SC junks petition to nullify law renaming Manila International Airport to NAIA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — The Supreme Court has denied the petition of lawyer Larry Gadon to nullify the law that renamed the Manila International Airport to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the high court's spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Supreme Court Spokesman Brian Hosaka said the justices unanimously denied the petition on Tuesday for "lack of merit."

Gadon on August 27 asked the Supreme Court to declare Republic Act 6636 as null and void, insisting former Senator Benigno Aquino III is not even considered a hero, thus does not deserve to have an airport named after him.

He said the decision to rename the country's main airport did not even adhere to the guidelines of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, which states a public place should be named or renamed after a person within 10 years of his death "except for high reasons." Aquino was assassinated on the tarmac of the Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983. The law to rename the airport was enacted on November 27, 1987 to honor the late statesman.

CNN Philippines correspondent Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.