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Hagel focuses US military presence in Philippines visit

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (C) looks up prior to the start of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) defence minister's meeting in Jerudong, some 20 kms outside Brunei's capital Bandar Seri Begawan on August 29, 2013.Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will discuss expanding the US military's presence in the Philippines in a visit to the country Friday as Manila looks to defend its territorial claims in disputed waters.