Aussie nun who angered Duterte forced to leave Philippines

Aussie nun who angered Duterte forced to leave Philippines
Australian Roman Catholic nun Sister Patricia Fox receives flowers from children of informal settlers as she arrives for a visit to the Redemptorist Church prior to her departure for Australia Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 in suburban Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines. Sister Fox decided to leave after 27 years in the country after the Immigration Bureau denied her application for the extension of her visa. The Philippine immigration bureau has ordered the deportation of Fox who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Australian nun who angered the Philippine president by joining anti-government protests has called on Filipinos to unite and fight human rights abuses ahead of her forced departure from the country.

Sister Patricia Anne Fox is set to leave the Philippines on Saturday for Australia after the Bureau of Immigration ordered her deported months ago and downgraded her missionary visa to a temporary visitor’s visa, which expires Saturday.

During a farewell news conference Saturday, the 71-year-old Fox called on Filipinos to speak up and help the marginalized fight to gain land, houses and jobs.

She told The Associated Press that Duterte’s deadly anti-drug crackdown was “horribly barbaric” and vowed to return if allowed to resume her 27 years of missionary work for the poor.