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Philippines Expels Anti-Duterte Nun Patricia Fox

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Australian missionary nun Sister Patricia Fox, who has spent almost three decades in the Philippines, has been deported after repeatedly denouncing President Rodrigo Duterte administration’s violent campaign against the drugs trade.

Sister Patricia Fox, 72, is now returning to Australia.

The nun’s missionary visa was downgraded to a temporary tourist visa last month.

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Speaking as she was preparing to leave on November 3, Patricia Fox said President Duterte should listen to “the cry of small people”.

She told supporters who had come to Manila airport to see her: “Not just the military, not just the business people, but the urban poor, the workers, the indigenous peoples.”

In April, Patricia Fox was briefly detained overnight for “disorderly conduct”. President Duterte said remarks she made criticizing the government had constituted a violation of sovereignty.

Human rights groups estimate that more than 12,000 people have been killed by anti-drugs police or vigilante groups since Rodrigo Duterte came to power in 2016.

Sister Patricia Fox has admitted she met political prisoners in Mindanao, an island in the south currently under martial law.