Sister Patricia Fox Bio (Biography)
|Sister Patricia Fox is a 71-year-old nun born in Australia. She has spent 27 years (as of 2018) in the Philippines doing missionary work. President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines ordered an investigation on Sister Patricia for disorderly conduct and referring her an undesirable alien. The President ordered an investigation into the behavior of the nun on April 2018. A deportation order was issued in June 2018; however, the Philippines Department of Justice nullified a previous order to deport the nun. On Thursday, 19 July 2018, a fresh deportation order was issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and blacklist issued, which bars her from ever returning to the Philippines.|
|Age||71 Years as of 2018|
|Occupation||Catholic Missionary Nun|
|Reason for deportion||President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines ordered an investigation into the nun on the grounds of openly and actively participating in activities such as rallies, press conferences and fact-finding missions which violated the terms and conditions of her missionary visa. Her activities uncured the wrath of the administration.|
|No of Years in the Phillipines||27 years as of 2018|
|Notable Works||Sister Patricia has been on the forefront in the fight for the rights of workers, farmers, and students in the Philippines, and says the role of the religious is to be with people who are suffering.|
Sister Patricia Deportation from the Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines ordered an investigation into the nun on the grounds of openly and actively participating in activities such as rallies, press conferences and fact-finding missions which violated the terms and conditions of her missionary visa on April 2018. Her activities uncured the wrath of the administration. The Bureau of Immigration (BI)were to deport the nun on June 2018; however, the Philippines Department of Justice nullified a previous order to deport the sister. On Thursday, 19 July 2018, a fresh deportation order was issued The Bureau of Immigration (BI) and BI blacklist issued, which bars her from ever returning to the Philippines.
A spokeswoman for Sister Patricia’s solidarity group, Nadhja Deera, said the nun plans to appeal the latest decision.
Ms. Deera said she believed Sister Patricia has until Monday or Tuesday (23 and 24 July 2018) to appeal the order. The Bureau of Immigration approved the deportation order on Thursday, 19 July 2018, by concluding that she had “violated the condition and limitations of her missionary visa.”
It also ordered Sister Patricia to be put on the bureau’s “Blacklist, thus barring her re-entry into the country.”
The deportation saga in the Philippines of Sister Patricia Fox came to an end on Saturday 3rd November 2018 after the long-serving Australian missionary and critic of president Rodrigo Duterte had her passport confiscated.
The 72-year-old will fly to Australia the same day after a battle that has put a spotlight on the wider issue of expatriate involvement in human rights’ campaigning.
Sister Patricia vs President Rodrigo Duterte
President Duterte was quoted saying, “You come here and insult us; you trample with our sovereignty. That will never happen,”
He also said that Fox had “a foul mouth” and had no right to criticize him, despite offering no instance of the nun verbally insulting him or his administration.
“It is unlawful for aliens staying in our country to engage in partisan political activities, and the government has the right to refuse entry to those who have committed these illegal acts in the past,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told the media.
Sr. Pat Fox is no criminal or undesirable alien. She has long worked with poor farmers in the Philippines. We condemn her unjust detention and the deportation proceedings against her. Why is there a war on foreigners showing solidarity with Filipinos? pic.twitter.com/P7Ur43m44f
— Renato Reyes, Jr. (@natoreyes) April 16, 2018
Reactions on Twitter
We condemn in strongest possible terms the Duterte government for ordering the deportation of Sister Patricia Fox who has dedicated 27 years of her missionary work alongside the oppressed Filipinos struggling for social justice. #HandsOffSrPat #HindiGanyanAngTatayKo pic.twitter.com/pHUz7oOsy6
— Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns (@salinlahiphils) July 19, 2018
A 72-year old president with no respect for human rights and who’s facing accusations of crimes against humanity is far far more dangerous than a 71-year old nun who has been fighting for 27 years for the rights of the poor and marginalized
— Luis V. Teodoro (@luisteodoro) April 18, 2018
THE CURIOUS CASE OF SISTER PATRICIA FOX
The Noynoy Aquino Administration also arrested Sr. Patricia Fox in 2013 for "illegal assembly, direct assault, trespassing and malicious mischief".
— ThinkingPinoy (@iMthinkingPinoy) April 17, 2018