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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA2233
2007-07-02 08:39
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR PM, EAP, EAP/RSP, AND EAP/MTS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/03/2012
TAGS: PREL EAID MCAP PINS PTER MASS RP
SUBJECT: PACOM COMMANDER KEATING CALLS ON PRESIDENT ARROYO

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

¶1. (C) President Arroyo warmly congratulated and welcomed
PACOM Commander Admiral Keating during a meeting at the
Presidential Palace June 28. Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Romulo, Defense Secretary Ebdane and Chief of Staff General
Esperon also participated, together with Ambassador Kenney,
DCM, JUSMAG Chief, PACOM EA and desk staff. Admiral Keating
described his visit to the island of Jolo, where he was
deeply impressed by Philippine marines’ and soldiers’
successful pursuit of terrorists in extremely difficult and
dangerous circumstances. The President and Admiral agreed
that our countries had struck the right combination of hard
and soft power — military operations, intelligence, civil
military operations and development projects — for continued
success in the Philippines. Admiral Keating underscored U.S.
consciousness of Philippine sovereignty, and noted that the
U.S. military learns valuable lessons while supporting the
Philippine military. He relayed that he and General Esperon
had discussed expanding multilateral exercises in the region
to build further on our strong bilateral relationship.

¶2. (C) President Arroyo recounted suggestions she heard
during her recent visit to Japan that the Philippines host
U.S. jungle training exercises to relieve pressure on
populated Japanese lands. She indicated her support for
hosting U.S. military training that does not require basing.
Admiral Keating promised to explore the idea. The Admiral
and Ambassador Kenney described the humanitarian mission of
the USS Peleliu, which they were to visit later that day.
President Arroyo said she hoped to attend the July 4th
celebration on board off the coast of the typhoon-devastated
Bicol region. They discussed the large numbers of Filipino
American sailors on board visiting U.S. Navy ships, including
the USS Blue Ridge, which the President visited. She
recalled fondly that her brother had a large collection of
model U.S. Navy ships when they were children.

¶3. (C) Admiral Keating described his visit to U.S. company
Dell’s call center where he and General Esperon surprised
General Esperon’s son, who is a manager there. Secretary
Romulo noted how call center employment had expanded from
2,000 at the beginning of the President’s term to more than
250,000 today. The President suggested that Admiral Keating
visit Clark and Subic during his next visit, former U.S.
bases that had been converted into successful and growing
economic zones for logistics and communications. The Admiral
promised to do so, together with his wife. The meeting
concluded with warm thanks for the very successful
partnership between our countries.

¶4. (U) This message coordinated and approved by Admiral
Keating.
KENNEY

   

 

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