Saturday, November 3, 2018

Before leaving PH, Aussie nun tells Duterte to listen to poor, not just the military





President Rodrigo Duterte and Sister Patricia Fox / compiled photo from Google (ctto)



Manila, Philippines - Australian missionary nun Sister Patricia Fox already bids goodbye and left the country on Saturday after 27 years of living in the Philippines.

In her solemn message after a solidarity mass at St. Joseph's College in Quezon City, Fox, in a straight Tagalog said that she wished President Duterte would listen to the poor.

Sister Fox says goodbye

"Sana makikinig siya ng mga daing ng mga maliliit na tao, hindi lamang military, hindi lamang mga businessman, pero mga urban poor, mga magsasaka mga manggagawa, mga katutubo," said Fox


(Translation: I hope he listens to the plight of the poor, not just the military or businessmen, but also the urban poor, farmers, workers, and the indigenous people.)

Sister Fox also thanked those who stayed with her since she arrived in the country until the battle against her deportation case.

“Maraming salamat sa lahat ng sumama sa ‘kin dito sa laban at pamula dumating ako sa Pilipinas may mga sumabaybay sa ‘kin. Salamat sa mga wishes. Salamat sa mga sector,” Fox said in a breaking voice.

[Thank you so much to those who joined me in this fight and who have been following me since I arrived in the Philippines. Thank you for the wishes. Thank you to the sectors.]

The nun expressed sadness for leaving but noted that she was not being deported from the Philippines, but is also exiting the country.

“I am also saying that I am not deported. I am actually going out of the jurisdiction, I’m not being deported,” she said.

Her flight bound for Australia was scheduled yesterday night.*

Further, Fox said that her pending deportation case before the Department of Justice (DOJ) would continue despite her absence in the country.

“The deportation case is continuing and will continue. My problem was the visa, and you cannot force the government to give your visa,” she said.

“So what I chose is to go out at present and to take my advocacies outside the Philippines.” Fox added.

Reminder to foreigners

Meanwhile, Malacañang on Saturday said that Sister Fox’s case should serve as a reminder to foreigners in the country to always follow the law.

"The departure of Sister Patricia 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," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Panelo said the fact that Sister Fox joined protests rallies while in the Philippines is a clear violation of the conditions of her stay.

"Undeniable is the fact that Sister Fox joined protest rallies. She has publicly acknowledged that joining these activities is part of her advocacy. Her participation therefore violated the conditions of her stay thereby mocking our laws, and abusing the hospitality extended to her by the host country," he said.



Source: ABS CBN