Brandon Lee Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM)
Brandon Lee, an American human rights volunteer tagged an “enemy of the state” on social media in the Philippines, has been shot four times outside his home. The shooting happened in Ifugao province in the northern Philippines on 6 August, according to a local rights group, the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance. Lee is a volunteer at the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM), a farmers’ group actively opposing a hydropower project and growing military presence in the Cordillera region. The attack comes a year after one of IPM’s staff members was killed in a similar attack in 2018. Lee and several IPM staff had been tagged “enemy of the state” as early as 2015 in posters placed around the province. Cordillera Human Rights Alliance, where Lee also volunteers as a paralegal, accused the government of perpetrating the attack. The group said Lee had been receiving threats and was being followed prior to the attack.