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Australian nun Patricia Fox again ordered to leave Philippines

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Updated July 19, 2018 22:51:46

Composite of President Duterte and Sister Patricia Fox Photo: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been angered by the actions of Sister Patricia Fox. (AP/ABC News: Phil Hemingway) Related Story: The nun vs the President: How Sister Pat got under Duterte's skin Related Story: Philippines rejects Australian nun's appeal, orders her to leave Map: Philippines

Australian nun Patricia Fox has again been ordered to leave the Philippines after angering President Rodrigo Duterte.

Key points:

  • Sister Patricia was arrested and had been facing charges of disorderly conduct
  • The Bureau of Immigration concluded Sister Patricia had "violated the conditions" of her missionary visa
  • A spokeswoman says Sister Patricia is likely to appeal the decision

Sister Patricia, 71, has lived in the Philippines for 27 years.

In April, Mr Duterte accused Sister Patricia of disorderly conduct and called her an undesirable alien.

The deportation order accuses Sister Patricia of openly and actively participating in activities such as rallies, press conferences and fact-finding missions which violated the terms and conditions of her missionary visa.

The Bureau of Immigration approved the deportation order on Thursday, concluding she had "violated the condition and limitations of her missionary visa".

It also ordered Sister Patricia be put on the bureau's "Blacklist, thus barring her re-entry into the country".

Sister Patricia has long spoken up for the rights of workers, farmers and students in the Philippines, and says the role of the religious is to be with people who are suffering.

Patricia Fox is carrying a sign that reads "free all political prisoners". Photo: Sister Patricia has been arrested in the Philippines for taking part in what's described as illegal political activities. (Twitter: Pamalakaya Pilipinas)

Last month, The Philippines Department of Justice nullified a previous order to deport the nun.

A spokeswoman for Sister Patricia's solidarity group, Nadhja Deera, said the nun plans to appeal the latest decision.

Ms Deera said she believed Sister Patricia has until Monday or Tuesday to lodge an appeal against the order.

'I don't want to leave here'

Speaking to the ABC's 7.30 program in April, not long after her first deportation order, Sister Patricia said she would be "very sad" if she was ultimately deported.

She said she was overwhelmed by the amount of support she had from people in the Philippines.

"I was surprised how many people came out. Urban poor farmers. I had all these church people come and visit me," she said.

"They clearly don't think I'm walking all over the Philippines."

"When they [supporters] come out and support you, they make you want to be here.

"I don't want to leave here."

'Criticise your own    government': Duterte lashes out at Australian nunVideo: 'Criticise your own government': Duterte lashes out at Australian nun (ABC News)

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Duterte's drug war killed thousands, and Filipinos still loved him. Then he called God 'stupid.'

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President Rodrigo Duterte slams his hand lightly on the podium, as if to show exasperation. Speaking in his usual casual tone, he unloads an expletive-laden tirade over what he sees as a bizarre story rife with stupidity. This is the Filipino firebrand’s style â€" unfiltered, informal speeches littered with sometimes inappropriate jokes, slang and curses that make his audience feel like they’re listening to a friend and not the leader of their country.

But this time, as he spoke in front of a crowd in the city where he was mayor for more than two decades, Duterte was ranting about a story that many Filipinos hold dear. Mumbling at times and weaving between English and Tagalog, Duterte said:

What he did was, Eve eats the apple, then she wakes up Adam.… So Adam eats the apple. Then, m alice was born. Who is this stupid God? That [expletive] is really stupid if that’s the case. You created something perfect, and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work. How can you rationalize.… Do you believe it? … So all of us now, all of us are born with an original sin. The original sin, what is that? Was it the first kiss? What was the sin? Why original? You’re still in the womb and you already have a sin? It’s your mother and father’s doing and you’re not even included, and now you have an original sin? [Expletive]. What kind of religion is that? That’s what I can’t accept.

The backlash was swift, and a few days after the June 22 speech in Davao City, Duterte gave another speech, bristling and on the defensive:

I didn’t say that my God is stupid. I said your God is not my God because your God is stupid. Mine has a lot of common sense. Then now, why do you have to talk about r eligion? If I choose not to believe in any God, what’s the [expletive] thing about it? It’s a freedom to choose.

[Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte kissed a random woman on the mouth in front of a crowd]

Filipinos have looked past the populist president’s attacks on the pope and the Catholic Church, and even his infamous rape joke about a murdered Australian lay minister, to name a few examples. Even the president’s brutal drug war that has killed thousands has substantial support, despite condemnation from the Catholic Church and international human rights groups.

