Here’s what Catriona Gray has to say about changing the name of the Philippines

Catriona Gray

Catriona Gray is on a roll. After a whirlwind Miss Universe experience and a warm reception in her homecoming, Gray had the chance to share her thoughts on the possible renaming of the Philippines.

In case you were unaware, Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano filed a bill to create a Geographic Renaming Commission to come up with a new name for the country. According to him, “If we want to be truly independent, then we should throw away the bonds of colonialism by establishing our own national identity.”

The Philippines is named after King Philip II from Spain, when the country was still a Spanish colony. The proposal is to change the name to Maharlika.

Gray had a few thoughts about it. She said during a gathering with members of the media: “Bakit? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

The Miss Universe has also been vocal about a proposed bill that aims to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12. She said that lawmakers should instead look at why children commit crimes.


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