Duterte wants to rename the Philippines


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is advocating to change the nation's name one day.

Proposing the name “Maharlika”, which in the local language means nobility, the leader feels it will help move away from the country’s colonial links.

It's in sync with a similar suggestion made by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The country, which was under Spanish rule for more than 300 years, derived its name from Spain’s King Philip II.

More from International

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • The Best of Dubai Eye 103.8

    7:00pm - 12:00am

    Hear the highlights from the week gone by on Dubai Eye 103.8. Listen again to the best interviews, advice and the top stories that has gripped our conversation this week.

  • Nights on Dubai Eye 103.8

    12:00am - 6:00am

    Dubai Eye complements the conversation with the music you love from the eighties, nineties and newer.

On Dubai Eye