Marawi attack
Marawi City attacked by suspected ISIS inspired militants belonging to the Maute group on May 23, 2017. Photo by Chico Dimaro Usman

A Catholic priest and more than a dozen have been abducted by ISIS-linked terrorists in Marawi, southern Philippines.

“Father Chito Suganob and others were in the Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians when members of the Maute fighting group forced their way into the Cathedral, taking with them Fr. Chito and others as hostages. They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled.” – Archbishop Socrates Villegas, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña identified some of the other hostages as Wendelyn Mayormita, the parish secretary, and professor Maria Luisa “Nicnic” Colina, the parish council president. With them, he said, are two working students and at least 10 other parishioners.

There are reports that some people have already been decapitated, but those still need to be verified.


Top picture from Fr. Suganob’s Facebook page.


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