Actress Vivian Velez Started a Petition to Bring Back the Old Name of NAIA

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A petition is currently making the rounds online allegedly started by the group of Vivian Velez and his friends. The petition called the attention of Pres. Rody Duterte to bring back the old name of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The old name of NAIA is Manila International Airport of MIA, it was only on 1987 that the old name was change to NAIA as an honor to the man who became the face of democracy during former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos.

The petition to bring back the name of NAIA was started by Aty. Lorenzo G. Gadon and the members of the #BringBackMia group who urged the Duterte admin by the help of the congress to bring back the name Manila International Airport.

Actress Vivian Velez and her group also called on Filipino netizens to sign up for the petition through the facilities of

Here’s the Complete Statement of the Group Calling to Bring Back MIA:

PETITION STATEMENT Date : Jan 19, 2017

Today we ask our Honorable President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and our
government, through Congress and the responsible executive agencies, to
restore the country’s gateway to its original name, MANILA

When the Manila airport was turned
over by the Americans to the Philippine government, in 1948 , after the
completion of the present runways in 1961, it was named the Manila
International Airport, and carried that name ever since. But in
1987, during the term of Cory Aquino, MIA was renamed after her late
husband. This was done well in advance of the 10-year prescription
period for naming public sites after dead personalities, the height of a
self serving motive to uplift one’s image for political perpetuity,
brainwashing and indoctrination. 

It is still way too early to
award Ninoy such an honor. There are at least three malfeasances for
which he must be held to account:

 *** One, he authored the fake
account of the so-called “Jabidah massacre” in 1967 and sabotaged our
country’s claim to territory. 

*** Two, he was complicit in the
reestablishment of the local communist party and guerrilla army under
Maoist control in 1968-69. 

*** Three, he was inexplicably absent
during the bombing of the LP rally in Plaza Miranda in 1971 despite his
being the most popular and frontrunner candidate and the secretary
general of the Liberal Party. 

Ninoy was also convicted and
sentenced to death for his role and complicity in a rebellion for the
purpose of overthrowing the government in favor of communism . Perhaps,
to the jaundiced eye of which there are only few in our society ,
history somehow could be kinder to Ninoy in the end. But that moment is
not here yet. And until that moment comes—if it ever does at all — the
name of Ninoy Aquino is a growing source of rancor and divisiveness
among our people. 

At the same time, it is also important to
dissociate our international gateway from the scandalous performance in
recent years that earned for NAIA a reputation as the world’s worst
airport. People abroad can only speculate that it is no coincidence that
this bad performance occurred during the administration of Ninoy’s
namesake son , highlighted by the LAGLAG BALA scam which victimized more
than a thousand of Filipinos and foreigners alike. 

Let us look
both to the past and the future. The name NAIA is also confusing and
does not lead to a recognition and identity of the country it represents
. And looking into the story why it was renamed Aquino one would always
be reminded of its image as a place of political upheaval, murder, and a
perception of a destabilized country with pervading social unrest and divisiveness. 

The name MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is a proud and storied one. It is
recognizable worldwide, redolent of history and fragrant with promise
for the future. Let us restore the legacy of such a name to our
international gateway, enhance our reputation among our friends abroad,
and promote greater unity among our people here at home. 


We will also lead Petitions to change the name of Ninoy Aquino Sports
Stadium back to RIZAL MEMORIAL COLLISEUM . Who is Ninoy compared to

We will also Petition the demonetization of the P500 Peso
Bill. Why should it bear the image of Ninoy when he did not become
president of the country and he was not officially declared a national

Credit: Vivian Velez and Friends

Ed Umbao

Founder of | co-Founder of

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