Philippines orders deportation of Sr. Fox
Sr. Patria Fox shares about her faith and missionary works of helping the poor with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion, July 19, 2018. PHOTO FROM PCNE
July 19, 2018
The Philippines has ordered the expulsion of 71-year-old Australian nun Sr, Patricia Fox, placing her under the country’s “blacklist” for reportedly joining protest rallies against the government.
In a resolution issued July 19, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) ordered the nun’s deportation to Australia for supposedly violating the terms of her missionary visa and “barring her re-entry” to the Philippines.
The Bureau said Fox, who has been in the country for more than 27 years, will remain in its watchlist “and shall only be lifted upon actual deportation of the respondent”.
The BI asserted that Fox’s participation in political rallies and protests together with cause-oriented groups “is not within the ambit of the religious missionary visa granted to her”.
According to the Bureau, allowing Fox to participate in political activities “would open floodgates for other aliens unbridled right to criticize the government by joining rallies to the detriment of public peace and order”.
“Verily, there are other ways for foreigners to crtiticize government as part of their freedom of expression other than joining unruly rallies and protests,” the Bureau said.
Sought for her reaction, Fox admitted her disappointment but “we will look at what more we can do about it”.
The nun was seen today attending the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) organized by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
At one point of the conference, Fox spoke about her faith and missionary works of helping the poor and the marginalized Filipinos in rural areas.