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| PHILIPPINES

The raid took place on 19 May, Pentecost Sunday. Two men on a motorbike threw a grenade during the service. Marybel Atis, 40, and Rosita Tubilo, 65, were hit by the shrapnel, sustaining several injuries. Card. Quevedo: 'dastardly' attack and 'sacrilegious act'. Appeal to the authorities for justice to be done.


The Philippine central bank has approved the PHPC, a stablecoin pegged to the Philippine peso to reduce its volatility. The coins.ph platform aims to reach 20,000 to 30,000 users within a month. About 10 million Filipinos live abroad, eager to cut transaction costs with the new digital currency.

| 08/05/2024
| PHILIPPINES
by Santosh Digal

The organisation founded by Fr Sebastiano D'Ambra, a PIME missionary, celebrates its foundation in May 1984 in Zamboanga, a province where Christians are a minority. Its focus is young people, trained to become worthy leaders, dedicated to building peace. “We are gathering stories of individuals who have experienced the spirituality of life,” said Fr D’Ambra.

| 06/05/2024
| PHILIPPINES

The "Dambana ng Paghilom" is in the Laloma Cemetery in Caloocan City. Diplomats, men and women religious, as well as victims’ families attended the site’s ceremonial blessing. A woman says she was forced to sign a waiver, saying that her bullet-ridden husband had died of "pneumonia”.

| 03/05/2024
| PHILIPPINES

The deputy governor of Lanao del Sur, who chairs the SIAP, is behind the new alliance, whose aim is to represent and meet voters’ demands. President Marcos warns that he will not tolerate any attempt to obstruct or stop the upcoming election after officials with the Transition Authority linked to the MILF had asked for another postponement of three years.

| 30/04/2024
| PHILIPPINES
by Santosh Digal

The Botika sa Kapilya (Chapel Pharmacy) programme provides drugs and medical consultations to poor people in the region, thanks to the Jesuit missionary, with the help of Catholic health workers, who are also catechists. About 102 people have benefitted from the initiative that reaches out to people struggling with hunger and the effects of El Niño.

 

| 23/04/2024
| PHILIPPINES
by Stefano Vecchia

An exceptional heat wave linked to El Niño is negatively impacting the cost of food staples. Rice now costs 52 pesos per kilo, an anomaly at this time of the year, harvest season. By presidential order, the head of state gives the green light to streamline sanitary procedures for other agricultural products as well.

| 22/04/2024
| PHILIPPINES
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