For captured priest, a diet of canned goods, noodles in war-torn Marawi

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2017 06:13 PM | Updated as of Sep 18 2017 06:59 PM

Fr. Teresito “Chito” Suganob, vicar general of the prelature of Marawi is presented to the media by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, 2 days after his rescue from the Maute group, in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

What did Fr. Chito Soganub eat during his nearly 4 months in captivity with Maute terrorists? 

In an interview, Soganub said he and the other hostages ate mostly canned goods and instant noodles even as government forces worked hard to rescue them from the extremists. 

"Usually sardines, tuna, noodles, meat loaf, corned beef, canned goods. Marami. Pero nung nasunog 'yung buildings dahil sa war, na-scarce na rin ang supply," Soganub added.

Soganub shared that although the terrorists didn't want to get food from buildings and houses, they had no choice because they also need to survive.

"'Yung ISIS, hindi sila kukuha. Ipinagbabawal nila. Pero wala, no way to survive sila at kami, kukunin niyo 'yung andiyan," he said.

"Pero hindi kayo kukuha ng sobra at abuse. Pero walang choice. Dapat kukunin mo 'yung mga source ng rice, para ma-consume mo ng ilang araw, kasi a day 'yung kumakain, parang 100, 200," he added.

The captured priest said he misses eating vegetables and meat, which he was unable to eat while he was held hostage.

"I miss the vegetables, meat, chicken. I miss kasi wala 'yun," he said.

Soganub, the vicar general of Marawi territorial prelature, was abducted by Maute terrorists along with other civilians while at the compound of the Cathedral of St. Mary at the start of the siege.

The priest and another civilian were rescued after government troops recovered the Bato mosque in Marawi City.