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Sister Fox appeals denial of missionary visa extension

Sep 17, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox remains hopeful about the legal process – especially after the guilty verdict against retired Major General Jovito Palparan

IMMIGRATION WOES. Sister Patricia Fox is the 72-year-old Australian nun that the Bureau of Immigration has ordered deported for allegedly engaging in political activities. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Philippines denies extension of Sister Fox's missionary visa

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox is now required to apply for a 59-day temporary visitor's visa, says the Bureau of Immigration

IMMIGRATION WOES. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox appears at the Bureau of Immigration on September 3, 2018, as she considers applying for a tourist visa two days before her missionary visa expires. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines to deport 'most wanted criminal' of Taiwan

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:35 PM

American fugitive Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, is accused of chopping up and dumping in a river the body of a 43-year-old Canadian teacher in Taiwan

FOR DEPORTATION. American national Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, is set to be deported back to Taiwan over the murder of a 43-year-old Canadian teacher. Photo of Mayer from the BI Fugitive Search Unit

Philippines detains 34 Chinese men for working illegally

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Chinese men got employed as construction workers, says the Bureau of Immigration, adding that Filipinos reportedly cheered when they were arrested

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Sister Fox moves to avoid arrest once visa expires

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Apart from the deportation order against her, Sister Patricia Fox faces another problem: the expiry of her missionary visa on September 5

IMMIGRATION WOES. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox goes to the Bureau of Immigration on September 3, 2018, as she considers applying for a tourist visa two days before her missionary visa expires. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox challenges deportation order at DOJ

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra declines the Australian nun's request for a dialogue

Different church groups continue call for justice and end to all these senseless killings and violence as they commemorate today the 9th day of killing of Father Richmond Nilo at Plaza Miranda Manila. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Immigration bribery case is still plunder; bail denied

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

A plunder complaint requires a minimum of P50 million. The NBI under former justice secretary Aguirre only recommended charges of graft because of the supposedly missing P1,000.

NOT MISSING. The Sandiganbayan finds that the the total P50 million was not missing P1,000, contrary to the earlier claim by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Philippines affirms deportation of Australian nun Patricia Fox

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Fox can take it all the way up to the courts

PCNE5. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Blacklisted Australian rights activist leaves Philippines

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Gill Boehringer is the latest foreigner ordered out of the Philippines following Australian Catholic nun Patricia Fox, who has been fighting deportation since April

GILL BOEHRINGER. Australian professor Gill Boehringer, 84, poses for a photo inside the airport's day room at the international airport in Manila on August 14, 2018. Photo by AFP.

Fox questions BI for citing Duterte in deportation order

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Saying the Bureau of Immigration 'prejudged' her case, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox appeals the deportation order issued against her

DEPORTATION ORDER. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox holds a press conference on July 20, 2018, about the deportation order by the Bureau of Immigration against her. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox to challenge BI deportation order

Jul 20, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Sister Patricia Fox's lawyer says the deportation order 'will set a very bad precedent for other missionaries who also want to stand in solidarity with Filipinos'

DEPORTATION ORDER. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox holds a press conference on July 20, 2018, about the deportation order by the Bureau of Immigration against her. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Philippines orders deportation of Sister Patricia Fox

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Bureau of Immigration blacklists Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox because she allegedly joined political activities in the Philippines

PUBLIC APPEARANCE. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox speaks at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 19, 2018, hours before receiving the Bureau of Immigration order to have her deported. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After losing workers due to pay cut, BI now has to answer for profit loss

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Bureau of Immigration has to answer for P869 million in lost profit for not collecting express lane fees in 2017 – a big inter-agency problem that caused resignations within the bureau last year

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Philippines orders 3 Methodist missionaries to leave

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says Methodist missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana, Adam Thomas Shaw, and Miracle Osman engaged in 'political activities,' like Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Methodist missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana, Adam Thomas Shaw, and Miracle Osman have been ordered by the Bureau of Immigration to leave the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP hails 'wise' DOJ move to let Sister Fox stay for now

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, thanks the Department of Justice for its 'wise' decision on Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox

