By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza recently revealed Fr. Teresito ‘Chito’ Suganob, along with another hostage, were freed after being held by the Maute terror group, following a rescue mission by government forces that resulted in the capture of the Bato Mosque in Marawi City.
Suganob, along with several parishioners, have been held hostage since May 23, after the Islamic State-backed group took over the city.
The terror group has since burned down the St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Suganob was assigned as the local parish priest.
While in captivity, Suganob was used by the terrorists to promote their propaganda by featuring him in videos urging the government to stop the airstrikes on Marawi City.
In a statement released by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday, Ozamiz Archbishop Martin Jumoad lauded the safe release of the hostages, calling their rescue “the result of our faith in prayer.”
“The power of prayer has once again shown as a witness of our solid faith in God,” Jumoad added./WDJ