Sister Patricia Fox: Why The Philippines Want To Get Rid Of Her

The Australian nun has been ordered to leave the Philippines again after angering President Rodrigo Duterte.

Australian Catholic nun Patricia Fox was ordered to leave the Philippines on Thursday, a place she has called home for 27 years.

But it's not the first time she has been told to leave.

In April this year, she received her first deportation order after being accused of participating in activities such as rallies, press conferences and fact-finding missions that violate her missionary visa.

The deportation order was officially approved on Thursday and the 71-year-old will also be added to the Bureau of Immigration's blacklist so she will be unable to re-enter the country.

But what has she actually done wrong?

Sister Pat appealed her first deportation order in May. Image: Getty Images.
Why can't Sr. Pat Attend Rallies In The Philippines?

Because it's a "violation of sovereignty" according to the Philippine President.

Fox's renewable missionary visa was cancelled in April and she was given 30 days to leave the country. She's still there because she appealed a ruling  that she engaged in "disorderly conduct" on May 25.

According to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, Fox violated the conditions of her visa by 'bad mouthing' the Rodrigo Duterte administration.

“You do not have that right to criticise us," Duterte said in April, "Do not insult my country”.
how did she criticise the government?

Fox has been a long-time advocate for the rights of workers, farmers and students in the Philippines. She's attended rallies and spoken to journalists about these issues and the government isn't impressed.

Sr Pat attends a prayer vigil in Manila. Image: Getty Images.

She defended her actions, saying it is the role of the religious to stand up for those in need and many activist groups in the Philippines have condemned her expulsion.

The left-wing activist group Bayan (Nation) said, "[Fox] has done so much for Philippine farmers in her nearly three decades stay here".

"The Duterte regime is paranoid and afraid of an elderly nun working for human rights and social justice for the poor," Bayan leader Renato Reyes said in a statement.

What Happens Now?

Sister Pat has been ordered to leave the Philippines for the second time, but a spokesperson for her group, Nadhja Deera, said that the nun has until Monday or Tuesday next week to appeal the latest decision.

Activist groups protest against Sister Pat's deportation order. Image: Getty Images

In April, Fox spoke to the ABC saying that she doesn't want to leave the Philippines. She also said that she was overwhelmed by the support from the farmers she had previously advocated for.

"I was surprised how many people came out. Urban poor farmers. I had all these church people come and visit me," she told the ABC.