By Ben Serrano
The New People’s Army justified the abduction of Agusan del Sur miner Carzon Ceasar “Abud” Lademora
as part of its punitive actions against alleged abuses of the Lademora family even calling the abduction as “revolutionary arrest”.
In a statement, Ka Ariel Montero , spokesperson of NPA- Northeastern Mindanao Region (NEMR) Regional Operational Command, said the arrest of Lademora was a punitive action against what it called “long record of abuse, crime, destruction of people’s livelihood and exploitation of small miners committed by the Lademora family.”
On Saturday morning, heavily armed guerillas swooped on the mine site owned by the Lademora family and seized Abud and his aide Leonardo Cacao in Barangay Sinug-ang, Rosario, Agusan del Sur. Cacao was later freed.
The rebels also seized 21 firearms and ammunitions from security forces manning the site.
Lademora is the son of the late Philippine Constabulary colonel Carlos Lademora, the leader of the dreaded Lost Command, a private armed group based in the province which the NPA accused of massive human rights violations and abuses.
Montero said Abud, who now heads Lost Command would stand trial before a “people’s court” and be given the chance to defend himself under the guerrillas’ revolutionary brand of justice.
The rebels, Montero added, were not inclined to release the younger brother of former San Francisco town Mayor Carl Lademora until he is cleared of the charges.
“Despite the death of Col. Lademora in 2015, the painful scars he and the Lost Command Group inflicted to the people remains fresh in the minds of the victims and residents. It can never be erased from the history of the masses in Agusan and Surigao del Sur. Especially, as his children continued his brutal acts and grave exploitation of the people by using the armed group,” Montero said.