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ICC Note: Philippine government confirmed that on Saturday, abducted Catholic priest Teresito Soganub and a teacher of Christian college were rescued by the government troop as it recaptured a key mosque and another Islamic building in Marawi city, used by the militants as command center.

09/17/2017 Philippines (The Inquirer) – Government troops have rescued a Roman Catholic priest and a teacher who were among dozens of people abducted in May when hundreds of militants aligned with the Islamic State group laid siege on southern Marawi city, officials said Sunday.

Secretary Jesus Dureza, presidential adviser on the peace process, and two senior security officials said without elaborating that troops retrieved the two late Saturday after a battle to recapture a key mosque and another Islamic building used as a command center by the gunmen in Marawi.

The two security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose details about the ongoing assaults.

Rear Adm. Rene Medina, commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem), said he had received a confirmation of the rescue from his “ground operators” in Marawi.

According to information that Medina received, Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub, vicar general of Marawi and Lordvin Ocopio, a teacher at Dansalan College, were able to escape from their captors at the vicinity Bato Mosque in Marawi on Saturday night.

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