- President Duterte, during his visit to Indonesia, gave the “go ahead” to Indonesian President Widodo with regards to Mary Jane Veloso’s execution
- Lawyers of Veloso are now asking the President to fight for her instead of condemning her to die in a foreign country
- Edre Olalia, counsel for Veloso said that Duterte is “expected to rise to his bounden duty and fight for her”
Lawyers of Mary Jane Veloso made a last-ditch effort to save their client from being sent to the gallows. They turned to the President of the Philippines who swore to protect the Filipinos to fight for her life.
The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) made an appeal to President Duterte to fight for Mary Jane Veloso, whom Duterte consciously gave the “go ahead” to the government slated to carry out her execution.
Veloso is now a death row convict in Indonesia after she was caught smuggling heroin.
Although she was crying and maintaining her innocence, the evidence was so strong that the Indonesian courts convicted her of drug trafficking.
Edre Olalia, secretary general of NUPL said that the President should not see her as the drug convict but must look past that and see the mother of two young boys, “whose vulnerability was taken advantage of and exploited for the criminal purpose of drug smuggling, [of] which she had no knowledge of doing.”
Olalia also mentioned that Veloso was not the criminal but the victim. He also emphasized that Veloso was “the peddled and not the peddler” pointing out that she was a victim of trafficking in persons.
Olalia does understand that the matter on clemency and appeal are all “within the ambit of Indonesian laws.” He also said that it is in the same manner that the trial of the cases of her recruiters are likewise matters addressed to the Philippine courts.
“As the leader of this nation and as the pater familias of all Filipinos, President Duterte is expected to rise to his bounden duty and fight for her, and fight hard as he does for all the victims of this transnational infection,” said the NUPL lawyer.