Newly discovered ant species in Palawan named after Cory Aquino

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Take a look at the Romblonella Coryae, a newly-discovered ant species named after Cory Aquino.

PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES -- Not long after the hot debates following the house committee’s approval for the bill in renaming NLEX to Cory Aquino Expressway, late president Cory Aquino made a buzz in the internet when a newly-discovered ant species in Palawan will be reportedly named after her.

In a recent news report from Kickerdaily.com, researchers from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) Museum of Natural History decided to name the new species Romblonella Coryae.

This announcement has triggered different reactions from the netizens and while the majority might find this a bit confusing, a Filipino Myrmecologist offered an explanation behind their decision of naming the new ant after the late Mother of Philippine Democracy.

According to David Emmanuel General, Aquino’s contributions during her term has given her the rightful honor to be named after this discovery.

“People in Palawan have been grateful to the late President for the Republic act no 7611 or the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan Act of 1992,” General stated in a report from the UPLB Museum of Natural History.

The said ant species thrived in the lowland rainforest particularly in Cleopatra’s Needle, a well-known mountain in Palawan. Several researchers stumbled upon what they dubbed as an ‘extraordinary’ discovery way back 2014 while hiking.

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