3 Zambo workers escape from Marawi terrorists PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 August 2017 11:52

By REMUS ONG

Three Zamboangueño construction workers who escaped from the Maute terrorists in Marawi were presented to the local media after arriving in the city last Saturday.

The three , identified as Romar Marjalino, his brother Roel and Jimmy Esperat, made their daring escape from members of the Maute terrorist group last August 5.

In an interview, Romar Marjalino said that they were among dozens of hostages held by Maute terrorists inside a mosque in Marawi.

Last August 5, the three workers made their escape while their captors were asleep and moved under cover of darkness towards the port.

The three workers battled waves and swam for about 1,000 meters until they reached an area guarded by soldiers.

Marjalino said that they were kept together with Father Chito Soganub who was assigned to prepare explosives for the terrorists.

The three hostages said that during their captivity, they themselves were made to work by cooking food for the terrorists.

The three hostages left behind Suganob, who was reportedly too traumatized to join them and twenty other women and at least thirteen children.

He said that he saw at least two Arab-looking men during their captivity.

Marjalino vowed not to go back to Marawi after their harrowing experience.

The hostages were turned over to Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar during ceremonies yesterday morning.  (Remus Ong)