Philippines may deport Australian nun

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Her detention came a day after Giacomo Filibeck, a Socialist Party official from the European Union who had criticised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal anti-drugs crackdown, was deported.

The BI said in a statement that Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente "approved the recommendation of the BI legal division headed by lawyer Arvin Cesar Santos that Fox be released for further investigation after it was established that the Australian nun holds a valid missionary visa and, thus, she is a properly documented alien".

"We condemn her unjust detention and the deportation proceedings initiated against her", Mr Reyes said.

"She has always been in the Philippines helping the poorest of the poor".

CBCP News said Fox, mother superior of the Our Lady of Sion congregation in the Philippines, was arrested by six immigration authorities at their mission house in Quezon City at around 2pm on Monday.

Ocampo said Fox was part of a fact-finding mission that looked into alleged human rights violations, specifically against farmers, in Mindanao last week.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said she had been working in the Philippines for 27 years.

Sister Patricia Fox was taken from her home and brought to the immigration bureau in Manila for questioning and could be deported.

The Apostolic Nunciature, the Holy See's diplomatic mission here, had also been informed of the incident, Ocampo said.

It's since been reported she will be released once her passport can be produced, CBCP News reports.

The immigration bureau confirmed Sister Fox's arrest but declined to issue any statement until after the investigation is complete.

A representative from the Australian consulate had communicated with Sister Patricia Fox, whose detention on Monday "created an global reaction", former congressman Satur Ocampo told reporters. "She is a human rights and a genuine agrarian reform advocate who tirelessly provided various social service to farmers including the farmers of Hacienda Luisita".

'The immigration department is barking at the wrong tree on this one.

"Helping the poor is not a crime and joining peace activities to advocate peasant welfare and human rights is not against the law".

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