THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) yesterday rejected Australian nun Patricia Fox’s plea for an extension of her missionary visa.
However, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra clarified that Fox can apply for a temporary visitor’s visa instead.
“What was denied by the BI was the MR for the renewal of Fox’s missionary visa,” Guevarra explained.
“She was directed to downgrade and apply for a temporary visitor’s visa instead which has a validity of up to 59 days,” he added.
The BI ordered Fox’s deportation and inclusion in the bureau’s blacklist for alleged violation of the ”limitations and conditions of Commonwealth Act 613, Section 9 (g) missionary visa, and for being considered undesirable under Article 2711, Section 69.”
BI cited as basis several photographs showing that she engaged in several partisan political activities including those where she reportedly demanded for the release of political prisoners, joined the rallies for land distribution in Hacienda Luisita, and a labor rally in Davao City.
With Willy Balasa