Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Duterte should talk directly to Mary Jane Veloso’s family —Migrante

Pro-OFW group Migrante International chairman Gary Martinez on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte should talk to the family of Mary Jane Veloso to clarify reports he gave the go-signal for her execution in Indonesia. 
In an interview on Unang Balita, Martinez said Duterte must go directly to the Veloso family or out in public to personally explain what he said in his meeting with Indonesian President Jokowi Widodo.
"Tingin ko para maalis ito, maalis 'yung agam-agam kung ano talaga mangyayari kay Mary Jane, tingin ko si Pangulong Duterte ay kausapin na ang pamilya Veloso, direkta na sa publiko. Siya lang ang makakapagbigay linaw sa usaping ito," he said.
A report from the Jakarta Post on Monday said Duterte gave the "go-ahead" to Widodo to execute Veloso on charges of drug trafficking. 
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Monday clarified that Duterte said "follow your own laws" instead of giving the green light for the execution. 
Martinez said he asked Indonesia-based Migrante members for the exact translation of Widodo's pronouncements.
"Ang sinasabi ng mga kaibigan natin sa Indonesia, kasi ang daming tumatawag sa amin, kaya ang sabi namin ano ba talaga ang translation? Sabi niya, kung ano ang narinig niyo, 'yun na 'yun," he said.
Martinez added the family was surprised regarding the development since they were on a festive mood following Duterte's pronouncement that he discussed Veloso's case with Widodo.
"Nabigla kaming lahat kasi nung Linggo nasa festive mood lahat—ang pamilya, ang supporters. Noong bumulaga sa atin ito, ang unang tanong namin, 'Ano ang nangyayari?' Sumunod na minute ay iba-iba na 'yung statement na nanggagaling sa Palasyo. Ang hinihingi agad namin, magpaliwanag na si Presidente Duterte o si Sec. Yasay. Ano ba talaga?" Martinez said.
Meanwhile, Veloso's mother Celia said on Unang Balita on Tuesday that she holds firm Malacañang's denial and Duterte's statement.
"Pinanghahawakan namin ang sinabi ng Pangulo. Hindi kami basta naniniwala. Kahapon nga nag-iyakan na kaming pamilya, pero naalala namin ang sinabi niya na sa amin (na) sasabihin ang pinag-usapan nila ni Widodo. Kaya sabi namin hihintayin namin ang sasabihin," Celia said.
However, the family has yet to receive any communication from Duterte or Malacañang, Celia added.
Celia also said Veloso's Filipino lawyer, Edre Olalia, assured the family that Duterte only said he will not interfere with Indonesia's laws
"Si Attorney Olalia po, ang sabi po niya walang katotohanan 'yung mga naibalita na si Mary Jane po ay bibitayin. Ang sabi po ng ating Presidente, kung (ano) raw po ang kuwan ng Indonesia, igagalang niya. Ganun po ang sinabi, hindi po sinabi ni Presidente Duterte na bibitayin si Mary Jane [at] pumayag siya. 'Di po totoo 'yun," she said.
Veloso was arrested in Yogyakarta on April 25, 2010 after 2.6 kilograms of heroin were found in her luggage.
She was sentenced to death on October 11, 2010.
Veloso was spared from execution on April 29, 2015 following the appeal of the Philippine government in the light of a case against her alleged recruiter. —Joseph Tristan Roxas/KG, GMA News

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