Ma. Ceres P. Doyo has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She writes features, special reports and a regular column, "Human Face," for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She covers a variety of subjects, church matters among them.
Give what you can, take what you need: Catholic sisters join community food pantry effort in the Philippines
When Ana Patricia Non's put up a "community pantry" for the needy, the effort caught immediate attention and inspired others to do the same, including congregations of women religious.
Armed with brooms, brushes and buckets, the Daughters of St. Anne sisters roughed it in flood-stricken places in the Philippines, and helped people shovel away the thick mud in their homes.
In the weeks leading up to the Philippines president's July 27 address, church groups sent out protest statements on government handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new Anti-Terrorism Law, censoring freedom of expression related to the closure of the Philippines' biggest broadcast network, and other issues like the four-year drug war that has claimed thousands of lives.
Benedictine Sr. Mary John Mananzan criticism of a judge's verdict drew the ire of a member of President Rodrigo Duterte's communications staff who called her a member of a "communist terrorist organization."