Australian nun Patricia Fox again ordered to leave Philippines

By On July 19, 2018

Australian nun Patricia Fox again ordered to leave Philippines

Email Australian nun Patricia Fox again ordered to leave Philippines

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)

Topics: world-politics, human-rights, philippines

First posted July 19, 2018 21:52:43

Source: Google News Philippines | Netizen 24 Philippines

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