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07MANILA3335
2007-10-05 08:24
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/04/2017
TAGS: KDEM PGOV PHUM PREL RP BM
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE FOREIGN MINISTER: “WE’RE ON THE SAME PAGE” ON BURMA

REF: A. STATE 137644
¶B. MANILA 3299
¶C. MANILA 3268
¶D. MANILA 3263

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

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: Philippine Foreign Secretary Romulo,
traveling with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
in India, personally assured the Ambassador that the
Philippine government shares the views of the U.S. regarding
violent repression in Burma, and will use the trip to press
India for greater engagement on Burma. The Burma crisis
continues to maintain a high profile in Philippine media;
editorials in leading dailies have included calls for
increased action on the part of Burma’s trading partners, and
the expulsion of Burma from ASEAN. END SUMMARY.

¶2. (C) Following on earlier conversations with Philippine
Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo regarding the crisis in
Burma, the Ambassador spoke October 5 via telephone with
Romulo, now traveling in India with President Arroyo. The
Ambassador thanked Romulo for the Philippine government’s
proactive stance on Burma, and urged him to use the visit to
India to underscore shared Philippine-U.S. views on the
crisis and the need for increased Indian involvement. Romulo
responded that such was their intention, and he went on to
relate that Indian media implied that India might respond to
the release of jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with
offers of aid. Romulo outlined strong Philippine support for
UNSC action on Burma, and their hope for a strong
presidential statement calling for Suu Kyi’s release, respect
for human rights, and moves toward democratization. He
concluded by saying, “We are on exactly the same page and the
same line on Burma.”

¶3. (SBU) Events in Burma continue to command widespread
attention in the Philippine media. An October 4 editorial in
the top-circulation Philippine Daily Inquirer averred that
the situation had worsened, and that only expulsion from
ASEAN and pressure from key trading partners such as China
would influence the Burmese junta to moderate its draconian
tactics against dissidents. Writing in another leading
daily, the Philippine Star, columnist Alex Magno decried the
Burmese regime’s lack of respect for the views of the
international community, and said that in the absence of
governments following through on rhetoric with action, the
burden for advocacy for the Burmese people would fall on
global civil society. The Inquirer’s October 5 front page
outlined how the regime has ignored UN calls for restraint in
broadening its roundup and detention of activists.
KENNEY

   

 

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