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Palace says Fox telling lies; shows proof of speaking at rallies

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 08:16 PM April 20, 2018

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque shows during a Palace briefing a picture of Australian nun Patricia Fox speaking at a labor rally at the Coca-Cola distribution center in Ulas, Davao City on April 9, 2018. INQUIRER.net / Nestor Corrales

Malacañang belied on Friday claims that Australian nun Patricia Fox never spoke at rallies she attended here in the Philippines.

“I heard the CBCP say that Sister Fox, although she attends rallies, has not spoken in rallies. Well, I now have a picture and this is taken April 9 in a rally organized by KMU and Gabriela partylist in front of Coca-Cola Davao City distribution center in Ulas, Davao City,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.

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Roque showed the photo during the briefing.

“I am just telling the bishops, hindi po sinabi ni Sister Fox sa inyo ang buong katotohanan. Ito po ang larawan,” he added.

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But contrary to Roque’s claim it was not the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) who said Fox never spoke at rallies but Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao.

“Never in 27 years has Sister Pat been a speaker at any rally. Never in 27 years has she articulated antigovernment statements,” Casilao said.

READ: Bishops, Palace trade barbs over Sister Fox’s detention

It was not the first time Fox was jailed as Roque said that the Australian nun was also detained by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) during the administration of former president Benigno Aquino III for joining a farmers’ protest at Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac.

On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte said he ordered the BI to investigate Fox for her “disorderly conduct,” which led to her temporary detention.

Fox was arrested by Immigration agents on Monday afternoon at her home in Quezon City and took her to the BI head office in Intramuros, Manila.

She was released on Wednesday. /jpv

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