A bill seeking to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after the late father and namesake of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., was filed on the same day the Philippines' new leader took office.
Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. filed the measure pushing to rename NAIA to Ferdinand E. Marcos International Airport, a copy of which was posted by GMA News.
The former Manila International Airport or MIA was renamed NAIA after the 1986 People Power uprising ousted the Marcos dictatorship. It was on the tarmac of the airport that opposition senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. was assassinated in 1983.
“It is more appropriate to rename it to the person who has contributed to the idea and execution of the said noble project. The project was done during the time of the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos Sr.," Teves said in the explanatory note of the bill.
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Aquino's assassination led to numerous protests which preceded the People Power Revolution. His image is also on the P500 bills. The current stable of paper money is undergoing a redesign process.
Across the world, airports are usually named after leaders and icons who have made major contributions to their respective countries such as the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.