The Malacañang Palace has served as the official residence and workplace of the president of the Philippines, which is a privilege that President Rodrigo Duterte has not fully utilized
Duterte stated that he will rename the Malacañang Palace to the People’s Palace, where he will invite everyone, in particular poor Filipinos
One of the president’s reasons for changing the name of Malacañang is its imperialistic origin
There will be no more Malacañang Palace in the near future.
President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday during a press conference in Davao City that he would like to rename the presidential residence before he steps down from his position.
He planned to rename it to People’s Palace since he believed that its current moniker has ‘alienated poor Filipinos’.
“I’ve invited ‘yung mga pasyente sa medical center. Basta ‘yung nagkaroon ng problema dun. As long as you can move, I’ve invited them to have dinner with me sa Malacañang. ‘Yun ang dapat na mga taong makakain dun kasi sa kanila ‘yung bayad. And one day, I’ll invite also everybody, daldalan, itong mga mahihirap,” he said.
(I’ve invited the patients in the medical center, those who had problems there. As long as you can move, I’ve invited them to have dinner with me in Malacañang. They are the people who are supposed to eat there because they paid for it. I’ll invite also everybody, we will have a chat, these poor people.)
According to Duterte, Malacañang has ‘alienated poor Filipinos’.
Duterte also said that he will invite those from Tondo and Pandacan, which are places near the presidential palace, so they can see how the People’s Palace looks like.
“That’s why I always say the Palace of the People called Malacañang. You have heard me say that. I’ve never said diretsong Malacañang Palace. Hindi naman palasyo ‘yan eh,” he added.
(That’s why I always say the Palace of the People called Malacañang. You have heard me say that. I’ve never said it directly as Malacañang Palace. It’s not even a palace.)
The reason why he wanted to rename it was because of its colonial roots.
“The word ‘Malacañang’ sucks with imperialism. Totoo. Sino ba ang nagpangalan ng Malacañang Palace? Mga Español.”
(The word ‘Malacañang’ sucks with imperialism. It’s true. Who gave the Malacañang Palace its name? The Spaniards.)
Before it became the official residence and workplace of the country’s president, the Malacañang Palace served as the temporary residence of outgoing Governor Generals during the Spanish Era. Formerly, they lived in Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros but an earthquake ruined the structure, making them move to Malacañang.
It has since been improved by the Philippines’ next colonizers – the Americans – and has been used since the time of President Manuel L. Quezon.