Philippines again orders deportation of Australian nun, who plans appeal
Philippine authorities have ordered the immediate deportation of Australian Sr Patricia Fox, superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in the Philippines, after she was declared an “undesirable alien” by the Immigration Bureau.
Ucanews.com reported Sr Patricia, who has worked in the Philippines for 27 years, would appeal the ruling.
In a 10-page resolution released on 19th July, the Immigration Bureau found Sr Patricia “in violation of the limitations and conditions of her missionary visa” for reportedly joining partisan political activities.
Bureau spokeswoman Dana Krizia Sandoval said the board of commissioners decided Sr Patricia’s actions were “inimical to the interest of the state.”
Ucanews.com reported the nun has also been put on the bureau’s blacklist, barring her re-entry. Sandoval said the bureau had received reports that Sr Patricia attended political demonstrations, even holding banners with political messages, and wearing shirts representing leftist groups.
Sr Patricia was arrested on 16th April and detained overnight before an order to leave the country was issued. The Immigration Bureau revoked Sr Patricia’s missionary visa on 23rd April for allegedly participating in “partisan political activities.” The bureau also “deactivated” the nun’s alien certificate of registration.
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. Sr Patricia said she was not surprised about the new deportation order. “We will file an appeal before the Department of Justice and will seek all available legal remedies,” said the nun, who is also a lawyer.
Picture: Supporters of Sr Patricia Fox, superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in the Philippines, hold placards while waiting for her release from the Bureau of Immigration headquarters in late April in Manila. On 19th July Philippine authorities ordered the immediate deportation of Sr Patricia, after she was declared an “undesirable alien” by the Immigration Bureau. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters).