GeneSoc, 16 other student orgs support UP LABS' dissent on SC BtTalong ruling

Photo: UP LABS Facebook Page

LOS BANOS, LAGUNA - On December 30. 2015, the University of the Philippines League of Agricultural Biotechnology Students (UP LABS) released its dissent on the recent Supreme Court Ruling on BtTalong and the nullification of the Department of Agriculture Administrative Order 08-2002 (Read more on Rappler). The statement gained the support of 17 student organizations and student councils, including The UPLB Genetics Society.

UP LABS' statement was also featured online by GMA News, Interaksyon and Rappler.

Related: Biotech Students protest SC ruling on GMOs

The following are the student organizations that have indicated concurrence to the UP LABS' SC ruling dissent:

  • Biology Majors Alliance of the Philippines (BMAP)
UP Los Baños
  • UP College of Agriculture Student Council (UP CASC)
  • UP Agricultural Society (UP AgriSoc)
  • UP Pabvlvm Scientia Sodalitas (UP PSS) 
  • UP Beta Kappa Fraternity (UP BK) 
  • UPLB Chemical Society (UPLB ChemSoc)
  • UPLB Genetics Society (UPLB GeneSoc)
  • UPLB DOST Scholars’ Society (UPLB DOSTSS)
UP Diliman
  • UP College of Science Student Council (UP CSSC)
  • UP School of Statistics Student Council, (UP Stat SC)
  • UP Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Society (UP MBBS)
UP Manila
  • UP Physician-Scientists Association (UP PSA)
Rizal Technological University
  • RTU College of Arts and Sciences Student Council (RTU CASSC)
  • RTU Organization of Biotechnology Students (RTU ORBITS)
  • RTU Interactive Psychology Students Association (RTU IPSA)
Our Lady of Fatima University - Quezon City
  • OLFU-QC League of Biology Enthusiasts (OLFU-QC LOBE)
Emilio Aguinaldo College - Manila
  • EAC Aguinaldian Biological Society (EAC ABIOSOC)

Filipino Scientists and the SC Bt Talong ruling

Dr.Purugganan  (L) and Dr. Javier (R)

The collective statement of student organizations from UP and other allied universities also reflects the sentiments of Filipino scientists including genomics expert and New York University Dean of Science Dr. Michael Purugganan; and Former UP President and NAST Academician Dr. Emil Javier. Dr. Javier is also Chair of the Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines (CAMP).

Here are the links for Dr. Purugganan's and Javier's comment on the SC Bt Talong ruling:

The SC kills Bt talong, and takes down Philippine science as well (Purugganan, Rappler)
A misapplication of the Writ of Kalikasan, part 1 (Javier, Manila Bulletin)
A misapplication of the Writ of Kalikasan, part 2 (Javier, Manila Bulletin)
A misapplication of the Writ of Kalikasan, part 3 (Javier, Manila Bulletin)

Read the September 2013 UP LABS statement and briefer on the BT Talong Project Case uploaded on their Official Facebook Page:

Official Statement of the University of the Philippines League of Agricultural Biotechnology Students (UP LABS) against the issuance of a Permanent Writ of Kalikasan against Bt Talong multi-location Field Trials - September 2013 (

For updates, visit the UP LABS Official Facebook Page.

UP LABS Expression of Dissent over the Supreme Court Ruling on Bt Talong and Nullification of DA AO 08-2002.
Posted by UP League of Agricultural Biotechnology Students on Wednesday, December 30, 2015