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9 hostages rescued on the 34th day of the Marawi Siege

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur
June 28, 2017

The military said they rescued nine civilians held captive by the Maute terrorist group here after 34 days of fighting between government troops and the terrorist here.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Task Force Marawi spokesperson said there are still some120 civilians hostages being held up by the Maute terrorist group.

Rescued are all male, identified as: (1) Ariel Ansaw; (2) Ronie Albacete; (3) Lando Albacete; (4) Dilbert Macatulag; (5) Micheal Ongos; (6) Mario Manggubat; (7) Jimboy Guinsayao; (8) Bryan Catipay; and (9) Algin Generalao. 

Authorities said the rescued were given immediate medical assistance, adding that, gunpowder tests on them yielded negative results. 

They said Father Chito Suganob is among those who are still being held hostage.

Herrera said the government is doing all necessary measures to safely rescue the remaining hostages.

“We have received reports from the ground that the Maute terrorist group is using their hostages as human shields to deter military offensives against them,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.
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