May 17, 2017: Rebs free Agusan mine owner

May 17, 2017: Rebs free Agusan mine owner

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur—Communist rebels on Monday afternoon freed a small-scale gold mining operator after holding him for two days.

In a telephone interview, Ka Amihan, spokesperson for the New People’s Army (NPA) Front 14, said there was insufficient evidence to pin down Carson Ceasar Lademora on counterinsurgency charges, prompting rebels to release him without the aid of third party facilitators.

The rebels held Lademora and his aide Leonardo Cacao captive on Saturday after they raided Lademora’s mining tunnels in Rosario town, Agusan del Sur province.

NPA rebels released Lademora to Rosario Mayor Jose Cuyos Sr., his wife Vice Mayor Juvy Cuyos and Councilor Belarmino Balagot in an undisclosed area in neighboring Tagbina town in Surigao del Sur province on Monday

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