Duterte spokesman says Australian nun still in danger of deportation
An Australian missionary nun ordered by Philippine authorities to leave the country is still in danger of being deported, despite winning a reprieve from the Justice Department, said a top government official.
The Philippines’ Justice Department decided that Sr Patricia Fox, who has been working in the country for 27 years, should get her missionary visa back after it was declared forfeit by immigration authorities. Ucanews.com reported the justice department declared the forfeiture of the nun’s visa by the Immigration Bureau “null and void” on 18th June because there was no legal basis to declare it forfeit.
It added that Sr Patricia “may continue to perform her duties as a missionary” until her visa expires in September or “until a final resolution” in her deportation proceedings is reached.
Ucanews.com reported on 19th June that a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said the 71-year-old nun is “not yet off the hook” and still has to face the deportation case.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Justice Department only upheld the validity of Sr Patricia’s visa “without prejudice to the deportation proceedings.”
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