REAL TALK: ASCENT Interviews Sr. Pat Fox on Her Continuing Advocacy for Filipino People’s Concerns in Australia


Australian missionary nun Sr. Patricia “Pat” Fox has been a development worker and human rights champion in the Philippines for 28 years before she was forced to go back to Australia on November 3 of last year. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) failed to renew her visa giving her no choice but to leave the … Continue reading REAL TALK: ASCENT Interviews Sr. Pat Fox on Her Continuing Advocacy for Filipino People’s Concerns in Australia

MISFI: Providing Free Education to Lumad Children Despite Attacks


On October 23, 2015, the Fr. Fausto Tentorio Memorial School located in Kitaotao, Bukidnon managed by the Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. (MISFI) was suddenly under attack by more than 100 people, led by the Barangay Captain of White Culaman, Felipe Cabugnason. They destroyed the fence of the school and forcibly entered the premises without … Continue reading MISFI: Providing Free Education to Lumad Children Despite Attacks

For every grain: FARDEC and HUMABOL’s struggle for food security


On July 14, 2014, at around 7 o’clock in the morning, almost 50 elements of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion of the Philippine Army together with the Countrywide Development Program-Purok Power Movement (CDP-PPM) Project Coordinator and Provincial Agriculturist Liza Quirog barged into the rice mill warehouse owned by FARDEC (Central Visayas Farmers Development Center). The … Continue reading For every grain: FARDEC and HUMABOL’s struggle for food security

Sr. Patricia Fox: Personifying Genuine Development Work in the Church


For more than 6 months this year, Sister Patricia Anne Fox has hogged the headlines in the country starting on April 16 when 6 officials of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested her in Quezon City  and culminating in her  dramatic departure for Australia on November 3.  Sr. Pat first arrived in the Philippines in … Continue reading Sr. Patricia Fox: Personifying Genuine Development Work in the Church

Illegal Arrest and Detention of Development Workers: The Case of Benito Quilloy and Rita Espinoza


Little did Ben and Rita know then that they would eventually be among the development workers whom ASCENT would be assisting in the battle for their freedom and human rights. On October 19, 2017, at around 1:30 pm they were illegally arrested by about 10 members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of … Continue reading Illegal Arrest and Detention of Development Workers: The Case of Benito Quilloy and Rita Espinoza