[ISAAA ET AL. VS. GREENPEACE SOUTHEAST ASIA (PHILS) ET AL. (G. R. NOS. 209271, 209276, 209301, AND 209430)]
The Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PSBMB) expresses its disagreement on the decision of the venerable Supreme Court of the Philippines related to Bt talong, to wit: 1) banning of Bt talong field testing; 2) asserting that the Department of Agriculture Order No. 08, series of 2002 also known as the “Rules and Regulations for the Importation and Release into the Environment of Plants and Plant Products Derived from the Use of Modern Biotechnology” is now otherwise NULL AND VOID; and 3) any application for contained use, field testing, propagation and commercialization and importation of genetically modified organisms is temporarily halted until a new administrative order is promulgated with accordance to preexisting laws. Due to the various issues related to the potential effects of the Supreme Court’s decision not only to the agricultural industry but also to other fields and industries such as medicine and pharmaceutical industry, the import-export sectors, food and feed industry etc, which can impact the greater Filipino population in general, the PSBMB along with the rest of the Philippine scientific community appeals to the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision on the banning of importation as well as field testing not only of the Bt talong but of other genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in general.