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Catholic Priest Held Hostage in Philippines

CNN Philippines

A priest being held as a “prisoner of war” (POW) in Marawi is pleading with President Rodrigo Duterte to end the clashes by giving the enemies what they are asking for.

A video posted on the Facebook page of Bisaya News shows Rev, Fr. Teresito Suganob from the Prelature of St. Mary in Marawi City, appealing to the President as sounds of gunfire are heard in the background.

In the video, Suganob says he was taken as a prisoner of war along with churchworkers, a professor of the Mindanao State University, teachers from the Dansalan College Foundation Inc., carpenters, household helpers, children, Christian settlers, and tribe members. Suganob said there were around 240 POWs.

The video shows Suganob standing in front of a building bearing evidence of attack – holes in the wall which also appeared to be blackened with soot.

“Mr. President, we are in the midst of this war. We are asking your help to please give what your enemies are asking for,” he said.

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