PETITION GRANTED. Sister Patricia Fox is allowed to stay in the Philippines, at least for now, after the Department of Justice nullified a Bureau of Immigration order forfeiting her missionary visa. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Argosino accused as 'main plunderer' in immigration bribery scandal

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Amended charges identify Al Argosino as the main plunderer, apparently to satisfy legal standards introduced by the Supreme Court when it acquitted former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder

BRIBERY SCANDAL. Former immigration Associate Commisioner Al Argosino gets emotional during the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing on January 31, 2017, on the P50-million bribery scandal. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Guevarra extends Sister Patricia Fox’s deadline to leave PH

May 25, 2018 - 7:15 PM

In Guevarra’s order, Australian nun Patricia Fox has until June 18 to leave the Philippines

EXTENDED. DOJ allows Sr. Patricia Fox to stay until ... Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Australian nun Patricia Fox appeals to DOJ to let her stay in PH

May 25, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) The nun will not leave the country despite an Immigration order for her departure on Friday, as her lawyers claim the appeal means the order is on hold

Sr. Patricia Fox files a petition at the DOJ on May 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Appeal denied: PH orders Australian nun Patricia Fox to leave

May 23, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says Sister Patricia Fox, whose missionary visa was forfeited, can still return to the Philippines as a tourist since she is 'not yet' blacklisted

Priests led by running priest Fr. Robert Reyes pray over Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox at the UP Diliman’s Parish of the Holy Sacrifice on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox hits BI's definition of 'missionary work'

May 05, 2018 - 7:43 AM

While she has joined rallies for social justice, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox calls these activities 'part and parcel of my apostolate and missionary work'

SEEKING PRAYERS. Priests pray over Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox at UP Diliman's Parish of the Holy Sacrifice on April 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Sister Patricia Fox: 'Whatever happens, I will be forever grateful'

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'I may lose my right to be in the Philippines, but I can never lose the learnings and beautiful memories,' says Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, whom the Bureau of Immigration ordered to leave the Philippines

DETAINED OVERNIGHT. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox (C) is escorted by immigration officers during her release from detention at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila on April 17, 2018, a day after she was arrested. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Lawful or harassment? Senators clash on Australian nun's deportation

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Administration senators say it is well within the Philippines' power to deport the Australian missionary, but opposition senators say it is a crackdown on dissent

The Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox who was arrested and detained by immigration officials appealed Friday, April 20, 2108, for due process from the Philippine government, at the Human Rights Commission office in Quezon City. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Malacañang backs BI order for Australian nun to leave

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stresses that Sister Patricia Fox 'violated the terms and conditions' of her missionary visa in the Philippines

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Protesters in a rally outside the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on April 25, 2018, slam the BI order to forfeit the missionary visa of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Philippines orders Australian nun Patricia Fox to leave

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Bureau of Immigration forfeits the missionary visa of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox 'due to her involvement in partisan political activities'

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Australian nun Patricia Fox is ordered to leave the Philippines because she supposedly engaged in 'partisan political activities.' File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR: Arrest of Australian nun a 'dangerous' precedent for human rights workers

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'Framing their work as interference without concrete basis may discourage foreign nationals from doing important missionary and humanitarian work in our country,” the Commission on Human Rights says

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte admits ordering probe vs Australian nun

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:52 PM

(UPDATED) 'Huwag mo papasukin kasi walang hiya ang bunganga ng madre na 'yan,' says a fuming President Rodrigo Duterte about Sister Patricia Fox

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Arrest of nun shows Duterte gov't 'has much to hide, guilty as hell' – rights group

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Karapatan secretary general Tinay Palabay says that the action of President Rodrigo Duterte's regime against international human rights observers and development workers 'betrays its guilt'

Bureau of Immigration releases Australian nun Patricia Fox

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) 'I haven't joined political rallies in terms of party politics, but I have been active in human rights issues,' says released Australian nun Patricia Fox

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte critics slam detention of 71-year-old Australian nun

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Lawmaker Carlos Zarate refutes claims that Sister Patricia Fox is engaging in partisan activities, as upholding human rights is not a form of meddling

DETAINED NUN. Protesters in a rally outside the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on April 17, 2018, call for the release of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox from the BI. Photo by Maria Tan

