The Philippine government battling ISIS-inspired militants finally has some good news to report.
The rebels, linked to the Islamic State, stormed the southern city of Marawai on May 23 and captured a Catholic priest along with other church workers. But just recently it has been learned that Father Teresito "Chito" Soganub was rescued by Philippine troops after being held hostage for nearly four months.
Gina Goh with International Christian Concern says they are happy to hear about the rescue – and that the priest appeared to be in good health and high spirits – but at the same time they know that about 40-50 other hostages still need to be freed.
"... We really hope that they can be released soon," Goh tells OneNewsNow. "And especially because Father Chito is such a high-profile person, our concern is that the government won't be going after them as, I guess, fervently.
"But our hope is definitely that the government will continue to push and eventually free Marawi because they have been going through this ordeal for the past almost four months."
Goh says hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated because of the siege and she hopes that the city can be restored very soon.