MNLF rebels release priest: AFP
MANILA (UPDATE) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday confirmed that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels have released a priest they held hostage.
AFP Spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said Fr. Michael Ufana is now undergoing stress debriefing and being given medical attention.
Ufana, a priest from St. Joseph Parish, was held hostage by MNLF rebels on Monday, the first day of the standoff.
Zagala refused to provide other information on Ufana's release.
However, Monsignor Chris Manongas, administrator of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, revealed that Ufana is now in Camp Batalla in Zamboanga City, the regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police.
Manongas added that Ufana admitted he was used by the rebels to relay their demands to the government.
Local officials earlier said that the MNLF rebels under the faction of its founding chairman, Nur Misuari, are holding at least 170 civilians hostage. – report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM