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Duterte wants Philippines renamed 'Maharlika'

To reflect pre-colonial past, president revives name advocated by Marcos

President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a ceremony to mark the return of the Balangiga bells taken by U.S. soldiers as war booty 117 years ago, at Balangiga, central Philippines, on Dec. 5, 2018.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested renaming the country "Maharlika," a word originally meaning warrior class, to pay homage to the country's pre-colonial past. 

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