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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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USLS denies placing advertisement,
 says three persons not its students

The University of St. La Salle College of Law in Bacolod City yesterday denied that an advertisement that appeared on page 6 of the February 18 issue of the Visayan DAILY STAR came from the USLS, and said the three persons being congratulated in it are not its students.

The advertisement that bares the logo of the university shows photographs of three alleged USLS national inter-law debate participants being congratulated by the USLS faculty and staff and the College of Law for being fourth placers.

The names of the three in the advertisement are Ma. Florida S. Tamayo, Roel S. Gallego and Martin N. Villanueva.

“The three individuals being congratulated on what appears to be a fictitious debate event are neither students nor are they in any way connected with the USLS College of Law,” its dean, Ralph Sarmiento, said.

The last major competition participated in by the USLS College of Law was the National Moot Court Competition on International Humanitarian Law sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Supreme Court of the Philippines on Sept. 4 to 7, 2012, he said.

The USLS team won as the national champion with the right to represent the country in the Asia-Pacific Rounds in Hong Kong on March 14 to 18, 2013, Sarmiento added.

Sarmiento said based on the information given by DAILY STAR advertising coordinator Maja Dely, they have traced the source of the advertisement.

“I am currently coordinating with the university for the legal actions to be taken against them so this won't be repeated again,” he said.*

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