Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban Professorial Chair on Liberty and Prosperity: A Series Of Public Lectures
On April 18, 2013, PHILJA conducted the first in a series of public lectures as part of the Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban Professorial Chair on Liberty and Prosperity. PHILJA Chancellor Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna delivered the lecture entitled Supreme Court Decisions on the Economic Provisions of the Constitution before an audience comprising 157 incumbent and retired justices of the SC and CA; officials and staff of the SC and PHILJA; judges; and other guests.
The Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban Professorial Chair on Liberty and Prosperity is sponsored by the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP), with retired Chief Justice Panganiban as its Chair. The FLP, co-sponsored by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and supported by the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, aims to aid in the passing of more laws that will enable the less fortunate to benefit more from the country’s economic gains. Ten professorial chairholders—nine from leading law schools in the country and one from PHILJA—are tasked to deliver their lectures on Chief Justice Panganiban’s core judicial philosophy that jurists and lawyers should not only safeguard the liberty of our people, but must also nurture their prosperity under the rule of law. Chancellor Azcuna is the first of the seven named recipients of the professorial chairs: Justice Azcuna, Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria (Ateneo de Manila School of Law), Dean Danilo Concepcion (UP College of Law); Dean Andres Bautista (FEU Institute of Law); Dean Jose Manuel Diokno (De La Salle University College of Law), Dean Nilo Divina (UST Faculty of Civil Law); retired Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura (Chairperson of Arellano Law School Foundation). Three other law school deans from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will be conferred said professorial chairs later.
Chancellor Azcuna gave an extensive discussion of celebrated Philippine economic cases and of relevant economic provisions of the Constitution such as the Manila Hotel case (Manila Prince Hotel v. GSIS) and Art. XII, Sec. 10; La Bugal-B’laan case (La Bugal-B’laan Tribal Association v. Ramos) and Art. XII, Sec. 2 of the Constitution; the PLDT case (Gamboa v. Teves) and Art. XII, Sec. 11; and the Angat Dam case (IDEALS, Inc. v. PSALM) and Art. XII, Sec. 2. Other speakers were Justice Bernardo P. Pardo (ret.), Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Chair; Mr. Aniceto M. Sobrepeña, Metrobank Foundation, Inc. President; Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria, Ateneo Law School Dean; and Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban (ret.).
Conferment of the Rule of Law Award
Also forming part of the programme were the conferment of the Rule of Law Award to Chief Justice Panganiban and PHILJA Chancellor Emeritus Ameurfina A. Melencio Herrera by the Claudio Teehankee Foundation and the blessing of the new Advanced Legal Studies Research Offices at the Ateneo Center for the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law Award recognizes those who symbolize the very concept of the Rule of Law based on the late Chief Justice Teehankee’s deeds and actions during the Martial Law period. The latter part of the programme was requested by the Claudio Teehankee Foundation, also a partner in the activity, to commemorate the 95th birth anniversary of Chief Justice Teehankee.