Australian nun arrested in Philippines for participating ‘illegal political activities’
The lawyer of an Australian nun detained in the Philippines hopes she will be released within hours and allowed to stay in the country given she’s done nothing wrong. Sister Patricia Fox was taken from her home to the immigration office in Manila on Monday where she was detained for illegal political activities, the secretary general of the leftist Bayan movement, Renato Reyes, has revealed.
The president of the International Coalition for Human Rights, Peter Murphy, who has known Fox for many years and traveled with her in the Philippines, was shocked by her arrest. Fox’s detention came a day after Giacomo Filibeck, a Socialist party official from the European Union who’d criticized Philippine President Duterte’s brutal anti-drugs crackdown, was deported.
“It’s a horrific location,” he said. Australia’s foreign affairs department “is aware an Australian woman was arrested in the Philippines”, a spokeswoman said.
Source: ABC-CBN News, The Guardian News