The Deed of Sabah Lease, 1878
[the gist of this is that Sabah (currently part of Malaysia) in the 19th century was ruled over by the Sulu Sultanate (which, you know, is based on Mindanao in the Philippines), and they rented it out to the British East India Company.
When Malaysia gained independence, it took Sabah with it (which is against that bolded part in the english version of the agreement). This is why the Philippines has a dormant claim on Sabah, although no one is really following through with it since the 1950s since the people of Sabah have no real inclination to join the Philippines.]
Now, this is timely because a few weeks ago in February 9, a group of Filipinos calling themselves part of the Royal Army of the Sulu Sultanate landed on Sabah and tried to reclaim it. Here’s a timeline.
Despite negotiations and attempts at peaceful resolution, yesterday a firefight broke out, killing 14 people (12 Filipinos and 2 Malaysian policemen).
The Philippine DepEd Scraps Science Subject From Grade 1, 2 Classes
February 13, 2012
The Philippine Department of Education has decided to drop the “Science and Health” subject from Grade 1 and 2 classes to make learning “more enjoyable” and “child-friendly.”
holy fucking shit you have got to be fucking kidding me.
you have got to be fucking kidding me.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that the move to exclude Science at these grade levels does not mean that Science concepts will not be introduced to Grade 1 students at all.
“We will be integrating topics in other subjects to make the new curriculum more child-friendly,” he explained.
where would you even fucking plan to put science topics in? ENGLISH? MOTHERFUCKING CIVICS AND CULTURE?
HOW DO YOU EVEN EXPECT TO CULTIVATE A LOVE OF SCIENCE AND CURIOSITY IF YOU EXTINGUISH THE FLAME AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. THE TOPICS ARE NOT THE POINT IT’S THE ETHIC THAT DEVELOPS WHEN YOU TEACH A CHILD TO ASK QUESTIONS AND EXPECT TO FIND ANSWERS.
THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS COUNTRY. GOD FUCKING DAMMIT REALLY COUNTRY I FUCKING APPLAUD YOU i am just so incredibly in a bad mood right now my country is not making it better.
can we just use the word “sotto” to mean, “an incredibly incompetent elected official who fails in so many levels it’s not even funny any more,” because he’s done so many stupider things than plagiarize JFK and deny it.
This morning, President Benigno S. Aquino III conferred the Quezon Service Cross on Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Jesse M. Robredo (posthumous) at Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacañan Palace.
The late Secretary’s wife, Leni, received the award. She was accompanied by daughters Aika, Tricia, and Jill.
The Quezon Service Cross was proposed by President Manuel Roxas in honor of President Manuel L. Quezon to serve as the highest honor of the Republic. It was created by virtue of Joint Resolution No. 4 s. 1946 enacted by both houses of Congress.
Read more about the Quezon Service Cross by clicking on the image.