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Ninoy Aquino a ‘fake hero’? Bill seeking to rename NAIA met with mixed reactions

The airport was formerly the Manila International Airport, but during the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino in 1987, it was renamed NAIA through Republic Act 6639, in honor of her husband and former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

Deputy speaker Paolo Duterte, along with ACT-CIS Partylist Representative Eric Yap, and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco have filed a bill seeking to have the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) renamed to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.

Duterte said that the airport needs to have a better name and their proposal for the new one is also in the Philippines’ national language.

“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,” Duterte said in filing House Bill 7031.

Velasco said the proposal will help the tourism industry even more when the country officially reopens its borders.

“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 said.

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“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,” he added.

Yap, on the other hand, wants returning Filipinos and foreigners to see the country’s name upon arrival so they can feel at home.

“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 said.

The airport was formerly the Manila International Airport, but during the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino in 1987, it was renamed NAIA through Republic Act 6639, in honor of her husband and former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

The airport was where Ninoy was assassinated on August 21, 1983 after a three-year exile in the United States.

His death was a major factor in the first EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986 which caused the Marcos family to flee to Hawaii.

The bill has been met with mixed reactions from online users.

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