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Back to MIA? Youth group files house bill that will bring back NAIA to its original name MIA


The proposal to bring back Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to its original name of Manila International Airport (MIA) requires "congressional action."

On April 11, 2022, Duterte Youth Representative Ducielle Cardema filed House Bill 10822, which seeks to restore the NAIA name to the MIA.

This is said to make it easier for travelers to locate the international gateway of the Philippines, and to give Filipinos a "sense of national pride."

“Common sense dictates that it is easier for foreigners and tourists who travel across the world, to locate our country and our international gateway if it is named after our country’s capital, and it gives a sense of national pride for the millions of Filipinos to call it again as the Manila International Airport," Cardema said.

MalacaƱang has already reacted to this.

"There has to be a Congressional action to repeal Republic Act [RA] No. 6639 which renamed MIA to NAIA," according to Communications Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Martin Andanar.

It may be recalled that on November 17, 1987 RA No. 6639 was enacted to call the MIA to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The presidential spokesperson added the Supreme Court (SC) denied the petition to repeal RA 6639 which was submitted by senatorial candidate Larry Gadon, and dismissed "for lack of merit."
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