Sister Fox ‘intends to come back to the Philippines as soon as Duterte is out of power’
Manila: Lawyers of a nun wanted deported by the government said their client will abide by the decision denying her bid to remain in the country and leave the country by November 3.
Volunteers of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), who had been fighting off efforts by the government to deport 71-year-old Sister Patricia Fox over the last six months, said the activist Catholic nun had no choice but to accept the decision by the Bureau of Immigrations to deport her.
The immigration required Fox to leave on November 3, after it denied her plea to extend her temporary visitor’s visa. “Under the circumstances, she is compelled to leave under strong protest,” said Attorney Katherine Panguban of the NUPL.
The immigration had been insistent on evicting the nun from the country after it accused the foreigner of interfering in government affairs through her presence in protests actions.
Sometime in April, Fox was detained for a few hours by the police after she took part in an antigovernment demonstration. Duterte had accused the nun of being with the left wing groups.
But her lawyers said the elderly nun is farthest from being a threat to the government.
“Sr. Fox will leave the Philippines with a clear conscience that she has done nothing wrong and illegal during her 27 years of stay in the country,” Panguban said, but added that the activist nun “intends to come back to the Philippines as soon as President (Rodrigo) Duterte is out of power and another government more receptive of dissent and who recognises missionary and human rights work is in place.”
It can be recalled that in an order rendered last August, the immigrations revoked Fox’s missionary visa and downgraded it to a temporary visitor’s visa.