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UNCLAS MANILA 005987
STATE FOR EAP, EAP/MTS, EAP/MLS, AND L/EAP
USPACOM FOR WILLIAM ALDERSON
USPACOM ALSO FOR FPA HUSO
SECDEF/OSD/ISA/AP FOR ALLEN
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL MARR ASEC PHUM PGOV KCRM CASC RP
SUBJECT: TWO MARINES EXIT THE PHILIPPINES
REF: MANILA 5966 AND PREVIOUS
¶1. (SBU) Corporal Corey Burris and Lance Corporal Albert
Lara departed the Philippines via US military aircraft at
4:40 p.m. local time on December 28, following the dismissal
by the Olongapo City prosecutor the previous day of the
complaint against them in the case of the alleged November 1
rape of a Filipina on the grounds of the Subic Bay
Metropolitan Authority (ref A). The other four Marines
charged in the case remain in US custody.
¶2. (SBU) Burris and Lara left without incident, using normal
procedures for departing US military personnel. Acting
Deputy Chief of Mission informed Department of Foreign
Affairs US Division Director Maria Josefina Ceballos and the
Visiting Forces Agreement Commission (VFACOM) staff of this
departure, asking that the VFACOM inform members of the VFA
Oversight Committee in the Philippine Senate and House.
Ceballos asked if Embassy planned to inform DFA of this
development in writing; A/DCM informed her that Embassy had
no plans to do such unless the DFA requested such a
¶3. (SBU) Charge d’Affaires Jones, who is hosting the
Embassy’s annual holiday reception in Baguio on December 28,
will inform President Arroyo, who is expected to attend.
¶4. (SBU) Embassy does not plan to issue a statement, but
will be ready to confirm in response to media inquires that
the two returned to their unit in Okinawa, without commenting
on the details of their departure or future plans. Embassy’s
Public Affairs Section will coordinate suggested updates to
the EAP December 27 press guidance with EAP.
¶5. (SBU) Action request: Please advise if Department
believes we need to close the loop on Burris and Lara with a
diplomatic note; if so, please provide appropriate language.
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