MANILA-Immigration officials on Tuesday freed a 71-year-old Australian missionary whose detention sparked outrage among human rights groups who insisted she was not involved in partisan political activities here.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (right) visits detained Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox at the Bureau of Immigration in the evening of April 16, 2018. She has served as a missionary in the Philippines for 27 years, working especially with indigenous people and impoverished farmers.
It's since been reported she will be released once her passport can be produced, CBCP News reports.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday afternoon, April 17, released Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox after almost a day she was arrested.
However, Immigration Bureau spokesperson, Antonette Mangrobang, said that the law of the land does not allow any foreigner to participate in political activities.
Filibeck was part of an global mission in 2017 that had harshly criticised the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial anti-drug campaign, and which led to the inclusion of his name on a government blacklist. 15, 2017, "and that said visa is valid until September 9 this year".
The immigration department informed her about deportation proceedings against her, he said.
Cesar Santos, head of the legal division, said in his recommendation that it is improper for Fox to be a subject of an inquest proceedings as she was not caught in the act of violating any immigration laws.
She had been involved with human rights missions in Mindanao, looking into the plight of indigenous people and farmers, left-wing lawmakers said, nearly a year after President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law on the southern island of Mindanao.
"Sister Pat Fox is a long time human rights advocate, particularly for the rights of mostly poor and landless farmers in the country".
The immigration bureau confirmed the Sister Fox's arrest but declined to issue any statement until after the investigation is complete.
In a statement, the seven-man Makabayan bloc said the arrest of Fox was part of the Duterte administration's crackdown against its critics, the opposition and human rights advocates.
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