Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday released from its custody Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary, a day after she was arrested for violating the conditions of her stay by engaging in political activities and anti-government demonstrations.
BI Chief Jaime Morente approved the recommendation of the BI legal division headed by lawyer Arvin Cesar Santos that Fox be released for further investigation after it was established that the Australian nun holds a valid missionary visa and, thus, she is a properly documented alien.
Fox, through her lawyers, submitted her passport and other immigration documents showing that she was issued her missionary visa on Oct. 15 last year and that said visa is valid until Sept. 9 this year.
Based on the two-page note with recommendation, Santos said that while Fox was alleged to have taken part in protest actions by farmers in the past, she was not doing so at the time when BI operatives served her the mission order yesterday.
Santos said under BI rules, Fox should undergo preliminary investigation to determine if deportation charges should be filed against her before the bureau’s board of commissioners.