1. Lawyer Atty Sol Taule and Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox during press conference
2. Mid of Taule and Fox
3. SOUNDBITE (English/Tagalog) Sister Patricia Fox, Australian nun.
"I was surprised yesterday at the decision; it was all of a sudden and I am also disappointed of course, because we were hoping that maybe they would really look at the what our arguments were."
4. Mid of Taule and Fox
5. SOUNDBITE (English/Tagalog) Sister Patricia Fox, Australian nun.
"For me the issue here is what's the truth and what's justice, at least I have remedies I would like to stay and follow it through because I think there are certain issues that needs to be addressed at the rights of missionaries, the rights of foreigners, in the country those sorts of issues."
6. Mid of Taule with Fox
7. SOUNDBITE: (English/Tagalog) Atty Sol Taule, Fox'a lawyer
"Under the omnibus rules of the Bureau of Immigration the effectivity of the order will stay if we are on appeal or have filed a MR (Motion for Reconsideration), because we intend to file a motion for reconsideration on Monday, so this (deportation) is not yet final and executory until we have exhausted all remedies."
8. Wide of press conference
9. SOUNDBITE: (English/Tagalog) Sister Patricia Fox, Australian nun.
"I don't know how I am a threat and I don't know like I am never been one... no one knows me until this (deportation order) happened to me, except the people I know. I have never been very outspoken or very upfront or very prominent, so I don't know why suddenly I am a threat to national security or national sovereignty."
The Philippine Immigration Bureau on Thursday ordered the deportation of an Australian nun who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies, but her lawyers called the move "persecution" and said they would appeal.
The Bureau of Immigration also wants to prohibit Sister Patricia Anne Fox from returning to the country for violating the terms of her missionary visa.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Fox's deportation would not be enforced while she appeals.
Last month, Guevarra revoked the Bureau of Immigration's cancellation of Fox's missionary visa but allowed the agency to proceed with efforts to deport her for another alleged offense.
Fox, 71, is a coordinator of a Roman Catholic order of nuns and has worked for the poor in the Philippines for about 27 years.
She advocates for human rights and workers' welfare and has joined rallies against President Rodrigo Duterte and his government, which has been criticized for stifling dissent and for its brutal war on illegal drugs in which thousands of mostly poor suspects have died.
The immigration bureau said Fox violated her missionary visa by venturing far beyond her community in suburban Quezon city in metropolitan Manila and interfered in domestic politics by joining protests and news conferences that tackled "political and human rights issues against the government."
President Rodrigo Duterte has backed the immigration bureau's effort to expel Fox.
Fox's lawyers said they were utterly dismayed and would appeal to fight "this kind of persecution."