Brandon Lee, 37, a paralegal volunteer of the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) was shot and seriously injured in front of his house in Lagawe on August 6.
Lt. Col. Narciso Nabulneg, Jr., 54th IB Commanding Officer, appealed to the people of Ifugao and to the general public as a whole to give any information to authorities that could lead to the immediate apprehension of the perpetrators in soonest possible time.
“We assure our full support to the ongoing investigation of the police. The officers and men of 54th IB condemn the shooting incident and inhumane act to Mr. Brandon Lee in the strongest term. We are looking forward for his fast recovery,” Nabulneg said.
Lee, through the IPM, is an active advocate for the advancement of the Ifugao farmers and their unit is one with them in this endeavor, according to Nabulneg.
“We are on continuous talking engagements with them for partnership in our advocacy on human rights, environment and agricultural concerns as we are currently on sustained caravan activities to deliver government and non-government organization programs and services to the geographically isolated and distressed areas,” he said.
Meanwhile, Staff Sergeant Joel Campilis, 54thIB’s Civil Military Officer , through Radyo Kiphodan FM clarified report that prior to the shooting incident, soldiers from the 54IB made visits to the IPM Office.
He said soldiers were there for coordination and partnership. They had given a letter of thanks or appreciation to IPM officers for their efforts in facilitating the re-union of a captured New People’s Army member and his mother.
“That was the start of the harmonious relationship between the 54thIB and Lee who willingly entertained government forces at the IPM office,” Campilis said. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon