Philippines to deport Australian nun, 71, who advocated for farmers
Philippine authorities have arrested, detained and intend to deport a 71-year-old Australian nun for allegedly engaging in illegal political activities.
Ucanews.com reported immigration officers arrested Sr Patricia Fox, Philippine superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, at her convent in Quezon City on 16th April.
Although the prosecutor in charge “found no probable cause” for her arrest and ordered the nun’s “release for further investigation,” immigration officials insisted on the nun’s detention.
They said Sr Patricia failed to surrender her passport to the bureau. The nun said her documents were with a travel agency.
Sr Patricia was detained at the bureau’s intelligence division but was released on 17th April.
Immigration officials have accused the nun, who has worked in rural communities for 27 years, of being an “undesirable alien” for joining protest rallies and visiting political prisoners.
Picture: Supporters of Sr Patricia Fox, superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in the Philippines, hold placards while waiting for her 17th April release from the Bureau of Immigration headquarters in Manila. Philippine authorities arrested the 71-year-old Australian nun for allegedly engaging in illegal political activities. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters).Tags: arrest, Australia, deport, detain, nun, Philippines, Sr Patricia, Sr Patricia Fox