So far, 46 people — including 15 members of the security forces and 31 militants — have died in the fighting with the Maute group as well as another ISIS group, Abu Sayyaf, and the Filipino military in Marawi City, located in the Lanao del Sur province in the southern Philippines.
Then they set fire to the Cathedral and the Bishop’s residence,” he said.We are fully aware that most Muslims are peace-loving. We are also aware that ISIS has claimed responsibility for many of the atrocities in territories they have occupied elsewhere in the world. Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Read the source: We beg every Filipino to pray fervently for Fr. As the government forces ensure that the law is upheld, we beg of them to make the safety of the hostages a primordial consideration. Otherwise, they will kill the hostages,” Marawi Bishop Edwin de la Peña said.We call on government to deal with the threat without wavering and without compromise. Finally, we call in the Maute group that claims to bear arms in the name of a Merciful and Benevolent God—the very same God we Christians worship and adore—to do the One God true honor by the mercy and benevolence that are two of our God’s most exalted attributes. Chito was in the performance of his ministry as a priest. The prelate said the call was made shortly before 8pm on Tuesday using the phone of his secretary who is among the hostages.The prelate said that he had difficulty getting in touch the military in Marawi so he called Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo dela Cruz who contacted AFP Western Mindanao Command and relayed the message.The bishop said that he was at the outskirts of Marawi City when the attack took place and only learned that the St.
Dela Peña said the hostages are being used as “human shield” by the militants.