By Leslie Ann Aquino
Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox said she felt honored that a bill has been filed seeking to grant Filipino citizenship to her.
“I feel very privileged that they would consider filing a bill that would make me a citizen,” she said in a forum in Quezon City.
“That makes me feel very accepted. And that has been how I always felt here, very accepted. I am very honored that they would even propose such a thing,” added Fox.
On Wednesday, lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc filed House Bill 7806 granting Filipino citizenship to the 71-year-old nun saying it is “a response to the call of many farmers, fisher folks, and indigenous people, whose lives were touched and helped by Sr. Pat.”
Asked if she would accept the Filipino citizenship if approved, the 71-year old nun replied with: “Yes, I will accept it.”
In a separate statement, Sister Fox thanked the lawmakers who filed the bill for their gesture.
“I thank these congresspersons for their support and recognition that I have been trying to be in solidarity with the poorer sectors of society while here in the Philippines, listening to their cries for land, security of tenure, just wages, decent housing and that the human rights of all be respected,” she said.
Fox said while she have tried to support these just demands to the best of her ability, for her, this is the role, not only of church people but of all those who aspire to a world where all can live a decent life in peace, freedom, and security.
“We all belong to the one world and what happens in one country, whether for good all evil, affects people everywhere. Our cultures, skin colour, language, accents may differ but our dreams for our life and that of future generations is the same,” she said.