The Philippines/USA: American Volunteer Branded ‘Enemy of State’ and Shot Outside His Home in the Philippines

August 8, 2019

Environmental activists display placards during a rally at the Department of Justice to demand the Philippine government withdraw its alleged list of  terrorists  which includes more than three dozen environmentalists in Manila, Philippines on April 20, 2018.

An American human rights volunteer is reportedly in critical condition after he was shot four times in the Philippines.

Brandon Lee, 37, was attacked outside his home in Ifugao province in the northern Philippines on Tuesday after he was called an “enemy of the state” on social media, reports the Guardian.

Lee suffered cardiac arrest during a surgery to remove a bullet lodged in his jaw.

Lee is a volunteer for Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM), a farmers’ group that actively opposes a hydropower project and the military presence in the Cordillera region, according to the Guardian. In 2008, an IPM staff member was killed in a similar attack.

Lee and other IPM staff had were labeled “enemy of the state” in posters that were put up around the province.

Another rights group, the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance, where Lee also volunteers, blamed authorities for the attack.

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