Sister Patricia Fox’s Deportation Should be Blamed to Sen. De Lima and Not Pres. Duterte

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Some netizens took to social media as they defended the decision of the Duterte administration to deport Sister Patricia Fox and every Filipinos should know for the fact that the deportation of the nun should be blamed to Sen. Leila De Lima and not Pres. Rody Duterte.

According to the explanations presented by Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, the deportation of Sister Fox is a timely reminder to all foreigners who stay or sojourn in this country that they are not entitled to all the rights and privileges granted to the citizens of the Philippines, including the absolute exercise of political rights inherently exclusive to Filipino citizens, as spelled out in Operations Order No. SBM 2015-025 issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), approved by then Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima.

Atty. Panelo also noted that undeniable is the fact that Sister Fox joined protest rallies. She has publicly acknowledges that joining these activities is part of her advocacy.

The controversial Australian nun’s participation therefore violated that condditions of her stay thereby mocking our laws, and abusing the hospitability extended to her by the host country.

Spox Panelo also noted that to say that Sister Fox is “compelled to leave under strong portest,” is, therefore, milsleading as it is erroneous. Neither is there “injustice” nor “silencing or threatening anyone from exercising the freedom of expression.” Freedom of expression remains unbridled in this part of the world.

Sister Fox was given due process of law after she underwent a legal process where she was given the opportunity  to be heard. She availed of all remedies that she may stay in the Philippines but the BI upheld the law and denied the request for the extension of her visa.

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