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    No hurry on US troops, says Phl official

    THE government is in no hurry to reach an immediate framework agreement on United States military presence in the country, a Philippine official said Saturday.
    Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government's priority is to arrive at an acceptable agreement.
    Coloma also said the administration is not looking at a timetable and could not say if it would be finished before U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the Philippines in April.
    “All we know is that the two countries are trying to reach an acceptable agreement,” the communications secretary pointed out.
    He reiterated that coming up with an acceptable agreement is more important than coming up with a quick one.
    Philippine defense officials have considered increasing U.S. presence in the country to achieve a minimum credible defense, particularly with the aggressive posturing of China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
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