By Leslie Ann Aquino
Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox was saddened by the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI’s) ruling on her deportation.
“Well of course I’m disappointed but that’s the order, and we’ll look at what we can do about it,” she said in an interview. However, Fox said she has yet to see the order.
“I got a text just before, to say that’s what happened,” she said.
“I haven’t seen the order… I just got the text from the lawyer… I’m not sure of the details yet,” added Fox.
Asked if they will appeal the order, she replied with this: “That was the plan. I’ll talk to the lawyers tomorrow, probably.”
In a statement, the camp of Fox expressed dismay with the decision.
“We are utterly dismayed by the resolution of the BI ordering the deportation of Sr. Patricia Fox and placing her name in the watchlist,” read the statement.
It added that Sr. Pat has been doing her missionary work in the Philippines for the past 27 years undisturbed by any deportation case.
“Helping the poor is not a risk to public interest, peace or order. In fact, the government must recognize her selfless service to the oppressed sectors of this society,” the statement read.
“President Duterte and the BI have no basis to say that Sr. Pat is an undesirable alien, unless their definition of undesirability is helping the poor,” it further read.