PRRD on critics slamming BI over Fox: “That is the irony of life. Kung kayong gumawa okay lang. Kung kami ngayon masama."

President Rodrigo Duterte / photo file (ctto)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday hits critics for slamming the Bureau of Immigration (BI) order to oust Australian nun Patricia Fox from the country for allegedly violating the law as stated on her visa.

According to the president, the government was only following an order signed during the previous administration of Aquino.

“Hindi ko ni-revoke yan. Sabi ko, hayaan diyan, balang araw magamit natin (I didn’t revoke it. I said, let’s leave it there, we’ll be able to use it in the future),” Duterte said referring to Operations Order no. SBM 2015-025 approved by then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima in July 2015.

The order states that "foreign tourists are prohibited from engaging in ant political activity as defined by law and jurisprudence, such as but not limited to, joining, supporting, contributing or involving themselves in whatever manner in any rally, assembly or gathering, whether for or against the government."

The chief executive made the statement addressing the Filipino community in Singapore on the sidelines of his 32nd ASEAN Leader’s Meeting.

“Kung sumali ka doon sa protesta, mga political rallies, ide-deport ka. Kaninong order yan? ‘Di ko man tinanggal ‘yan. Ang aking kaibigan nasa loob ng presuhan, si de Lima (If you join protests, political rallies, you’ll be deported. Whose order was that? I didn’t revoke it. It’s the order of my friend who is now in jail, de Lima),” President Duterte said.

“That is the irony of life. Kung kayong gumawa okay lang. Kung kami ngayon masama. Kaya naisip ko (If you do it, it’s okay. If we do it, we’re bad. That’s why I thought) I will not revoke that order, it stands there,” he added.

Source: PNA

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