On naming places after people

A Filipino lawmaker filed a bill proposing to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) to Ferdinand E Marcos International Airport last year. – Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network

TWO of last year’s developments inspired this piece: the proposal to rename Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, after Ferdinand E. Marcos (House Bill No. 610), and the proposal to name a state university in Ilocos Norte, likewise after the late dictator (HB 2407).

Such moves are clear acts of congressional obsequiousness, and they are nothing new. We are paying Congress to come up with ideas and bills to change the country for the better, and while some lawmakers rise to the challenge, many others are content to indulge with such trivialities.

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