Will the ASEAN integration help revitalize our legal system?

Dean Joan Sarausos-Largo weighed into current discussions regarding the ASEAN Integration 2015, and expounded on how this regionalization and collective identity building process can ideally foster liberty and prosperity under the rule of law. Delivering a speech in Cebu City on September 11, 2014 , the University of San Carlos (USC) School of Law and Governance Dean captivated an audience comprised of USC law students and faculty, as well as esteemed guests including FLP Chairman and retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban, retired Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr., President Aniceto M. Sobrepeña of the Metrobank Foundation, FLP President Evelyn T. Dumdum, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Representative Glenda Reyes, USC President Fr. Dionisio M. Miranda, SVD, Court of Appeals Cebu Station Executive Justice Gabriel T. Ingles, Mme. Justice Portia Alino- Hormachuelos (newly-elected University of the Visayas Gullas Law School Dean), members of the first and second level courts, officers of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), and deans of various law colleges and universities in the Visayas region.

Her lecture entitled “A Glass Half Full: ASEAN Integration 2015 and the Imperative for Reforms in the Legal Profession and the Legal Education in the Philippines” served as a timely reminder that the legal and judicial system must take the opportunities the ASEAN Economic Community will open when its ten member states open their gates in the next 5 years.

Dean Largo highlighted the importance of initiating a national conversation regarding the competencies of the Filipino lawyer, not only in the light of the ASEAN integration but also in keeping up with the global trends of the 21st century. While the changing currents may bring forth new perspectives as well as cross-cultural transformations, Dean Largo strongly emphasized that all the more new policies must remain evidence-based and constantly informed by empirical data and critical thought.

Equally important is the revitalization of the legal education. Her lecture also gave sound insights on how to nurture new lawyers who will ensure that the Filipino nation alongside other Southeast Asian nations will mutually benefit from the ASEAN’s economic and cultural growth.

Named as an Outstanding Graduate of the 500-year old University of San Carlos, Cebu, Dean Largo graduated Class Valedictorian and Magna Cum Laude in Political Science, and Cum Laude in Law, on top of being the Valedictorian of her Law Class. In 2000, she passed the Bar Examinations and was at the top 20 of successful examinees where only sixteen (16%) percent of all candidates passed. At age 28, she was appointed Assistant Law Dean of her Alma Mater’s College of Law. She is the youngest professor in the College to have occupied the administrative post.

Engaged in trial and appellate practice, Dean Largo is a partner at the Florido Largo & Acuña Law Offices.

 


 

11 September 2014
Dean Joan Sarausos-Largo
University of San Carlos School of Law and Governance (Cebu)

“ASEAN Integration 2015 and the Imperative for Reforms
in the Legal Profession and the Legal Education in the Philippines”  (download PDF)

FLP President Evelyn Toledo-Dumdum and USC Dean Joan LargoFLP President Ms. Evelyn Toledo-Dumdum and USC Dean Joan Sarausos-Largo

FLP President Evelyn Toledo-Dumdum
FLP President Ms. Evelyn Toledo-Dumdum delivering her remarks on behalf of the foundation 

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Ms. Glenda Reyes of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and
USAID Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project

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Introducing the Professorial Lecturer

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Response from guests

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by Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban (Ret.)

Ateneo School of Law Holds Second Moot Court Competition

To cap his second term as Professorial Chair Holder, Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria organized “The 2014 Chief Justice Artemio V. Paganiban – Liberty & Prosperity Public International Law Moot Court Competition” from March 4 to 5, 2014 at the Justitia Hall of the Ateneo Law School, Rockwell Center. The debate, which centered on “The State of Asioya v. The Kingdom of Raepinosa: Concerning the Events Related to Dereez and Lexseia” as main topic, was conducted in lieu of a public lecture by the esteemed Dean with the active participation of the St. Thomas More: Society of Advocates.

The championship round (March 5, 2014) was judged by a panelist, with Ambassador Manuel A. J. Teehankee as panel chair, and Ateneo Society of International Law (ASIL) alumni Atty. Jose Lorenzo as well as former ASIL presidents Atty. Pia Alvendia and Philip Dabao as panel members.

Lester Flores and Sang Mee Lee, both from 2B, represented Applicant, the State of Asioya, while Abby Castelo and Paolo Gonzales of 2A represented Respondent, the Kingdom of Raepinosa. The competition ended with 2A bagging Best Memorial and Overall Winner. Paolo Gonzales won Best Speaker for the final round and Alyssa Tan, also from 2A, was awarded Best Speaker for the eliminations. Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban and wife Elenita handed the plaques and certificates.

