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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 000995

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

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

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PINS ASEC RP
SUBJECT: SITREP 23: PRESIDENT ARROYO LIFTS STATE OF EMERGENCY

REF: MANILA 970 AND PREVIOUS

¶1. (U) Summary: In a TV address given at 1130 hrs (local)
on March 3, President Arroyo announced that she was lifting
the State of National Emergency imposed on February 24,
effective immediately. Mission prepared the statement in
para 5 in response to media queries. This is the final
sitrep in this series. End Summary.

¶2. (U) President Arroyo appeared on national television
mid-day to announce that she was immediately lifting the
State of National Emergency. (See Para 6 for the full text
of President Arroyo’s announcement.) The office of the
Executive Secretary will next issue an official proclamation
that would supersede Proclamation 1017, which imposed the
State of Emergency on February 24.

¶3. (U) During the ten-minute appearance, an upbeat,
confident-looking Arroyo justified issuing Proclamation 1017,
asserting it was necessary to “insure the stability of the
people and the nation” in the face of a plot to bring down
the government, which she characterized as being, at the
time, “a clear and present danger to the Republic.”
President Arroyo noted that several “destabilizers” and
members of the military and police had been arrested in
connection with the alleged plot and she promised that they
would receive a fair trial. She stated that she was “happy
to report that the cabal is broken…I am confident that
order has been restored. Therefore, with the power vested in
me by our Constitution, I declare that, effective
immediately, the state of emergency is no longer in effect.”
She closed by noting “and I will act with the same force of
will and determination again and again if our opponents
insist on inflicting instability on the nation and hurting
our economy.”

¶4. (U) House Speaker Jose De Venecia said in a televised
interview shortly after the announcement that an
“overwhelming majority” in Congress and among local
government officials supported the President’s decision to
rescind Proclamation 1017, and he expressed skepticism that
there would be further detentions or arrests. Former
President Fidel Ramos also praised Arroyo for lifting the
State of Emergency, but added that she had further explaining
to do as to why it was imposed in the first place.

¶5. (U) Mission prepared the following statement, cleared by
visiting EAP DAS John, in response to media queries:

“The United States welcomes President Arroyo’s declaration
today, lifting the State of National Emergency on February
¶24. We look forward to continuing to deepen our cooperation
on important issues that both our countries face, including
counter-terrorism, regional cooperation and security, defense
reform, and economic development.”

¶6. (U) An official translation of the announcement by
President Arroyo, delivered in Tagalog, follows:

Begin Text:

I was elected to fix our economy, invest in the people and
eliminate the crushing burden of poverty. My plan is working
and the economy has been turned around. Evidence of this is
a strong peso, more foreign investments and increased
collection of taxes to help pay for services like education,
health care and infrastructure.

Against the backdrop of economic progress, elements with our
society decided to launch an unsuccessful overthrow our
government.

A week ago today an alliance of malicious destabilizers and
misguided military intriguers set about to take advantage of
the emotional swirl of our nation’s EDSA celebration. Their
intention was no less than the sabotage of our constitution
and to bring down the legal government of the Philippines. I
made the judgment at the time that this convergence of forces
posed a clear and present danger to the Republic. As
commander in chief of the armed forces and within the power
granted me by the constitution, I took steps to insure the
stability of the people and the nation.

My concerns were subsequently born out: we have arrested
scores of destabilizers and several military personnel. We
have documented case-by- case and in specific detail the

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transgressions for which they now stand accused. Our justice
system will see to their fair trail. The truth will come
out. And as you saw play out last Sunday night, the struggle
continued through the weekend. As such, I kept in place the
SOE until I was sure the nation was safe and sound.

Throughout this ordeal, I have been keenly aware of the
anxiety that the state of emergency created within many
segments of society. It was not an action I took lightly, but
I felt too much was at stake to do anything less, I believe
my actions strengthened and protected our civil liberties and
free press, and maintained the economic gains we have fought
so hard to secure.

Today, a week later, I am happy to report that the cabal is
broken and it is time to get back to the real business of
governing. I am confident that order has been restored.
Therefore, with the power vested in me by our constitution, I
declare that, effective immediately, the state of emergency
is no longer in affect.

I want to thank our military men and women who withstood the
political gamesmen and remained true to the country that they
swore to protect. They bear many burdens on our behalf. I
have asked Defense Secretary Cruz to lead a bottom-up review
to get the views of our soldiers in the field and make sure
reform of the military continues on its course toward
modernization and justice.

I want to thank our many local and national government
leaders who stood by the side of democracy. And I cannot say
enough about the wisdom of our people who understand that the
best way to a bright future is through hard work, not taking
to the streets.

It is essential now that our political opponents and
opportunist stop undermining our economy at home and
embarrassing the nation abroad with their cheap political
antics. For the love of nation, it is time to make things
work and get things done. Let us please all work for the
common good.

Our nation is stronger for dealing quickly and decisively
with this issue. I will not stand for this kind of
adventurism at any time. And I will act with the same force
of will and determination again and again if our opponents
insist on inflicting instability on the nation and hurting
our economy.

In the meantime, we are blessed to live in a vibrant
democracy that is strong, stable and on the move.

End Text.

¶7. (U) This is the final sitrep in this series.

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