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The 1st Mindanao State University Legal Aid Clinic Lanao Debate Open (1 st MLDO)

will be in Asian Parliamentary Format. This system of debating is formally structured in


rules and dynamics and has been gaining a steady rise in popularity across the debate
community among secondary and tertiary students within Lanao del Sur and elsewhere.
As a format, it has incorporated rules of debate and adjudication which are reminiscent of
the British Parliamentary Format.
Under the Asian setup, the Debate Teams will be pitted against each other as a bout
between the Government House (Affirmative Side) and the Opposition House (Negative
Side). Each House will compose three speakers who are designated as thus:
Government House:
1. Prime Minister (PM)
2. Deputy Prime Minister (DPM)
Opposition (DLO)
3. Government Whip (GW)

Opposition House
1. Leader of the Opposition (LO)
2. Deputy Leader of the
3. Opposition Whip (OW)

The speakers will speak in alternate with the Prime Minister opening the debate,
followed by the LO to present the clash of their House, then by the DPM, and so on. Each
speaker will speak for about seven minutes and each House will be given five minutes in
Reply Speech delivered after the OWs. An Adjudication Seminar of the rules and
mechanics of the debate will be given on the first day of the tournament with a debate
exhibition.
The topics to be debate upon are referred to as Motions which are then defended by
the Government House (ex: This House Believes That in Armageddon, we would fill the last
boat with technology and not lives.) Debaters are expected to keep abreast with prevalent
societal issues and novel ideas or, at least, well-armed with general information to support
their basis when building their arguments. For the 1 st MLDO, the Motions will revolve
around current events upon which the rule of law is brought to bear (ex: This House Would
adopt a federal system of government in the Philippines.) Motions will be released 30
minutes before the debate round starts.
There will be 4 elimination rounds which will determine the top 16 Debate teams
who will break for the Octo-Final Round. Match-ups among Debate Teams will be generated
randomly for Round 1, the result of which will provide for the basis for their ranking in
Round 2 where match-ups will be generated according to their scores. The same rule will
apply for Rounds 3 and 4.
The match-up in the final series will involve a method referred to as the Swiss
Knife where the first breaking team (top 1) will be pitted against the last breaking team
(top 16). The 8 winning teams in the Octo-final round shall proceed to the quarter finals.
The four winning teams shall be competing in the semi-final round and the final two teams
shall be the grand finalists. It is also possible for the affirmative side and the negative side
to come from the same school all throughout the tournament.
A Championship Trophy will be given to the winners of the Grand Final Round and a
Roving Trophy will be given to their school for them to defend for four consecutive times
to allow them to keep the Roving Trophy. Awards will also be given to the Top 10 Debaters
and Top 10 Adjudicators of the tournament.
Each participating school is expected to adhere to the N Rule in sending their
representatives. The N Rule requires that the number of Debate Teams is equal to the
number of adjudicators for the school. The tournament is open to all secondary and
tertiary levels and the debate rounds are expected to be a mix of HS-College bouts.