Lawyer Statesman Neptali Gonzales Dies
Former Senate President Neptali Gonzales died of heart failure at the Makati Medical Center last September 16, 2001. He was 78. Mr. Gonzales was a law professor and dean of a law school for many years until he entered politics in 1967. He rose to national prominence as an opposition leader in the Batasang Pambansa during the latter part of the Marcos era. After the downfall of Marcos, he became the first justice secretary of then President Cory Aquino. Mr. Gonzales is the principal architect of the legal and constitutional framework of the post-Marcos era.