Execution kay Mary Jane Veloso sa Indonesia, posibleng isagawa anomang oras sa Martes

admin   •   April 27, 2015   •   2897

Atty. Edre Olalia, abogado ni Mary Jane Veloso.

INDONESIA — “We saw Mary Jane inside the prison, and it is a bit amazing because we saw her happy and calm. She even made jokes, which gives strength to her father, mother and siblings. She has gained some weight because she has nothing to do inside (the prison), but overall she is stable. She insists that she is innocent and still hopes she can be saved,” ani Atty. Edre Olalia.

Ito ang ipinahayag ng abogado ni Mary Jane Veloso, ang Filipina drug convict na nasa death row sa Indonesia.

Nitong Linggo ay muling dumalaw ang pamilya ni Mary Jane sa maximum high security prison sa Nasu Kambangan island.

Sinabi ni Atty. Olalia, nakitaan ng kakaibang sigla si Mary Jane mula nang makita at makasama ang kaniyang pamilya.

Matatapos ang 72-hour public notice of execution sa April 28 sa ganap na ika lima ng umaga.

Inabisuhan na ng Attorney General’s Office ng Indonesia ang pito sa sampung drug convicts kabilang na si Veloso, na matapos ang alas-singko ng umaga ng Martes, anumang oras ay isasagawa na ang firing squad.

Ito ay kung hindi mapagbibigyan ang ikalawang apela ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas para kay Mary Jane.

Dagdag pa ni Atty. Olalia, “So, it basically means, there will not be any executions before 5 o’clock (5 a.m. Local time (2200 GMT on April 27) on April 28, but of course the possibility of the execution will happen after the 5 o’clock deadline. But from our knowledge, the executions happen at12 midnight (1700GMT) according to their practice.”

Posibleng isunod na rin sa second batch ng execution ang mga nationals ng Brazil at Ghana habang may temporary postponement sa pagpatay sa French national dahil sa apela ng gobyerno nito. (MARJE NAVARRO / UNTV News)

Supreme Court allows deposition of Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2019

Celia Veloso, mother of Filipino death row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso reacts during a prayer vigil in Manila, Philippines, 13 September 2016. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday said it has allowed the taking of the testimony of Filipina death row inmate Mary Jane Veloso against her alleged recruiters through deposition in Indonesia.

The SC’s Third Division granted the petition for review on certiorari that assailed the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) that reversed the August 2016 resolution of the Nueva Ecija Regional Trial Court (RTC), allowing Veloso to testify through deposition by written interrogatories.

“Thus, the Court reinstated and affirmed with modification the ruling of the RTC and ordered that the deposition of Mary Jane be taken before the Philippine Consular Office and officials in Indonesia pursuant to the Rules of Court and principles of jurisdiction,” the SC Public Information Office said in a statement.

“To disallow the written interrogatories will curtail Mary Jane’s right to due process,” the SC PIO quoted the SC in its ruling.

The decision, penned by Associate Justice Ramon Hernando, was reached last October 9, a week after Veloso’s parents urged the SC to allow their daughter to testify by way of deposition to save her life.

The case was elevated to the high court after Veloso’s parents, represented by the National Union of People’s Lawyers, urged the SC to overturn the CA’s order.

The CA reversed the Nueva Ecija court’s ruling and barred Veloso from testifying by way of deposition, saying this will violate the rights of alleged recruiters Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao to confront the witness against them.

The SC said that such was not the case of Mary Jane, noting that “she cannot even take a single step out of the prison facility of her own volition without facing severe consequence.”

“Her imprisonment in Indonesia and the conditions attached to her reprieve denied her of any opportunity to decide for herself to voluntarily appear and testify before the trial court in Nueva Ecija where the cases of the respondents of illegal recruitment were pending,” the SC added.

Veloso was arrested in 2010 after she was caught by Indonesian authorities with 2.5 kilograms of heroin in her luggage when she arrived at a Yogyakarta international airport.

Mary Jane denied knowledge of the contraband and accused her recruiters of tricking her and placing the illegal drugs in her bag.

She was charged with drug trafficking before the District Court of Sleman, Yogyakarta, which later sentenced her to death by firing squad.

In 2015, she was given reprieve from execution after Philippine authorities informed their counterparts that Sergio surrendered to police.

Sergio and Lacanilao are on trial for qualified human trafficking, estafa and simple illegal recruitment before the Nueva Ecija RTC.

Mary Jane Veloso’s parents urge SC to let her testify vs recruiters

admin   •   September 4, 2018

Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso


Parents of convicted drug mule Mary Jane Veloso asked the Supreme Court to reverse the appellate court ruling disallowing Mary Jane to testify against her recruiters while she is in Indonesia.

Mary Jane’s mother, Celia Veloso, recounted her last conversation with her daughter.

“Noong isang araw tumawag si Mary Jane…umiiyak si Mary Jane, alam niyo ba sabi ni Mary Jane, ‘Nanay tulungan niyo ko humingi kayo ng tulong sa mga sumusuporta sa akin na tulungan nila ako na makalaya na ko.’ ”

The Court of Appeals junked her appeal to present her testimony in the Philippines.

Her family also sought to suspend the trial of the case against her recruiters Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao until her request is granted.

It was in 2016 when a Nueva Ecija court ruled to get Maryjane’s statement via written disposition.

“Mayroong mga katanungan na itatanong kay Maryjane at ito ay isinulat na ng prosecution at inaprubahan na ng korte at magkakaroon ng pagkakataon iyong mga akusado na mag post din ng mga tinatawag na kanilang cross-interrogatories,” explained human right lawyer, Atty. Josalee Deinla of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL).

Her recruiters’ legal counsel also elevated to the Supreme Court their argument that Veloso cannot undergo cross-examination which the appellate court favored.

The case of the Filipina OFW stems from her arrest in 2010 by Indonesian authorities who seized 2.6 kg of heroin inside her luggage that she allegedly intended to smuggle into Malaysia. — Mai Bermudez

CA blocks Mary Jane Veloso from testifying against recruiters

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2018

Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso


MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals has affirmed its earlier ruling prohibiting the deposition or sworn out-of-court testimony of Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia in connection with the criminal case against her alleged illegal recruiters.

In a resolution, CA’s former eleventh division denied Veloso’s motion for reconsideration filed by the Office of the Solicitor General

The Appellate Court stressed it cannot grant government’s plea because it would violate accused Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao’s fundamental right to confront and cross-examine witnesses and accusers.

The deposition was sought to form part of the prosecution’s evidence in the qualified trafficking in persons and estafa case against Sergio and Lacanilao before a Nueva Ecija trial court.

Veloso was sentenced to death in October 2010 for bringing over two kilograms of heroin at Yogyakarta Airport.

She was given reprieve after the Philippines made representations with the Indonesian government. —  UNTV News & Rescue


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