Nun’s call to drop Philippines
AN AUSTRALIAN nun booted out of the Philippines has demanded Canberra cease its support of the country’s military which she says is committing massive human rights violations.
Catholic nun Patricia Fox, 71, was expelled from the Philippines a month ago but remains committed to fighting human rights abuses there.
Sister Fox this week met federal MPs from the human rights sub-committee in Canberra to tell them about unlawful killings she had seen during her 28 years as a missionary in the Philippines.
She is demanding the Australian government reconsider its military partnership with Manila.
Australian Defence Force soldiers are training Filipino troops in urban warfare as part of Operation Augury.
“The military in the Philippines are massive human rights abusers and we are training them ... it’s just supporting massive human rights violations,” Sr Fox said.
“Are we going to continue propping up a government that is totally corrupt?”
The outspoken nun said that during her three decades in the southeast Asian country she had become aware of murders, land confiscations and jailing of protesters.
The nation’s hard-line president, Rodrigo Duterte, is accused of sanctioning thousands of extrajudicial killings.