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.
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."
Drawing from her own battle with major depressive disorder, Cenacle Sr. Maria Cecilia "Cecille" Tuble now advocates for greater mental health awareness and help for people who are depressed and suicidal.
After close to 50 low-profile years working among rural people who live in poverty, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines now faces the Duterte government's accusations that the organization aids communist rebels and engages in trafficking tribal children.