General Carlito Galvez said in a statement issued Sunday that troops finally regained the Bato Mosque and the Amaitul Islamiya Marawi Foundation as well as the Jamaitul Philippine Al-Islamiyah buildings at past 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Father Soganub had been held captive since militants attacked his Saint Mary's Parish during the siege of Marawi on May 23.
Philippine forces have held back launching a full-scale attack on rebel strongholds, fearing for the lives of Father Soganub and several hundred other hostages.
A Maute gunman was also killed in the offensive a day earlier, September 16.
"The seizure of another historical mosque and key Maute strongholds is a big blow for the remaining members of Maute and Abu Sayyaf", he said. It has been pounding the battle area with air strikes throughout the week.
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In a statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines-Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) chief Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo, said they can not still provide any details in order not to jeopardize the lives of the soldiers and other hostages there.
This developed as Colonel Romeo Brawner, the deputy head of Joint Task Force Marawi, disclosed that some Maute terrorists have responded favourably to the military's appeal that they surrender.
Rebosura was reported to have admitted using illegal drugs but denied being part of the drug trade.
He added that the rescue operation is still ongoing in the area.
Last May 23, Suganob, vicar general of the city's Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians in Marawi, who was abducted by the Maute group with several other parishioners and civilians.
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Edgard Arevalo said they are still validating if Suganob was among the two hostages rescued by the government troops on Saturday evening.
Dureza said this is the second grand mosque in Marawi that has been taken by government troops.
But Arevalo confirmed the rescue resulted from the military's successful operation to retake the Masjid Bato Ali Mosque and adjoining buildings used by the terrorists for their "final stand" in the siege that prompted President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte to declare martial law over the whole of troubled Mindanao.
Recently, Suganob and other hostages appeared in a video released by the terrorists in which they appealed to the government to stop their aerial bombings particularly in Marawi's central business district.
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