WASHINGTON — Following in the footsteps of other countries, the Philippines has asked the U.S. for quota increases on apparel and textiles.

Secretary Mar Roxas of the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry said he discussed several issues, including apparel and textile quotas, with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick on Tuesday ahead of a meeting with trade ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Roxas stressed that the Philippines is not "pressing for specific trade concessions" from the U.S. in exchange for help in the war on terrorism.

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