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The Islamic militants first invaded Marawi on May23rd, and since that day they have held hostage Father Teresito Soganub along with 30 others. Today is the 57th birthday of the priest, and his family is in constant prayer for him and the other hostages, awaiting on divine providence. A hostage that recently escaped, reported that the priest is alive, but the terrorists are still using the hostages as human shields as the clashes between the militants and government troops.

08/01/2017 The Philippines (UCA News) – Friends and family members of Father Teresito Soganub, who remains in the hands of terrorist gunmen in the southern Philippines, offered prayers for his safety as he turned 57 on Aug. 1.

Father Soganub, and several church workers were abducted on May 23 during the attack on the city of Marawi, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to place the entire region of Mindanao under martial law.

“For his birthday, I pray that my brother as well as the other hostages will have peace of mind in the midst of war,” said Marilyn Soganub-Ginnivan, the priest’s sister.

“Prayer is the best gift that I can offer for him,” she told ucanews.com.

“I pray that he and the other captives will be released safely,” she added.

Marilyn said the family is leaving the fate of Father Soganub to “divine providence.”

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