Hero's welcome for Australian nun kicked out of Philippines

Patricia Fox: Philippines expels Australian nun and Duterte critic

Patricia Fox: Philippines expels Australian nun and Duterte critic

Sister Fox has vowed to continue her work for some of the Philippines's most vulnerable people, including its rural poor, and on Sunday she said she would like to see the Australian Government applying more pressure on President Duterte over human rights.

"The human rights abuses are just increasing and it's a reign of terror".

Church figures have previously criticised Duterte´s policies particularly his signature anti-drug campaign that the government has left nearly 5,000 people dead since Duterte took office in 2016.

According to Sr Fox, she would not be able to return to the country until Rodrigo Duterte is no longer president.

She boarded a flight in Manila on Saturday night, marking the end of her 27 years as a Catholic missionary in the country.

Sister Patricia drew the attention of the president after visiting the island of Mindanao, which she maintains was a "fact-finding" mission.

A former practising lawyer who worked with indigent clients in Australia, Ms Fox has said she has been educating landless Filipino farm hands and factory workers about their rights. The Bureau of Immigration ordered her deported in July, put her on a blacklist and then downgraded her missionary visa to a temporary visitor's visa, which expired ON Saturday.

Most of the criticism has focused on his bloody anti-drug campaign, alarmed Western governments and rights groups and prompted two complaints of mass murder before the International Criminal Court.

"They should look start looking at Australian companies, particularly mining companies, because they're hiring goons and ... you know we have to start being responsible for what's happening over there", she said.

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"I don't think I can say what I think of him", she said.

The 79-year-old was kicked out of the Philippines for denouncing human rights abuses in the Philippines.

"I know a lot of mothers, wives who have lost someone", Fox said.

The ordeal stirred debate in the Philippines about whether expatriates should be allowed to take a stand on human rights.

"It is not mandatory for the BI to extend an alien's visa, especially a foreigner who has been proven to have violated immigration laws", said Sandoval, stressing the law is clear that the entry of an alien in the country is a matter of privilege and not a right. Her missionary visa, though, expired while various appeals were still being pursued.

She was arrested briefly on charges of violating her visa´s terms against activism and the slow turning wheels of the Philippine bureaucracy began moving to strip her of her papers.

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox hugs supporters in the Philippines before boarding a plane to Melbourne.

Dozens of activists, laborers, priests, nuns and tribal folk, some in tears, thanked Ms. Fox by celebrating a mass in her honor before sending her off to the airport.

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