Winners of the FLP Dissertation Writing Contest 2019-2020

Winners of the

1st Place
Ma. Angela Teresa Sebastian
University of the Philippines
Protecting Liberty and Nurturing Prosperity in the Propertization of Digital Footprint in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Adviser: Atty. Gerard Chan

2nd Place
Genica Therese Endaluz
Ateneo de Manila University
“Home Court Advantage: Establishing a Framework for the Responsibility of a State with Respect to Human Rights Violations Committed by its Corporate Nationals Abroad”
Adviser: Ambassador Manuel Antonio Teehankee

3rd Place (3)

Patrick Edward Balisong
Ateneo de Manila University
“Bridging the Accountability Gap Between the Universal Rights Regime and the Regime of Multilateral Development Financing Institutions”
Adviser: Atty. Maria Luisa Isabel Rosales

Angelette Bulacan
Far Eastern University
“Lèse-Majesté by the Sovereign’s Own Instrumentality: The Government’s Violations of the Supreme Law in the Non-enforcement of the Philippine Entitlements in the West Philippine Sea”
Adviser: Atty. Galahad Pe Benito

Carlota Villaroman
San Beda University
“Enforcing Liberty and Prosperity through Tax Reform: Synchronization of Taxation Laws with the Philippine Development Plan as Instrument of Social Justice”
Adviser: Dean Marciano Delson

Other Finalists

Juan Paolo Artiaga
University of the Philippines
“Comment against “No Comment”: Balancing Constitutional Liberties and the Role of the Judiciary in Comments on Cases Pending Before the Court”

Archiebald Capila (SSC-Recoletos Manila)
“Of Transcendental Importance: An Analysis of the Doctrine’s Application vis-à-vis Liberty and Prosperity”

Patrick Angelo Gutierrez (FEU)
“Judicial Activism or Judicial Restraint: The Justiciability of Unilateral Acts of States in the Context of Duterte’s Declarations Toward the South China Sea Dispute”

Daphne Dianne Mendoza (DLSU)
“The Green Generation: Establishing an Environmental Defense Fund through the Contribution of Mining Companies and Other Extractive Industries”

Ronald Kevin Laluz Montellano (FEU)
“Nomad is an Island: A Legal Framework for Nomadic Indigenous People for Cultural Integrity and in Cases of Displacement”

Robie Quiño (Graduate School of Law, SSCR Manila)
“Not of Legal Age but of Legal Mind: Enacting a Law that shall integrate the Principles and Provisions of the UNCRC and Domestic Laws Promoting Child Protection as well as to integrate crime prevention, criminal justice and other rule-of-law aspects into the school curricula at all levels, whether public or private, including in barangay daycare, preschool, basic education and out-of-school youth”

Ma. Luisa Sebastian (ADMU)
“Establishing a Binding and Obligatory Framework for the Protection of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Accordance with the State’s International Law Obligations”

Vladimir Joy Tamargo (FEU)
“Liberty and Prosperity in the Coming Age of the Commercialization and Industrialization of the Moon and Her Riches: The Common Heritage of Humankind”

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CJ Peralta, SJ Bernabe Head FLP Boards of Judges

Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta heads the Board of Judges of the Legal Scholarship Program of the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP), while Senior Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe chairs the Board of Judges of the FLP Dissertation Writing Contest. The FLP Legal Scholarship Program selects 20 outstanding third and fourth year law students from around the Philippines. In partnership with Tan Yan Kee Foundation (TYK), FLP awards each scholar P200,000 per school year. The first batch of FLP scholars all passed last year’s bar exam with two of them landing in the top ten – Sean James Borja, 1st place and Katrina Monica Gaw, 5th place.

This year, 33 applied from whom the Board of Judges will select 10 third year scholars. Of the 10 third year scholars last year, nine retained their scholarships for their fourth year class. Thus, the Board of Judges will select one more to complete the 10 fourth year law scholars. The FLP Dissertation Writing Contest aims to augment existing literature on the Foundation’s core philosophy of liberty and prosperity under the rule of law. In partnership with Ayala Corporation, it awards the 1st place winner P300,000, 2nd place – P200,000, three 3rd places – P100,000 each, and 20 finalists, P20,000 each. The contest is open to all Filipino law students, including those taking masteral degrees. Deadline for submitting entries is April 30, 2020. This year’s 1st prize was awarded to Josiah David Quising of the Far Eastern University, 2nd prize to Diana Lou Boado of the Lyceum of the Philippines University. The three 3rd place winners were Charles de Belen of San Beda University, Beverly Lumbera of LUMSA University-Rome, and Clarissa Mae Sawali of FEU. The FLP was founded in 2011 to perpetuate the core judicial philosophy of retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban – that jurists and lawyers should safeguard liberty and nurture prosperity under the rule of law. The members of the FLP Board of Trustees are CJ Panganiban (Chairman), former Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus, retired Supreme Court Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, former BSP Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr., Evelyn Dumdum, Joel Emerson Gregorio, Prof. Elenita Panganiban and Maria Elena P.S. Yaptangco.

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CJ Peralta, SJ Bernabe Head FLP Boards of Judges