Duterte hits critics, says BI order on Australian nun Fox case signed by De Lima

During the sidelines of the 32nd ASEAN Leader’s Meeting, President Rodrigo Duterte also made his statements reminding critics continually slamming the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) order to expel elderly Australian nun Patricia Fox out of the country for allegedly violating VISA terms was simply in the context of an order approved by the previous administration.
By referring to the Operations Order No. SBM 2015 – 025 authorized by the former Justice Secretary Leila De Lima in July 2015, President Duterte said, “Hindi ko ni-revoke yan. Sabi ko, hayaan diyan, balang araw magamit natin (I didn’t revoke it. I said, let’s leave it there, we’ll be able to use it in the future).”
The said order demands that “foreign tourists are prohibited from engaging in ant political activity as defined by law and jurisprudence, such as but not limited to, joining, supporting, contributing or involving themselves in whatever manner in any rally, assembly or gathering, whether for or against the government.”

President Duterte stressed that, “Kung sumali ka doon sa protesta, mga political rallies, ide-deport ka. Kaninong order yan? ‘Di ko man tinanggal ‘yan. Ang aking kaibigan nasa loob ng presuhan, si de Lima (If you join protests, political rallies, you’ll be deported. Whose order was that? I didn’t revoke it. It’s the order of my friend who is now in jail, de Lima),”

“That is the irony of life. Kung kayong gumawa okay lang. Kung kami ngayon masama. Kaya naisip ko (If you do it, it’s okay. If we do it, we’re bad. That’s why I thought) I will not revoke that order, it stands there,” Duterte added.

To recall, the BI demanded the Australian nun to leave the country following her alleged involvement in partisan political activities which prompted the bureau to cancel her missionary visa.

In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said, “She (Fox) was found to have engaged in activities that are not allowed under the terms and conditions of her visa,”

Although Fox was allotted 30 days to leave the Philippines upon receipt of the BI order and the deactivation of her Alien Certificate of Registration, her lawyers were otherwise persistent to create an appeal to the decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

The decision states that, “We direct Fox to leave the Philippines within 30 days from receipt of this order.”

Sister Fox’s missionary visa shall expire by September 5, 2018 and though BI’s order have already been released, the Bureau clarified that Fox may still visit the country as a tourist.


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