Guevarra admits Fox petition may take a while before being resolved

Published October 26, 2018, 1:50 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Jeffrey Damicog

It may take the Department of Justice (DOJ) sometime before it resolves the petition for review of Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox who sought not to be deported from the Philippines.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that the matter concerning the closure of the resorts in Boracay is currently one of the top priorities that are being discussed by the cabinet citing that it would not only concern the environmental aspect of the issue but the economic impact as well. (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra disclosed the DOJ is handling other more important petitions for review.

“Medyo matagal pa yun (it will take some time), the parties will submit their memoranda pa,” the DOJ chief said.

“Dami naming other petitions for review na more urgent. (The DOJ is handling other petitions for review which are much more urgent),” he pointed out.

On Sept. 3, Fox filed at the DOJ her petition for review against the BI’s July 19 deportation order which the Bureau affirmed in an Aug. 23 resolution.

The BI Board of Commissioners signed on Oct. 24 an order downgrading Fox’s missionary visa to a temporary visitor’s visa which has a 59-day validity.

Fox earlier sought for the renewal of her missionary visa which expired on Sept. 5.

The BI said the grant of the temporary visitor’s visa is without prejudice to the resolution of her appeal before the DOJ on her deportation.