PH, US work on wording on increased US troop presence
BALI, INDONESIA - The Philippines and the United States are still ironing out details of an agreement that will allow increased rotational presence of US troops in the Philippines.
President Aquino said both sides are working on the wording of the agreement that will be acceptable to both countries.
Aquino said he will convey his thoughts to US Secretary of State John Kerry when they meet this week in Manila.
US President Barack Obama sent Kerry to represent him after cancelling his scheduled visit due to federal government shutdown.
“You agree on so many things but ‘yung actual putting the exact words to indicate your meeting of the minds, we still have a little bit of work… I think we’ll get to a better understanding at that time—things that we can do and things that they can do. Syempre, kaibigan tayo, may give and take. Then hopefully we will come to that document that represents the meeting of the minds of the both countries,” Aquino said.
Aquino will also ask Kerry about the status of the budget crisis in the US and also on the US government’s intentions in Syria to enable government to prepare Filipinos there for any eventuality.