The competition formally closed with Chief Justice Panganiban, FLP Chairman, expressing both his delight over the second round of debates and his hope that more Atenean lawyers will be active in the international law sphere.

Apart from the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity and Metrobank Foundation cohort, the event welcomed various members of the Ateneo Professional Schools Faculty.

Following the event was a symposium on corruption, which concluded the International Law Week.

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Public International Law Moot Court Competition at the Ateneo Law School’s Justitia Hall

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Mrs. Elenita Panganiban flanked by Chief Justice Panganiban and Dean Candelaria

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The panel of judges led by Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehanke 

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Awarding ceremonies

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Awarding ceremonies

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Awarding ceremonies

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Dean Candelaria receiving the FLP honorarium from Chief Justice Panganiban


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Chief Justice Panganiban delivering his closing remarks.

   

 

The Unpaid Creditor vs The Distressed Debtor

Chair holder Atty. Nilo T. Divina, youngest Dean of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law and Founder of DivinaLaw, delivered his first lecture on 21 February 2014 at the UST Bar Lecture Room. It was witnessed by retired and incumbent justices and judges, prominent lawyers, bankers and students alike. The event was co-organised by the Philippine Association of Law Schools.

Aptly titled “The Unpaid Creditor vs The Distressed Debtor: Proposals to Balance their Competing Interests”, Dean Divina’s discussion provided the public with insights on banking, lending, and their judicial relevance. His lecture was met with accolades from important guests namely Rev. Fr. Isidro C. Abaño, O.P. (Regent, UST Faculty of Civil Law), Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P. (UST Vice-Rector), former UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean Amado L. Dimayuga (now Dean Emeritus),  Mr. Benjamin C. Sevilla (President, Philippine Asset Growth One), Atty. Jose A. Barcelon (Senior Vice President and Head of Legal Services Group, United Coconut Planters Bank), Hon. Ramon Paul L. Hernando (Justice, Court of Appeals), and Mr. Nicanor Torres (Executive Director, Metrobank Foundation). Dean Divina’s lecture was also commended by retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban (FLP Chairman of the Board).

Dean Divina obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science (Cum Laude) in 1985 and his Bachelor of Laws (Magna Cum Laude, Valedictorian, Rector’s Awardee for Academic Excellence) in 1989, both from the University of Santo Tomas. He started his career in law as the clerk of court of the Regional Trial Court of Pasig City. In 1992, he moved on to become an associate attorney at the Misa Castro & Associates Law Offices. From there, he was appointed as Corporate Secretary of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) where he eventually became its youngest General Manager and Chief Legal Adviser. In 1993, he joined Equitable Bank where he was initially hired as consultant and eventually became Equitable Bank’s youngest Vice President. Upon the merger of Equitable Bank with the Philippine Commercial International Bank (PCIB), the Bank promoted him as its youngest Executive Vice President/Corporate Secretary and General Counsel. Equitable PCI Bank (now Banco De Oro) is the country’s largest bank. In 2006, Dean Divina founded the Divina and Uy Law Offices which is currently the biggest Thomasian law firm in the country with 25 lawyers. Its clientele includes banks, financial institutions, top corporations, various publicly and privately-owned entities, as well as individuals with varied interests.

Dean Divina is the Author of the “Handbook on Commercial Law”.


21 February 2014
Dean Nilo T. Divina
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law
“The Unpaid Creditor vs The Distressed Debtor:
Proposals to Balance their Competing Interests”  (download PDF)

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Singing of the Philippine National Anthem

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Mr. Nicanor Torres, Executive Director of the Metrobank Foundation delivering the Welcoming Remarks on behalf of Metrobank Foundation President Mr. Aniceto Sobrepeña

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UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean Emeritus Amado L. Dimayuga introducing the lecturer

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Dean Divina delivering his lecture

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Retired Chief Justice Panganiban delivering the Closing Remarks

Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity

Regulating the Practice of Professions by Foreigners

On 7 February 2014, chair holder Atty. Andres D. Bautista, former Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law and Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, delivered his first lecture at FEU Makati. His topic entitled “Regulating the Practice of Professions by Foreigners” lengthily weighed the complementary principles of Liberty and Prosperity. According to him, “the ability to practice one’s profession is not only a way to earn a living, it is also a means by which an individual may seek fulfillment, attain self-actualization, and contribute to society.” For foreigners in the country, while they are likewise protected by the country’s bill of rights, “there are certain privileges that can be withheld by the State provided that the exclusion of such privilege is neither unreasonable nor arbitrary”.

