Philippines: Duterte Takes Responsibility for Australian Nun's Detention


However, Duterte said he ordered only an investigation into Fox's "disorderly conduct", not her detention.

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox speaks to the press during her release from detention at the Immigration headquarters in Manila yesterday, a day after she was arrested.

His words came as he was attending a change of command ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. "She lives simply and works tirelessly with the poor", the group said.

Duterte said foreigners don't have the right to criticize him since freedom of expression in the Philippines is exclusive to Filipinos.

In a statement, the Promotion of Church People's Response insisted that Fox's arrest was "without due process and respect for her fundamental rights and rights as a Church person".

Cristina Palabay, secretary-general of the human rights group Karapatan, said the arrest of Sister Fox and threats against global human rights advocates "are clear and blatant forms of violation on the exercise of people's right to extend worldwide solidarity to victims of rights violations". "You do not have that right to criticise us. Why don't you rant there?" he said. "At least it is criminals I order killed, how about you?" he asked.

"It was not the military who arrested the Catholic nun from Australia", the Inquirer quotes Duterte as saying.

"You Left, do not ever, ever invite - I will never allow them in the country. If they try to enter surreptitiously, they will be arrested", said Duterte.

The release order was issued by BI Chief Jaime Morente based on the recommendation of BI legal division head lawyer Arvin Cesar Santos. "So siguro nagkakamali din naman ng CID (So maybe, the CID committed a mistake)", Roque told GMA.

Fox was held for 22 hours by authorities before being released, after "no probable cause" was found for her arrest and she was proven to be a legally documented alien with a missionary visa, according to UCA News.

The nun said her presence at demonstrations "was not a form of protest against anyone in the government but merely accompanying the poor in their struggle".

"I haven't joined political rallies in terms of party politics, but I have been active in human rights issues", she added.

Last Sunday, the BI also detained and immediately deported Giacomo Filibeck, leader of the Party of European Socialists (PES), who castigated President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war in 2017.

Filibeck, who has previously condemned the killings in the president's anti-drug campaign, had been invited to an event by a left-wing group in Cebu City.



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