Catholic priest, teacher recovered from IS militants in Marawi City


Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said on Sunday that lawyer Franklin Quijano, a newly appointed staff of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, relayed to him via text message that soldiers immediately took Suganob to a safe area far from the worship site.

Two hostages have been rescued in war-torn Marawi City on Saturday night, according to Rear Admiral Rene Medina, commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem).

In a statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines-Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) chief Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo, said they can not still provide any details in order not to jeopardize the lives of the soldiers and other hostages there.

The military on Sunday said it is still verifying reports that Catholic priest Father Teresito "Chito" Suganob, the vicar general of Marawi and another have been successfully rescued by government troops in the main battle area (MBA) inside Marawi City.

"We are still validating that information".

"But we don't have official confirmation yet from the Task Force Marawi and the Wesmincom", said Adiong, spokesman of the Lanao del Sur provincial crisis management committee.

On May 30 he appeared in a propaganda video pleading for his life and asking the military to cease aerial bombardments. "The rescue operation is still ongoing", he said.

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Sami was accompanied by his wife Roya and also shared candies with him which they had brought from the city of Medina. Modi was born to Hiraba and Damodardas Modi in Vadnagar in Gujarat's Mehsana district on September 17, 1950.

Photographs showing Father Soganub slumped against a wall were circulated on the internet.

Some hostages who escaped or were rescued said the militants forced them to convert to Islam, cook food and carry wounded fighters.

The Bato Mosque had served as a stronghold of the terrorists, who took advantage of the fact that government forces hesitate to attack religious institutions.

Dureza said the Catholic priest and one other person were rescued 11 p.m. Saturday, near Bato Mosque, one of the main strongholds of the Maute terrorists.

"As follow-up and clearing operations continue, we expect the enemy to yield more previously occupied positions, but not without a fight", he said. "We are ready for that", he said.

More than 800 militants, government troops and civilians have since been killed in the conflict, which has forced thousands to flee their homes and destroyed large parts of the once-bustling city.