Terrorists burn church, hostage parish priest PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 May 2017 11:09

By ROY RAMOS

The Daesh-linked terror groups members who attacked the City of Marawi, southern Philippines Tuesday burned Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians and abducted the parish priest and at least ten others.

The Maute group members kidnapped Father Teresito Suganob, the parish’s secretary, two working students and other parishioners, according to a report from ABS-CBN News outlet quoting Bishop Edwin dela Peña, Catholic Prelature in the city.

“They negotiated with me for me to make an appeal to the military not to pursue them and to declare a ceasefire,” dela Peña added in an interview on radio DZMM.

“They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled,” the president of the Catholics Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Archbishop Socrates Villegas was quoted by ABS-CBN News outlet as saying.

The archbishop appealed for prayers for the safety of the hostages and slammed the kidnapping noting that the victims are non-combatant and weapon-less.

Villegas called on the to the government forces to “make the safety of the hostages a primordial consideration” while ensuring that the law is upheld.

Aside from the Catholic church, the terror group reportedly burned the city jail and two schools.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the island of Mindanao following the clashes that erupted between the military and the Maute Group.