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.
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.
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) office in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will prioritize the securing and management of ancestral lands in identified “red areas” to restrict and end the influence of communist rebels in the region.
Members of the Baguio-Benguet Coalition Against Jeepney Phase-out underscored that the government is merely using the PUV modernization program to pave the way for big business to monopolize the service on July 30 during their protest at the Modern PUV Caravan at the Baguio City Hall.
Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde on July 27 led local authorities here in shutting down lotto outlets and other gaming activities under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is considering the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) as its model in its campaign against the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
Elders in the towns of Besao in Mountain Province and Tubo, Abra met in a traditional dialogue called tongtong at the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCor) to prevent the escalation of hostilities among their people over the murder of three eel gatherers from Agawa village Besao.
The assertion of sovereign rights against China’s incursion in the West Philippine Sea and “debt-trap diplomacy” bonded the different groups to hold protests in the different provincial and urban centers in Northern Luzon on July 22, in time for the 4th State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Commission on Human Rights head in the Cordillera expressed alarm over the “thinning democratic space” aggravated by the institutionalized red-tagging of human rights defenders by the government.