By: Lancer M. Asino, BAC-3
The College of Arts and Sciences won the 11th Annual Attorney RodulfoNeriPelaez Debate Championship last February 26, 2016 during the 61st Founding Anniversary week of Liceo de Cagayan University.
A timely proposition on banning the poll surveys in the Philippines impeded the camps ofCollege of Education in the affirmative house versus College of Arts and Sciences in the negative house in an Oxford Oregon debate.
In an interview, Mr. Charles Fajardo, the rebuttal speaker of the affirmative branch, said it is difficult for them to win the debate since the negative branch cited Supreme Court rulings (COMELEC vs. SWS and ABS-CBN – 2000 and SC vs. Sen. Francisco Tatad – 2001) that banning of poll survey is unconstitutional.
Fajardo defended also their arguments that all pointed to the poll survey as a basis of slander and a tool for unfair and imbalance election.
Ms. Bianca Cuerquis, first speaker and the rebuttal of the negative branch, explained that poll survey is a form of free speech and expression (Article 3, Section 4 Bill of Rights) therefore only constitutional amendment will override the SC rulings.
The debate was adjudicated by Atty. Ella de Villa Angeles-Lim, Atty. Angel Arizo Lim and Judge Jerlie P. Luis-Requerme who manifested their commendation to the improving debaters of the university, and also suggested the institutionalization of Liceo debating team.
Special awards were also given to Rochelle Sanagaas best speaker and Bianca Cuerquisas best debater both from the negative camp, the CAS team.
The College of Education ranked the 1st Runner up while the College of Business and Accountancy ranked second runner-up during the semi-final round.