President Duterte on Sunday echoed his desire to change the name of the Philippines yet said he had no particular name yet in mind.
“I want to change it in the future. No particular name yet but sure I would like to change the name of the Philippines because the Philippines is named after King Philip,” he said in a speech during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Isabela City gymnasium in Basilan.
Duterte floated the idea of renaming the Philippines during a speech in Maguindanao where he distributed land titles to Agrarian reform beneficiaries, which was weeks ago and said the late president Ferdinand Marcos was right in wanting to alter the country’s name to “Maharlika.”
The President recounted the country’s inability to choose when it was named King Philip II after the country was discovered by Spain in 1521.
Salvador Panelo, the Presidential Spokesperson said prior in a press briefing that renaming the country would need a law and a referendum, “The Constitution provides that Congress may enact a law that can change the name of the country and submit it to the people for a referendum.”