President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday agreed on the proposal of the late President Ferdinand Marcos to change the Philippines’ name to Maharlika.
“Actually, tama si (Ferdinand) Marcos. Panahon ni Marcos, tama talaga si Marcos. Gusto niya palitan (ng) Maharlika… the Republic of Maharlika. Gusto niya palitan it means… more of concept of serenity and peace,” Duterte said during his speech in the distribution of land titles to Agrarian reform beneficiaries in Maguindanao.
The chief executive is referring to the 1978 Parliamentary Bill, which sought to change the name “Philippines” to “Maharlika,” meaning “nobly created.” It was filed by then Senator Eddie Ilarde but was widely criticized by many since it was allegedly associated with Marcos.
Duterte spearheaded the handing of the Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (Cloas) to more than a thousand agrarian reform beneficiaries in Buluan, Maguindanao.