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BI expected to submit comment on Sister Fox’s appeal to stay in PH

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Wednesday (October 3) that the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has been directed to comment on the petition of Australian nun Patricia Fox who sought not to be deported.

“BI is expected to submit its comment within the week,” the Secretary said.

Fox filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) last Sept. 3 her appeal against the BI deportation order against her.

At the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte, the BI issued the deportation order over allegations that Fox violated the conditions of her stay by engaging in political activities.

The BI cited in particular her participation at a rally at a Coca-Cola facility in Davao City last April.

“Ang sinasabi nga natin dito Sister Pat did not involve herself in so-called political activities but ginagawa niya yung fact finding missions , humanitarian missions na ginawa niya in the past 27 years,” her legal counsel, lawyer Katherine Panguban cited the appeal.

“Lahat ng yan ay part ng kanyang missionary work and moiré importantly part of her right to freedom of expression,” she added.