By Leslie Ann Aquino
Caloocan Bishop Pablo David is wondering why a person who cares for the poor like Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox deserves to be deported.
“She’s not a drug smuggler or trader. She’s not into child trafficking. She’s not part of a foreign cyber scamming group posing as a call center company. She’s not part of a foreign company that’s into open pit mining . She’s not an arms dealer or a terrorist. She just happens to care for the poor in this country,” he said in a Facebook post.
“Does she deserve to be deported as an ‘undesirable alien’? David asked.
In a July 19 ruling by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the 72-year-old Australian nun was ordered deported from the Philippines. Sister Pat has also been placed on the blacklist of undesirable aliens.
Earlier, other prelates such as Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes lamented the BI order.
The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Mission said the deportation order against Fox is a confirmation that the government is harassing those critical of them.
“This confirms our suspicion that this government is systematically harassing people who criticize their policies,” Bastes said.
The Sorsogon prelate said the government considers Fox a “threat” because of her defense of the rights of the Lumads who are being persecuted or driven from their lands on account of the government’s support for mining companies.
“We know that thousands of Lumads are leaving their homes because of the military accusing the lumads of being Communists,” said Bastes.
The camp of Fox already appealed the order Monday.