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E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/28/2017
TAGS: PTER EFIN ETTC PREL KTFN PINR AS ID JA UK RP
SUBJECT: STRENGTHENING THE CASE AGAINST THE RAJAH SOLAIMAN MOVEMENT

REF: A. STATE 30485
¶B. MANILA 781
¶C. 06 MANILA 4252
¶D. 06 MANILA 4166
¶E. 06 STATE 153845
¶F. 06 MANILA 3785
¶G. 06 MANILA 3471
¶H. 06 STATE 128377
¶I. 05 MANILA 2991

Classified By: (U) Deputy Chief of Mission Paul Jones
for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

¶1. (S/REL AUS/UK) Summary. USG cooperation has helped
strengthen the Philippine initiative to seek a listing of the
Rajah Solaiman Movement with the UN 1267 Committee. The
Philippines intends to consult Australia, Great Britain,
Japan, and Indonesia about co-sponsorship, along with the
U.S. The earliest date to submit would be May. The
Philippines may also seek to list some individuals linked to
Jemaah Islamiyah. We will work closely also with the
Philippines’ Anti-Money Laundering Council to ensure it can
move quickly to freeze any related assets after the listing.
End Summary.

SUCCESSFUL TREASURY VISIT
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¶2. U.S. Treasury Analyst Politzer held productive March
20-27 meetings in Manila that helped strengthen the
Philippine statement of case to list the Rajah Solaiman
Movement (RSM) with the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee. The
Philippine National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA)
incorporated Politzer’s suggestions into its revised package,
which makes a more compelling case for listing based upon
RSM’s ties to the al-Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiyah. (We will
pass the revised statement of case via email to EAP/MTS.)

REACHING OUT TO AUSTRALIA AND OTHER CO-SPONSORS
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¶2. (S/REL AUS/UK) Executive Director Julius Torres of the
Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of United Nations and
International Organizations reaffirmed Philippine willingness
to proceed quickly to request a 1267 listing for the RSM.
Torres commented that, in addition to the United States,
Australia was the other most plausible co-sponsor, noting as
well that the Philippines intended to sound out Great
Britain, Japan, and Indonesia. Torres highlighted the merit
in approaching Indonesia because it is a fellow Association
of Southeast Asian Nations member and currently on the UN
Security Council and 1267 Committee. He noted that
consultations between NICA and its Indonesian counterpart
would have to occur first to set the stage for engagement at
the diplomatic level.

TENTATIVE TARGET DATE OF MAY
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¶3. (S/REL AUS/UK) Torres predicted that, given need for such
coordination, May was the earliest realistic target date for
filing with the 1267 Committee. Designating RSM and freezing
its assets would be a good follow-on step to the approval of
the ASEAN Counterterrorism Convention at the January 2007
Cebu Summit, Torres said. “It makes a good case study in
counterterrorism cooperation,” he stated.

ALSO GOING AFTER THE JI
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¶4. (S/REL AUS/UK) At a follow-up meeting requested by the
U.S., NICA analysts discussed a separate initiative to
designate and list a variety of individuals associated with
Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). They took on board U.S. suggestions
that they focus their efforts not just on personalities
associated with specific bombing incidents, but instead look
at the 1267 listing as a strategic effort that would target
the key operatives in JI’s operations in the Philippines.
Khair Mundos, Borhan Mundos, and Yasser Igasan have been
conduits for foreign funding but are not on the initial
Philippine list, for example. NICA officials noted that they
are working with the Philippine Securities and Exchange
Commission to identify for a “sample audit” suspect
non-governmental organizations believed to be funneling funds
for terrorist activities into the Philippines.

AMLC ROLE
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¶5. (S/REL AUS/UK) According to Anti-Money Laundering
Council (AMLC) Chairman Vicente Aquino, AMLC will need
advance notice to ensure that all RSM assets are frozen once
the 1267 Committee rules in favor of listing. The resident
U.S. Treasury Advisor and a Federal Bureau of Investigation
Special Agent are assisting AMLC in developing financial
leads.

COMMENT
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¶6. (S/REL AUS/UK) This is encouraging progress on the
first-ever Philippine initiative on seeking a listing for a
terrorist organization and its members with the 1267
Committee. However, the May target date is likely to slip,
particularly if the Philippines wants Indonesia fully on
board as well as the other co-sponsors. The eventual success
in freezing assets will require that Emboffs continues close
coordination with AMLC, whose young track record on freezing
assets is not yet very impressive. We will also work to
ensure full cooperation and a sufficient flow of information
between AMLC and NICA.

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