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SC reverses ruling on Bt ‘talong’ tests

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed its decision rendered in December last year that stopped the field testing of the controversial genetically modified eggplants and issuance of new permits on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The high court, in an en banc ruling, granted the petitions for nine motions for reconsideration filed by Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) “talong” (eggplant) proponents that earlier asked the high court to set aside its ruling on the ground of mootness [situation in which there is no longer any actual controversy.]

The petitions were filed by International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications Inc., Environmental Management Bureau, Crop Life Philippines, University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation and University of the Philippines.

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