Australian nun saddened over gov't's order to leave PH

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox

"She is a nun".

The Philippine government gave an Australian nun 30 days within which to leave the country after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) revoked her missionary visa for her involvement in partisan political activities.

Sister Fox is a coordinator of a Philippine congregation of Roman Catholic nuns called Notre Dame de Sion and has lived in the Philippines for nearly 30 years.

Duterte has been criticized for a struggle on medication that left hundreds principally city poor lifeless.

The left-wing activist group Bayan (Nation) condemned the expulsion order of a nun who "has done so much for Philippine farmers in her almost three decades stay here". Her missionary visa had been due to expire in September.

"We will file a motion for reconsideration on this order", said Jobert Pahilga, a lawyer for the nun.

Duterte's administration has recently barred several human rights activists from re-entering the Philippines in a campaign to limit foreigners in the nation.

"I thought the process was that I would have 10 days to put in a counter-affidavit to answer the charges", Fox said in a statement.

"She was found to have engaged in activities that are not allowed under the terms and conditions of her visa", he said in a statement today (Wednesday, April 25).

Fox said she eventually learned "some of the basic issues" that cause poverty among the rural folk - "lack of their own lands, control of markets, dependence on pesticides". "I am hopeful that Sister Fox can return again soon and this misunderstanding can be clarified and resolved", Escudero said in a text message.

"I don't regret it (getting involved in social advocacies) and I think what makes me not regret it is how grateful I am for the people who came out, because they're the people I've been working with for a long time", Sister Fox said. "It seems this is what has brought me into conflict with the Philippine Government".

Fox's deportation comes only a week after she was arrested at her convent and detained for 22 hours by authorities.

However, she added that she hadn't lost hope that she would have "a chance to explain how I see my mission as a religious sister and maybe the decision can be reconsidered".

CBCP also reported that they were told Fox was primarily arrested for being an "undesirable alien" within the country because she participated in the farmer rally protests.

The progressive leader said Fox's "only crime was her advocacy" for the past 27 years to dedicate her life in helping the poor. "I was laughing, saying I have a disorderly room but I don't know about disorderly conduct". Fox noted that she stood in solidarity with the farmers during a rally in an effort to promote human rights - not politics.

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