President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested the Philippines change its name to Maharlika. Photo: EPA-EFE
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

Duterte’s proposal to change the Philippines’ name highlights the vexed history of place nomenclature

  • Philip Bowring says history complicates the choice of place names while sensitivities to certain designations seem to vary with political expediency

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President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested the Philippines change its name to Maharlika. Photo: EPA-EFE
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