MANILA, Philippines – A Muslim man has been hailed a hero for saving the lives of more than 60 Christians who hid in his home from being executed by the terrorists at the height of the Marawi siege.
Speaking to foreign journalists, Noor Lucman narrated there were Christian workers in his home when the violence erupted more than two weeks ago.
They were working on a tower near his residence and the numbers quickly ballooned to 64 the following days when the militants started looking for Christians whom they might execute or use as hostage.
“I had an ordeal because one day before the attack, there were some Christian workers who were in the house, fixing the small tower,” Lucman said during an interviewl adding that those people could no longer leave the city and so he had to take the responsibility of protecting them.
“The following days, other Christian workers took refuge in my house. There were about 64 of them in my hands and I was very determined that nothing happens to them,” he recalled.
When the terrorists came, Lucman said they recognized him and showed respect by just leaving when he asked them to leave.
The militants never found out he was sheltering Christians in his home, or they could have easily killed them all, he said.
“If they knew that there were Christians in my house, they would all be beheaded and executed,” Lucman added.
Watch the interview: