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Australia probes nun's arrest in Philippines, ex-solon says

Australia probes nun's arrest in Philippines, ex-solon says

"She extended help to the Hacienda Luisita, Negros and Mindanao farm workers on their land cultivation campaign", they said.

BI spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang said Fox, who is a known human rights advocate, was arrested pursuant to a mission order issued by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.

"It will create an worldwide incident kung i-dedeport nila for the reason that supposedly, engaging in politics activities".

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI) said she had participated in farmer protests in the past but had not been doing so at the time of her arrest.

In an earlier statement, the BI alleged that Fox violated the conditions of her stay in the country when she attended protest rallies and engaged in political activities.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), which broke the news of Fox's arrest Monday, tweeted about the BI's release order Tuesday afternoon.

Fox was arrested a day after the BI barred from entering the country Party of European Socialists Deputy Secretary-General Giacomo Filibeck, also for being critical to the government.

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Cesar Santos, head of the legal division, said in his recommendation that it is improper for Fox to be a subject of an inquest proceedings as she was not caught in the act of violating any immigration laws.

Immigration authorities detained and deported an Italian lawmaker who had sharply criticised President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte's bloody and violent war on illegal drugs, a cabinet official confirmed on Monday.

A representative from the Australian consulate had communicated with Sister Patricia Fox, whose detention on Monday "created an worldwide reaction", former congressman Satur Ocampo told reporters.

Anakbayan Congressman Tom Villarin likewise weighed in on the issue, saying he would file a resolution asking the House to conduct an inquiry into the "shameful incident" involving Filibeck. "We are not just concerned and alarmed but we view these actions as despicable", Amnesty International Philippines human rights officer Wilnor Papa told AFP.

A 71-year-old Australian nun was held by police in the Philippines for 22 hours, accused of involvement in political activities, in what is seen as part of a clampdown on foreigners instigated by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"They don't even mind if they are nuns or if they are old. People should realise the government has a tendency of being dictatorial", Pabillo said.


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