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DEPT FOR EAP, EAP/MTS, DS, CA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PINS ASEC CASC PREL RP
SUBJECT: SITREP 2: MORE ON DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY RULE IN THE PHILIPPINES

REF: MANILA 830

¶1. (SBU) Summary: In a meeting with the diplomatic corps
late February 24, Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo and
National Security Advisor Norberto Gonzales downplayed the
impact of the State of Emergency Declaration made earlier
that day, defending it as a necessary response to Opposition
and leftist destabilizers. The situation in Manila continues
to be calm, as in the rest of the country. No serious
incidents of violence have been reported. EAC met
mid-afternoon and approved a Warden message. EAC will meet
again on the afternoon of February 25th. Mission has put it
in place a 24-hour task force to monitor events. Embassy
issued a statement on February 24, after considerable press
interest (text in para 7). End Summary.

¶2. (U) Foreign Secretary Romulo and National Security
Advisor Norberto Gonzales sought to assure the diplomatic
community on February 24 that the declaration of a State of
Emergency issued by President Arroyo earlier that day
(reftel) did not represent an expansion of executive power.
Secretary Romulo repeatedly asserted that the declaration

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granted no extraordinary powers to the President, that human
rights and due process would not be curtailed, and that it
was meant as a warning only to “misguided people.” He said
he expected that everyday life for Filipinos and foreign
nationals would be “largely unaffected” and the situation
that required the measures would subside “in no time.”
Romulo and Gonzales both assured the diplomatic corps that
the government would operate according to existing laws,
which were strong enough to deal with those who openly
conduct armed rebellion and plot destabilization.

¶3. (SBU) Gonzales said that the “State of Emergency” was
necessary because “the political contest had gone too far.”
He said it is imperative to separate those who engage in
legitimate political discourse from those who do not respect
the process. He offered as examples the Communist Party of
the Philippines, whom he accused of using the might of its
8,000-member armed wing to influence the political contest
for power, and members of the military who advocate operating
outside the chain of command. Gonzales promised to work
constructively with legitimate political groups but to bring
the “full force of the law” down on those who advocate
violence or destabilization.

¶4. (U) The situation in Manila continues to be calm, as in
the rest of the country. Traffic is moving relatively
normally in Manila, though some tie-ups are reported.
Despite the GRP’s revocation of all rally permits earlier in
the day, an Opposition rally involving several thousand
protesters was still taking place in Makati City, the
country’s business center, as of 1800. The rally has drawn
many Opposition luminaries. Former President Cory Aquino
again publicly called on President Arroyo to make “the
supreme sacrifice.” Supporters of former president Joseph
Estrada also continued to rally outside a hospital, where he
is a patient, in the San Juan area of Manila. Several
participants in rallies have been arrested, including Randy
David, a well-known university professor and critic of
Arroyo’s. No serious incidents of violence have been
reported. Former president Fidel Ramos has announced that he
will be holding a press conference on the afternoon of
February 25.

¶5. (U) Armed Forces Chief of Staff Generoso Senga, when
asked at a press conference about U.S. troops in the south,
particularly in the Balikatan 2006 exercise and those
deployed to assist in Leyte for mudslide relief, stressed
that the declaration of a State of Emergency did not involve
them in any way.

¶6. (U) EAC met again mid-afternoon and approved an updated
Warden message. EAC will meet again on the afternoon of
February 25. Mission has put it in place a 24-hour task
force to monitor events. There are no reports of incidents
involving Amcits.

¶7. (U) At COB, Embassy issued following statement,
following numerous press inquiries:
quote
Statement: State of Emergency in the Philippines

President Arroyo declared a State of National Emergency on
February 24. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Romulo briefed the
diplomatic corps on the declaration on the same day. The

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U.S. Government is monitoring the situation in the
Philippines very closely. The U.S. Embassy has issued a
Warden Message to American citizens in the Philippines,
advising them to take prudent steps to ensure their personal
safety during this uncertain time. We call on the Government
of the Philippines and the Filipino people to respect fully
the rule of law, protect civil liberties and human rights,
and reject violence.
end quote

¶8. (U) Attached below is the text of the Proclamation of
Emergency Rule:

Begin text:

MALACANANG PALACE
MANILA

PROCLAMATION NO. 1017

PROCLAMATION DECLARING A STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, over these past months, elements in the political
opposition have conspired with authoritarians of the extreme
Left represented by the NDF-CPP-NPA and the extreme Right,
represented by military adventurists-the historical enemies
of the democratic Philippine State-who are now in a tactical
alliance and engaged in a concerted and systematic
conspiracy, over a broad front, to bring down the
duly-constituted Government elected in May 2004;

WHEREAS, these conspirators have repeatedly tried to bring
down the President;

WHEREAS, the claims of these elements have been recklessly
magnified by certain segments of the national media;

WHEREAS, this series of actions is hurting the Philippine
State-by obstructing governance including hindering the
growth of the economy and sabotaging the people’s confidence
in government and their faith in the future of this country;

WHEREAS, these actions are adversely affecting the economy;

WHEREAS, these activities give totalitarian forces of both
the extreme Left and extreme Right the opening to intensify
their avowed aims to bring down the democratic Philippine
State;

WHEREAS, Article 2, Section 4 of our Constitution makes the
defense and preservation of the democratic institutions and
the State the primary duty of Government;

WHEREAS, the activities above-described, their consequences,
ramifications and collateral effects constitute a clear and
present danger to the safety and the integrity of the
Philippine State and of the Filipino people;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the
Republic of the Philippines and Commander-in-Chief of the
Armed Forces of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers
vested upon me by Section 18, Article 7 of the Philippine
Constitution which states that: “The President…whenever it
becomes necessary,…may call out (the) armed forces to
prevent or suppress…rebellion…,” and in my capacity as
their Commander-in-Chief, do hereby command the Armed Forces
of the Philippines, to maintain law and order throughout the
Philippines, prevent or suppress all forms of lawless
violence as well any act of insurrection or rebellion and to
enforce obedience to all the laws and to all decrees, orders
and regulations promulgated by me personally or upon my
direction; and as provided in Section 17, Article 12 of the
Constitution do hereby declare a State of National Emergency.

IN WITNESS HEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the
seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 24th day of February, in the
year of Our Lord, two thousand and six.

GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President
Republic of the Philippines

End Text.

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