Atty. Rivera's Brilliant Explanations on Sister Fox Deportation "Would LP Deported Her If She Joined Pro-Duterte Rally"

Veteran San Beda lawyer and prominent social media personality Atty. Bruce Rivera made a brilliant explanations on the controversial issue about the deportation of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox.



According to Atty. Rivera the nun has aligned herself with the sentiments of the people she seek to help but the opposition and left-leaning have taken up her cause clearly as a show of contempt for the government.



The veteran lawyer noted that Fox have shown contempt not only for this government but for past governments as well. Would the LP defend her if she was deported because she joined a pro-Duterte rally and not one against it? Rivera asked.

Atty. Rivera explained that the truth of the matter is, a continued visa violation is a continued visa violation which can be revoked regardless of the recipient. Fox was given a missionary visa to help spread her faith, that is, the Catholic faith. If we look at the statistics, the Philippines is MORE Catholic than Australia, her home country.

Here's the Complete Statement of Atty. Bruce Rivera:

ON SISTER PATRICIA FOX DEPORTATION

The story is sad because we sent home a nun who has lived amongst the poor in the Philippines. A nun who has aligned herself with the sentiments of the people she seeked to help. A nun who the opposition and left-leaning have taken up her cause clearly as a show of contempt for the government.



However, Fox have shown contempt not only for this government but for past governments as well. Would the LP defend her if she was deported because she joined a pro-Duterte rally and not one against it?

The truth of the matter is, a continued visa violation is a continued visa violation which can be revoked regardless of the recipient. Fox was given a missionary visa to help spread her faith, that is, the Catholic faith. If we look at the statistics, the Philippines is MORE Catholic than Australia, her home country. So, why not evangelize Australians to be more Catholic rather than fraternize with the poor Filipinos who are already Catholic. Most of whom do not question their poverty because they believe "blessed are the poor for they are rich in heaven".

And she will argue that part of her evangelization is helping the poor then there are so many countries in Asia poorer than the Philippines who are not Catholic. There is Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, as so much more. If you help the poor in those country, Fox can help them see the Lord through her actions.



But what is she doing? She is insisting to stay in the Philippines by helping the poor who already share her faith not as a means to convert them but as a way to tell the people she served how inept our government is because even Australians like her are doing its job. In short, though her intention is noble, it sends a wrong message because there are so many Filipino nuns like her who are doing the same exact thing. And they are justified doing so because aside from their faith, they are also Filipinos who have the right to join political rallies.

You see, there are so many instances I had to tell a foreign husband or boyfriend whose wife or girlfriend is a staunch Duterte supporter not to attend rallies here in the Philippines. Yes, they can have opinions of the President but joining political actions against any side can always be seen as a violation of the visa conditons. And lawyers should know that a visa is not a right that any foreigner can demand, even if already granted. It is a privilege and can be unilaterally withdrawn by the granting state.

And if Filipino lawyers like VP Leni support Patricia Fox despite her clear violations of the visa, they should think that she comes from a state that will cancel our visa just because we brought in soil that got stuck in our sneakers. And if we take on her cudgels, think of all the other Filipinos who go to other countries and faithfully comply with the visa conditions of these countries. Are you telling them, it is okey to violate if paved with good intentions.

And yes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Bruce Villafuerte Rivera
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Minerva Fuschia Rivera

Atty. Rivera's Brilliant Explanations on Sister Fox Deportation "Would LP Deported Her If She Joined Pro-Duterte Rally" Atty. Rivera's Brilliant Explanations on Sister Fox Deportation "Would LP Deported Her If She Joined Pro-Duterte Rally" Reviewed by Phil Newsome on November 05, 2018 Rating: 5
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