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Duterte Proposes Renaming Philippines, Calls Magellan a 'Fool'

Duterte Proposes Renaming Philippines, Calls Magellan a 'Fool'

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte praised former leader Ferdinand Marcos on Monday for suggesting the country change its name to Maharlika, a Malay name, in an attempt to erase Spanish “conquest and subjugation.”

“The Constitution provides that Congress may enact a law that can change the name of the country and then submit it to the people for a referendum,” Panelo said.

“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,” Panelo explained.

“It is distasteful for Duterte to change the name of our country especially at this time when we are remembering history,” Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes told the Bulletin, noting that the Philippines will celebrate 500 years of the arrival of Christianity to the country in 2021.

While identifying as a non-committal deist, Duterte has spent much of his presidency attacking the Catholic Church, claiming a Catholic priest abused of him sexually as an adolescent.

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