AFP has the strongest motive. Years before the incident, Brandon and his colleagues were already in danger from frequent threats of the AFP. Threats directed against indigenous people’s rights defenders that continue their advocacy for the rights of the people of Ifugao.
The family of journalist and rights activist Brandon Lee expressed worries about his safety and the impartiality of the ongoing investigation. They also voiced disbelief on the military’s denial of its involvement in the shooting nor its claim of having a “harmonious relationship” with the victim.
In an interview in 2018, during the International Solidarity Mission in Ifugao, Bandon Lee made it clear that state agents and their minions are the only ones that have the motive to inflict harm to him and members of the Ifugao Peasant Movement. Meanwhile, the 5th Infantry Division and its 54th Infantry Division have recently made a statement calling the accusations of Brandon Lee’s colleagues on the military’s involvement in the shooting as “devoid of logic and factual basis”. Here is part of that interview.
Kimberlie Ngabit Quitasol, editor-in-chief of Northern Dispatch, delivers our statement on the attempt on Brandon Lee’s life during the protest in Baguio City on August 7 at the People’s Park to condemn the attack and demand justice.
The wife of Brandon Lee, an American journalist and activist, who survived an attempted assassination in Ifugao last August, the military is the one behind the attack.
International groups condemned and expressed concern on the intensified attacks against activists after the recent shooting of local journalist and paralegal volunteer Brandon Lee by unidentified gunmen in Lagawe, Ifugao.
The Cordillera Human Rights Alliance reported that military personnel who introduced himself as George Malidow from Camp Henry Allen went to the hospital where Brandon Lee is being treated and asked for details of his situation.
Different groups in Baguio City held indignation rally for the shooting of journalist and human rights defender Brandon Lee by still unidentified gunmen on August 6 in front of their house in Lagawwe, Ifugao.
Unknown assailants shot and wounded Northern Dispatch (Nordis) provincial correspondent and human rights activist Brandon Lee just outside his house around 6:00 PM today, August 6, in Lagawe town in Ifugao province.
BAGUIO CITY — On Easter Sunday, Brandon Lee with his family, friends and colleagues in the Philippines and United States had a seminar through the internet, or a “webinar”, to discuss the dangers he and his colleagues are now facing due to the vilification campaign launched against them by agents of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
By BRANDON LEE
ASIPULO, Ifugao — Elements of the 54th IB desecrated the dead, disrespected pleas and violated indigenous traditions, and even harassed the owners of the house they occupied in sitio Numpaling, Namal, Asipulo, Ifugao.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and former Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat, Jr. joined the call to stop the attacks against activists, and for the government to ensure their protection and safety.