THE Bureau of Immigration yesterday downgraded the missionary visa previously given to Australian nun Patricia Fox to a temporary visitor’s visa.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed this development, adding Fox’s temporary visitor’s visa has a lifespan of 59 days.
“Downgraded. Her status reverted to a temporary visitor visa, and she is given 59 days from the day her missionary visa expired, which was September 5,” BI spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval said in a statement.
During investigation, the BI found that Fox violated “the limitations and conditions of Commonwealth Act 613, Section 9 (g).
The bureau cited as basis for its order several photographs showing that she engaged in several partisan political activities sometime in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018—including those where she reportedly demanded for the release of political prisoners, joined the rallies for land distribution in Hacienda Luisita, and a labor rally in Davao City.
Meanwhile, Fox’s camp welcomed the downgrading but vowed to pursue their bid to have her missionary visa restored.