Australian nun files fresh appeal on cancelled visa


Posted at Jun 05 2018 04:20 PM

MANILA -- Australian nun Patricia Fox on Tuesday asked the Department of Justice to reverse the Bureau of Immigration's decision that denied her appeal against the cancellation of her missionary visa.

The BI earlier denied Fox's appeal against the cancellation of her visa, without which, the 71-year-old nun faces deportation.

The bureau ordered the cancellation of Fox's visa, citing her "involvement in partisan political activities" including rallies, press conferences, and fact-finding missions which it said were "not allowed" under the terms of her stay in the country.

Fox filed a motion for reconsideration, challenging the decision and insisted that it was "not in accord with the Constitution, the law and jurisprudence." The BI denied the appeal.

"... The BI violated the constitution and the law when they summarily and arbitrarily issued the said orders of forfeiture. These indicate a flagrant violation of the constitution and the law and the BI's utter disrespect for the rule of law and the rule of justice," Fox said in her reply-affidavit.

Fox has until June 18 to leave the country, the immigration bureau said.

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. 

-with a report from Johnson Manabat and Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News