Celia Veloso, kin of death row OFWs press Duterte to ask for clemency
Ahead of the state visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the mother of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina sentenced to death in Indonesia, trooped to Malacañang on Wednesday to ask President Rodrigo Duterte to ask for clemency for her daughter.
Cecilia Veloso was accompanied by relatives of other Filipinos facing execution abroad to air similar appeal for their loved ones.
Among those who joined Mrs. Veloso were Alicia Dalquez and Editha Dacanay, whose daughters, Jennifer Dalquez and Rose Dacanay, respectively, are on death row in the Middle East.
They were also joined by Laorence Castillo, program coordinator of Migrante International, which is helping the OFWs.
The group entered Malacañang compound around 11:30 a.m. for a meeting with Sec. Abdullah Mamao, the presidential adviser on OFW concerns.
Castillo said it was the first time they were received by a Palace official under the Duterte administration.
The visit came days before the second anniversary of Mary Jane's stay of execution, which will be on April 29.
The Indonesian government put on hold Veloso's execution to allow her to testify against the recruiters who allegedly duped her into bringing illegal drugs to Indonesia. The recruiters are currently facing trial in the Philippines.
Widodo will arrive in Manila on Friday for a state visit and to attend the ASEAN Summit on April 28 and 29. —KBK, GMA News