The lecture attracted law students from host FEU, as well as from the law schools of Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. He co-founded the Master of Business Administration-Juris Doctor dual degree program of De La Salle Graduate School of Business and FEU. Bautista earned a Bachelor of Science in Legal management degree from Ateneo de Manila University in 1986, a Bachelor of Laws, (Class Valedictorian) from Ateneo Law School in 1990, and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1993.

Before his appointment to PCGG, Chairman Andy was the Chief Executive Officer of Kuok Group Philippines. He also previously served as a Chairman and President of the Philippine Association of Law Schools, and a partner in an international law firm. He was also a member of Constitutional Reform Commissions under previous administrations.

 


7 February 2014
Dean Andres D. Bautista
Far Eastern University Institute of Law
“Regulating the Practice of Professions by Foreigners”  (download PDF)

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FLP Education Committee Chair and Former Education Secretary
Dr. Edilberto de Jesus delivering a welcoming message

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Dean Andres Bautista delivering his lecture aided by a detailed powerpoint presentation

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Mr. Aniceto M. Sobrepeña (Metrobank Foundation President) conversing with
Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban (FLP Chairman of the Board)

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A student posing questions during the open forum

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Awarding of honorarium

Comparative Analysis of the MOA on Ancestral Domain and the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro

On his new term as FLP professorial chair holder, Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria of the Ateneo Law School delivered his second public lecture on November 29, 2013. Presenting a “Comparative Analysis of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain and the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro” (view PDF file), Dean Candelaria followed-through the earlier public lecture delivered by Dean Reynaldo U. Agranzamendez (University of the Cordilleras), who focused on indigenous peoples’ rights, ancestral domain claims, and their economic implications.

His lecture attracted a large group of Public International Law students, among others. Demonstrating how his chosen topic is relevant to International law, Dean Candelaria opined that the implications of the two agreements engender not only political repercussions, but economic interests as well. He concluded noting how principles of liberty and prosperity are fundamental in the drafting of the said proposals, affecting not only select communities but the nation as a whole.

The open forum welcomed insightful comments and additional discussions from FLP Education Committee Chair Dr. Edilberto C. de Jesus (also former Philippine Department of Education Secretary and Deputy Commissioner of the Presidential Office of the Peace Commission) and Ateneo Law Professor Atty. Camilo Miguel M. Montesa (also former head of the Peacemaking and Peacekeeping Group in the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process or OPAPP).

Apart from Ateneo Law faculty and students, the event was also attended by guests from Metrobank Foundation and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Dean Candelaria delivered his first lecture entitled “Finance & Law: Understanding the Institutional and Functional Role of the International Monetary Fund During Sovereign Debt Crisis Situations”  on September 21, 2012. This was commended by the FLP for “setting a high standard” in the FLP professorial lecture series.

Dean Candelaria has an undergraduate degree in Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1980. In 1984, he graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law and ranked among the top 20% of the law school graduating batch and received a grade of 83.2% in the 1984 Bar Examinations. In 1986, he left for graduate studies in law at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar and was conferred the degree of Master of Laws in the field of Public International Law.

In 2004, Dean Candelaria was appointed by the President of the Republic of the Philippines as a Member of the Negotiating Panel for the Peace Talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New Peoples’ Army and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP/NPA/NDF). He also chairs the Government of the Republic of the Philippines Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement in Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

Dean Candelaria was recently invited to teach at the Master of Laws Program jointly administered by the Supreme Court Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) and the San Beda College Graduate Program in Law.


29 November 2013
Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria
Ateneo de Manila University School of Law
Comparative Analysis of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain
and the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro” (download PDF)

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FLP Education Committee Chair and Former Education Secretary
Dr. Edilberto de Jesus delivering a welcoming message.

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Dean Sedfrey Candelaria introducing his second public lecture

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A slide presentation on the areas in Mindanao covered by the topic

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Ateneo Law students and Dean Sedfrey Candelaria

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A law student asking further questions during the open forum

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Dean Sedfrey Candelaria awarded by Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban and
wife Elenita C. Panganiban, together with Dr. Edilberto de Jesus
and Mr. Nicanor Torres (Executive Director, Metrobank Foundation)

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Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban
closing the program with a lighthearted message

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29 November 2013
Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria
Ateneo de Manila University School of Law
Comparative Analysis of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain
and the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro” (PDF)