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No to Ninoy: Pulong wants NAIA renamed ‘Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas’

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Deputy Speaker and Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte filed on Thursday a bill seeking to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as the Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas supposedly to remove “political agenda” in the name of the country’s primary airport.

“We need a more representative branding for the international gateway of our country, thus our proposal renaming NAIA to the Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas. Aside from it bearing our country’s name, it is in our national language,” said Duterte, son of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The President is known for his scorn toward the Aquino family after succeeding Aquino’s son, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino IIII.

Under House Bill 7031, coauthored by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap, the NAIA will be renamed to “reflect the legacy of the Filipino people, our everyday heroes,” according to the presidential son.

“The name bears no color, no political agenda. It only signifies our warmth as Filipinos in welcoming our own kababayans and foreign visitors,” Duterte said.

“This proposal aims to reposition the Philippines as a choice tourist destination as we prepare to reopen the country to travelers once the pandemic is over,” said Velasco.

“Renaming it to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas will not only benefit and bolster our brand as a destination hub, but will also strengthen the country’s identity,” he added

“I am confident that by doing so, it will provide us a competitive edge as our neighbors open their doors, too, to visitors. Changing the name of NAIA to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas gives every Filipino a great sense of pride and ownership of the country’s biggest and largest international airport,” Velasco said.

“Gusto natin na paglapag pa lang ng eroplano dito, pangalan na agad ng bansa natin ang bubungad sa ating mga balik-bayan pati sa mga turista mula sa ibang bansa. Ating iparamdam sa kanila na sila ay nakauwi na sa kanilang tahanan,” Yap said.

“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,” he noted.

Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on August 31, 1983 at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport, which was renamed in his honor under Republic Act 6639 in 1987, after his wife, Cory Aquino, rose to the presidency after the Edsa Revolution of 1986.

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