SC asked to stop
Silliman University president Dr. Ben Malayang III has joined the clamor, urging the Supreme Court to stop the field testing of genetically-modified organisms in the Philippines, a press release from the school said.
Malayang joined environmentalists in filing a petition with the SC recently to issue a “Writ of Kalikasan”, to immediately stop GMO field testing. Reported to be under field trial is the Bacillus thuringiensis talong, a GMO variety, that is pest-resistant and reportedly harmful to humans, the press release also said.
A “Writ of Kalikasan” is based on per Article II, Section 16 on the Declaration of Principles and State Policies of the 1987 Constitution, which stresses that “The State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature”.
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