Dean Joan Sarausos-Largo of the University of San Carlos, Cebu School of Law and Governance is the youngest and only lady recipient of the Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban Professorial Chair on Liberty and Prosperity. On 6 March 2013, she delivered her first lecture to a big audience composed of students, faculty, legal minds, and businessmen of Cebu at the Albert van Gansewinkel Hall, in fulfillment of her commitment to conduct original research that may help promote the judicial philosophy of Liberty and Prosperity under the Rule of Law.
Aptly titled “The Powerful Judiciary and the Concept of Rule of Law in the Philippines: Correlations, Consequences and Implications”, Dean Largo’s discussion probed highly relevant topics such as (1) Rule of Law in Developed Countries and in Asia; (2) Rule of Law in the Philippines, (3) Judicial Review and Rule of Law; (4) The Expanded Certiorari Jurisdiction of Philippine Courts under the 1987 Constitution; and (5) the Powerful Philippine Court, which opened up a brave discussion on the Supreme Court’s duty to solely decide matters that encompass “grave abuse of discretion”.
Her lecture was warmly commended by former Chief Justices Artemio V. Panganiban, now the FLP Chairman of the Board, and former Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. Mr. Anecito Sobrepena, President of the Metrobank Foundation; Mr. Gordon Alan Joseph, President of Cebu Business Club; Mr. Philip Tan, President of Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Mr. Efrain Pelaez, Jr., President of Mactan Chamber of Commerce and Industry also expressed their warm remarks and appreciation. The event was also witnessed by the President of IBP Cebu City Chapter Atty. Earl Bonachita, the President of the IBP Cebu Chapter Atty. Ferdinand Pepito, USC President Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, and USC Vice President for Academic Affairs Fr. Anthony Salas, SVD, as well as CA Justices and Judges of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu.
For the coming semester, Dean Largo will be organizing a debate that will thresh out the issue of “how powerful Philippine courts should be in upholding the Rule of Law in the country.” KJCA
The Powerful Judiciary and the Concept of Rule of Law in the Philippines:
Correlations, Consequences and Implications
By Dean Joan S. Largo
March 6, 2013
Albert van Gansewinkel Hall, University of San Carlos, Cebu
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Outline of Dean Joan Largo’s Lecture and Presentation
Left to Right: Mr. Gordon Alan Joseph (President, Cebu Business Club), Mr. Anecito Sobrepena (President, Metrobank Foundation), Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD (President, University of San Carlos, Cebu), Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban (Chairman, FLP), Retired Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. (Head, Governance Committee and Trustee, FLP), and Atty. Daryl Bretch M. Largo (Professor, USC and Dean Joan Largo’s husband).
Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban gives his closing remarks during the Professorial Lecture of Dean Joan Largo at the University of San Carlos, Cebu on 6 March 2013.