Any effort to rename NAIA “would always be seen as political” - Drilon

Any effort to rename NAIA “would always be seen as political” - Drilon

Why fix it when it is not broke?
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon in a statement said “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We are facing a pandemic and we are thinking of renaming an airport? I believe we can do better than that.”

The statement pertains to the House bill authored by Presidential son Deputy House Speaker Paolo Duterte renaming the Ninoy International Airport to “Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.”

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“NAIA is the international gateway of the Philippines, being the biggest and largest international airport in the country. As such, there is a need to identify the same belonging to the Philippines. Hence, the proposed renaming to ‘Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas’,” the bill’s explanatory note read.

The young Duterte was quoted earlier with a statement that the name “bears no color, no political agenda.”

But Liberal Party’s veteran lawmaker Drilon said any effort to rename NAIA “would always be seen as political.”

Drilon notes that there are several airports in the world named after “heroes and individuals whose lives shaped the history of their countries.”

The opposition senator cited the following : JFK Airport in New York, Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, Indira Gandhi Airport in India, Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, and Canada’s Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport.

“There is more to it than just a name. It gives a glimpse of who we are as people. We are known as a democracy-loving people because that is what Ninoy Aquino represents,” Drilon went on.

“Every visitor who arrives at our airport will see us like Ninoy Aquino who showed great respect for democracy and freedom. We should not forget that and belittle his contributions to the country by taking away the honor of being the face of our major airport,” he added.

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