Abducted priest Fr. Teresito Soganub made an appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to stop military operations in Marawi. (Photo from a video circulating on Facebook)
ZAMBOANGA CITY — A top navy official here confirmed that Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub and another hostage have been rescued from the Islamic State-inspired captors on Saturday night.
Rear Admiral Rene Medina, commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem), said he received a confirmation from his “ground operators” in Marawi City.
Medina said based on the information he received, Soganub, vicar general of Marawi, and Lordvin Ocopio, a teacher of the Dansalan College, were able to escape from their captors at the vicinity Bato Mosque in Marawi City.
“The duo revealed (initially to the rescuing troops) that they escaped when their captors had a heavy firefight against the government forces in the said location,” Medina said.
“And in the course of fleeing, they were identified by the military and they were brought to a safer place,” he added.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza earlier posted on his Facebook account that the Marawi vicar general was successfully rescued at around 11 p.m. Saturday near Bato Mosque.
The report, Dureza cited, said that this is the second grand mosque recovered by government troops from Maute control.
The priest was taken hostage by the militants on May 23 along with the parish secretary and at least 10 parishioners.
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