“It can be done and we expect no less from Pres. Aquino,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson, as news broke out today that Frenchman Serge Atlaoui, one of Mary Jane Veloso’s fellow convicts on death row, got a reprieve from Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo after French President Francois Hollande “stepped up the pressure”.
Yesterday, Indonesia finished notifying every convict intended for the implementation of the death sentence, including Mary Jane, except for Atlaoui.
Hollande reportedly told Widodo that should the French national’s execution push through, there would be “consequences” of diplomatic nature not only with France but with Europe. He also said that “(a)t the very least, they will recall their ambassador”, “he will not visit Indonesia for some time”, and “discussions over possible cooperation” between France and Indonesia could be suspended.
Hollande also said that he promised to take action with other concerned countries such as Australia and Brazil to ensure that no execution takes place.
“If the French President can do it, why can’t Aquino? Lahat na lang nagsalita at umaksyon na, siya na lang ang hindi. We demand that he declare publicly what he plans to. Hindi na uubra sa ngayon ang pa-side trip usap-usap at pagbabakasali na balak niya sa ASEAN,” Martinez said.
Earlier today, Martinez detailed “what the Filipino people want Aquino to do” within the 72-hour countdown to stop the execution and spare Mary Jane’s life.
The #SaveMaryJaneVeloso campaign will start holding vigil at the Indonesian embassy at 4:00pm today. Masses and prayers are also being offered in different churches around Metro Manila and in the regions today.
Martinez also called on all Filipinos to tie white ribbons and light a candle for Mary Jane every 6:00pm starting today.
On Monday, April 27, Filipinos around the world will troop to Indonesian embassies in an internationally-coordinated action. In Jakarta, Filipino and Indonesian supporters will hold a rally in front of the Presidential Palace. ###
Attached are photos of the Veloso family en route to the Execution Island earlier today, and the protest action of Indonesians and Filipinos in Cilacap Port. Photo credits to Migrante International