If you were to ask him, President Rodrigo Duterte would prefer a different name for the Malacañang Palace where he and many Philippine presidents before him held office.
During a press briefing in Davao City, Duterte said the name of the president’s office should be inviting instead of intimidating to the public, the Inquirer reported.
“One day I will rename it ‘People’s Palace,” he said, adding “One day, [I’ll] also invite everybody, the poor people, the powerless who have not seen it, those from Tondo and Pandacan…for them to see the ‘People’s Palace.'”
Duterte explained further that the current name of the Malacañang Palace reminds him of the slavery of Filipinos by our former foreign colonizers, GMA News reported.
“Hindi naman palasyo iyan eh. Noon lang iyan sa mga panahon ng mga [mananakop] pumunta dito at ginawa tayong alipin. 'Yung mga Espanyol pati mga Amerikano, sino pa?” he said.
“You know why? In the word 'Malacañan,' it sucks with imperialism. Totoo. Sino man ang nagpangalan ng 'Malacañan Palace'? Mga Espanyol man iyan.”
The Malacañang Palace was built in the 17th century and has been home to past Spanish and American governor generals before the establishment of the Philippine Republic.