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× Duterte agrees with Marcos’ idea of renaming ‘Philippines’ to ‘Maharlika’

MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos was right in wanting to change the Philippines' name to Maharlika.

Speaking during the distribution of land titles to Agrarian reform beneficiaries in Maguindanao, Duterte said the country was left with no other choice as it was discovered by Spain, then headed by King Philip II, in 1521.