Cha-cha not necessary for Bangsamoro: Palace

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 09 2012 04:02 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2012 12:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang reiterated Tuesday that Charter change is not necessary for the Bangsamoro political entity envisioned by the framework agreement to be realized.

"Perhaps there is a difference in the legal opinion. However, as stated by Dean [Marvic] Leonen yesterday, there is no amendment required," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said when asked by reported to react to the position of Senator Miriam Santiago.

Addressing the reported concerns of the Moro National Liberation Front on the alleged lack of consultation, Valte said consultations among stakeholders continue even as the annexes to or details of the agreement are being worked on.

She added that the framework agreement has been published before the signing.

"The draft framework agreement was precisely announced even before the signing because we want to engage the public. We want to have discussions and consultations with the stakeholders which, to my understanding, has already been happening prior even to the announcement and continues to this day," Valte said.