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Renaming NAIA should be the least of lawmakers’ concern — Pangilinan

By Mario Casayuran

Opposition Senator Francis N.Pangilinan on Friday said a move at the House of Representatives to rename Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas (PPP) should be the least of the concerns of lawmakers.

Sen. Kiko Pangilinan (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sen. Kiko Pangilinan
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

“That should be the least of our concerns now that we are facing the (coronavirus disease) COVID-19 pandemic and millions have lost their jobs and are starving,’’ Pangilinan, president of the Liberal Party (LP), said in a Viber message to Senate reporters.

Pangilinan is an ally of former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy’’ C. Aquino III, son of the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

Presidential son Rep. Paolo Duterte and two other congressmen – Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Jay Velasco and ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Go Yap – recently filed a House bill that seeks to change NAIA to PPP.

House Bill 7031 states that the switch of the airport’s current name will easily “identify as the international doorway of the country in view of it being in Filipino language and branding it as the international airport of the Philippines.”

“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 kababayans and foreign visitors,” Duterte said.

Velasco, on the other hand, said the proposal aims to promote the Philippines as a choice tourist destination once it reopens after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Read more: Pulong files bill renaming NAIA to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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