Fr. Ufana freed to relay rebs demands? PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:00

Fr. Michael Ufana was released as the crisis entered its fifth day yesterday.

AFP Spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said Fr. Ufana underwent  stress debriefing and medical attention.

Ufana, his father and brother were seized by MNLF rebels on Monday, the first day of the standoff.

Monsignor Chris Manongas, administrator of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, said that Ufana was taken to Camp Batalla.

Manongas said that Ufana admitted he was used by the rebels to relay their demands to the government.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines earlier cited initial reports that Ufana was with his parents who were celebrating their wedding anniversary when the MNLF took them in Barangay Sta. Catalina.

Report said that Fr. Ufana walked along Ilustre Street yesterday and was met by Sr. Supt. Jose Chiquito Malayo, officer-in-charge of Zamboanga City Police Office.

Fr. Ufana told newsmen he is okay.

Fr. Ufana was expected to meet with Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.