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Dr. Santiago working in a laboratory in UP Diliman. Photo by UP Diliman Information Office.
“The air in Metro Manila could be cancerous.”
Earlier this year, one of UP’s most prolific scientists issued this warning in an article for a popular daily showing the results of a research study linking air pollution and breast cancer. Although many have remarked about the dangers posed by Metro Manila’s polluted air, this warning was different from most.
Clearly this was someone with a very clear grasp of the subject. But this in itself was not the most important thing revealed by the writing – after all …
Q:How do we resolve the Sabah issue? What concrete measures are necessary to achieve a lasting solution to this problem?
Miriam Defensor Santiago, LLM, JSD
Republic of the Philippines
In 1878, the sultan of Sulu entered into a deed of pajak over Sabah, with Austrian Gustavus Baron de Overbeck and Englishman Alfred Dent, who were representing a British company. The deed was written in Arabic. In 1946, Professor Harold Conklin translated the term pajak as “lease.” The 1878 Deed provided for an annual rental.
This treaty constitutes the main basis of the territorial dispute between the Philippines and Malaysia over Sabah. The Philippine claim …