A tale of two Australians: Scully and Fox

Photo: Scully (Left) convicted of rape and torture of children, sencted to life in the philippines. Fox (right), faces deportation proceedings aftert DOJ overturns the BI decision forfeiting her visa

Both Missionary nun Patricia Fox and Peter Scully have two things in common: They are both Australians, and are both the subject of legal proceedings in the Philippines, albeit for varying reasons.

A Catholic Missionary for 27 years, Sr. Patricia Fox was arrested  under the authority of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration which sought the forfieture of her visa accusing her of violating the visa terms stemming from her participation in "political activities." She reportedly drew the ire of   Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte over such activities .

As of June 18, however, the Philippine Department of Justice overturned the decision of the Immigration Bureau and the proceedings against her on over the nature of BIS original complaint for the forfieture of her visa. Her case for deportation of other grounds , however, remains.  Her Missionary visa is set to expire in September.

Another Australian Peter Scully was convicted last week in Cagayan de Oro City of rape, torture and murder of two children he reportedly filmed for online sale. British newspaper the Sun calles him the "worlds' worst paedo", calling his acts "depraved."  He was sentenced to life in prison, along with his former girlfriend and accomplice, Carme Ann Alvarez.

According to the SUN news report, Filipino police say Scully buried an 1-year-old under the floor of a house he was renting after making a film of him raping her and strangling her to death. Operating a secret child pornography site on the Dark Web called “No Limits Fun”, he sold the videos for up to $10,000 per view. His activities were exposed two years ago after two of the children in his sex video ring escaped. 

In a separate report from newsine.com.au, the Australian federal government attracted severe criticism in March after revelations Scully had been awarded $500,000 in legal aid over three years via the Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Scheme, a n Australian federal government program which supports Australians on trial in foreign countries.

The Australian faces up to 60 further charges for child murder, torture and abuse cases against children as young as 12-months-old.