Fr. Chito recalls ordeal in hands of IS in Marawi City

Church • Thu Nov 30, 2017 03:39 PM  •  119   0
By Edwin O. Fernandez
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Fr. Teresito "Chito" Soganub recalled his ordeal in the hands of IS terrorists in Marawi in an interview by NDBC onlinenews
NORALA, South Cotabato – Fr. Teresito Soganub, a heavily bearded Roman Catholic priest, spoke in between sobs and misty eyes when he recalled his 116 days ordeal in the hands of terrorists in Marawi City.

Staring far as he talked to the www.ndbcnews.com.ph,  Fr. Chito as he is more known, said his stint in the hands of Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorists can be described in two words – God’s will.

“I and other hostages faced death every day, every minute, every second,” Fr. Chito said, holding his graying beard. “I told my self Chito you’ll die any minute,” he said. “And I ask God If I die I desire it to be quick so I will not suffer the pain.”

“But death did not come. So here I am celebrating life,” he said as people kept coming to his ancestral home here since Monday.

“It’s like fiesta here, I am now like a celebrity, many people see me now like ‘Probinsyano’ actor because I survived a sure-death journey,” he said, referring to Coco Martin of the popular TV series.

“Ganito pala pag sikat ka,” he said in jest. Welcome tarpaulins, streamers greeted Fr. Chito here as he arrived from Gen. Santos City airport. 

“My town mates celebrated my new life and I am grateful for their warm welcome.”
A motorcade around town was held for him sponsored by the local government followed by a thanksgiving mass at the municipal gymnasium.

He said after his freedom on Sept. 16 and wherever he goes “people wanted to touch me, wanted to have photos with me because they said I am blessed since I miraculously survived from the hands of IS inspired group.”

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