Cha-cha not needed to resolve China row – Palace

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2012 02:27 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2012 02:45 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang sees no need to amend the Constitution at this point in order to resolve the country’s row with China.
"If we can resolve problems or if we can resolve issues without going through amending the charter, we will continue to do it that way," Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
On Sunday, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said that the Constitution should be amended so that military spending can be given priority to make the country more capable in defending its territory.
Lacierda said there are already efforts to upgrade the capability of the military.
"What we are dong right now is to create a minimum defense position. That's why we are acquiring military hardware. That part we are going to do, we are in the process of doing [that] right now. We have not made any discussions right now on charter change. The President has made his position very, very clear on that point," Lacierda said.