MANILA - Senate hopeful Agnes Escudero said Sunday she would like to rename the Philippines "Rizal Republic" if she were given the chance.
When asked why she chose the name, the independent candidate said she's "a fan of Dr. [Jose] Rizal."
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said it might be better for the Philippines to change its name to "Maharlika," something that is better suited for its “Malay” identity.
During the "Fast Talk" segment of "Harapan 2019: The ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate," Escudero was also asked if she is related to Sen. Francis 'Chiz' Escudero.
"Related po yung husband ko. 'Yung mga Escudero po dito sa San Pablo, nakapag-ritual po kami diyan before," she answered.
Regarding pressing national issues, Escudero said she is in favor of the federal draft of President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Committee, which requires those in Congress, the Vice President, and the President to have a college degree.
Escudero, meanwhile, said she is not in favor of legalizing medical marijuana, death penalty, and divorce.
"No, hindi talaga ako [sang-ayon] sa divorce law. I’d rather women go to the Church. Kasi ang Church ang nagsabi ng 'til death do us part, ang Church din ang nagsabi ng no man must divide what God has united," she said.
Escudero, one of the leaders of the Tribal Government of the Philippines that claims to govern the "unwritten law," earlier said she would push for the industrialization of the barangays.
"I would like to enact a law, ang Barangay Industrialization Act. Kailangan ang mga nasa bundok magkaroon ng kaniya-kaniyang kabuhayan. At mga kabundukan maging isang cultural tourism," she said.