Mary Jane Veloso’s mother on Monday said she does not believe President Rodrigo Duterte has approved her daughter’s execution in Indonesia as reported by the Jakarta Post.
In an interview on “State of the Nation,” Celia Veloso said Edre Olalia, Mary Jane’s Filipino lawyer, informed her that Malacañang has denied that Duterte gave the “go-ahead” on her daughter’s execution during a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Indonesia last week.
“Si Attorney Olalia po, ang sabi po niya walang katotohanan yung mga naibalita na si Mary Jane po ay bibitayin. Ang sabi po ng ating Presidente, kung raw po ang kuwan ng Indonesia, igagalang niya. Ganun po ang sinabi, hindi po sinabi ni Presidente Duterte na bibitayin si Mary Jane [at] pumayag siya. Di po totoo ‘yun,” she said,” she said.
Celia also said she is still waiting for Duterte to meet with them after the President said last week that he would personally discuss with them first what transpired during his meeting with Widodo.
“Para po sa akin, hindi po ako bigla-bigla na naniwala dun kasi hinihintay ko po ‘yung sinabi niya na ipatatawag kaming pamilya Veloso at gusto niya pong sa amin sabihin yung napag-usapan nila [ni Widodo]. Yun po ang inaabangan ko kaya di po ako basta naniniwala sa mga balita,” she said.
Mary Jane, a mother of two, was convicted for bringing 2.6 kilograms of heroin to the Yogyakarta Airport in 2010. Her execution by firing squad was put on hold in 2015 to allow her to testify against the recruiters in the Philippines who allegedly duped her into bringing the illegal drugs to Indonesia.
In the interview, Celia Veloso once again appeal to Duterte to help save Mary Jane, reiterating that her daughter is a victim.
“Magmamakaawa kami sa kanya. Alam namin galit na galit siya sa drugs. Pero iba po yung kaso ni Mary Jane. Si Mary Jane po na-frameup,” Celia said. —KBK, GMA News