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Breakfast Roundtable
The West Philippine Sea: Understanding Geopolitical Tensions
and Corporate Governance Solutions

Join us for an insightful Breakfast Roundtable event focused on one of the most pressing geopolitical issues of our time. Our event, entitled "The West Philippine Sea: Understanding Geopolitical Tensions and Corporate Governance Solutions," will be held on July 25, 2024, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Makati Sports Club, with an option to join via ZOOM Meetings.

We are honored to welcome two distinguished keynote speakers, Hon. Justice Antonio T. Carpio and Atty. Jay L. Batongbacal. Justice Antonio Carpio and Atty. Jay Batongbacal will share their expert insights on the Philippines' maritime domain, particularly the West Philippine Sea, its island territories, and the geopolitical tensions surrounding this crucial area. They will also discuss how we, as governance champions, can contribute positively in our roles as corporate directors and board leaders.

This event is a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of the complexities of the West Philippine Sea and explore actionable corporate governance solutions to navigate these challenges. Don’t miss this chance to engage with thought leaders and peers on a topic of national and global significance.


Date & Time: 25 July 2024, Thursday, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (GMT +8)

In-person Venue: Makati Sports Club

Online Platform: ZOOM Meetings

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  • Exclusive for ICD Members in Good Standing.

  • Limited seats available for in-person attendance (first come, first served).

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PHP 1,500.00

inclusive of VAT

Venue: Makati Sports Club



inclusive of VAT

Platform: Zoom

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Justice Antonio T. Carpio (Ret.)

Former Supreme Court Justice

Born in Davao City, Philippines, Justice Antonio T. Carpio was sworn in as member of the Supreme Court on October 26, 2001. Justice Carpio obtained his law degree from the College of Law of the University of the Philippines where he graduated valedictorian and cum laude in 1975. He placed sixth in the 1975 Bar Examinations. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Ateneo de Manila University in 1970.

In his student days, Justice Carpio was Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal of the U.P. College of Law. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Guidon, the school paper of Ateneo de Manila University. He also served as Managing Editor of the Philippine Collegian, the school paper of the University of the Philippines.

Fresh out of law school, Justice Carpio went into private practice and founded the Carpio Villaraza and Cruz Law firm. He was a Professorial Lecturer of the U.P. College of Law from 1983 until 1992 when he was appointed Chief Presidential Legal Counsel with cabinet rank, Office of the President of the Philippines.

Justice Carpio was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines from 1993 to 1998. He was a member of the Technology Transfer Board of the Department of Industry from 1978 to 1979. He served as Special Representative of the Department of Trade for textile negotiations from 1980 to 1981. He was elected President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Pasay-Makati Chapter (1985-1986).

For his "distinguished and exemplary service" to the Republic, Justice Carpio was awarded in 1998 the Presidential Medal of Merit by then President Fidel V. Ramos. In 1991, Justice Carpio received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Law from the Ateneo de Manila Alumni Association. In 2002, he was also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ateneo de Davao Alumni Association.  In 2009, he was conferred a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, by the Ateneo de Davao University. He was named an Outstanding Alumnus in Public International Law in 2015 and one of the Most Distinguished Alumni in 2017 by the UP Alumni Association.  In 2020, he was conferred a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, by the University of the Philippines.  Last August, 2021 in the Traditional University Awards of the Ateneo de Manila University Justice Carpio was conferred Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

In 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs sponsored Justice Carpio on a world lecture tour on the West Philippine Sea dispute. Justice Carpio presented the Philippines’ perspective on the dispute before think tanks and universities in 30 cities covering 17 countries.  

In May 2017, Justice Carpio published the book titled “The South China Sea Dispute: Philippine Sovereign Rights and Jurisdiction in the West Philippine Sea.” 

Justice Carpio was Chair of the Second Division of the Supreme Court and Chair of the Senate Electoral Tribunal until October 26, 2019 when he retired from government  service upon reaching compulsory retirement age.

At present, he is the Chairperson of Institute for Maritime and Ocean Affairs and Chairperson of 1Sambayan.

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