But bellicose rhetoric that not only mocks God, but also questions one of the most fundamental teachings of Catholicism? That may have crossed a line among the deeply religious populace and given the Catholic Church fresh ammunition, said Aries Arugay, a political-science professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

“It’s one thing that Duterte attacks th e church; it’s another thing that he attacks God himself,” Arugay told The Washington Post. “The church’s power and political influence might have been in decline; however, that doesn’t mean that Filipinos are not religious and spiritual anymore.”

Filipinos’ approval ratings of their president hit their lowest level since Duterte was elected in 2016, according to a recent survey by Social Weather Solutions. The Manila-based pollster surveyed 1,200 adults from across the country a few days after Duterte’s “stupid God” comment. The results: 65 percent â€" down from 71 percent in December â€" said they were satisfied with the president. Twenty percent â€" up from 14 percent in December â€" said they were dissatisfied, leaving Duterte with a net rating of 45 percent, a record low in his presidency.

Some in the Catholic Church say the dip in Duterte’s popularity was a direct result of his mockery of God. For instance, Filipino Bishop Ruperto Santos tol d the Manila Bulletin that the drop is a “wake-up call” for the president to reflect on his “abusive and offensive” words. In a thinly veiled condemnation of the president, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released a lengthy written sermon July 9 calling out people in power who “boast of their own wisdom” and “blaspheme our God as stupid.” Catholic bishops also called for a three-day fast, which ends Thursday, in response to Duterte’s profane comments.

[Duterte makes lewd threat to female rebels in Philippines]

Arugay thinks there could also be other reasons for Duterte’s sinking popularity. Although the country’s economy is growing, the inflation rate is at its highest in five years, resulting in some apprehension over rising costs, Arugay said. That’s especially problematic in a country where more than 20 percent of its 104 million people live below the poverty line.

But if there’s anything that seems to have elic ited some response from the Duterte administration, it’s the backlash to his condemnation of God and the story of Adam and Eve. Officials formed a committee that they said would hold dialogues with churches. Duterte’s spokesman defended the president, saying that he, too, should be afforded the same religious freedom that other Filipinos enjoy.

“The Duterte administration knew that there was damage done,” Arugay said, adding that he thought the comments were simply made in the heat of the moment. “But it has repercussions in a society that is deeply religious. You're talking about the biggest Catholic society in Asia.” (More than 80 percent of the population in the Philippines is Roman Catholic.)

This month, Duterte sat down with religious leaders and apologized, not to them but to God â€" his God, that is.

“My God is good.… What makes you think that your God is my God? … If it’s the same God, then I’m sorry. That’s how it is.… Sor ry, God,” Duterte said.

He even promised an archbishop that he would stop attacking the teachings of Christianity â€" only to break it the following day by questioning the existence of heaven and hell.

“You know my God never created hell because if he created hell, he must be stupid God.… I do not believe in heaven because if I do, only a fraction of you in this crowd will ever enter heaven,” he said in a July 10 speech, according to GMA News.

[Philippines’s Duterte vows not to come to the U.S.: ‘I’ve seen America, and it’s lousy’]

Hence, the long-standing fight, Duterte vs. the Catholic Church, continues.

Duterte’s relationship with the most powerful religious institution in the Philippines has been tenuous at best. As a high school boy, he said he and several others were molested by a Jesuit priest. The self-professed womanizer who boasts of having two girlfriends and two wives is also far from what the church would consider a n epitome of morality, Arugay said.

Still, Duterte remains highly popular.

A survey by another local pollster, Pulse Asia, found that Duterte’s approval rating actually jumped from 80 percent in March to 88 percent in June. That survey, however, was conducted before Duterte insulted God.

But even the less-glowing poll showed that he remains popular among a majority of Filipinos, especially those 18 to 24 and those who live in rural areas.

Although presidents’ popularity ratings are generally high after they’re elected and begin to dip a year or two into their presidencies, to compare Duterte to his predecessors would be disingenuous, Arugay said.

“We’re talking about Duterte, who hasn’t really conducted himself in a way that other presidents have conducted themselves,” he said. “This is a president who will not shy away from issuing remarks against women, or any kind of political sensitivity out there.… He’s a populist who perfo rms for a specific audience.”

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