The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed for lack of merit the petition of lawyer Lorenzo Gadon who pleaded the nullification of a 33-year-old law that renamed the Manila International Airport (MIA) to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
In a press statement, SC Spokesperson Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka said:
“I was just informed by Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta that the SC during its en banc (full court) session yesterday, September 8, unanimously denied for lack of merit the petition for declaration of nullity of Republic Act No. 6639 (an Act renaming the Manila International Airport as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.”
Hosaka said the resolution on the petition will be posted at the SC website – sc.judiciary.gov.ph – “once it is available.”
In his petition which he filed as a taxpayer, a voter, and a concerned citizen, Gadon claimed that the change in the airport’s name disregarded the guidelines issued in 2007 by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines on the renaming of streets, public schools, plazas, buildings, bridges and other public structures.
One of the guidelines prohibits the renaming of public structures after a person within 10 years of his death except for highly exceptional reason.
MIA was renamed NAIA in 1987 or four years after the death of former Sen. Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. in 1983.
Gadon also claimed that “Aquino has never been declared a hero and as such does not deserve that an airport is named after him.”