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In 2010, Filipinos elected a representative of a scientific party, Agham, into the Philippine Congress for the first time in the history of the country, and in that of any elected parliament in the Asia-Pacific region. How did Agham win a seat in 2010 and yet lose it in the next election in 2013? In this video, the elected representative himself, and the president of the Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology, both explain. The Philippine experience may offer lessons for scientists in the region.

This item has been produced by SciDev.Net's South-East Asia & Pacific desk.

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