The Philippines’ immigration bureau has revoked the missionary visa of Australian Sr Patricia Fox over her alleged involvement in “partisan political activities.”
Ucanews.com reported that a statement released by the bureau on 25th April said the 71-year-old nun, who was arrested on 16th April and detained overnight, had been ordered to leave the country within 30 days for engaging in “activities not allowed under the terms and conditions of her visa.”
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the visa granted to Sr Patricia gives her the “privilege to engage in missionary work and not in political activities.”
A one-page immigration document dated 23rd April ordered the forfeiture of the nun’s missionary visa that was due to expire on 5th September. Sr Patricia’s alien certificate of registration is also deactivated.
Immigration officials have accused Sr Patricia, who has worked in rural communities for 27 years, of being an “undesirable alien” for joining protest rallies and visiting political prisoners.
Picture: Supporters of Sr Patricia Fox, superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in the Philippines, hold placards while waiting for her 17th April release from the Bureau of Immigration headquarters in Manila. Philippine authorities arrested the 71-year-old Australian nun for allegedly engaging in illegal political activities. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters).