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.
New People Army rebels operating in Ifugao denied that the four individuals presented by the military as rebel returnees during the Independence Day commemoration in the province are their comrades, and called the incident a “desperate effort” of the military to present the rebel movement in the province as “weak” and “losing the support of the people.”
“…Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2
I don’t know what ran into Jaxson’s mind. I didn’t bother to ask him why after. All I know is he had fun. He said so himself. I guess he had fun racing with the water to topple what he had sat up a million and one times. He had fun with the frenzy, the rush of having those walls built, knowing all along that they will soon melt away into nothingness – again and again.
Leaders of the Muslim community gave roses to churchgoers and stood outside the Baguio Cathedral to assure the public that terrorism has no religion and it has no place in the city.
A truck turned upside-down along the section of Kenon Road on August 9 killing a teenager and injuring two adults.
The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Bucloc, Abra rescued six families on August 10 after a tornado destroyed their homes at Barangay Labaan in the afternoon.
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 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.
Indigenous groups led by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance said that the best way to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is to continue their defense of their ancestral domain and assertion of their rights amid the intensified attacks.
A member of the Religious of the Good Shepherd, working with the Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe and worked with Lee on human rights concerns in the province, said she is convinced that the military is behind the shooting.
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.