LOOK: Rescued Maute hostage Father Soganub on his way to Manila

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18) — A smiling Father Chito Soganub is on his way to Manila on Monday after he was rescued from rebels in Marawi City.

In the photos, Soganub is on a plane with Col. Romeo Brawner, Joint Task Force Marawi deputy chief, and Zia Alonto Adiong, Marawi Crisis Management Committee head.

Maute fighers held the Catholic priest captive in Marawi since May 23, when the crisis broke out in the city. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, in a Facebook post on Sunday, said the priest and one other person were rescued 11 p.m. Saturday, near Bato Mosque, one of the main enemy strongholds.

The Defense Department  will hold a media briefing this afternoon, but Armed Forces Spokesperson Brigader General Restituto Padilla did not say if Soganub will be presented during the event.

Padilla said two more hostages were rescued in Marawi.