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Goodbye Philippines, hello 'Maharlika'? Duterte wants to rename country in break from colonial past, SE Asia News & Top Stories

Goodbye Philippines, hello 'Maharlika'? Duterte wants to rename country in break from colonial past, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is advocating to change the nation's name one day to "Maharlika" to move away from the country's colonial links.

Duterte's call echoes a push by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to call the nation "Maharlika" which in the local language means nobility.

Duterte has also been pushing for changes in the nation's charter and shift to a federal form of government.

"Someday, let's change it," Duterte said on Monday (Feb 11) after distributing land titles in the Muslim-majority province of Maguindanao.

He wanted to change it to Maharlika because that's a Malay word."

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