Monday, August 27, 2007

Asian Parliamentary Debate


There two opposing teams in an Asians format of debate:

1. Government side- proposes and defends the motion;
2. Opposition side- refute and negates the motion.

Each each side is composed of three members.

The Members of the government side are the following:

1. Prime minister (PM)- opens the debate, defines the motion and advances arguments;
2. Deputy prime Minister(DPM)- refute at first instance the case of the opposition, re-establish the government's claim, and advances arguments;
3. Government whip(GW)- makes an issue-based rebuttal of the opposition's case and summarizes the case of the government.

The Members of the Opposition side are the following:

1. Leader of the Opposition(LO)- responds directly to the case of the government by giving a direct clash, and advances arguments. May challenge the motion if the definition is challengeable;
2. Deputy Leader of the Opposition(DPL)- refutes the case of the DPM, reestablishes the case of the opposition, and advances an argument;
3. Opposition Whip (OW)- makes an issues-based rebuttal of the government's and summarizes the case of the opposition.

Time of Speeches:

Each speaker is allocated seven minutes to deliver their constructive speeches. One speaker from each side (For the Government:PM/DPM, for Opposition:LO/DLO) is given four minutes to deliver a reply speech. The speakers will be speaking in the following order:

1. Prime Minister
2. Leader of the opposition
3. Deputy Prime Minister
4. Deputy Leader of the Opposition
5. Government Whip
6. Opposition whip
7. Opposition Reply
8. Government Reply

During the constructive speeches, Point of Information (POI) may be raised by the opposing side after the first minute up to the sixth minute. POI may be refused or accepted by the speaker. During reply speeches, no POI may be raised.

Reply Speech:

Reply speech is a comparative analysis of the strength and weaknesses of the case of both sides. The aim of the speech is to give a bias judgment as to why should the people support the team's claim. The speech is first delivered by the opposition side and followed by the government side who will close the debate.

Matter, Manner, Method:

Asian Parliamentary Debate is assessed by an Adjudicator Panel composed of an odd number according to the following criteria:

1. Matter (40)- substance of the debate, the arguments and evidence presented, and the logical reasoning and presentation of said arguments.
2. Manner (40)- the style of delivery, the persuasion skills, and the conduct of the debaters.
3. Method (20)- the response to the dynamics of the debate, and the observance of the rules of debate.


Ronald said...

Thanks for the info... (^^,)

As artists think alike...

Arnel D. Mateo said...

You're welcome!

terraces said...

What teams from the Philippines are making great waves in Parli?
What happened to the UST, ATENEO, DLSU and UP teams?

Arslan said...

If the judging pannel consits of 3 people- 1 chair and the 2 side judges. Than is the chair allowed to over rule the decision???

Arnel D. Mateo said...

No, the judge is not allowed to overrule the decision. The decision of each judge must be respected and each vote cannot be changed. If the chair is in the minority, oral adjudication shall be delivered by one of the judges who is part of the majority.

LAW said...

Mr. Mateo,

Arellano Law is hosting the Conflict of Laws 09. We are supposed to provide a set of rules for the participants. I would like to seek your permission to use your summarized rules as a template. It is well organized and as concise as can be. I am hoping for your most favorable response and hoping to see you there as well.

Mr. Warren

Arnel D. Mateo said...

Hi Warren!

How are you?

Yes, you may use the summarized rules for Asians but please with proper reference to this site. (

Good luck! Unfortunately I cant be there. Regards to Kucil.

thewavemaker said...

thanx for the information..

Rowan said...

Thank you! Very useful! :)

steph said...

Hi! Can I use your debate thoughts in my teaching online class with Koreans. I believe that debate will teach them to reason out.

Arnel D. Mateo said...

Hi steph! that's fine with me. Cheers!

Kim Claudette said...

thanks for the info..........thought i could use it.....

carl said...

okay this totally helped me

DPS INSOD said...

Can anyone please suggest an ebook available for free download to learn the art of argumentation and mastery parliamentary debating...

Anonymous said...

Hi Arnel... I'm Jake..I'd like to know how you coach secondary students in a parliamentary debate format... I'd like to read the details ... if possible send me the information at

nash said...

hi Sir!thnx much for the info!...very useful.

rax said...

hi warren,

mmm. im "Rax", debate is my life, but i dont now how to get in to it.. im always insisting my self whenever there is a debate something in our our school..
how will i be a good debater.. or the basic steps in debates?

thank you..

Anonymous said...

Wow !! thx alot it really helped!

lavanya said...

i need 2 know what kinds of debates will be conducted.......... i mean wat issues??

Anonymous said...

wow~ thanks for posting this! because of this I pretty much have an idea what aspar really is in summary..

Anonymous said...

Hello there..i need some advice on university will held a debate competition soon, and we have confusion,how do we deal teams with the same score?

joe carlo said...

wow this is great!!! thanks for the info! it would really help me for my debate tommorow... God speed :}

Anonymous said...

i am a student, actually im just in high- school and our school participated in debate.... and basically i have no idea what's asian parliamentary debate. so thnk you very much this is such a great help for me and my school and now we've got a head start!!!!!

Roma said...

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John said...

Thanks! It helps me on how to act my part.