Immigration bureau orders release of Australian nun

Immigration bureau orders release of Australian nun

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox gestures as she is interviewed by reporters after she was released from custody at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Fox, according to BI, submitted her passport along with the other immigration documents showing she was issued her visa on October 15 previous year and that it will expire on September 9, 2018.

Under the BI rules, the lawyer further said that Fox should go through preliminary investigation "to determine if deportation charges should file against her before the bureau's board of commissioners".

The bureau said the basis of the arrest order was a provision of the Philippine Immigration Law of 1940, which says "any alien who remains in the Philippines in violation of any limitation or condition under which he was admitted as a nonimmigrant" can be arrested or deported by the bureau.

The Philippines on Monday detained an Australian nun for alleged "illegal political activities" after she took part in a human rights fact-finding mission in the south of the country.

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Fox has been accused of being an undesirable alien as she allegedly joined a rally against the government in Tagum City and visited the striking Coca-cola workers in Davao City.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News reported that Fox has worked in the Philippines for 27 years helping farmers and indigenous peoples (IPs).

The 71-year-old had been involved with an worldwide human rights mission on the southern island of Mindanao.

"Sister patricia's case has nothing to do with her being a nun, nor with her personal advocacies", he said.

Various groups staged a protest Tuesday, condemning Fox's arrest and calling for her immediate release.

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