President Rodrigo Duterte had gone to Hong Kong for a break. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque had taken a leave. Former Chief Justice Teresita de Castro had just retired and left the Supreme Court after 41 days in the post and after 45 years of government service.
Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada was allowed by the Sandiganbayan to accompany his mother, former First Lady and Sen. Loi Ejercito, to Singapore for her medical examination and procedure from 1 to 8 October.
Now, former Philippine Sports Commission chairman Harry Angping, who is facing graft charges for allegedly hiring 80 personnel without public bidding, is asking the Sandiganbayan to allow him to travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11 to 14 October for a business meeting.
It seems the only one who doesn’t want to leave the country is controversial nun Sister Patricia Fox. The Australian missionary was ordered by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to leave the country within 30 days in April for participating in anti-government rallies in violation of her visa. She contested the deportation order allowing her to stay beyond a month. In fact, she was still in the country by July or two months after the supposed deadline to leave expired after the Department of Justice (DoJ) granted in June her petition to review the BI’s April and May orders that also denied her appeal for reconsideration.
In July, the BI’s Board of Commissioners denied her appeal and issued an order for her deportation. The head of the provincial superior of the Our Lady of Sion Sisters, however, was still in the country before her visa’s expiration on 5 September. Apparently, she requested for an extension of her visa, which allowed her to stay in the country for the last 27 years.
On Monday, 8 October, the BI denied her appeal for the renewal and extension of her visa. Despite the decision, Fox would still be here at least until December as DoJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra directed her to downgrade and apply for a temporary visitor’s visa which is valid for 59 days.
Fox seems to be well dug in and is staying put.