The Irish missionary was turned over by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to agents of the Philippine government.
The provincial superior of the Columban Missionaries, Fr. Patrick O’Donoghue, said that he received a call early this morning from his confreres in Ireland informing him of the release, but quickly added that he needs to confirm the report. He is presently in Pagadian City.
Early this month, the abductors linked to Islamic extremist Abu Sayyaf had demanded a ransom. But neither the Columban missionaries nor the Church gave in to the demand.
The MILF Vice Chair for Political Affairs Ghazali Jaafar denied early October that his group had any involvement in the kidnapping of the priest, but promised to help pressure the kidnappers for an early release. (Melo Acuna)
I was listening to the morning news and there were a LOT of speculations leading to his release. Whatever that may be, the good thing is the aging and tired missionary is once again FREE!
An Ave and Te Deum!