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STATE FOR DRL/IL MARK MITTELHAUSER

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/21/2011
TAGS: PHUM PINS MOPS KCRM RP
SUBJECT: POLICE, MELO COMMISSION UPDATES ON EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS

REF: A. MANILA 4464

¶B. MANILA 4359

Classified By: Acting Political Counselor Mario Fernandez for reasons 1
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(b) and (d).

¶1. (C) Summary. Philippine National Police (PNP) Task Force
Usig Commander Avelino Razon provided a November 20 update to
poloffs on investigations of extrajudicial killings of
partylist activists and members of the media. These
investigations have now led to the filing of charges in 67
cases, with arrests/surrenders in 23 cases, and convictions
in two cases. General Razon also noted that TF Usig has
assigned non-political motives to 129 of the 725 alleged
cases of extrajudicial killings publicized by NGO Karapatan.
General Razon reiterated the PNP belief that the murder of
Tarlac Archbishop Alberto Ramento was not political in
nature, and confirmed that the arrested suspects in the case
have confessed. In a separate meeting, emboffs presented
Melo Commission Counsel Rogelio Vinluan with a sample case on
prosecuting military officers engaged in criminal conduct and
offered further consultation on how civilian investigations
of military criminal activity are conducted. End Summary.

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TASK FORCE USIG UPDATE ON EJKs
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¶2. (U) Task Force Usig Commander (and Deputy PNP Chief for
Administration) General Avelino “Sonny” Razon, Jr. updated
poloffs on November 20 on TF Usig’s progress on
investigations of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) since his
last briefing (ref a). Task Force Usig has filed charges in
67 cases, has arrests/surrenders in 23 cases, and secured
convictions in two cases. General Razon also reiterated the
PNP belief that the murder of Archbishop Alberto Ramento was
not politically motivated (ref a) and confirmed that the four
suspects arrested in the case have confessed to the killing.

¶3. (U) Task Force Usig is also addressing the public claims
of NGO Karapatan that there has been at least 725 victims of
EJKs since 2001. He noted that TF Usig has assigned
non-political motives to 129 of the alleged 725 cases so far;
and is still working through the remaining 475 cases on
Karapatan’s list. Razon confirmed that Karapatan still
declines to cooperate with Task Force Usig despite their
requests.

¶4. (U) The revised TF Usig statistics for the 2001-2006
period now show:
Party List members/activists:
— 117 cases, with 40 so far in 2006;
— 45 cases have identified perpetrators or suspects; 28 are
CPP/NPA-related, 17 are Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
or PNP-related;
— 46 cases have been filed in court, with arrests in nine
cases and surrenders in one case, while suspects are still at
large in 36 others;
— 71 cases are still under investigation;
— area with the highest number of EJKs is the Central Luzon
region with 25 EJKs since 2001.

Members of the media:
— 26 cases, with two so far in 2006;
— 11 cases have identified perpetrators or suspects: two are
CPP/NPA-related, nine are AFP or PNP-related;
— 21 cases have been filed, with arrests in 13 of these
cases, two cases under preliminary investigation, two cases
with convicted suspects, two cases with surrendered suspects,
and two cases with at-large suspects;
— five cases are still under investigation.

¶5. (U) Of the 725 party list/activist victims listed in
Karapatan’s statistics on EJKs from the 2001-2006 period:
— 110 victims are included in TF Usig’s current list of
cases of EJKs;
— 129 victims are excluded by TF Usig as cases of EJKs for
reasons including: no political group affiliation/non
political (46); membership in Abu Sayyaf (22); other motive
(18); personal motive (14); land/agrarian dispute (12);
legitimate encounter with government security forces (12);
victim was government worker (9); victim was newsman (2); and
victim is still alive (2);
— 475 remaining alleged victims of EJKs are still being
validated by TF Usig.

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EMBASSY OFFERS FURTHER CONSULTATION TO MELO COMMISSION
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¶6. (C) In a meeting on November 17, U.S. Department of
Justice Attach and poloffs presented Commission counsel
Rogelio Vinluan with a sample case on the prosecution of
military officers engaged in criminal conduct. Emboffs
offered further consultation on how civilian investigations
of military criminal activity are conducted, including
consultation with U.S. investigators themselves, specifically
the Embassy’s Naval Criminal Investigative Group. Vinluan
expressed appreciation and will brief Melo Commission chair
Jose A. Melo. He also noted that he will soon begin to draft
the Melo Commission’s final report that will include their
policy recommendations to President Arroyo on ways to cease
military and police complicity in EJKs (ref b).

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