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Lawmakers want to rename NAIA to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas amid COVID-19 crisis

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A bill was filed in the congress to rename Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas (PPP).

This, after a lot more pressing issues that the government should be looking into during this health crisis rather than renaming our international airport terminal.

“The name bears no color, no political agenda,” said Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte as he, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco, and ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Go Yap filed House Bill No. 7031 in the congress.

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Back in 1987, NAIA replaced Manila International Airport (MIA) as now the present name of the international airport during President Corazon Aquino’s term.

“We want for the name of our country to be the first thing welcoming the return to our countrymen as well as tourists from abroad when their planes land. We want to make them feel like they are home. There are many personalities who also deserve their name, institution, and so on. But when it comes to our airport, it should reflect the country and the Filipino people,” explained Yap.

The million peso question is this. Is changing the name of NAIA to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas an urgent matter to seek lawmakers’ attention during this time of COVID-19 pandemic?

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UPDATE:

Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon opposes the renaming of NAIA to PPP.

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