Marcos sidesteps issue on changing NAIA's name

Published June 29, 2020, 2:03 PM

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By Mario B. Casayuran

Senator Imee R. Marcos diplomatically sidestepped on Monday from the issue surrounding the bill filed at the House of Representatives seeking to change the name of the country’s premier airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), to Paliparan Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas (PPP).

Committee on Economic Affairs hearing on Impact-Risk Assessment Report of the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic: Sen. Imee Marcos, chairperson of the Committee on Economic Affairs, asks resource persons to assess the economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Philippines and the withdrawal from the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States of America during a public hearing Monday, March 9, 2020. (Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB)
Sen. Imee Marcos (Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB/FILE PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)

Marcos, chairwoman of the Senate Economic Affairs Committee, said she is currently focused on the myriad problems caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the economy, education, and health sectors.

During a ZOOM interview with Senate reporters, the lady senator from Ilocos Norte said the matter would be handled by ‘’Pulong,’’ referring to President Duterte’s son, Davao City Rep. Paulo Duterte, who is one of the three authors of the PPP bill.

Opposition Senators Franklin M. Drilon and Leila de Lima shot down the proposal and called it “plain politics…and stupidity.’’

READ MORE: Pulong files bill renaming NAIA to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas