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BukSU – College of Law wins PH moot court, debate competitions


MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) College of Law students from Bukidnon State University won awards in national moot court and debate competitions in October 2020 putting them on same level with the country’s best.

Ms. Sheena Mariel U. Dagawasan, Ms. Kathlynn Lou Gertrude de la Torre, and Mr. Trixel S. Sumintan, of the BukSU College of Law bagged the Best Memorial for Prosecution special award along with Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines during the 2020 National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), held virtually.

The Best Memorial for Prosecution is one of the special awards given during the closing and awarding ceremonies on October 30, 2020.

The 2020 Champion went to the University of the Philippines, which will represent the country in the Asia Pacific Moot Court Competition in Hongkong, China.

The Philippine Red Cross and the International Committee on the Red Cross have organized the competition to promote the art of persuasive advocacy among law students exposing them to the practice of not only the domestic but also international laws, especially on IHL.

The event marked BukSU’s third participation in the competition, which provides the students with a simulation of proceedings before an international legal tribunal.

A day after, the BukSU Law- Debate and Moot Society, was also awarded as one of the five recipients of the Top Moot and Debate Group Award from the Association of Law Students of the Philippines (ALSP).

Ms. Leizle Fernandez, DMS President received the award during the virtual 2020 ALSP National Convention on October 31, 2020. Mr. James M. Violon, former DMS President, also received the Presidential Special Award for Debate and Moot.

The Debate and Moot Society (DMS) of the college, is headed by advisers Judge Ma. Theresa A. Camannong and Fiscal Claver C. Arino, and the College Dean, Atty. Sherrymae Velos-Decang.

These achievements show that despite the pandemic, the College of Law has continued to put BukSU on the map of top law schools.

“Despite having been hamstrung by the pandemic, at the end of the day, it was teamwork and each one’s ardent proclivity to a considerable platform to voice their advocacy to uphold the laws of the land that got them through the shackles and made them “pleased the court”, so to speak,” said COL Dean, Atty. Velos-Decang.

(OP-Information and Publication Services)

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