- Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque admitted that there might have been a mistake in the arrest of Sister Patricia Fox
- He added that apologies might be in order over the mistake
- He also clarified that there’s a law that prohibits foreign nationals to intervene with our politics
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque admitted that the arrest of an Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) earlier this week might have been a mistake.
The spokesman told GMA, “Mayroon naman pong batas na ang mga dayuhan ay hindi dapat nanghihimasok sa politika natin… Ang problema lang ay mukhang nagkamali dito kay Sister Fox.” [There is a law that prohibits foreigners to interfere with our politics. The problem is there seems to be a mistake with Sister Fox.]
He added, “Siguro apologies are in order kasi madalian naman siyang pinalabas din ng BID (Bureau of Immigration). Siguro nagkakamali rin naman ang BID.” [Maybe apologies are in order because she was immediately released by BID. Maybe the BID also makes mistakes.]
Roque also clarified the difference between Sister Fox’s arrest and the recent denial of entry to Giacomo Filibeck.
Filibeck is the deputy secretary-general of the Party of European Socialists (PES) and was supposed to attend the Akbayan Party Congress. He was denied entry into the country through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
Roque explained, “Pupunta siya dito to participate sa isang political convention na ipinagbabawal ng batas. Mayroon tayong kapangyarihan na tanggihan ang mga dayuhan na pumasok sa ating teritoryo.”
[He was supposed to attend a political convention here, which is prohibited by law. We have the authority to deny any foreigner to enter our territory.]
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