The president wants to rename it to 'The People's Palace', saying that the word 'Malacañan' sucks with imperialism.
The chief executive's official residence's name is undesired by President Rodrigo Duterte and he wishes for it to be renamed.
"Call it Malacañan Palace, I only call it 'The People's Palace.' One day, I will rename it, 'People's Palace,'" he said to the media in Davao early Thursday morning.
"That's why I always sayit, I know the palace of the people called Malacañang. You have heard me say that. I never say diretso 'Malacañan Palace.' Hindi naman palasyo iyan eh. Noon lang iyan sa mga panahon ng mga p- i- pumunta dito at ginawa tayong alipin. 'Yong mga Espanyol pati mga Amerikano, sino pa?" he said.
"You know why? In the word 'Malacañan,' it sucks with imperialism. Totoo. Sino man and nagpangalan ng 'Malacañan Palace?' Mga Espanyol man iyan. Why should not I just address it as the 'People's Palace of the Republic of the Philippines?'" he added.
Duterte also said that he wants the name to be changed before his term ends.
As stated by the Presidential Museum and Library website, the "Posesion de Malacañang" was originally "a country home and temporary residence of outgoing Governors General awaiting the next ship to Spain." Temporarily, it became the country's power seat after an earthquake destroyed the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros in 1963.
Before it became the residence of the Philippine president along with the establishment of the Commonwealth in 1935, it served as the official residence of the American governor-general during the colonial rule of the United States.
Duterte said that he desires for the Palace to be opened for Filipinos once it has been renamed.
"Yon ang dapat mga tao mo dahil doon kasi kanila 'yong bayan. And one day, I'll invite also everybody. Dahan-dahan lang. Itong mahirap. Itong mahirap kasi dito nag-ano ng- kung hindi iyan malakas sa isa, ah hindi nila nakikita iyan. So I'll invite mga taga-Tondo, Pandacan muna, para makita nila anong palasyo ng tao," he said.