Shortly after 2 o’clock in the very early morning of Wednesday, 24 February 2016, fire broke out at the Haran Mission Center of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Davao City. Media footage of the incident shows that the fire started in the evacuation camp of the Lumads followed in a minute in the two dormitories of the Mission Center. After the fire was put out, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) investigators found two gallon-sized containers that smelled of gasoline and a 1.5-liter plastic bottle still filled with gasoline near the site of the fire. Five people were injured in the fire and two buildings were destroyed. The initial BFP investigation rules arson.
Rev. Narciso de la Cruz, now 75, is one of the many retired pastors of the UCCP. He is from the Northeast Leyte-Biliran Conference. Rev. De la Cruz survived typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Today, he is one of the beneficiaries of UCCP’s The 500 Club program. This is his story.
MANILA, Philippines — The Court of Appeals dismissed the petition of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to stop the Quezon City regional trial court from proceeding with the P5.4-million civil suit filed against her by a Protestant over the extrajudicial killings of clergymen and church workers and the disappearance of a pastor during her term as President.