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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/11/2016
TAGS: PHUM PGOV RP
SUBJECT: SENIOR PHILIPPINE OFFICIALS ON EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS

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

¶1. (C) In an October 11 meeting with Ambassador and DCM,
Foreign Secretary Romulo and National Security Advisor
Gonzales expressed concern over the impact of extrajudicial
(or “unexplained”) killings both on domestic stability and on
the Philippines’ international image. They reiterated the
government’s determination to deal effectively with this
problem, and highlighted the ongoing work of the Melo
Commission appointed by the President and the Philippine
National Police’s Task Force Usig. (Septel will report on
updates from these groups.) Ambassador emphasized the
importance of bringing perpetrators of such killings to
justice quickly and fairly in order to restore confidence in
the police and armed forces, as well as in the judicial
system. Gonzales expressed full agreement, and explained how
the Melo Commission was now reaching out to the provincial
and local level, while Romulo noted the importance of
publicizing these efforts in order to convince more witnesses
to offer information.

¶2. (C) Gonzales admitted that some members of the police or
military may have been involved in some cases, but cited the
Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army
(CPP/NPA) and organized crime as other likely culprits. He
commented that the CPP/NPA, as well as opposition Senator
Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, may well find the current concern over
extrajudicial killings a useful way further to destabilize
the government, and claimed that they might be increasing the
pace of these killings in a new attempt to destabilize the
government. He said he would focus intelligence collection
efforts more productively on these targets, plus on certain
local mayors and police chiefs who may also be involved. He
said the Cabinet had discussed these killings at its October
10 session, with Gonzales warning that investigations might
ultimately link killings to GRP officials, possibly including
generals. He said that President Arroyo made clear to her
Cabinet that anyone responsible must be brought to justice,
no matter his/her position. Gonzales said the GRP would act
according to the President’s instruction.

¶3. (C) Gonzales pointed out that PNP investigative skills
were weak, and raised the possibility of assistance from the
FBI. Ambassador and DCM described our active training
programs, including FBI, DOJ, State/ATA, State, INL, ILEA,
and the new assignment of a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor.
They cited U.S. technical assistance provided in the drafting
of an Executive Order mandating police/prosecutor
cooperation, which was awaiting a Presidential signature.
Gonzales promised to push this Executive Order forward to the
President for signature, and requested continued dialogue on
other ways to strengthen police capabilities to investigate
perpetrators of these killings. Ambassador said she would
consult with the Mission’s Law Enforcement Working Group and
be back in touch.
KENNEY

   

 

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