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09MANILA1711
2009-08-12 10:31
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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STATE FOR EAP/MLS LAURA SCHEIBE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/11/2019
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL RP BM
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE OUTRAGE OVER AUNG SAN SUU KYI VERDICT

REF: STATE 83598

Classified By: DCM Leslie A. Bassett, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: In an August 12 private breakfast with the
Ambassador, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo
expressed outrage over the guilty verdict rendered in the
case of detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu
Kyi, while frankly admitting his frustration in searching for
a means to influence the behavior of the ruling Burmese
junta. On behalf of the Philippine government, Romulo on
August 11 released a very strong statement condemning the
verdict, characterizing it as “incomprehensible and
deplorable,” and calling for Suu Kyi’s immediate and
unconditional release. The statement went on to say that the
court’s ruling placed into doubt the credibility of any
Burmese commitment to hold free and fair elections in 2010.
(Complete text of statement below.) Post reached out
separately to working-level contacts at the Philippine
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), where meetings are
underway to determine the Philippines’ stance on the
Malaysian Foreign Minister’s call to convene an immediate
meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers. END SUMMARY.

¶2. (C) In his August 12 private discussion with the
Ambassador, Foreign Secretary Romulo decried the Burmese
court’s August 11 guilty verdict against detained
pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. Romulo asserted
that ASEAN must do more to influence the Burmese regime,
notwithstanding the lack of public outrage on the part of
many ASEAN members such as Singapore — whose lethargy he
ascribed to their business dealings with Burmese junta
members, including banking and health care services. Romulo
expressed frustration at the larger question of how to reach
the Burmese regime, which he characterized as seemingly
immune from international pressure. He added that the
upcoming August 14 visit to the Philippines of the Thai prime
minister might offer an opportunity for further useful
discussions on Burma.

¶3. (C) Post separately raised the issue of Suu Kyi’s
conviction and continued detention with DFA’s Office of ASEAN
Affairs. Special Assistant Brian Baguio said the Philippine
government will meet later today to decide whether to support
the proposal by the Malaysian Foreign Minister Y. B. Datuk
Anifah bin Haji Aman to hold an urgent meeting of ASEAN
foreign ministers to discuss Suu Kyi’s conviction. Mr.
Baguio added that the Philippines shares the U.S.
government’s deep disappointment over the verdict and the
continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi by the Burmese junta.

¶4. (SBU) Full text of Philippine statement follows:

Begin Text:

Press release
The Department of Foreign Affairs
Manila, Philippines

Statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo on
the Verdict on Aung San Suu Kyi
11 August 2009

The Philippine Government finds the decision by a court in
Myanmar imposing on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi an 18-month sentence
under house arrest as incomprehensible and deplorable. The
Philippines urges the Government of Myanmar to reconsider its
decision and renews its call for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,s
immediate and unconditional release.

This new ruling places doubt on the commitment of the
Government of Myanmar to hold free, fair, participatory,
transparent, and credible elections in 2010.

This development is a step backward and has once again
sidetracked Myanmar,s efforts to carry out its own “Roadmap
for Democracy”: its avowed program of releasing political
detainees, including unfettering the National League for
Democracy, and allowing its unconditional participation in
free elections.

The Philippines echoes the statements made by United Nations
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that there can be no way
forward in Myanmar,s quest for political, economic, and
social progress without respect for human rights and
fundamental freedoms.

The Philippines has a deep friendship with the people of
Myanmar, and as conveyed earlier by President Gloria

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Macapagal Arroyo to Prime Minister Thein Sein, has only their
welfare at heart.

End Text.
KENNEY

   

 

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