International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines
Australian Chapter

H E Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace
Manila, Philippines

July 20, 2018

Cancel the deportation of Sr Patricia Fox from the Philippines

Your Excellency President Duterte,
We call on you and the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines to rescind the deportation order on Sr Patricia Fox nds, which was reported in our media today. We urge you to consider the fact that Sr Fox’s Missionary Visa was confirmed as valid.
Instead of deportation, you should be thanking her for her 27 years of kind support to the poor people of the Philippines.
Instead of deportation you should be conferring on her an honorary citizenship of the Philippines.
Instead of victimising Sister Fox, you and your government should be single-mindedly pursuing the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to try to resolve the root causes of the long-running conflicts in your country.
We unreservedly condemn the detention of Sr Pat on April 16-17, 2018, and the subsequent 30-day deportation order of April 25, as an arbitrary act of repression against her and against all foreigners who have committed to assist and support the Filipino people in their struggles in a poverty-stricken, exploited and violent society.
We are very clear – Sr Pat has committed no “illegal political activity” in the Philippines, and we applaud her decision to stay in the Philippines and to continue her honourable and humble work. As she has stood alongside the poor farmers, workers and indigenous people these last 27 years, we are proud to stand alongside her now.
Yours sincerely,
Peter Murphy
Chairperson, Global Council
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines

Movement Against Tyranny (Australia)
Migrante Australia
Action for Peace & Development in the Philippines (APDP)
Philippines Australia Union Link (PAUL)

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