San Francisco supervisor Matt Haney went to the Philippines last month where he visited human rights activist Brandon Lee, a native of the California city.
According to Haney, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 6, Lee, despite being shot four times and surviving eight cardiac arrests during surgery, is able to breathe on his own, conscious and responsive.
Upon returning to the US, Haney called on more support from the US government and federal representatives to ensure Lee’s safety.
“He shares a room with five other people. There have been unknown individuals who have tried to gain access to his room. There are police and military who come around on a regular basis in a way that is concerning and threatening to Brandon and his family,” Haney said.
He added that Lee is currently not being protected.
“It is shameful that a US citizen is out there in this situation, currently, under threat and not being fully protected by the Philippines government or let alone adequately by the American government,” he said.
In 2015, Lee spoke to ABS-CBN News saying that he was accused by the Philippine government of being part of a rebel group. He also spoke about receiving death threats for his work with indigenous groups.
Haney, along with family members and supporters of Lee, would like to see him moved to a better hospital in Manila and ultimately transported back to the US for more treatment.
He hopes that when the time comes, the US government will be able to help the Lee family.
“Currently, when they asked how to transport him to another hospital, they were referred to a website. And that is completely unacceptable,” he said.
According to a representative from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, her team has been in communication with Lee’s family while also in contact with the US embassy and the state department in regards to Lee’s case.
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