Thursday 19 April 2018

Foreigners cannot engage in any political activity in the PH- Malacañang

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. in a Palace press briefing made it clear, Foreigners are prohibited by law to engage in any political activity while they are in the Philippines.

Roque, clarified this rule in relation to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s order to conduct a probe against Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox.

Roque said the Australian national is now under preliminary investigation, which would determine if she should be subjected to deportation proceedings.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. (photo credit to owner)

The President of the Republic has the power to direct the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to probe Sister Fox is in accordance with the country’s law disallowing foreign nationals to participate in any political activity in the Philippines.

“Malinaw po ang ating batas. Those in the Philippines are here because of our consent for them to be here. But they are not allowed to engage in any political activity,” he stated.

Roque likewise underscored that there was no crackdown on foreigners who are critical of the Duterte administration.

“Hindi po ‘yan crackdown. Talaga pong ‘yan ang batas,” he said, adding that even foreigners protesting in support of the administration would be subjected to the same immigration order.

There have been prior detention of foreigners in the country over similar issues.

During the administration of former President Aquino, a Dutch activist was arrested by government authorities after he got caught in photos taunting a crying policeman during a protest against President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address.

Sister Fox herself was also previously detained by immigration authorities in 2013 for reportedly participating in a farmers’ protest in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac Roque cited.

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