A SAINT’S legacy continued. The St. Thomas More (STM) Ateneo Law Debate Team emerged as the inaugural champion of the ALSP (Association of Law Schools of the Philippines) National Debate Competition. The event, which featured an Asian Parliamentary Debate format, was held last 25-27 April 2014, at the Dakak Park and Beach Resort in Dapitan City, Zamboanga.
The ALSP Convention featured the following law schools: Adamson University, Arellano University, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University Law School, Far Eastern University, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manuel L. Quezon University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippine Law School, San Beda College, San Sebastian College, University of the East, University of Manila, University of the Philippines, and University of Sto. Tomas. Tournament judges were members of the academe, selected from the participating law schools.
The Ateneo Law School, represented by Ken Xavier Lukban (4A), Ayze Ong (3B), Leonardo Camacho (3B), and Diego Santiago (3B), faced De La Salle University Law School during the championship matches.
The judges included chief adjudicator Bernice Piñol, and deputy chief adjudicator Steven Gatacelo, both from San Beda College of Alabang. The debate team was victorious, unanimously winning both matches. Ong was adjudged as Best Speaker of the competition.
Before the main competition, the 2014 Conflicts of Law Debate tournament served as its qualifying rounds, where the STM-Ateneo Team also emerged 1st runner-up, edging Adamson, Arellano, and San Sebastian. P