Mary Jane does not believe Duterte approved her execution –Celia Veloso
Filipina death row convict Mary Jane Veloso is already aware of the conflicting reports regarding her execution in Indonesia, but prefers to believe those coming from the Philippines, her mother said Tuesday.
In an interview on QRT, Celia Veloso, who talked with Mary Jane by phone earlier in the day, said her daughter already got wind of reports stating that President Rodrigo Duterte has given the "go-ahead" for her execution.
"Nanay, napanood ko sa TV na pumayag na si Pangulong Duterte na bitayin ako, pero hindi ako naniniwala hangga't hindi diyan sa Pilipinas manggagaling ang balita," Celia quoted Mary Jane as telling her.
Mary Jane, a mother of two, was sentenced to death in Indonesia for bringing 2.6 kilograms of heroin to the Yogyakarta Airport in 2010. Her execution by firing squad was put on hold in 2015 to allow her to testify against the recruiters in the Philippines who allegedly duped her into bringing the illegal drugs to Indonesia.
Malacañang has denied that Duterte has approved of Mary Jane's execution as reported by the Jakarta Post, citing Indonesian President Joko Widodo. It said what Duterte told Widodo during their meeting last week was that he will not interfere in the case.
Celia, who joined a candle-lighting ceremony for Mary Jane in Manila on Tuesday afternoon, said they are still waiting for Duterte to meet with them to personally inform them what transpired between his meeting with Widodo.
She reiterated her appeal to Duterte to help her daughter and bring her back home.
"Nagmamakaawa kami sa ating Pangulo. Alam kong galit na galit siya sa droga, kaya lang si Mary Jane po biktima rin po ng droga. Nangangailangan po si Mary Jane ng tulong dahil biktima lang po si Mary Jane, kaya sana tulungan niya at 'wag niyang pabayaan [si Mary Jane]," Celia said. —KBK, GMA News