Renaming NAIA not a priority — PBBM

Renaming NAIA not a priority — PBBM

By Liezelle Soriano

MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Thursday that renaming the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is not his priority.

The current name of NAIA pays tribute to the late opposition senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. who was assassinated on the airport tarmac on August 21, 1983, which, many believe, triggered the bloodless 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

NAIA used to be the Manila International Airport before.

According to Marcos, “Manila International Airport” is well-known on a global scale.

“I have no strong feelings about it, I mean if people wanted to rename the airport and get the public’s support for it then go ahead. If not, no,” he said.

Weeks after the Marcos administration took office in late June of this year, discussions about renaming NAIA were revived. The name “Ferdinand E. Marcos International Airport” was suggested by one lawmaker.

Rep. Paolo Duterte of Davao City earlier wanted to rename the airport “Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.”

(ai/mtvn)

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