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This is a very challenging time for Philippine Democracy, and the challenge extends to the Philippine Debate Community. My belief is that while the skill of speech is a gift, debating is our obligation to the greater society. The heart of a democracy is discourse, one that thrives from having different ideas engaging each other.
On a personal note, it’s my hope that education debates continue, as this an area I feel is often neglected in public discussions. It’s almost my hope that in getting discussed more often, that the subject of education and how it should be approached will result in it getting discussed with more rigorous analysis.
Each mission mandate is unique, and its complexities mean it will definitely have to deal with a lot of evolving challenges. […] The demand for peacekeeping across the world’s fragile states continues to rise. The bigger question is will this be met by an effective strategy which we have seen in some Peacekeeping missions?
Should debaters be more experimental and adventurous in their arguments, this can be made to happen, to explore and pay what is owed to the true spirit of each motion. (Now this is a principled stand on how debates ought to be played.) It will be hard, but definitely worth a try for a round or two.
Adjudication Core: Sheikh Faizal, Leomar Doctolero,Vihasini Gopakumar, Siron Pereira, and Nam Chul Kim
Adjudication Core: Carlos Hernandez (UPLB), Jayson Gaspar Maulit (SBC), Melchizedek Babilonia (UPLB) and Justin Gular (USC)
Adjudication Core: Rj Lim (UPM), Mike Agoncillo (ADMU), Clinton Ronquillo (UPLB), Dan Mejes (DLSU), Kat Chan (ADMU)
We call upon the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to recognize this and discontinue his plan to give the former dictator the honor of a hero’s burial. […] Ferdinand Marcos did not live the life of a hero, and he does not deserve to be buried as one.