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BI puts Aussie Nun Patricia Fox on blacklist, orders deportation

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday (July 19) ordered Australian Missionary, Patricia Fox, to leave the country.

Aside from the deportation order, the BI also put Fox on the agency’s “blacklist, thus barring her re-entry into the country”.

The Immigration Bureau said the Aussie nun violated the terms of her missionary visa.

Fox’s legal counsel Maria Sol Taule in a post on Facebook said the Australian missionary “does not deserve this kind of persecution.”

Taule said Sister Patricia is likely to appeal the decision.

“We will face and fight this case in all avenues and exhaust the remedies available to us,” she said.

The 71-year-old missionary has lived in the Philippines for nearly three decades. Her deportation issues came after President Rodrigo Duterte accused her of disorderly conduct by joining anti-government rallies, which her camp denied. – Marje Pelayo

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Sister Fox to appeal deportation case before DOJ

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2018

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox

Australian nun Patricia Fox will file an appeal before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reverse the deportation order of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) against her.

Fox has been accused of participating in political rallies which is prohibited under the Philippine law.

On August 23 the BI denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Fox and upheld its earlier ruling.

In the 3-page decision, BI insisted that the deportation of Fox is an administrative proceeding and that the nun has not presented any new argument in her motion.

Fox’s camp is set to take her case to the DOJ on Monday.

Her lawyers on August 20 requested the Bureau of Immigration to extend her missionary visa which is set to expire on September 5.

Fox’s camp said they are prepared to go to the Supreme Court in case their appeal is denied anew.

Her lawyers warned that Fox’s case should not be ignored as it could set a precedent that could threaten other individuals who wish to carry out missionary work in the Philippines.

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BI launches “e-gates” for faceless transactions at NAIA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018


PASAY CITY, the Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday (July 19) started the four-day random testing on actual passengers of its Electronic Gate System (E-Gate) project at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

This aims to fine-tune the program and the machines before its official launch on Monday (July 23).

BI Deputy Commissioner Tobias Javier the project is expected to relieve passengers of the hassle of queuing in manual counters as the machines would cut processing time of passengers from the present 45 seconds to just 8 to 15 seconds.

The electronic gates are provided with modern security features such as facial recognition, biometric scanning, barcode reading, and smart card recognition which will help immigration officers to detect passengers with derogatory records as well as those who are in the immigration blacklist, watch list and hold departure list.

BI, however, explained that the electronic counters are initially open for Filipino passengers with machine-readable passports (MRP). Meanwhile, senior citizens in wheelchairs and other handicapped travelers and children will still have to go through the regular counters.

A total of 11 e-gates will be installed at NAIA Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The other five will be installed at the Mactan international airport in Cebu; three at the Clark international airport in Pampanga; and two at the Davao International Airport before the year ends. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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Aussie nun insists she did not violate conditions of missionary visa

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox


MANILA, Philippines — Australian missionary Patricia Fox insists that she did not violate the terms and conditions of her missionary visa.

In her 22-page reply submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday, June 5, Fox denied the Bureau of Immigration’s allegation that she engaged in partisan political activities that prompted the cancellation and downgrading of her visa to a temporary visitor’s visa with a validity of 30 days only.

Fox earlier asked the DOJ to review and reverse the immigration bureau’s order, claiming that it is not in accordance with the Constitution and jurisprudence.

The Bureau of Immigration has yet to file its comment on the petition. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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