House bill seeks to rename NAIA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 25) — A bill pushing to rename the country’s primary airport has been filed in Congress.

House Bill No. 7031, authored by Representatives Paolo Duterte, Lord Allan Velasco, and Eric Go Yap, seeks to change the name of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.

“NAIA is the international gateway of the Philippines, being the biggest and largest international airport in the country," the House bill read. "As such, there is a need to identify the same as belonging to the Philippines."

According to a press release from Rep. Duterte, the name change will “finally get rid of the [airport’s] bad image” and enable it to “start fresh," after previously being named as one of the worst airports in the world.

With the Filipino name, the representatives argue that the airport will “easily be identified as the international doorway of the country.”

The proposed bill will be calendared for first reading where it will be referred to the Committee on Transportation for deliberation.

In December 1987, under the administration of President Corazon Aquino, the Manila International Airport was renamed after her late husband, Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who was assassinated at the airport's tarmac in 1983.