Lawmakers push for Australian nun's Filipino citizenship

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 30 2018 06:09 PM

MANILA - Makabayan bloc lawmakers have filed a bill that seeks to grant Filipino citizenship to Australian nun Patricia Fox after the Bureau of Immigration cancelled her missionary visa.

House Bill 7806 noted that Fox, who was accused of participating in partisan political activities, has been living in the Philippines for nearly three decades.

Fox stressed her missionary work, not political leanings, requires her to be with the poor and the Left-leaning groups helping them.

The Bureau of Immigration last April gave Fox 1 month to leave the country. But the missionary's camp appealed BI's order before the Department of Justice.

President Rodrigo Duterte had said that he had Fox investigated for alleged "disorderly conduct," but clarified he did not order her arrest.

The DOJ last Friday ordered the BI to answer Fox's appeal within 10 days. The agency added that Fox has until June 18 to leave the country.

Fox, who came to the Philippines in 1990, has previously worked with farmers, tribal groups and urban poor, where she learned about their problems on land ownership, illegal mining, and lack of job security.

--report from Robert Mano, ABS-CBN News