Duterte adviser to talk to DOJ about case of Mary Jane Veloso’s recruiters – Migrante exec
An adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to talk to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II about the case of the alleged illegal recruiters of convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso, an official of Migrante International said Wednesday.
In an interview with Palace reporters, Migrante International program coordinator Laorence Castillo said Duterte’s adviser on overseas Filipino workers’ concerns Secretary Abdullah Mamao made the statement during their meeting with Veloso’s mother, Celia Veloso and the family of the OFWs on death row in the Middle East.
They are Alicia Dalquez, mother of Jennifer Dalquez on death row in Dubai, and Editha Dacanay, mother of Rose Dacanay on death row in Saudi Arabia. Veloso is on death row in Indonesia.
“Sinabi niya rin kakausapin niya ang DOJ na si Secretary Aguirre na ayusin ang pag-handle ng DOJ sa kasong ito given na involved ang PAO [Public Attorneys Office], given na involved ang Court of Appeals, given na involved ang DOJ,” Castillo said.
He added that Mamao and his office took particular interest on Veloso’s case as they believe its conclusion would have a great impact on other cases of 80 OFWs on death row in other countries.
“Minamahalaga ni Secretary Mamao iyong case ni Mary Jane Veloso. Para sa kanila, ang magiging aksyon at resulta ng Mary Jane Veloso case ay magkakaroon ng domino effect sa iba pang OFW na nasa death row,” Castillo said.
The meeting happened a few days before the arrival of Indonesian President Joko Widodo who will pay a state visit in the Philippines ahead of the ASEAN Summit.
Castillo said that Mamao would ask the Indonesian government to be patient with the case of Veloso’s illegal recruiters in the Philippines.
“Kaya concretely, pangako ni Secretary Mamao na susulat sila sa Indonesian Embassy to explain itong developments sa case na nangyayari sa case against the illegal recruiters and the human traffickers at ipaunawa sa kanila na kailangan i-extend pa iyong mga panahon para sa proseso dito sa Pilipinas at hindi pa siya ituloy sa execution,” he said.
Castillo said that another hearing about Veloso’s recruiters is set on April 27 in Nueva Ecija. — Trisha Macas/RSJ, GMA News