Velosos to Duterte: Please appeal for clemency for Mary Jane on planned Indonesia visit

digong maryjaneveloso_migrante_2015_escobarThe family of Mary Jane Veloso called on Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte to appeal anew for her clemency on his planned state visit to Indonesia upon assuming office.

In a statement, Duterte announced that Indonesia will be one of the first countries he would visit as president as he sees Indonesian President Widodo as a strategic ally in facing problems such as maritime border security.

Widodo recently thanked the Philippine government for the safe release of 10 Indonesian sailors who were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf last March 26. The ten Indonesians were released last May 1. Four Indonesians are still being held by the terrorist group.

Ang pakiusap po namin kay Pang. Duterte, sa kanyang pagbisita sa Indonesia, sana ay mabisita rin niya si Mary Jane at makumusta doon. Sana rin kung makakaharap niya si Pang. Widodo ay huwag niyang kalimutan si Mary Jane na nananatili pa rin sa death row. Anim na taon na po doon ang aking anak, pinagdaanan na ng dalawang pangulo, at magiging pangatlo na po siya. Ang hiling namin kay Pang. Duterte, sana sa ilalim ng kanyang panunungkulan ay makapiling na naming muli si Mary Jane,” lamented Celia Veloso, mother of Mary Jane.

For his part, Migrante International Chairperson Garry Martinez, called on Duterte to fulfill his promise of making OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) his top-most priority. “Marami pong mga OFW na katulad ni Mary Jane na nabibiktima ng mga sindikato ng droga pero hindi nabibigyan ng hustisya. We call on Pres. Duterte to make a strong and urgent appeal for clemency for Mary Jane when his state visit to Indonesia pushes through. Clemency and pardon for Mary Jane should also be one of the main bases for the strengthening of our diplomatic ties with Indonesia.”

“We also continue to appeal to Pres. Widodo, please allow Mary Jane to be reunited with her family and her two sons. She has suffered enough. We continue to appeal for your mercy and compassion to save Mary Jane’s life,” Martinez said. ###

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