MANILA - Australian nun Patricia Fox is not ready to leave Philippines yet, her home for nearly three decades.
"Parang naging home na dito kaya I hope I can stay," she told "Bandila sa DZMM" Thursday.
The 71-year-old missionary, who has again been ordered by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to leave the country, plans to file a fresh appeal to block her deportation.
"According to my lawyers, we can still appeal," she said.
The bureau ordered the deportation of Fox for allegedly violating the terms of her missionary visa because of her supposed partisan political activities.
The bureau also ordered that Fox be placed on an immigration watch list and barred from returning to the Philippines.
Upon hearing the news, the human rights advocate said she was dismayed by the order.
"Siyempre, malungkot ako na nangyari ngayon itong decision kasi habang walang decision may malaking pag-asa na iba ang lalabas," Fox said.
In June, the Department of Justice (DOJ) revoked the order issued by the bureau to forfeit Fox's missionary visa on technical grounds.
The DOJ resolution said, “This office cannot sanction BI’s resort to a visa forfeiture procedure, and [BI] orders against [Fox] which result therefrom. To hold otherwise will legitimize [BI’s] assertion of a power that does not exist in our laws.”
Fox earlier said her missionary work involves dealing with farmers, indigenous peoples, and victims of social injustice.
She serves as superior of the Notre Dame de Sion in the Philippines, a congregation of Catholic nuns.