UP Mindanao Debate Society fielded four teams in the recent 35th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship held in Fr. Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City on 7-9 April 2017.
In the quarter-finals on international relations, the UPMin Team B composed of Karl Butalid (3rd year, BA Anthropology), Michael Saraña (3BS Biology), Wolfe Ote (3BA Communication Arts) debated to support independence movements within Chinese territories and for a military intervention in Syria.
In the Pre-quarter finals topics on the academe, the UPMin Team A of Bryle Bacatan (3BS Food Technology), Frederick Omalza (3BSB), Renzo Polinar (3BACA), supported websites that provide access to copyrighted scientific literature and of the use by the scientific community of results from unethical research, and contradicted the rise of militant anthropology 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 occupations. On media issues, the debates were on religious motivations behind crimes, a neutrality policy for media companies, and the use of social movements in corporate advertising. 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).