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ICC Note: The ongoing armed conflict between Islamic extremists and Philippine government in Marawi city, Philippines has resulted in significant number of casualties. Despite government’s attempt to reclaim the city, Maute terrorists still have a strong hold and have kept dozens of captives. According to three former hostages who recently escaped the ordeal, terrorists now plan to strap improvised bombs to their captives. Among them is Catholic priest Teresito Suganob.

08/13/2017 Philippines (Philippine Star) –Maute terrorists in Marawi City plan to strap improvised bombs to their captives, three hostages who managed to escape their captors said Sunday.

The former hostages — Romar Marjalino, 39, his brother Roel, 37, and Jimmy Esperat, 43 — revealed this Sunday as they were reunited with their families at the Naval Forces Western Mindanao headquarters.

The three Zamboanga natives who escaped the the Islamic State-inspired terrorists around a week ago were formally turned over by R.Adm. Rene Medina, NFWM chief, to Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and their families.

Medina said the victims had to undergo debriefing for information that the military could use against the terrorists holding parts of Marawi City since May 23.

Romar Marjalino confirmed that catholic priest Teresito “Chito” Suganob is still alive.

“We were with Father Chito. He is okay, but his task was to collect the explosive powder of piccolo, five-star and other [firecrackers] to be used for improvised bombs that will be rigged to us as suicide bombers,” Marjalino said.

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