that
Philippine Defense Reform will be a top priority under his
leadership, stating that he intends to continue the reforms
that have already begun. “We all wish to see the Armed
Forces evolve into a truly capable fighting force,” Teodoro
said, adding that he is considering new ways to improve the
ability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to manufacture
their own weapons and ammunition.

¶2. (U) Secretary Teodoro also pledged aggressively to pursue
Abu Sayyaf terrorists, referencing the Basilan incident where
14 Philippine Marines were executed and 10 were beheaded.
“We shall pursue the Abu Sayyaf bandits vigorously,” he
vowed, while also expressing his support for continuing peace
talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and his interest
in re-initiating talks with the communist insurgents.

¶3. (C) Comment: The 43-year old Teodoro, a three term
Congressman and long-time Embassy contact, will be one of the
youngest Philippine Defense Secretaries ever. He is a
loyalist of President Arroyo, as well as a nephew of former
President Corazon Aquino, who sides with the political
opposition. Teodoro brings energy, political experience,
service as a military reservist, and civilian status to the
Department of National Defense. We are confident that the
Philippine Defense Department and military will remain firm
partners in our counterterrorism and reform efforts on
Teodoro’s watch.

¶4. (U) For additional biographical information, see reftel.

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