We condemn the arrest and detention of Sr. Patricia Fox of the Sisters of Sion Congregation at the Bureau of Immigration (BI). She has stood up for the cause of the Filipino poor especially the landless peasants, agricultural workers, and indigenous peoples, and has tirelessly worked for genuine development through her engagement as former National Coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) and current Board Member of the Tahanan ng Pag-asa, an organization that advocates for community-based programs for the elderly. As a participant to countless fact-finding and medical missions in the Philippines for more than two decades, Sr. Pat has also led the way for church people to perform their prophetic mission of being with and working for the poor.
She has also been most supportive of the newly organized Free Ben and Rita Now alliance which calls for the release of ASCENT’s Convenor and Senior Consultant Benito Quilloy and Project Staff Member Rita Espinoza. It is most unjust that her many years of adherence and assertion for human rights and social justice alongside the poor and marginalized has resulted to this humiliating and degrading action of detention at the BI office in Intramuros, Manila.
ASCENT calls for the immediate release of Sr. Patricia Fox who does not deserve this kind of treatment in the country that she has selflessly served for the past 27 years. Any kind of deportation order is most unkind as she has grown to love, nurture and fight for the rights of poor and oppressed Filipinos.