Sister Fox loses appeal to keep missionary visa

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 16 2018 11:49 AM | Updated as of Sep 16 2018 12:29 PM

MANILA - (UPDATE) The Bureau of Immigration has denied Australian nun Patricia Fox's request to extend her missionary visa.

Fox spent 27 years in the Philippines as a missionary, but the memorandum of agreement between the BI and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines only allowed foreign missionaries to stay in the country for 10 years, the bureau said.

“The BI already saw that Sister Fox violated the conditions of her stay and is considered undesirable, hence a deportation order was previously issued against her," the order read.

Fox may apply for downgrading of her visa, which can be valid for 59 days within 15 days from receipt of the extension denial order., the BI said.

The bureau ordered Fox's deportation in July for supposedly political activities, a violation of the terms of her stay in the Philippines

But the 71-year-old nun has repeatedly said that being with protesters, who are often members of the marginalized sectors, is part of her missionary work. 

On September 3, her camp asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to overturn the BI order.

President Rodrigo Duterte in April said that he had Fox investigated for alleged "disorderly conduct" but clarified he did not order her arrest.

He also called the missionary nun foul-mouthed for criticizing his government while ignoring her own country's alleged misdeeds.

- report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News