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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA359 2007-01-31 09:42 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
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FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5010
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 000359

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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/31/2017
TAGS: MARR PREL PGOV RP
SUBJECT: NEW SECDEF EBDANE TO CONTINUE DEFENSE REFORM

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

¶1. (U) President Arroyo’s spokesman announced the
appointment of Hermogenes Ebdane as the new Secretary of
National Defense on January 31. The spokesman stated that
“an important criteria in choosing the Department of National
Defense Chief is the ability to implement or to continue what
(President Arroyo) has started, and this is the Defense
Reform Program.” He added that President Arroyo has “full
confidence in Secretary Ebdane.”

¶2. (U) Secretary Ebdane is currently Secretary of the
Department of Public Works and Highways. A graduate of the
Philippine Military Academy, Secretary Ebdane has spent his
professional career primarily in the law enforcement field.
Under President Arroyo, he has served as Director General of
the Philippine National Police and as National Security
Advisor to the President. President Arroyo has held the
portfolio of Secretary of National Defense since the
resignation of then-Secretary Avelino Cruz in November 2006.

¶3. (C) Commment: The appointment is not without some
controversy. In addition to allegations by the opposition of
Ebdane’s possible involvement in election fraud in 2004,
there are reports of grumbling within the military at the
appointment to Secretary of Defense of a former Philippine
National Police Chief. However, in a recent press interview,
Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Hermogenes
Esperon denied the existence of disaffection within the ranks
at this appointment.

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