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APD | Australian missionary leaves for home

World2018-11-03

By APD writer Melo M. AcunaMANILA, Nov.39 (APD)– Sister Patricia Fox, now 71 years old, will leave for home Saturday night after the Bureau of Immigration denied her petition for an extension of her temporary visitor’s visa.The missionary was described by President Duterte as someone who has come to “insult us” by her pro-poor activities.  It was during the change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo last April that the chief executive said the missionary as someone who “trample with our sovereignty.A law graduate from Australia before joining the France-based Notre Dame of Sion congregation, Sr. Pat, as called by Human Rights advocates and progressive groups, will face the media at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at St. Joseph’s College before a motorcade towards the Baclaran Church.She has helped peasants in northern Quezon Province take possession of lands through the government’s legal process.  She has also joined fact-finding missions on incidents of alleged human rights violations against farmers in southern Philippines.She joined an event in Davao last April where workers protested the lay-offs that took place and even called on the government to put a stop to contractualization, a campaign promise made by then presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.She will be sent off by cause-oriented groups in a motorcade towards the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for her trip at 9:00 P.M.Meanwhile, Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ permanent committee on Public Affairs said Sister Pat’s deportation is a “blow to the missionary spirit of the church.”“The faith she proclaims is not detrimental to the life of Filipinos as it is a source of home and consolation to our suffering countrymen,” he said in a statement.He added the government should have taken the moral high ground in taking up the case of the embattled nun.“How they came up with a decision will always be doubtful but for whatever its worth, the government has spoken, and we are bound to follow lest we be accused of undermining the government,” he concluded.  (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)  

By APD writer Melo M. Acuna

MANILA, Nov.39 (APD)– Sister Patricia Fox, now 71 years old, will leave for home Saturday night after the Bureau of Immigration denied her petition for an extension of her temporary visitor’s visa.

The missionary was described by President Duterte as someone who has come to “insult us” by her pro-poor activities.  It was during the change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo last April that the chief executive said the missionary as someone who “trample with our sovereignty.

A law graduate from Australia before joining the France-based Notre Dame of Sion congregation, Sr. Pat, as called by Human Rights advocates and progressive groups, will face the media at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at St. Joseph’s College before a motorcade towards the Baclaran Church.

She has helped peasants in northern Quezon Province take possession of lands through the government’s legal process.  She has also joined fact-finding missions on incidents of alleged human rights violations against farmers in southern Philippines.

She joined an event in Davao last April where workers protested the lay-offs that took place and even called on the government to put a stop to contractualization, a campaign promise made by then presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

She will be sent off by cause-oriented groups in a motorcade towards the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for her trip at 9:00 P.M.

Meanwhile, Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ permanent committee on Public Affairs said Sister Pat’s deportation is a “blow to the missionary spirit of the church.”

“The faith she proclaims is not detrimental to the life of Filipinos as it is a source of home and consolation to our suffering countrymen,” he said in a statement.

He added the government should have taken the moral high ground in taking up the case of the embattled nun.

“How they came up with a decision will always be doubtful but for whatever its worth, the government has spoken, and we are bound to follow lest we be accused of undermining the government,” he concluded. 

 (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

 

 

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