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    Paolo Duterte, 2 other solons want NAIA renamed to ‘Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas’

    MANILA, Philippines – Deputy Speaker and Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte and two other lawmakers are seeking to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to the ‘Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.’

    solons want NAIA renamed to ‘Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas’

    Duterte, along with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap co-authored House Bill 7031 that aims to change the name of the country's primary airport and clear it from "political agenda." According to the lawmakers, the renaming of the airport will represent the Filipino people and our country's everyday heroes.

    "NAIA is the international gateway of the Philippines, being the biggest and largest international airport in the country. As such, there is a need to identify the same belonging to the Philippines. Hence, the proposed renaming to ‘Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas’,” the lawmakers said in the bill’s explanatory note.

    "We want it to reflect the legacy of the Filipino people, our everyday heroes. The name bears no color, no political agenda. It only signifies our warmth as Filipinos in welcoming our own kababayans and foreign visitors,” the presidential son added.

    Duterte also noted how the airport's new name bearing our national language will represent our "international branding." Velasco also added that changing the airport's name will do more good and attract more tourists as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is over. He said renaming NAIA will give its "competitive edge" and give Filipinos a "great sense of pride and ownership" over our biggest airport.

    Yap said that while it's acceptable for different institutions to bear names of historic individuals, our airports should bear our country's name as it welcomes arriving in our land.

    “Marami naman na personalidad na karapat-dapat rin na sa kanila ipangalan ang institusyon, daan, at iba pa. Pero pagdating sa ating paliparan, dapat ay sumalamin ito sa bansa at sa sambayanang Pilipino,” Yap said.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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