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Duterte: PH named after Spanish ‘despot’

/ 05:35 AM February 27, 2019

Filipino Muslims may not be at home with the country’s present name, “Philippines,” as it was coined from the name of a “despot” Spanish king in the 16th century.

This was the theory of President Rodrigo Duterte, who said the average Moro would rather address themselves as a Tausug or a Maranao, but not as a Filipino.

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In a speech before barangay leaders in Pasay City on Monday night, the President said Moro National Liberation Front founding chair Nur Misuari preferred to be called a Tausug.

“They won’t say, ‘Philippines,’ when they go out and are asked, ‘What are you? Me? I am Tausug, I am Maranao.’ They won’t say, ‘I’m a Filipino.’ Maybe those diplomats and those in career positions in government, but not the average Moro,” the President said.

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He made the remarks weeks after he advocated for the renaming of the Philippines to Maharlika.

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