Australian community voices support for Sister Pat

Sister Pat Fox (left) shares a light moment with children of sitio San Roque, Quezon City after a violent dispersal of urban poor homes in 2014. (Bulatlat File Photo by RVO)

“We the undersigned Australian People publicly call on President Rodrigo Duterte and the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines to rescind its deportation order on Sr Patricia Fox NDS, to restore her Missionary Visa, and to thank her for her 27 years of kind support to the poor of the Philippines.”

By RUTH LUMIBAO
Bulatlat.com

MANILA — After the Philippine government ordered Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox to leave the Philippines on April 25 on the ground of “engaging in activities that are not keeping in terms of her missionary visa”, various international human rights organizations and people’s interest groups have openly expressed support for her. The decision of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) came right after she joined an International Fact-Finding and Solidarity (IFFSM) in Mindanao, exposing the harsh realities and conditions of the implementation of martial law in the region.

Led by the Movement Against Tyranny (Australia), International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), and Migrante Australia, nearly 500 people have signed the signature campaign.

“We the undersigned Australian People publicly call on President Rodrigo Duterte and the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines to rescind its deportation order on Sr. Patricia Fox NDS, to restore her missionary visa, and to thank her for her 27 years of kind support to the poor of the Philippines,” the petition partly read.

On May 4, Sister Patricia already filed her counter-affidavit, and a resolution will be released within 10 days. (https://www.bulatlat.com)

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View the consolidated list of signatories of the campaign supporting Fox.
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