By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Contributing Editor
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur— Communist guerillas freed on Monday afternoon the small-scale gold mining operator two days after his captivity saying he was cleared from charges and that he is not considered a “Prisoner of War” having been not involved in any anti-insurgency activity.
Ka Amihan, spokesperson for New Peoples Army Front 14, told the INQUIRER in a phone interview that they find no sufficient evidence to investigate Carson Ceasar Lademora prompting the revolutionary movement to release him without going through the process of a third party facilitator done mostly to police and military captives.
He was secretly turned over without media coverage to Rosario Mayor Jose Cuyos Sr. , wife Vice Mayor Juvy Cuyos and town councilor Belarmino Balagot in an undisclosed municipal road in neighboring Tagbina town in Surigao del Sur just before dusk.
“He is OK now and back to work,” said Lademora’s wife Eufemia as she recalled she had not been sleeping for two nights of worrying about the fate of her husband. She said Carson Ceasar asked not to be interviewed by local media.
Lademora and his aide,Leonardo Cacao, were held by the NPA rebels on Saturday after they raided his gold mining tunnels in the subvillage of Sinug-ang in Rosario town.
Lademora operates a small-scale tunnels in the high-grade gold rusharea in Sinug-ang in the village of Bayugan 3 which his family has been claiming since the early 1980s.
Amihan dismissed unconfirmed reports that there was ransom money involved for Lademora’s early release as she maintained they strictly adhere to the revolutionary movement’s principles not to be regarded as kidnap-for-ransom group.
She however admitted Lademora was interrogated if he still had hidden cache of firearms but the captive victim swore that the 21 high-powered assorted firearms they confiscated during the raid were all that he got for his mining workers use to secure their tunnels.
Amihan also explained that they could not hold Lademora any longer since he was only investigated if he continued the atrocities to poor residents living in the mining areas of which his late father was accused in the past.
Lademora, who is in his 40s, is a son of the late Philippine Constabulary (PC) Col. Carlos Lademora, leader of the dreaded “Lost Command,” whose reign in this town in the 1980s had sown terror on residents.
“He did not have that kind of record, so we did not consider him a POW (prisoner of war)”, Amihan said.
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