MANILA Malacanang on Friday belied claims made by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) that Australian nun Patricia Fox has never spoken in protest rallies in the country.
In a press briefing on Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque showed a photo taken on April 9 where Fox was speaking in a rally.
I heard the CBCP say that Sister Fox, although she attends rallies, has never spoken in rallies. Well, I now have a picture and this is taken April 9 in a rally organized by KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno) and Gabriela party list, Roque said.
The rally was held in front of the Coca-Cola Davao City Distribution Center in Ulas, Davao City.
There you have it, Sister Fox speaking in the strike at Coca-Cola Davao City. It is very clear, she is holding a microphone, Roque said while showing the photo on television.
Roque believed that Fox did not tell everything to the CBCP including a separate occasion where the Australian nun also spoke in a protest rally in 2013.
When asked to comment on the Commission on Human Rights' plan to investigate Fox's arrest, Roque said: It's up to them. Do what they want to do.
Fox, a 71-year-old nun, was arrested and temporarily detained last April 16 for supposedly joining a political activity.
The Bureau of Immigration released her the next day but for further investigation after it was established that the Australian nun holds a valid missionary visa thus, she is a properly documented alien.
President Rodrigo Duterte had taken full legal responsibility for Fox's arrest.
Duterte said it was him who ordered the Australian nun to be investigated for a disorderly conduct. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency