Sunday, January 10, 2010
On 31st December 2009, a grenade also exploded in front of the Cathedral, wounding one government soldier guarding it. On October 27, a grenade was lobbed by an unidentified man at the back of the cathedral and the explosion damaged several windows and a homemade bomb was detonated in front of the cathedral in June 2009, killing six people.
For years, soldiers and policemen have been guarding the cathedral because of threats of attacks against priests and nuns. In 1997, Abu Sayyaf militants shot dead Sulu Bishop Benjamin de Jesus as he was walking in front of the cathedral.