UP Mindanao Debate Society fielded four teams in the recent 35th Minda-nao Parliamentary Debate Championship held in Fr. Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City on April 7-9, 2017.
In the quarter-finals on international relations, the UPMin Team B composed of Karl Butalid (third year, BA Anthropology), Michael Saraña (3BS Biology), Wolfe Ote (3BA Communication Arts) debated to support inde-pendence movements within Chinese territories and for a military inter-vention in Syria.
In the Pre-quarter finals topics on the aca-deme, the UPMin Team A of Bryle Bacatan (3BS Food Technology), Frede-rick Omalza (3BSB), Renzo Polinar (3BACA), supported websites that provide access to copy-righted scientific literature and of the use by the scientific community of results from unethical research, and contradicted the rise of militant an-thropology in the academe.
In earlier rounds, the Teams debated on gender issues such as bisexuality, women in mandatory military service, and men in traditionally female occu-pations. On media issues, the debates were on rel-igious motivations behind crimes, a neutrality policy for media companies, and the use of social move-ments in corporate adver-tising. Propositions on law and order and money and the economy were likewise subjected to debate.
Completing the UP Mindanao delegation were Kimberly Cabantug (3BACA), Isabel Abonal (3BAA), Justin Villanueva (3BACA), Andres Segovia (3BACA), Tiffany Jungco (3BACA), Yrneh Ladera (3BSB), and adjudicators Sarika Rey (3BA English), Gaily Labasano (3BSB), and Nissa Caderao (2BS Agribusiness Economics).