Velosos to “Tatay Digong”: Please #SaveMaryJane

The family of Mary Jane Veloso called on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to appeal anew to save her from death row.

Celia and Cesar, Mary Jane’s mother and father, will lead a candle-lighting and prayer activity with supporters at Plaza Miranda later today to convey their message to Pres. Duterte who is set to hold bilateral talks with Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo tomorrow, September 9.

Ang pakiusap po namin kay Pang. Duterte, sa ating Tatay Digong, 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 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 Nanay Celia Veloso.

Earlier, Mary Jane sent a personal appeal to Pres. Duterte, recorded during her phone call to her family last July 31.

For his part, Migrante International Chairperson Garry Martinez said that Pres. Duterte’s appeal for Mary Jane concurs with the government’s war against drugs and his promise to bring drug perpetrators to justice. “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, an innocent victim of drug trafficking.”

“Justice for Mary Jane should also be one of the urgent grounds for the strengthening of our diplomatic ties with Indonesia. At the very least, her case should be reviewed pending her testimony in Philippine courts. It is imperative that Mary Jane be allowed to give her full testimony as basis to bring her traffickers to justice. We believe that her testimony by deposition or any other means admissible in court is compliant with both Philippine and Indonesian laws, as well as international laws, with regard to trafficking,” Martinez said.

“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.

Mary Jane’s Indonesian supporters, led by Indonesian migrant organization KABAR BUMI-JBMI (Keluarga Besar Buruh Migran Indonesia – Jaringan Buruh Migran Indonesia), will also convey messages of appeal and support for Mary Jane during Pres. Duterte’s visit. ###

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