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Australian nun appeals deportation order

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AUSTRALIAN MISSIONARY Patricia Anne Fox on Monday appealed to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to reverse its decision to deport her for allegedly violating the terms of her missionary visa when she participated in political activities. “It’s a reiteration of our arguments that she did not violate the terms of her missionary visa,” Ms. Fox’s legal counsel, Sol Taule, told reporters in an ambush interview after the filing. Ms. Taule said it was “well within the constitutional, international law for her (Ms. Fox) to practice religion and freedom of expression.” Ms. Fox’s camp also questioned the BI’s use of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s verbal remarks against her, which the agency cited in its July 19 order. Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra, who last June 18 nullified the BI’s previous April 23 and May 27 deportation orders against Ms. Fox, told reporters in a text message, “The deportation order cannot be enforced until it becomes final. With the filing of the appeal, the deportation will not be executed.” — Dane Angelo M. Enerio

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