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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA1841
2009-08-28 09:38
2011-08-30 01:44
SECRET//NOFORN
Embassy Manila

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DEPT FOR EAP/MTS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/27/2019
TAGS: PTER PGOV KJUS RP
SUBJECT: RAJAH SOLAIMAN TERRORIST LEADER APPREHENDED

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

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: Rajah Solaiman Movement (RSM) leader
Dinno-Amor Rosalejos Pareja (a.k.a. “Khalil Pareja”) was
arrested August 21 at a Marawi City hideout by Philippine
National Police (PNP), acting on a tip from an informant.
Although RSM had been less active in recent years, Pareja had
been actively sought by Philippine authorities for his role
in several deadly terrorist attacks. He is the subject of a
$90,000 U.S. Department of Defense reward, as well as a
reward from the Philippine government of approximately
$10,400. Pareja’s arrest represents a serious blow to future
RSM operations, and underscores Philippine President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo’s stated commitment to aggressively hunt
down terrorist elements in the southern Philippines while
pursuing peace negotiations with Muslim insurgents. END
SUMMARY.

Background
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¶2. (C) The Rajah Solaiman Movement (RSM), founded in 1991 by
Hilarion Ahmed Santos, consists primarily of Christian
converts to Islam who blend in easily and move about freely
in Manila and elsewhere. Pareja, Santos’s brother-in-law,
assumed leadership of the RSM following Santos’s 2005
capture. Pareja will face charges resulting from the
Valentine’s Day 2005 bus bombing in Manila’s Makati financial
district that killed three and wounded many more, as well as
a 2005 attack on a Philippine Army detachment that killed 10
soldiers. RSM is also believed to be linked to the 2004
bombing of a ferry in Manila Bay that claimed 116 lives. RSM
maintains links to Al Qaeda and the Indonesia-based Jema’ah
Islamiyah (JI). Pareja is believed to have studied
bombmaking techniques under fugitive JI bombers Dulmatin and
Umar Patek, who carried out the 2002 attack in Bali that
killed more than 200.

Subject of Both U.S. and Philippine Rewards
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¶3. (S/NF) According to sensitive reporting (protect),
Pareja’s apprehension was facilitated by a Muslim PNP officer
who was able to infiltrate the area of Marawi where Pareja’s
family and friends had been hiding him. Although there are
no outstanding U.S. warrants for Pareja, he appears on the
terrorist lookout list for international travel, and in the
Philippines he was one of the most sought-after fugitives
from justice. An informant who helped lead police to Pareja
was paid a reward of 500,000 Pesos (approximately US$10,400)
by the PNP. Pareja is also the subject of a U.S. Department
of Defense Rewards Program Wanted List reward of $90,000,
approved by U.S. Pacific Command in March 2007.

Comment
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¶4. (C) Pareja’s arrest represents a significant blow to the
Rajah Solaiman Movement. Never large in numbers, the RSM had
been less active in recent years under Pareja’s leadership.
Although RSM had not flourished under his leadership, Pareja
has no clear successor who can marshall the resurgence of a
group that lacks a clear geographic or ethnic membership
base. Since President Arroyo’s July 30 Oval Office meeting,
in which she outlined a two-track strategy of aggressively
targeting terrorists while simultaneously pursuing peace
negotiations with MILF insurgents, Philippine armed forces
have been engaged in heavy fighting against Abu Sayyaf Group
terrorists, while MILF peace talks appear finally to be back
on track. The capture of the RSM leader offers further
evidence that Arroyo’s approach seems to be working.
KENNEY

   

 

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