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Philippine President wants to rename country

Report informs citing the Russian media

Baku. 12 February. REPORT.AZ/ Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is advocating to change the nation's name one day to "Maharlika" to move away from the country's colonial links. Report informs citing the Russian media.

Duterte's call echoes a push by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to call the nation "Maharlika" which in the local language means nobility. The country, which was under Spanish rule for more than 300 years, derived its name from Spain's King Philip II.

Senate President Tito Sotto said Duterte's idea would entail rewriting the Constitution and will require too many changes. Duterte has also been pushing for changes in the nation's charter and shift to a federal form of government.

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