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BI ready to impose expulsion order vs. Aussie missionary Patricia Fox

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 24 May 2018 12:11 PM

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) insists that its decision to forfeit the missionary visa of Australian nun Patricia Fox is final and executory.

The agency added that it is ready to implement the expulsion order anytime for Fox’s immediate departure.

“The motion for reconsideration is final and executory. So she has to leave the country by the date set doon sa (in the) order,” said Sandoval.

Nevertheless, Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval said they will wait for the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Fox’s appeal.

The Aussie nun’s legal counsel previously said that they will exert all legal remedies to appeal to the DOJ and petition for a review of the BI’s decision.

Malacañang, through Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, said it respects the BI’s decision to forfeit Fox’s visa as it is required by the law. – Rosalie Coz |UNTV News & Rescue

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BI’s drive vs. trafficking bars more than 28,000 travelers in 2018

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:09 AM

FILE PHOTO | PVI/Marlon Briola

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has barred more than 28,000 travelers from leaving the country in the last 10 months in line with its crackdown against human trafficking.

On its website, the BI through Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the agency has prevented a total of 28, 467 passengers to board their flights from January to October this year because of their failure to secure the necessary documents required for overseas-bound passengers.

Of the said number, the Bi said, a total of 23,239 were stopped at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The rest were stopped in other international airports in Mactan, Clark, Iloilo, Kalibo, and Davao.

Among the cases the BI encountered were age misrepresentation, fraudulent documents, and illegal job recruitment.

BI Commissioners Jaime Morente, meanwhile, lauded the efforts of port personnel in support of the agency’s campaign against human trafficking.

Morente noted that with the vigilance of their personnel and partners, the country remains at Tier 1 in ratings of the US State Department’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report which means that the Philippine government has shown ‘appreciable progress’ against human trafficking. – Marje Pelayo

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Sister Fox vows to return to PH once Duterte admin ends

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 5 November 2018 09:31 AM

(C) Australian nun Patricia Fox

MANILA, Philippines – Australian nun Patricia Fox has left the Philippines on Saturday (November 3) after 27 years of stay in the country.

Her departure was prompted by the expiration of her temporary visitor’s pass that the Bureau of Immigration (BI) granted after the agency downgraded her missionary visa.

Sister Fox is facing deportation charges for joining anti-government protests, an act strictly prohibited to foreign nationals in the Philippines.

The 71-year-old missionary vowed to continue with her advocacy even outside of the Philippines.

“The deportation case is continuing and will continue. My problem was the visa, and you cannot force the government to give you a visa, and so what I chose is to go out at present and to take my advocacies, outside the Philippines,” Fox said.

“I haven’t planned much but I know it’s probably a call now to struggle with the people in a different form,” she said during a farewell news conference Saturday before her departure.

She called on Filipinos to help the marginalized sector in their fight for decent houses and employment.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an investigation on Fox’s activities when she was reported to have joined a fact-finding mission in Mindanao which the government considered a political interference.

Soon after, the BI suspended her missionary visa and placed her on a blacklist. The agency then ordered her deportation.

Her legal counsel, on the other hand, insisted that Fox was just helping the poor and she was only acting in support of freedom of religious expression.

Atty. Jobert Pahilga said they are expecting the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Fox’s deportation case this week.

“We are hoping that our arguments will be sustained that there is no basis for the deportation because the evidence submitted were unverified….but in the event that the department of justice will deny our appeal, we can bring the matter to the Court of Appeals.  And if in case the Court of Appeals would unfavorably decide on our petition, then we can bring the matter to the Supreme Court,” Pahilga said.

Her camp said Fox is determined to return to the Philippines if she wins her deportation case or perhaps at the end of President Duterte’s term.

Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said: “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 Filipinos.”

Panelo added that Fox’s participation in such political activities “violated the conditions of her stay thereby mocking our laws, and abusing the hospitality extended to her by the host country.”

Malacañang insisted that there was no violation of freedom of expression in Sister Fox’s case as she “was given due process of law. She underwent a legal process where she was given the opportunity to be heard.”

Nevertheless, Malacañang said the Philippines is thankful of “whatever good deeds she has performed during her stay in the country.”

However, Panelo noted that such actions “cannot exempt her from the punishment imposed by law as a consequence of her wrongdoing.”

“Our advice to Sister Fox is to follow the law whether here or elsewhere,” Panelo concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Sister Fox gets temporary visit pass valid for 59 days

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 26 October 2018 11:38 AM

 

Australian nun Patricia Fox

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) downgraded the missionary visa of Australian nun Patricia Fox to temporary visit pass with a validity of 59 days.

BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval said the order dated October 24 was in response to the application of Fox for an extension of her missionary visa.

Since Fox’s visa already expired on September 5, Fox only have until November 3 to stay in the Philippines under the temporary visitor’s visa.

The BI has issued a deportation order against Fox which she appealed to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The agency said they need to wait for the resolution on Fox’s appeal before they proceed to the deportation process.

Fox, an Australian missionary in the Philippines for 27 years, was accused of participating in political activities in the country, a violation of the law for foreign nationals.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the deportation of Fox for the said reason. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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