The debaters from the University of the Philippines won a judges' decision of 2 to 1 over the Harvard forensic team at Paine Hall, Saturday night. The question argued was: "Resolved, That the Philippines should be given complete and immediate independence." This victory is the thirteenth straight that the Filipinos have won during their United States tour.
During the course of the debate, both sides agreed that the Pacific islands should be given ultimate independence. The Filipino Orators, arguing on the affirmative side of the issue at hand, showed the Philippines' urgent desire for independence. They went on to point out that the colony has the capacity to meet the responsibilities involved in their release from United States control. The visitors deplored the growing American imperialistic tendency. They believe that the time has now come for complete independence. The Philippines have reached a point where they can govern themselves: besides, the strong-armed protection by the United States has a weakening effect upon the islanders.
The negative based its case upon economic problems.
Next Wednesday the Filipinos will complete their American trip when they debate against Bates College. Then they journey to England where they will debate with the foremost, colleges of Great Britain. E. C. Berkeley '30, U. G. Warren '31 and J. K. Fairbank '29 spoke for the University, while the winning team was composed of Teodoro Evangelista, Pedro Camus, J. C. Borja. E. S. Merritt, sL. presided as chairman.