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UNCLAS MANILA 002383

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL PGOV RP
SUBJECT: USG STEPS TO COUNTER EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS

REF: MANILA 2193 AND PREVIOUS

¶1. (U) Extra-judicial killings (EJK) in the Philippines —
notably of leftist activists, journalists, judges, and
suspected narcotics traffickers — remain of high concern to
the USG and are increasingly a subject of international media
attention. The annual country report on human rights for the
Philippines documents this problem in detail, as does ongoing
Mission reporting. The Mission is not a passive observer of
these human rights violations, but is actively seeking to
ensure that the GRP takes the issue more seriously and takes
appropriate steps, as described below.

¶2. (SBU) In a June 5 meeting with President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo, Ambassador highlighted the problem and
urged the President to ensure that those responsible faced
justice. President Arroyo expressed her full determination
to combat this scourge and to bring to justice all those
involved in these crimes, as well as those suspected of
crimes who are instead killed. She pledged that her
government would redouble its efforts. In a radio address on
June 6, the President assured the nation that she had ordered
government agencies to take the necessary steps to stop the
killings. Ambassador separately raised the matter with
Foreign Secretary Romulo to underscore the damaging impact
these killings had on the Philippines’ international
reputation, a point with which Romulo fully agreed. He
commented that the Ambassador’s public statements on the
issue have been helpful. Ambassador has used several recent
media interviews to reiterate US concern over this issue and
to describe our ongoing dialogues with the GRP at many levels
to ensure that the GRP makes progress on this front.

¶3. (SBU) After a coordinated intra-Mission review, we have
identified the further steps Mission officers will take in
the next few weeks:
— Ambassador will continue to raise this point in her
meetings with snior GRP officials, as well as local
officials inCebu and Davao, two cities with high numbers of
KJs;
— Ambassador and key members of the Law Eforcement Working
Group will discuss in depth wih Philippine National Police
chief Lomibao in anupcoming introductory meeting;
— JUSMAG chief ad other officers will continue to raise
the issu with the senior leaders of the Armed Forces of th
Philippines, notably to explain the provisions f the Leahy
Law and implications for future miliary assistance;
— Pol/C will meet with the leadrs of each of te various
Task Forces assigned t investigate the killings to encourage
comprehenive and quick action;
— Pol/C will also meet wth the chairperson of the
Commission on Human Rihts, which has publicly condemned the
killings ina rare public statement, to determine if there
ae additional ways the Mission and the Commission culd
coordinate activities related to this issue;
— Pol/C and poloffs will continue to share infrmation with
and convey USG concerns to members o the Philippine Senate
and Congress, as well as GO activists; and,
— RSO, LEGATT, DEA, nd DHS chiefs will convey our concerns
to senior officials of the National Bureau of Investigation
and Philippine National Police, also noting Leahy Law
restrictions.

¶4. (U) Mission would very much welcome a visit as early as
convenient by DRL A/S Lowenkron as an excellent high profile
opportunity to engage senior Philippine officials on this
issue and to meet with local media in order to reiterate USG
concerns and to urge prompt prosecution of alleged
perpetrators.

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