Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano wanted to change the name of the Philippines by creating a commission ‘to conduct a comprehensive study for an appropriate name that we shall call our nation’
The Magdalo representative believed that if the country wants to be ‘truly independent’, the name our country Philippines, which derived from the King Philip II of Spain in the 16th century must be rename to throw away the bonds of colonialism.
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Act Constituting a Geographic Renaming Commission to Rename Our Country, was filed by Rep. ALejano on June 7.
Alejano said that the country should identify a name fits to the values and self determination of the Filipinos and stop using the name given by the Spanish Colonizers. He also said that the time has come for the Philippines to become independent.
“If we want to be truly independent, then we should throw away the bonds of colonialism by establishing our own national identity. For our country to move forward, we should identify a name for our country that genuinely reflects our national aspirations, a name that signifies our values and self-determination,” said Alejano in a press release on Sunday.
“While many other nations who were formerly under colonial yoke have reverted back to their former pre-colonized name as it gives them a sense of national pride and identity as free people, we opted to retain the name given by our Spanish colonizers. It is high time for our country to experience a sense of being and independence by choosing a name that reflects our character, our values, as a people, and as a nation,” he added.
The proposed commission by Alejano would have representatives from National Historical Commission, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. The commission would be given ₱30-M from the national budget.