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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA970 2006-03-02 10:00 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
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O 021000Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9701
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 000970

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP, EAP/MTS, DRL/CRA, DS, CA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/02/2016
TAGS: PINS ASEC ECON RP
SUBJECT: SITREP 22: STATE OF EMERGENCY LIKELY LIFTED BY MARCH 3

REF: MANILA 950 AND PREVIOUS

Classified By: A/DCM Scott Bellard for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) Summary: NSA Gonzales told A/S Hill March 2 that he
expected President Arroyo to lift the State of National
Emergency today or tomorrow. Defense Secretary Cruz told
A/DCM separately that the President would “definitely” lift
it on March 3, due mostly to arguments from her economic
team. In a March 2 joint press conference, the Defense and
Justice Secretaries and the Philippine National Police (PNP)
chief all stated that the situation in the country appeared
rapidly to be returning to normal. PNP and AFP have both
reduced alert levels already. Manila remains calm, with no
major demonstrations. Five leftist representatives remain in
the protective custody of the House. Mission discontinued
the operations of the Crisis Management Center on March 2.
End Summary.

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Security Advisers Confident about Situation
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¶2. (C) As he was departing Manila, A/S Hill called National
Security Advisor Norberto “Bert” Gonzales regarding the State
of National Emergency. Gonzales assured Hill that President
Arroyo believed the situation was returning to normal and
would lift the State of Emergency today or tomorrow.
Separately, Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, aboard the USS
Essex (along with AFP Chief of Staff General Senga and all
service chiefs) at Admiral Fallon’s invitation, told A/DCM
that the President would “definitely” lift Proclamation 1017
on March 3, in large part at the urging of her economic team,
as well as assurances from DND and AFP that the situation had
now stabilized sufficiently.

¶3. (U) In a joint press conference given mid-day March 2
(local), Defense Secretary Cruz, Justice Secretary Raul
Gonzalez, and Philippine National Police (PNP) Director
General Arturo Lomibao said the national security situation
had largely normalized. They said they would recommend the
lifting of the State of Emergency if the situation continued
to normalize. The three said they have been assessing the
situation since February 24, and planned to issue a report to
the President on the law and order situation within 24 hours.
Also during the press conference:

— Secretary Cruz cited a report of General Senga that the
actions of the alleged destabilizers continued to recede and
subside. Cruz stressed that the AFP and PNP would continue
to be vigilant, with appropriate alert levels still in place
to ensure that security forces would be able to respond to
any problem;

— Secretary Gonzalez said the Department of Justice (DOJ)
believed that the plotters who sought to undermine and bring
down the government had been thwarted. “The trajectory is
toward lifting since the situation has leveled off;”

— PNP Chief Lomibao confirmed that there was marked
improvement in law and order in the past several days.

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Tensions Easing
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¶4. (U) Manila remained calm. There were no reports of any
major protests or unauthorized troop movements. Police
Senior Superintendent Samuel Pagdilao told the press on March
2 that the PNP had lowered the alert level from red (the
highest level of readiness) to blue (heightened readiness).
The office of the AFP Chief of Staff confirmed that the
military had also lowered its alert level from red to blue.
The stock market rose slightly and the peso continued its
rally, closing slightly higher against the dollar.

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Five Representatives Remain in House Offices
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¶5. (SBU) Five left-wing “Party List” lawmakers, accused of
inciting rebellion (reftels), remained inside the House of
Representatives under protective custody. Justice Secretary
Gonzalez told the media on March 1 that DOJ would not attempt
to arrest the lawmakers while it conducts a preliminary
investigation into the charges, at least until about March 16.

MANILA 00000970 002 OF 002

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Crisis Management Center Discontinued
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¶6. (SBU) Based on a decision by the Emergency Action
Committee chaired by the Charge (septel), Mission
discontinued the operations of the Crisis Management Center
on March 2.

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