Philippines' Duterte says he ordered probe into Australian nun

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said he personally authorised an investigation into an Australian nun who was detained earlier this week. Sister Patricia Fox, 71, was held by immigration authorities in Manila on Monday after being accused of political activity that breached her visa. She was released on Tuesday without charge and has denied any wrongdoing.

Mr Duterte accused her of "disorderly conduct", warning that foreign critics of his government faced being deported. "You insult me under the cloak of being a Catholic priest, and you are a foreigner. Who are you? It is a violation of sovereignty," he said at an armed forces ceremony in Manila. "The Philippine laws provide that I can deport you, or refuse you entry if you are an undesirable alien."

Sister Fox is a long-term resident of the Philippines and the mother superior of a local Catholic order. Her temporary detention sparked protests from supporters in the largely Catholic country. Authorities accused Sister Fox of participating in partisan rallies in Mindanao, a restive island in the country's south that is under martial law. However, Sister Fox denied that her activism was political.

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