- The Maute Group torched the cathedral in Marawi City
- The terrorists also abducted Father Chito Suganob
- Aside from the priest, at least 13 other people were also taken hostage by the terror group
A Catholic priest and at least 13 other people were abducted by the Maute Group in Marawi City following clashes between the terrorists and government troops.
KAMI learned about the story from ABS-CBN News.
Aside from the Father Chito Suganob, the other abductees were the parish secretary, two working students and approximately 10 parishioners.
The terrorists broke into Father Chito’s house inside the compound of the cathedral, which was torched by the group.
Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo spoke with Radio Veritas about the situation.
"I pray for the safety of all the hostages. I appeal to the consciences of the hostage takers not to harm the innocent as the Islamic faith teaches. I appeal to religious leaders of Islam to influence the hostage takers to release the hostages unharmed.
"For God’s will is the safety of innocent people. May the loving God protect the people of Marawi," he said.
Another priest also posted on Facebook about the hostage situation, saying that the terrorists are threatening to behead the hostages, starting with the priest, if President Rodrigo Duterte refuses to lift the Martial Law he declared in Mindanao.
“Ang naging condition ng mga Maute Islamic Group is kung hindi ititigil ni Pres. Duterte ang Martial Law sa Mindanao eh pupugutan raw nila ng ulo lahat ng kanilang hostage at ang uunahin raw nila si Fr. Chito. Kaya they badly need our prayers,” the concerned priest wrote.
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