Reds now ‘losing support, resorting to kidnapping’ – military

Reds now ‘losing support, resorting to kidnapping’ – military

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan De Oro City – The New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), is “losing the support of the people that it is now resorting to kidnap-for-ransom,” a top military official said Monday.

Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr., commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division here, said that suspected NPA rebels allegedly kidnapped a businessman in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur last Saturday and were demanding ransom money from his family in exchange for his freedom.

Madrigal identified the victim as Carzon Ceasar C. Lademora, a businessman engaged in gold mining in San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur.

He said the alleged NPA rebels led by a certain “Monic,” of the NPA’s Front 14, also ransacked the mining tunnel of Lademora in the village of Anuling, Bayugan 3, Rosario, Agusan Del Sur.

”It is very clear that the NPA is ‘losing the support’ of the people, particularly the businessmen, that they are now resorting to kidnap-for-ransom activity,” Madrigal said.

He said the NPA’s action has sown fear and apprehension on the stable business environment in Agusan del Sur and elsewhere in Northern Mindanao and the Caraga region.

Madrigal said that the “NPA has now resorted to banditry.”

He urged the business community to be wary of the communist rebels, “whose actions clearly destabilize the peace process.” CD/