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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA1232
2007-04-18 11:06
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Manila

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FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6140
INFO RUEHHK/AMCONSUL HONG KONG 4575
RUEHZS/ASEAN COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS MANILA 001232

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP/MTS
DEPARTMENT PLEASE PASS TO PEACE CORPS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC ASEC PREL RP
SUBJECT: PEACE CORPS DIRECTOR TSCHETTER VISITS PHILIPPINES; MISSING
PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER

REFS: A) MANILA 1171 B) MANILA 1189 C) STATE 50781

Summary
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¶1. Peace Corps Director Ronald Tschetter arrived in Manila on April
16 to review efforts to find missing Peace Corps volunteer Julia
Campbell, who disappeared in a remote area of the Philippines on
April 8. Director Tschetter, Charge’ Jones and Peace Corps Country
Director Beck traveled to the area of the search to meet with search
teams, met with President Arroyo and members of her cabinet, and
spoke with assembled Peace Corps volunteers. President Arroyo
promised full support for the rescue operation. Director
Tschetter’s visit has received extensive, positive media coverage.

SIPDIS
While Director Tschetter was meeting with the volunteers, Embassy
received word that a body was found in the search area. Philippine
authorities are treating the location where the body was found as a
possible crime scene and have not yet identified the body (Septel).
End Summary.

Director Tschetter Visits Site of Volunteer’s Disappearance
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¶2. Peace Corps reported to Embassy on April 11 that volunteer Julia
Campbell missed appointments on April 10 and 11. She was last seen
hiking in a remote area in Northern Luzon province on April 8.
Peace Corps Director Ronald A. Tschetter, traveling in the region,
arrived in Manila on April 16 to view rescue efforts and meet with
Philippine local and national government officials. On the morning
of April 17 Director Tschetter, Charge’ Jones and Country Director
Beck flew by helicopter to the location where Ms. Campbell was last
seen, a remote hiking area characterized by steep, mountainous
trails. RSO Jake Wohlman briefed the Director, who then flew by
helicopter over the area of the disappearance and traveled on nearby
roads to view remote hiking trails. Director Tschetter met with
local police, military, guides and the governor, and expressed
heartfelt appreciation for the diligent and highly professional
search efforts.

Director Tschetter meets with President Arroyo
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¶3. On April 18, Director Tschetter and Charge’ Jones met President
Arroyo, together with Defense Secretary Ebdane, Secretary of
Foreign Affairs Romulo, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Esperon,
and Philippine National Police Chief General Calderon. The Director
expressed Peace Corps’ appreciation for the Philippine government’s
efforts in the comprehensive search. He also presented Secretary
Romulo the letter of appreciation from Secretary of State Rice (Ref
C). President Arroyo promised full and continuing support for the
search, warmly praised the work of Peace Corps volunteers, and
stated her support for the Peace Corps. Her entire team was totally
engaged and supportive of all possible efforts to locate Ms.
Campbell.

Meeting with Peace Corps Volunteers
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¶4. The Director, Charge’, and Country Director then met with Peace
Corps volunteers. Director Tschetter described the search efforts
in great detail and reassured volunteers that everything possible
was being done by the Peace Corps, the Embassy and the Philippine
government. During the question and answer session, the Charge’ was
informed that search teams had located a body, believed to be Ms.
Campbell’s, and that local media had picked up the story on-site.

¶5. Director Tschetter notified Ms. Campbell’s family of
developments and the Charge’ informed the Operations Center. Peace
Corps is working on arrangements in the event the body is positively
identified as Ms. Campbell’s, including a memorial service.

JONES

   

 

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