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UP Welcomes Evidence-Based Approach (EBA) Fieldwork Participants to the Philippines

From left: Dean Caragay from CSWCD, Dean Aguiling-Dalisay from CSSP, and Dean Matias of the College of Engineering pose while emcee, Mr. Pepito Dizon looks on. Photo by Andre Encarnacion.
The University of the Philippines (UP), led by the Office of the President, hosted a dinner to welcome participants of the Evidence-Based Approach (EBA) Fieldwork in the Philippines at UP Diliman’s Executive House on June 13, 2016.
The EBA Consortium is a collaboration of the top universities in the ASEAN region led by Keio University in Japan. It aims to develop human resources able to identify and solve issues based on evidence …

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Blood Match: Elections and Identity in the DNA Age

Left on the doorstep of the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo as a baby, she was eventually adopted by the King and Queen of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces. Photo from http://gracepoe.ph/meet-grace/
The case that thrust the saga of blood and identity currently playing out in the country’s presidential race into the public eye began almost 48 years in a church in Jaro, Iloilo.
According to facts from both the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Supreme Court (SC), the foundling now named Mary Grace Natividad S. Poe-Llamanzares or Grace Poe was abandoned as an infant in the parish church …

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UP to host Forensic Science Symposium 2016

The UP Diliman Institute of Biology (UPD-IB) first offered Biology 397 Forensic Biology Seminar Series as a graduate course in November 2012. The course covered fundamental topics in forensic sciences which included DNA analysis, botany, microbiology, crime scene investigation and legal/ethical issues in forensics.
Bio397 also provided opportunities for students to work with the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute (UPD-NSRI-DAL) and the Program on Forensics and Ethnicity of the Philippine Genome Center (PGC-PFnE) to co-organize a forensic symposium that was open to the public.
The 1st Forensic Science Symposium (FSS2014) was held at the NSRI Conference Room on …

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UPD Institute of Biology to hold Forensic Science Symposium on April 7

The Biology 397 class of the Institute of Biology, UP Diliman, in collaboration with the Philippine Genome Center Program on Forensics and Ethnicity, DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute, and the Philippine-American Educational Foundation Fulbright Commission, is hosting the 2nd Annual Forensic Science Symposium entitled “The Next Generation/The Now Generation Forensic Science Symposium”.
The symposium will be held on April 7, 2015 (8am-5pm) at the auditorium of the new Institute of Biology building, inside the UP Diliman National Science Complex, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
In a country where over 90% of convictions are based on testimonial evidence, there is …

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Fortun, Forensics and the Yolanda Aftermath: Recovery, Storage, System Restore, Repeat

A line of casualties drawn along Basper cemetery. Photo courtesy of Dr. Raquel Fortun.
The absence of a system—responsible for elaborately defining deaths to be investigated, identifying who will examine them and determining how the examiners conduct the investigation—results in misidentification and loss of bodies, stolen property, extortion by funeral parlor personnel, fake death claims and claimants, among numerous problems. This observation was discussed in “Managing the Dead in a Mass Casualty Incident,” excerpted by UP Padayon Reports (2011) from Dr. Raquel del Rosario-Fortun’s book Management of the Dead During Disasters: A Manual for the Philippines (2007),”
The absence of such a …

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Dr. Maria Corazon A. De Ungria: A Scientist’s Quest to Use DNA to Find Justice for All

Dr. De Ungria working in a laboratory in UP Diliman. (Photo from UP Diliman Information Office)
“She was stabbed on the left side of her body with blood on her abdomen spilling out on the floor.”[i]
This grisly observation may sound like it came from a popular crime drama series, like CSI. The source, however, is someone much closer to home. And behind the criminal cases and powers of deduction that many have associated with this source is a vision for the field of DNA analysis that is changing how justice is delivered in the country.
Since 1999, Dr. Maria Corazon A. De …

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