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environmental exposure and human contamination. Payments may be made in cash or via cheque made out to the Diliman Science Research Foundation. Payments must be made in full prior to or at the time of sampling.

Is the consent of all persons to be tested required? Who gets the results of the analysis??

Yes, all parties involved in the testing should voluntarily submit to the collection of their respective samples, with or without a Court order. In the case of children (age<18 yrs), a relative/guardian must sign a form in behalf of the child authorizing the laboratory to collect his/her sample.

For private clients, results are released to the alleged father, mother, and the child or the child’s guardian, and to parties authorized by the client. The laboratory will also furnish the Court with the results of the tests, when applicable.

After analysis, what happens to the samples?

Unused biological samples will be stored in the laboratory for 5 years without additional charge. Arrangements for the release of unused samples immediately after DNA tests could be made.

Can the results of the analysis be used in court?

DNA testing has been ordered and results admitted as evidence up to the level of the Supreme Court. DNA testing was cited in the following decisions:

  • People of the Philippines vs. Vallejo. Promulgated by the Supreme Court en banc.May 2002
  • Tijing and Tijing vs. Court of Appeals. Promulgated by the Second Division of the Supreme Court.March 2001
  • People of the Philippines vs. Paras. Promulgated by the Regional Trial Court, Branch 163, Pasig City.May 1999.

The results of the laboratory are very reliable. In fact, the head of the laboratory has been requested to serve as an expert witness in a number of cases. Guidelines for court appearance, are available upon request.

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