The Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines were saddened with the conflicts and clashes in Marawi City where the terrorists burned a church and kidnapped Fr. Chito Suganob.
“We are saddened by these developments. Terrorism doesn’t have a place in any religion. We call on our Muslim brothers and our government to work for the safe release of the hostages,” stated Fr. Jerome Secillano, CBCP Public Affairs Office Executive Secretary.
And he also appealed to not harm the hostages.
“We appeal too, to the Maute group, in the name of peace and brotherhood, not to harm them. We request all Filipinos to pray for a peaceful resolution to this conflict and for the safety of all hostages.” he added.
According to National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, three have been confirmed dead, two from the military and one from the PNP.
According to him, a certain Fr. Chito Suganob was kidnapped and others staff of the cathedral. He also mentioned about a bishop who called to the Marawi’s bishop but instead of him, a terrorist answered the call.
The priest also expressed his sentiments about the people who were endangered due to the conflicts and also pointed out terrorism shouldn’t be a part of a religion, whether its Islam or Christianity. He also hopes that the people behind this terrorism attacks be able to realize the negative effects it causes not only to religion but also to the rest of the country.
Unfortunately, Secillano still has no news about the exact number of hostages taken from the catholic church.
He also expressed his concerns about the authorities’ actions and to ensure the kidnapped priest and his group are safe in the hands of the terrorist group Maute. He also stated that if such kidnapping isn’t resolved as soon as possible, the terrorist might to worse things and they might escalate if the situations are not controlled right away.
He also said that all government agencies and the catholic church should work together to achieve a peaceful resolution.