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Philippine priest, kidnapped in May, freed

A senior Philippine priest taken hostage by Daesh-inspired militants in the southern city of Marawi has been freed after almost four months of captivity.

Fr Teresito Soganub, vicar general of the Prelature of Marawi, told a news conference in Manila that he was doing as well as could be expected following his ordeal, reported

“I am physically strong and sound,” Fr Soganub said at Camp Aguinaldo, the national military headquarters.

He asked Filipinos to pray for other remaining hostages before military doctors whisked him off for a medical checkup.

A local Maute terror group linked to Daseh captured Fr Soganub and other church workers at Marawi cathedral on 23rd May, the first day of fighting in the Islamic city.

As well as taking around 30 people from the cathedral offices, they also tore down and desecrated icons and other sacred images and tried to set fire to the building.

Picture: Fr Teresito Soganub gives a statement on 18th September during a news conference in Manila, Philippines. Fr Soganub was released after being held captive by the Maute terror since 23rd May. (CNS photo/Rolex Dela Pena, EPA).