What’s in a name? Solon wants to rename CRK anew to ‘Diosdado’

From ‘Clark International Airport’ to ‘Diosdado Macapagal International Airport’ under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. And then from DMIA back to CRK under the term of former President Benigno Aquino III.

A lawmaker in Pampanga’s 3rd congressional district now wants to rename the Clark airport back to ‘Diosdado Macapagal International Airport’ with finality.

Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales on Tuesday said that he will file a bill to rename the Clark International Airport (CRK) to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) after the late president from Lubao, Pampanga.

Gonzales expressed confidence that he will get the support of congressmen for his bill renaming CRK to DMIA.

“Yes, I think it’s just right and proper that the airport be renamed after a distinguished Kapampangan president. It was named after him before.,” Gonzales said during a phone interview with iOrbitnews.

“So I guess it is just a matter of justice and recognition that it be restored. I am hopeful that my fellow lawmakers will support the move. We need to do more though to attract more airlines to Clark. President Duterte has expressed a desire to transfer domestic flights to Clark,” he added.

He said that “it is but fitting that the international airport in Pampanga be named after the late President Diosdado Macapagal since he is a native of Lubao in Pampanga province.’ The late President Macapagal is the father of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who was recently re-elected congresswoman of the second district.

During the time of President Arroyo, the Clark International Airport was renamed to DMIA by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Board of Directors headed by former President Emmanuel Y. Angeles until it was converted again by the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Board of Directors headed by former CIAC President Victor Jose Luciano in 2011 by means of a resolution.

At present, Clark airport is host to air carriers flying out of Clark. Among them is Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Dragonair, and Jin Air. #iorbitnews

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