'Patuloy ako': Australian nun on win vs Immigration bureau

Davinci Maru, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2018 12:48 AM

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MANILA - Odds are stacked against her and that's why Australian nun Patricia Fox didn't expect that the wheels of justice would turned in her favor.

"Sa ngayon, masaya kami itong decision," she said on Bandila sa DZMM in a live interview on Monday night.

"Kasi 'di naman nalaman na mangyayari...Magpasalamat ako sa secretary of justice 'cause I think that was yeah, justice."

The Department of Justice (DOJ), in a resolution released Monday, revoked the order issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to forfeit Fox's missionary visa.

The 71-year-old nun gets to stay in the Philippines for now.

Fox is still facing a deportation case in BI over allegations she participated in partisan political activities.

"So we keep going, taking all the legal steps we can," she said.

As an active human rights advocate, Fox said she will continue her missionary work in the country.

"Patuloy ako kasi 'yan ang isang well hindi lang trabaho. Itong inspiration kung sino ako bilang madre," she said.

"At dapat magsasalita kung may labag sa karapatang pantao, kung may lalabag sa dangal ng tao."

Fox said it was the first time she was investigated and charged.

"Walang ganyang nangyari sa akin kaya nagulat ako. Kadalasan tahimik lang ako, nandiyan lang ako sa likod lang usually."

She serves as superior of the Notre Dame de Sion in the Philippines, a congregation of Catholic nuns.

Asked if she had something to say to Presidento Rodrigo Duterte, who ordered the investigation against her, Fox offered no response.

"I think nandito ako dahil sa support ng mga tao...kaya magpasalamat ako sa kanila," she said.