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  Rodrigo Duterte wants to rename the Philippines 'Maharlika'
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Feb 13, 2019 09:12pm
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News DateWednesday, February 13, 2019 10:55:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPhilippines President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed changing his country’s name to Maharlika in an effort to move past its colonial history.

Mr Duterte’s call echoes a push by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to call the country Maharlika, which means nobility in English.

“Someday, let’s change it,” Mr Duterte said on Monday after distributing land titles in the Muslim-majority province of Maguindanao. “Marcos was right. He wanted to change it to Maharlika because that’s a Malay word.”

The Philippines was a Spanish colony for 350 years and was named after King Philip II.
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