The Philippine military said a Catholic priest abducted by terrorist gunmen in the southern Philippines was seen alive on 25th June, during a “humanitarian pause” in the conflict.
Fr Teresito Soganub, vicar general of the Prelature of Marawi, was taken hostage on 23rd May by terrorist gunmen who attacked the city of Marawi.
Ucanews.com reported that Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, army spokesman, said the priest was seen alive in a part of the city that is still in the hands of the terrorists, who claim to have links with Daesh.
“We’ve got a lot of reports, especially from rescued civilians,” said Herrera, adding that the priest was last seen by hostages before they were rescued on 25th June.
“We don’t have details of his health. We were just told that he was sighted alive,” the military official told reporters in the provincial capital of Lanao del Sur.
Picture: Government forces of the Philippines patrol a street in Pigcawayan on 22nd June. Fr Teresito Soganub, vicar general of the Prelature of Marawi, was seen alive on 25th June during a “humanitarian pause” in the conflict. (CNS photo/Cerilo Ebrano, EPA).