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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA1772
2007-05-30 10:03
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Manila

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O 301003Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6723
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA IMMEDIATE 9618
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO IMMEDIATE 3233
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS MANILA 001772

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/RSP, PM/PPA, S/CT, EAP/RSP, AND EAP/MTS
USPACOM ALSO FOR JIATF-WEST, FPA HUSO, AND J5
SECDEF/OSD/ISA/AP (TOOLAN/REDMON)
JOINT STAFF/J5 (WILKES/ROBINSON/CLEMMONS)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM ECON ETTC RP
SUBJECT: U.S. LEADS TRILATERAL PORT SECURITY PROJECT

REF: MANILA 00380

¶1. (SBU) Summary: Embassy Manila is leading a trilateral
counterterrorism initiative to improve port security in the
southern Philippines. Together with our Japanese and
Australian partners, we conducted a security needs assessment
of the Davao City and General Santos City ports, and
identified a number of significant gaps in security. This
inter-agency, multinational effort will noticeably advance
counterterrorism goals in the Philippines. The port security
project is part of an evolving process in which the
trilateral partners will deepen coordination and explore
future areas for more extensive counter-terrorism
cooperation. Embassy Manila will continue to drive the
trilateral initiative forward here. End summary.

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Trilateral Partners Tackle Port Security
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¶2. (SBU) Embassy Manila is leading a trilateral
counter-terrorism initiative with our Australian and Japanese
partners aimed at improving security in key but vulnerable
ports of Mindanao island in the southern Philippines.
Emboffs organized and led a trilateral needs assessment
survey of General Santos City and Davao City ports, which
could eventually serve as models for further trilateral
cooperation in other Philippine ports, including Cotabato
City and Zamboanga City. As an Australian trilateral team
member noted, our common objective is to deprive smugglers
and terrorists the use of legitimate ports, gradually pushing
them “on to the beaches,” and to give Philippine authorities
the tools and ability more effectively to halt the flow of
illicit traffic and individuals into their country.

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First Step: Needs Assessment
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¶3. (U) The May 7-10 assessment of Davao and General Santos
included U.S., Japanese, and Australian maritime security
experts from several agencies. In addition to inspecting the
current port facilities, the team met with Philippine Coast
Guard, National Police, Ports Authority, Bureau of Customs,
and other relevant officials.

¶4. (SBU) The assessment team discovered fundamental gaps in
security common to both ports; inadequate inter-agency
communications capability; an inability to conduct seaside
patrols; lack of sufficient cargo inspections; dilapidated
fencing around the port facilities; poor lighting of the port
areas; and a lack of closed circuit television capability.
The Australians are completing a trilateral assessment report
for the CT Ambassadors in time for the Trilateral
Counterterrorism Consultations in Sydney the week of June
4th.

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Comment
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¶5. (SBU) Our trilateral partners also see the port security
project as only the first step in an evolving process in
which we will work together on an increasingly collaborative
basis. We have agreed to compile a comprehensive list of
U.S., Japanese, and Australian maritime security-related
projects in the Philippines and to hold quarterly
inter-embassy working group meetings in order to avoid
duplication and to facilitate programmatic compatibility.
The trilateral port security project clearly demonstrates a
joint U.S., Australian, and Japanese commitment to work
together more extensively to achieve common maritime security
objectives, as well as broader counter-terrorism goals in the
Philippines. Embassy Manila will continue to play a leading
role in advancing this initiative here.

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