Ninoy is NOT a Hero: High Court asked to revert NAIA’s name to MIA

Ninoy is NOT a Hero: High Court asked to revert NAIA’s name to MIA

 


Now its up to the highest court of the land to decide if indeed there is s need to change the name of the country’s international gateway.

A petition was filed by Atty. Larry Gadon respectfully asking the Supreme Court to declare as “null and void” Republic Act 6639 which was passed in 1987 and named the NAIA.

“With Republic Act No. 6639 being patently illegal, our main airport’s name should be reverted to Manila International Airport (MIA),” read his petition.

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Gadon is of the opinion that the naming of NAIA is in violation of the Sept. 21, 2007 board resolution of the National Historical Institute (NHI), formerly the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), which set guidelines for the naming of public structures, among others.

The petition argued that the guidelines state that consultations should be first, that the place should be named after a person who is already dead for 10 years, and that “no public place should be named or renamed after a person when questionable propriety might arise from the said act.”

“MIA was renamed to NAIA in November 1987. That was only 4 years from the death to the renaming – which violated this cited guideline,” the lawyer pointed out.

Also, Gadon said history has questioned “Aquino’s character, integrity, and overall propriety.”

“AQUINO was never declared a hero and as such does not deserve that an airport be named after him. In fact, in 1995 the Philippine National Heroes Committee officially recommended several people for designation as national heroes. The said Committee recommended Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat, Emilo Jacinto, Juan Luna, “GomBurZa” (collectively, Mariano Gómez, José Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora), Melchora Aquino, and Gabriela Silang to be recognized as national heroes on November 15, 1995. AQUINO was conspicuously absent in that list,” he cited.

 

 

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