A renaissance man, scholar and a prodigious writer, Dr. Salvador H. Laurel authored a good number of books and articles ranging from politics and history to law treatise, especially in the areas of criminal, labor and constitutional law. He published among others Neither Trumpets Nor Drums (a summation of the Cory Government) in 1992; China Update 2000 published on September 2000 (a summary of historic meeting with top leaders of the People’s Republic of China during the last 28 years and lessons that the Philippines can learn from China); Through Ordeal and Turmoil (his ideas on nationhood) in 2002; A Child’s Footnote to History (a detailed narrative of the historic odyssey of the Laurel family from Baguio to Tuguegarao and Nara Japan) written in 1945 and published on August 27, 1989; Sworn to Serve (excerpts from selected speeches and statements from 1967 to 1990); To Build Upon A Rock (a compendium of views and issues from public discourses) in 1987; After 100 Years— What Next? posthumously published by Mrs. Celia-Diaz Laurel in 2010.
As Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice, Doy Laurel also published extensive reports on the Administration of Justice in Central Luzon (1969); the State of the Philippine Penal Institution and Penology (1969); the Criminal Jurisdiction Provisions of the RP-US Military Agreement (1969); the Dissident Problem in Central Luzon (1971). To reach the general readership, his reports were also released in book form, namely, The Land is Mine (a primer on land reform) and another on his seminal visit to China in 1972— The Laurel Report on Mission to China, the first official report which proposed a one-China Policy for the Philippines.
In fulfillment of his father’s fondest wishes, Dr. Laurel edited and published Proceedings of the Philippine Constitutional Convention (1934-1935) in seven (7) volumes culled and meticulously reproduced from the personal record kept by his esteemed father, Jose P. Laurel, who was a delegate and one of the fabled Seven Wise Men of the 1934 Constitutional Convention.
A born poet, Dr. Laurel also penned several stanzaic verses, one of which he lovingly dedicated to his father who was then enduring Sugamo Prison in Japan as an American prisoner of war while “Why Eagles Never Die,” delivered on November 18, 2002, was another lyrical feast from Doy, in celebration of his 74 blissful living years.