The Court of Appeals has recently promulgated a decision reversing the Regional Trial Court judge’s ruling allowing the deposition of Mary Jane. This unjust action will consequently bar her from testifying against the traffickers and weaken her chances of being free from death row.
Mary Jane’s Philippine Public Prosecutors and private counsels from the National Union of the People’s Lawyers (NUPL) are currently preparing a plea for reconsideration.
“This is a very unfortunate development. Let us all be reminded that the basis for Mary Jane’s temporary reprieve in 2015 was to give way to legal proceedings here in the Philippines. The cases filed against Sergio etal were on the basis of complaints filed by Mary Jane herself, her family and other witnesses. Mary Jane remains a principal complainant in the trafficking case and therefore should be granted due process and allowed to speak the truth once and for all,” said Arman Hernando, Chairperson of Migrante-Philippines.
Supporters and members of the #SaveMaryJane alliance called on the Philippine government to ensure that the legal proceedings are being done without further delay and setbacks.
“The latest information that we got from our Indonesian colleagues is that the Attorney General has reiterated that Mary Jane’s reprieve is but temporary and they are still waiting for developments on the legal case here in the Philippines. They are still waiting for Mary Jane to testify as a witness against her traffickers. Please, let us not abuse the Indonesian government’s patience and tolerance. Every minute still counts,” Hernando said.
Mary Jane will celebrate her 33rd birthday on January 10. “We continue to hope for the day when Mary Jane will be able to celebrate her second life with her family back home. Let us all continue to work together to save Mary Jane. With our continuous collective prayer, actions and solidarity, with renewed commitment and resolve, we shall #FreeMaryJane.” ###