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Philippine immigration officials reaffirm move to deport missionary nun

The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration reaffirmed its intention to deport an Australian missionary nun after earlier ordering her to leave the country.

The bureau, on 30th August, dismissed a motion for reconsideration filed by Sr Patricia Fox’s lawyers, saying it failed to raise new matters that could warrant the reversal of the expulsion order, reported.

Bureau spokeswoman Dana Krizia Sandoval said Sr Patricia has 30 days on receipt of the order before it can be considered final and executory.

In a statement, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, however, said the nun may not be immediately deported because the deportation order still can be subject to appeal.

He said the issue also could reach the courts should Sr Patricia opt to file a petition after all administrative remedies before the executive branch are exhausted.

“Any adverse ruling from the (Justice Department or the Office of the President) may be reviewed by the courts,” Guevarra said.

Picture: Sr Patricia Fox. (CNS photo/Mark R. Cristino, EPA).