First, the Bill of Rights under the equal protection clause in our Constitution does not distinguish between foreigners and citizens of the Philippines. However, there is an existing jurisprudence that allows the executive branch through the Bureau of Immigration to impose limitations on certain activities of foreigners that are inimical to the interest of the state, and that is what the government has applied in the case of Sister Patricia Fox.
Before condemning the Duterte administration, it is prudent to understand the facts surrounding the issue involving the Australian nun.
If there is sufficient evidence pointing to such violations committed by Sister Patricia which we are not completely aware of, by all means the BI must be supported by all Filipinos who love and care for our country’s national interest.
There is such principle in law that presumes regularity in the performance of duty by the Bureau of Immigration. That much we should give them.