After the five-day event of the 2019 National Moot Court Competition on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), PNPA Moot Court team headed by Atty. Juvi Gayatao (coach), PMAJ Joven Bahil (Officer-in-charge), and Cdt 1C Lei Anne Palermo (Cadet-in-charge), has once again proved that the Philippine National Police Academy is more than just the snappy parades, public safety trainings, and physical prowess.
For the second straight year, the PNPA Moot Court team has successfully reached the quarterfinal rounds or the top 8 out of 16 competing law schools in the Philippines. Respected law colleges and universities have joined the event to include University of the Philippines – Law School, Ateneo De Manila – Law School, San Beda College Law School, Siliman State University – Law School, and many more. Though they have fell short from last year’s achievement which was reaching the semi-final rounds of the tournament, the team however had claimed the Justice Leonor Ines Luciano Award as Best Mooter for Elimination Rounds in the person of Cdt 2C Kenneth Van Encabo, the first in 14 years of the competition that such award was brought home by a non-law school.
Together with the team was Cdt 2C Tadeo (co-speaker for the oral rounds), Cdt 2C Coton (in-charge of the Memorials competition), Cdt 3C Barcarse, and Cdt 3C Caguioa. The team was also co-supervised by Cdt 1C Sheena Marie Bautista but due to her responsibilities as the regimental academic chancellor, she was not able to join them in the duration of the tournament.
The matches were held at the Manila Adventist College and the final rounds together with the awarding ceremony were hosted by the Supreme Court of the Philippines in Ermita, Manila.
The team’s efforts will be futile without the support of the Philippine National Police Academy and the Lakans of Manila Police District.