Robin Padilla urged to spearhead country name change to Maharlika

Robin Padilla urged to spearhead country name change to Maharlika

By Junex Doronio
June 12, 2022

Senator-elect Robin Padilla (Photo courtesy by The Interviewer)

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Stressing that national independence is not yet complete and the country’s name smacks of colonialism, a civic group here led by a descendant of Lapu-Lapu on Sunday called on Senator-elect Robin Padilla to spearhead the filing of a bill that will rename the entire archipelago as Maharlika which means “noble warrior.”

Coinciding with the 124th commemoration of the Philippine Independence, the Maharlika Solidarity (MASO) expressed hopes that the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will rectify the “historical revisionism of the local elite class that had collaborated with the foreign colonizers.”

“Sad to say our national independence is not yet complete. We all know that our country’s name the Philippines in honor of King Philip II of Spain was only imposed by the Spanish colonizers who oppressed our ancestors and ruled our islands for 330 long years,” MASO convenor Khalid Mundo said.

In the blog “Celebrating Lapu-Lapu’s Genealogy” dated April 27, 2013, it was written that: “The Pagobo and Baring families of Mactan and the Mundo family of Borbon, both in Cebu province, claim that they are modern-day blood relatives of the hero of Mactan.”

Mundo, a Balik Islam or Muslim revert, cited the Tausog oral history that Maharlika was the name of the archipelago long before the advent of the Spanish colonizers and the religion then was Islam.

“We hope that our Brother Abdul Aziz, also known as (incoming) Senator Robin Padilla will initiate the filing of a bill that will revert our country’s name to Maharlika and Inshallah (if God wills it) becomes a law that will restore our dignity and honor among the independent and democratic community of nations,” he said.

Padilla, also a Balik Islam who ran under the UniTeam in the recently-concluded polls, will serve as chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws, when the 19th Congress officially opens on July 25 this year. (ai/mtvn)

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