Aussie nun Fox has to go

November 03, 2018
Patricia Fox
Australian nun Patricia Fox hugs her supporters during a mass in Manila yesterday. The Australian nun who battled a government bid to expel her from the Philippines after she angered President Rodrigo Duterte, said she will leave rather than face certain arrest and deportation. AFP/NOEL CELIS

AUSTRALIAN nun Sister Patricia Fox will have to leave.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) denied with finality her Temporary Visitor’s Visa Extension and ordered her to leave by November 3.

Fox’s request to extend her stay in the country was denied in an order dated October 31.

The BI said it is not mandatory for the BI to extend an alien’s visa, especially a foreigner who has been proven to have violated immigration laws, the BI said, adding that the law is clear that the entry and admission of an alien is a matter of privilege, and not a right.

Fox was the subject of a deportation order last July for violating the conditions of her stay and for undesirability, due to her participation in partisan political activities, which she has not denied.

On this, the BI said: “These activities do not fall within the ambit of the religious missionary visa given to her. She never represented her congregation in these events, but instead represented different cause-oriented groups.”

The denial of her extension is without prejudice to her appeal to the Justice Department on her deportation. For now, she is required to exit the country before the expiry of her visa. She is also currently in the blacklist, the BI added.

The BI said it is waiting for the decision of the Department of Justice on Fox’s deportation to know if she can still return to the Philippines.