Malcolm Conlan, A British citizen who is an avid supporter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently took to Facebook to share an open letter he wrote for Australian nun Patricia Fox who left the Philippines yesterday, November 3, following the denial of their request for the extension of her downgraded visa.
Malcolm Conlan and Sister Patricia Fox / Composite photos from ABS-CBN and GMA Network
Malcolm thanked Fox for her efforts in the Philippines for helping the poor and for ministering the sick. He says that majority of the Filipino are most grateful for it. However, he says that taking part in any rally or protest in the country is banned under the Philippine law.
Used by the opposition
Malcolm said that he is sad because Fox was used by the opposition in their “political games to oust the democratically elected President of the Republic of the Philippines.”
Sister Patricia Fox / Photo from ABS-CBN
Read his full open letter below:
“An Open Letter to Sister Fox,
Dear Sister Fox,
Not really sure how to address you, but I thought I would write to wish you well and thank you for your efforts in the Philippines. I am very sure that before you even arrived in the country, you either felt a calling from God or felt the need to help in some way.
I am very sure that you have helped the poor, ministered to the sick, prayed for the afflicted and more. I am very sure that the vast majority of the Filipino people are most grateful for this.
Sadly though, more recently, you decided to get involved in politics. Before going to any foreign country, I always check the latest advice on how to conduct myself in the said country.
I am aware personally that taking part in any rally or protest in the Philippines, either supporting or opposing the government of the day, is banned under Philippine law. Personally, I would never dream of joining any such events, as I would know the consequences.
This law was in fact authored by the very same party that you now support. It seems quite ironic, yet amusing to me that this law has now been used to actually have you deported!!!
Sister Patricia Fox / Photo from BBC
I do find it rather sad though, that you had been used by the opposition in their political games to oust the democratically elected President of the Republic of the Philippines, then again so many in the Catholic Church had been used the same way. They even held a Liberal Party campaign rally in a church!
There was me wrongly thinking that under the 1987 constitution, the church and state had apparently been separated?
I do wish you well on your imminent journey back to Australia, I am quite sure too, that the Filipino people wish you well too.
Concerned Netizen and supporter of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Source: Malcolm Conlan | Facebook