From the Philippine News Agency (May 14): Military now hunting abductors of Bayugan City mine operator
Troopers from the 401st Infantry Battalion are now tracking down the New People's Army (NPA) rebels who abducted a small-time mine operator in Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur on Saturday.
Capt. Jasper T. Gacayan, 401st Infantry Brigade public affairs office chief, identified the victim as Carzon Caesar C. Lademora, a resident of San Francisco town, of the above-mentioned province.
The incident took place shortly after the NPAs ransacked the victim's mining tunnerl in Sitio Anuling, he added.
"Sources revealed that the NPAs are demanding ransom money from the family in exchange of the victim who is suffering from hypertension. Businessmen in San Franz and nearby towns are now worried of the effects of the NPA kidnapping to their booming economy brought by the prevailing peace and order situation in the town until the said kidnapping," Gacayan said.