Jinggoy hails 2 Ateneo students for winning world debate tilt

(POLITIKO) Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has filed a Senate resolution honoring two students of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) for securing the country’s first win in the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) in Madrid, Spain.

“This extraordinary accomplishment brings immense honor, joy, and pride to the country and deserves highest commendation from the Philippine Senate,” Estrada’s Senate Resolution No. 416 read in part.

He said the victory of ADMU students David Demitri Africa and Tobi Leung was “proof of the Filipino students’ capacity to stand alongside the world’s best young speakers and thinkers.”

“Their mastery of the art of persuasion, critical thinking, and creative formulation of ideas honed through years of dedication, study, and discipline, even at such a young age, are positive characteristics that are worthy of emulation, especially for our students,” he said.

He also praised Leung after he was adjudged as the WUDC’s second best speaker while Africa was named as the eighth overall best speaker.

“It is the first time that a team from the Philippines or Southeast Asia clinched the top prize of the competition, which is usually ruled by English-speaking countries,” Estrada noted.