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Leonard Co, Episode 2: Bury Me Where The Trees Are

Linmae Co used to go to UP Diliman with her father, Leonard, who taught biology there. He would tour her around and show her the wildlife that grew on campus. Once, he pointed to a native dita tree and said it was where he wanted to be buried. She fulfilled that wish sooner than anyone would have imagined.

What was the impact of Co's research? How has the pursuit of justice for his murder gone? And in the decade since, how are the people like Leonard who have made it their mission to take care of Philippine biodiversity faring?

This is the second episode in a three-part series that looks at Leonard Co's legacy.

Banner image: Panorama of Lake Taal & Volcano, Philippines / Credit: Ray in Manila via Flickr