Robredo slams proposal to rename NAIA: "It's ill-timed. Where is our sense of history?”

House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte | Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo opposed the proposal to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas branded as "ill-timed" move of some lawmakers.

"Ito, parang, nasa gitna tayo ng pandemya, ‘di ba? Nasa gitna tayo ng pandemya, ito pa talaga maiisip natin,” Robredo sain in an interview.


Robredo also pointed out why the airport was named Ninoy Aquino International Airport saying "where is our sense of history?”

“Number one, it’s ill-timed. Number two, we all know why it was named Ninoy Aquino International Airport. So my question is, where is our sense of history?” she said.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport | ABS-CBN News

Ninoy Aquino International Airport | Photo from Manila Times

"Ngayon pa talaga na dapat all hands on deck tayo na nagtutulong-tulong para masugpo iyong pandemya. Ngayon pa iyon naiisipan,”

Presidential son and House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, and ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap have filed House Bill No. 7031 that seeks to rename NAIA  to “Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas”

Duterte explained that the proposed name is “more representative branding for the international gateway of our country.”

“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 own kababayans and foreign visitors,” the presidential son stressed.

NAIA is named after the late senator and opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr., the husband of former president Cory Aquino and father of ex-president Benigno Aquino III, who was shot at the tarmac in 1983 during the term of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos.

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Source:   CNN PH

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