PRESS RELEASE ON THE RESCUE OF FR. TERESITO “Chito” SUGANOB

The Prelature of St. Mary’s in Marawi welcomes the news that Fr. Teresito “Chito” L. Soganub , its Vicar General, has been rescued by the Armed Forces of the Philippines at around 11 PM last night, September 16, 2017 near Bato Mosque in Marawi City together with one other undisclosed companion.

The whole Duyog Marawi team in the middle of a monthly meeting exploded with shouts of joy as Fr. Nono Reteracion, C.S.s.R. read the confirmation from several military personnel.

“Fr. Chito has always been an inspiration to us all in Marawi. News of his release certainly pushes us more to work for peace in Marawi City,” said Diovelene Francisco, an MSU student who volunteers for the Duyog Marawi Communications Center for Peace and Advocacy.

Bishop Edwin dela Peña, MSP, D.D., scheduled to return from Rome today, has laid out a plan for the hostages’ healing and reintegration program once they would be released. This includes a general medical check-up and hospital confinement for their body to recover. After which, a long period of rest and recovery together with trauma therapy will be provided to them.

“The military will provide us with more details once the debriefing protocol is completed. For the meantime, we pray for the safety and immediate release of the other hostages, “ Fr. Nono said.

For the meantime that Fr. Chito will go through a healing process, his programs and services at the Mindanao State University – chaplaincy, education, interfaith and peacebuilding programs will be assumed by a combination of seconded priests and lay missionaries from the Redemptorist Missionaries in the Philippines, Caritas Cebu, and the Capiz Archdiocesan Social Action Center in Roxas City. (Duyog Marawi)