AMRSP dismayed over arrest of fake nuns at NAIA

January 31, 2011 7:50 am 

MANILA, Jan. 30 — The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) is worried on the effects to their organization of the recent arrest of six fake nuns by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

“It’s really annoying because now they’ll be strict with us because they’ll think that we are also fake nuns. I’m really so disgusted about this thing,” said Sr. Mary John Mananzan, AMRSP chairperson, noting that the incident would cast doubts on real nuns.

However, she sees nothing wrong if the authorities would subject them to the same procedure as everyone else.

“I don’t mind if they do the same procedure with us as with anybody else. I mean to say with due respect to everybody, I think we should also be treated the same with others,” Mananzan added.

On the other hand, he asked the authorities to investigate the incident.

“I think they should really find out who is behind this because this is really terrible,” Mananzan said.

On Thursday, Immigration agents intercepted six Filipino women in nun’s habits who attempted to leave for Lebanon where they planned to work as domestic helpers.

The women, who were disguised as nuns, carrying crosses, were apprehended at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3 as they were about to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Hong Kong.

According to Bureau of Immigration (BI) officer-in-charge Ronaldo Ledesma the women were to take a connecting flight to Beirut.

The government has an existing ban on the deployment of Filipino workers in the said country. (PNA)

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