President Rodrigo Duterte said that the country was named Philippines because “it was discovered by Magellan using the money of King Philip.”
“Kaya pagdating ng u*** (Ferdinand Magellan), ginawang Philippines. Pero okay na ‘yan. Balang araw palitan natin,” he said during distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to the Agrarian Reform beneficiaries of Maguindanao on February 11.
He added that former President Ferdinand Marcos was correct in wanting to change the country’s name from Philippines to Maharlika.
“Panahon ni Marcos, tama talaga si Marcos. Gusto niya palitan. Maharlika. The Republic of Maharlika because Maharlika is a Malay word and it means more of a concept of serenity and peace,” he said.
“Tama si Marcos noon. Ang mga Pilipino seloso lang. Diktador-diktador kagaya ko diktador. Kailan pa ba ako nag-diktador? Kailan pa ako nag-utos dito na ganun, ganito? Have I interfered in your lives,” he added.