Binay, Pangilinan hit Bureau of Immigration over nun's arrest

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'How can an Australian religious person be as outlawed as those Chinese syndicates in the country involved in drugs, gambling, and prostitution?' says Senator Nancy Binay

DETAINED NUN. The Bureau of Immigration detains missionary nun Sister Patricia Fox on April 16, 2018. Photo from CBCP News

Bishop fears crackdown amid Australian nun's detention

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:12 PM

'Ibig sabihin wala pang martial law ngayon, iniisa-isa na nila ang mga taong kumokontra sa kanila,' says Bishop Pabillo as he visits detained Sister Patricia Fox

DETAINED NUN. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (right) visits detained Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox at the Bureau of Immigration in the evening of April 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of CBCP News

Bureau of Immigration detains Australian missionary nun

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Detained Sister Patricia Fox, 71, is a missionary with the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, and has worked in the Philippines for 27 years, says CBCP News

DETAINED NUN. The Bureau of Immigration detains missionary nun Sister Patricia Fox on April 16, 2018, says CBCP News. Photo courtesy of CBCP News

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Apr 13, 2018 - 7:41 PM

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PNP refuses Crame detention for officials in immigration bribery scandal

Apr 13, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Suspects Al Argosino, Michael Robles, and Wally Sombero claim their lives are threatened by drug war detainees in Camp Bagong Diwa. The PNP says these supposed threats are 'speculative.'

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Former Immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino and Michael Robles are detained at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

LIST: New Boracay rules during 6-month closure

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:47 PM

DILG Assistant Secretary Densing III releases a rough list of rules that the government considers for residents, tourists, foreigners, and journalists

NEW RULES. Boracay is scheduled to be 'shut down' starting April 26. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Wally Sombero: 'I think I'm safe with police'

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Is retired police colonel and alleged Jack Lam middleman Wenceslao 'Wally' Sombero batting for detention inside Camp Crame?

FORMER COP. Wally Sombero voluntary surrenders to incoming PNP chief Oscar Agbayalde and CIDG chief Roel Obusan at Camp Crame on Wednesday, April 11. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jack Lam 'middleman' Wally Sombero surrenders to police

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) Incoming Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Sombero sent surrender feelers on the same day the Sandiganbayan released the arrest order against him

Ex-immigration execs in Jack Lam bribery case detained

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles are accused of accepting P50 million in exchange for the freedom on undocumented Chinese nationals arrested in an online casino in Pampanga in November 2016

PLUNDER ALLEGATION. Former Immigration deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles are facing plunder charges for allegedly accepting ₱50 million in exchange for the release of 1,316 undocumented Chinese nationals arrested during a raid in Clark, Pampanga, in November 2016. Photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate recommends bribery, plunder charges vs ex-immigration officials

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Senate also recommends that Wally Sombero, the alleged associate of Chinese tycoon Jack Lam, be charged with plunder and corruption of public officials

CHARGES. The Senate recommends bribery and plunder charges against two former Immigration commissioners involved in the BI bribery scam. Rappler lile photos

Senate reprimands Aguirre for private meeting with Jack Lam

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Senate says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II was 'less than prudent' when he met with individuals who turned out to be allegedly involved in bribery

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

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OFWs with prior contracts can return to Kuwait – immigration chief

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'Kuwaiti-bound Filipinos with short-term non-working visas are also not covered by the ban,' says Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

BALIK MANGGAGAWA. As part of the labor department's Balik Manggagawa program, Filipino workers with prior contracts can still return to Kuwait despite a deployment ban.

Valenzuela court clears 5 in importation of P6.4-B shabu

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:10 PM

It seems there are a lot of hurdles to getting accountability in the smuggling of shabu from China to the Philippines, and a lot of them has to do with limitations set by the law

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Duterte OKs use of express lane fees for immigration workers' salaries, overtime

Dec 27, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Duterte nudges Congress to enact a new Immigration Law in 2018 to address low salary brackets of employees

Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera

Aquino, Garin, 7 others on immigration lookout over Dengvaxia

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The immigration lookout bulletin order comes after Gabriela filed a graft complaint stemming from the dengue immunization program that began during the Aquino administration

First phase of OFW ID implementation starts

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the OFW ID will still be given for free