Duterte wants to rename Philippines to 'Maharlika'

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Published 12.02.2019 00:00
Updated 12.02.2019 16:45
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a press conference shortly after arriving from Singapore at Davao international airport in southern island of Mindanao (AFP File Photo)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a press conference shortly after arriving from Singapore at Davao international airport in southern island of Mindanao (AFP File Photo)

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is considering to change the name of the country, with the goal to move away from the country's colonial past, local media reports said Tuesday.

Newspaper Manila Bulletin reported Duterte wants to change the country's name from the Philippines to "Maharlika," which means nobility in the local language.

The country was named after King Philip II when it was a Spanish colony.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said: "The Constitution provides that Congress may enact a law that can change the name of the country and then submit it to the people for a referendum."

He added that name Maharlika had been chosen to reflect the country's Malay identity.

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