DOJ orders BI to answer Australian nun's plea vs visa cancellation

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2018 07:00 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to answer the appeal of Australian nun Patricia Fox to its decision revoking her missionary visa.

Just hours after Fox filed the appeal before the DOJ, the agency ordered the BI, its attached agency, to "comment on the Petition for Review and to elevate within the same period all the records of the above-captioned case" within 10 days.

It added that Fox has until June 18 to leave the country.

"Upon denial of said Motion for Reconsideration, petitioner had a remaining period of 25 days from 24 May 2018, the date when she was served a copy of the Order denying her Motion for Reconsideration, or until 18 June 2018 within which to leave the country," it said.

The BI on Wednesday denied Fox's plea to reinstate her missionary visa, forcing her to leave the country.

In deciding to cancel her visa, the BI earlier said Fox had participated in "illegal political activities." She was briefly detained. 

Fox is the superior of the Notre Dame de Sion in the Philippines, a congregation of Catholic nuns.

She had been involved in human rights missions in Mindanao, looking into the plight of indigenous peoples and farmers, left-wing lawmakers said. 

More details to follow.

--Report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News