Three years since surviving the long and dark Marawi siege, Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub, former Vicar General of the Prelature of Marawi, passed away this morning, July 22. Fr. Chito was 59 years old.
The cause of death was cardiac arrest, as confirmed by Bishop Edwin Dela Peña of the Prelature of Marawi. “Our dearly beloved Fr. Teresito Soganub died of cardiac arrest in his sleep early this morning, July 22, 2020 in his home in Noralah, South Cotabato”, he wrote on a Facebook post. The estimated time of his passing was between 5:00 to 6:00 AM.
Fr. Chito was among the hostages of the ISIS-inspired Maute group, which waged war and terror in Marawi, Philippines for five months. His captivity lasted for 117 days.
Aid to the Church in Need deeply extends the most heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and relatives. Long before the siege, Fr. Chito was already paving the way for interreligious dialogues between Christians and Muslims.
Albeit not having an official assignment as a priest, Fr. Soganub was active in Mindanao, where he continued his advocacy for peace. He was the President of Pakigdait (meaning “peace”, or “solidarity”), a pioneer organization of interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding in Lanao.