ON THE RECENT BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION ORDER ON THE CASE OF SR. PATRICIA FOX

Karapatan decries the most recent Bureau of Immigration order denying Sr. Patricia Fox’s appeal on the BI’s earlier ruling to revoke her missionary visa as an act that truly reflects the agency’s propensity to deny due process rights to foreign missionaries and human rights defenders like Sr. Pat, at the whim and caprice of President Duterte.

The BI order, bolstered by Duterte’s villification of Sr. Pat, is an act of reprisal by a vengeful, paranoid, insecure and anti-people regime, that knows no other way to hide its crimes but to further infringe on people’s civil liberties and political rights to go after its perceived enemies and critics.

Participation in independent investigations on rights violations in Mindanao and anywhere is not a crime. It is an exercise of humanitarianism and solidarity.

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Offering words of comfort to workers denied of their right to security of tenure and living wages or to political prisoners unjustly detained is not a crime. It is an exercise of the right to freedom of speech.

Providing accompaniment to peasants’ struggle for land and social justice is not a crime. It is an exercise of the right to association. 

What can be considered crimes are these schemes employed by the Duterte regime in its mad attempts to silence and stifle voices that articulate the plight of the poor in Philippines society.

For reference: Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, 09173162831

Karapatan Public Information Desk, 09189790580