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MANILA, Philippines -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has maintained his position that amending the 1987 Constitution is not necessary at this point in time to improve the country's capabilities to protect its territory, a Palace official said on Monday.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Monday following reports that various groups are proposing the amendment of the Constitution to strengthen the country’s security to fight foreign aggression.
"What we are doing right now is to create a minimum defense position right. That’s why we are acquiring military hardware. We have not made any discussions right now on Charter Change. The President has made his position very, very clear on that point with respect to Charter Change," Lacierda said.
News reports revealed that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) plans to acquire six jet fighters for interdiction missions against intruders into Philippine waters and air space.
"If we can resolve problems or issues without going through amending the charter, we will continue to do it that way," Lacierda said.