Sponsored by CVCLAW [Villaraza Cruz Marcelo & Angangco], Square Off: The CVCLAW Debates seeks to develop the Philippine legal system by supporting debate as an avenue to supplement legal education and achieve practical training of law students. CVCLAW believes that enhancing the level of debate in the country would improve the skills of future law practitioners which will improve the administration of justice.
Moreover, CVCLAW believes that debating is an effective medium that could foster camaraderie, reliability, fairness, candor, and goodwill, not just among team members, but among all students of the participating law schools, thereby instilling early on in future practitioners the tenets of the Code of Professional Responsibility.
Square Off: The CVCLAW Debates aims to aid students of law to polish their oratorical skills and develop their confidence, character, and personality to become effective public speakers and advocates of the law.
The debate is between two sides, the affirmative and negative, with three (3) members each. Each debater from the affirmative side argues the necessity, beneficiality or practicability of the proposition. The counterpart debaters on the negative side oppose these arguments. Each debater is given four (4) minutes to deliver a constructive speech and rebut the arguments of the previous debater. Each debater is given two (2) minutes to interpellate or cross-examine the opposing debater. Only categorical questions may be asked.
Each of the three (3) judges may ask one (1) question of each speaker within that speaker’s time limit. The chief judge rules in the event of ties, objectives or contestations. The judges’ total scores determine the best speaker and the winning team.
Schedule of Debates and Debate Topics
vs SAN BEDA
Let it be resolved that (LIBRT): THE 3-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE AMBASSADORS' TOURS OF DUTY
SHOULD BE REVOKED
UE vs UP
LIBRT: SENATOR ANTONIO TRILLANES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND SENATE SESSIONS (Winner: FEU)
ARELLANO vs DLSU-FEU
LIBRT: ALL OF GMA'S MIDNIGHT APPOINTMENTS SHOULD BE SUMMARILY DISMISSED
LIBRT: THE TRUTH COMMISSION SHOULD BE ABOLISHED (Winner: UST)
SAN BEDA ALABANG vs UE
LIBRT: THE OMBUDSMAN SHOULD BE IMPEACHED (Winner: UE)
LIBRT: ROAD TOLL SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO VAT (Winner: DLSU)
XAVIER - CDO VS LYCEUM
LIBRT: PAGCOR SHOULD BE PRIVATIZED (Winner: Lyceum)
ADMU VS SLU
LIBRT: THE EXECUTIVE SHOULD IMPOSE A NEWS BLACKOUT DURING EMERGENCIES
DLSU-FEU vs UE
LIBRT: THE APPOINTMENT OF ACTING SECRETARIES SHOULD BE BANNED (Winner DLSU-FEU)
FEU vs UP
LIBRT: JUETENG SHOULD BE LEGALIZED (Winner UP)
DLSU vs UST
LIBRT: THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BAN THE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS
FOR SQUATTER RELOCATION (Winner UST)
ADMU vs XU (NULL)
LIBRT: CONGRESS SHOULD SUSPEND THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST
UST VS ADMU
LIBRT: THE COURT SHOULD DEFER PROCEEDINGS PENDING CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL
OF THE AMNESTY PROCLAMATION (Winner: ADMU)
UP VS UE
LIBRT: THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN SHOULD BE ABOLISHED (Winner UP)
ADMU VS UP
LIBRT: HUBERT WEBB SHOULD BE ACQUITTED (Winner: ADMU)