Hostaged Marawi priest Chito Soganub rescued

Taken from Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub’s Facebook account

Taken from Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub’s Facebook account

However, he did not provide any further details citing "not to jeopardize the military ongoing operations".

Suganob said militants seized him, along with other church workers, including children and adults, mostly Christians, when militants occupied Marawi on May 23.

The siege has sparked fears that the Islamic State group may gain a foothold in Southeast Asia by influencing and providing funds to local militants as it suffers battle defeats in Syria and Iraq.

East attacked Marawi on May 23.

According to the military, however, when they finally retook the mosque, there were no longer any hostages.

Col Arevalo said security forces retook at around 5pm on Saturday (Sept 16) the Bato Mosque and the Amaitul Islamiya Marawi Foundation building that the militants had been using as their control centre.

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

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Its capture may be a sign that the prolonged fighting with the Maute militant group, whose leaders have pledged allegiance to IS, may be nearing a conclusion, he said. "We have to be very careful", he said.

"We do not want this to happen again in any other city in the Philippines", he said.

"We want to live another day; we want to live another month", Soganub said in the video while standing alone in front of debris and partially burned buildings.

Brawner said there are about 40 to 60 remaining hostages. "So many Masses are celebrated for that intention", Jumoad told CBCPNews.

In a statement he posted in his Facebook account, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus Dureza said that based on information provided by Franklin M. Quijano, Father Suganob, together with another hostage, was rescued by troops near Bato mosque at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has deployed thousands of troops and imposed martial law across the southern third of the country to deal with the crisis.

This developed as Colonel Romeo Brawner, the deputy head of Joint Task Force Marawi, disclosed that some Maute terrorists have responded favourably to the military's appeal that they surrender.

While the military presses airstrikes and ground assaults, the government has started to build temporary shelters for some of the hundreds of thousands of residents displaced by the siege.

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