SPOTLIGHT: Philippines’ Church under attack

Jenny Beth Mariano thought of installing additional bolt locks to strengthen the back door of the office where she was staying but the door jam was already old and flimsy.

The back door, which leads to the grassy backyard, made Jenny anxious especially after she was told to tighten security inside and outside the premises.

It has been weeks since the killing of seven activists, including a church worker, in the outskirts of the Philippine capital on March 7.

“We could be the next target,” said Jenny, adding that if intruders would force themselves into the house “at least I want to give them a hard time opening the door.”

“It would buy me time to put on some clothes,” said Jenny.

“We know how the police and the army work,” she said.

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