Under House Bill 5867, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano proposed the creation of a “Geographic Renaming Commission” which would “study the possibility and the feasibility of renaming our country.” He believes that the country should be renamed since the Philippines was named after King Philip II of Spain.
Alejano, a lawmaker, a former Marine captain turned mutineer, said the possible name should “appropriately address and define us as a people and nation.” The bill was filed last June 7, and released by his office on Sunday, June 11. He stated that filing was “apt as we are about to celebrate the 119th year of independence.”
The commission would be composed of three members from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), and the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF). The commission would receive an initial funding of P30 million and should come up with a new name not later than one year.
“Various colonizers came over which muddled our identity as a people and nation. Felipenas, Filipinas, Pilipinas, Philippines—which of these is the correct name of our country? It is high time for us to have a name which befits us and is universal to all,” he added.