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07MANILA1983
2007-06-15 04:21
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Manila

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O 150421Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6958
INFO RUEHZS/ASEAN COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS MANILA 001983

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR PM, EAP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS PREL PTER RP
SUBJECT: US DELIVERS TEN UH-1H HELICOPTERS TO ARMED FORCES OF THE
PHILIPPINES

¶1. On June 9, the Philippine Government and the United States
celebrated the official transfer of 10 U.S. newly refurbished UH-1H
helicopters to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The
helicopters fulfilled an earlier commitment made by President Bush
to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and are part of the
long term U.S. commitment to the AFP’s modernization effort. The
donation received funding under a $22 million Foreign Military
Financing program for the Philippines, aimed at assisting in its
modernization goals while supporting the fight against terrorism.
Ten additional helicopters are scheduled for delivery later in the
year.

¶2. Notable dignitaries in the Philippine government and military
attended the festive ceremony. In addition to President Arroyo,
also in attendance were Philippine Secretary of National Defense
Hermogenes Ebdane and Assistant Secretary Roberto Nuqui, AFP Chief
of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon and Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.
Gen. Pedrito Cadungog, Chief of Naval Operations Vice Admiral
Rogelio Calunsag, senior officers of the U.S. Joint Military
Assistance Group, the U.S. Defense Attach, and a host of other U.S.
and AFP officers and enlisted personnel in the AFP.

¶3. The Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force, Lt. Gen.
Horacio Tolentino, gave brief remarks during the ceremony at the
headquarters of the Philippine Air Force Headquarters in Manila. He
expressed deep gratitude to President Bush and the U.S. government
for the helicopters, and noted that they would assist the AFP in
national security operations in southern Mindanao and throughout the
country.

¶4. President Arroyo and Ambassador Kenney christened one of the
helicopters with champagne and posed in front of the helicopters for
numerous news photos. The event received extensive and positive
media coverage.

¶5. Following the ceremony, the President and the Ambassador met
privately (septel). President Arroyo expressed her deep
appreciation to President Bush for the U.S. government’s continuing
support and assistance in the fight against terrorism. She told the
Ambassador that the AFP wants to buy additional U.S. aircraft
because “that’s what our pilots like to fly.”

KENNEY

   

 

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