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Mary Jane case may be tackled in meeting

The case of convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso will likely be high on the agenda of resident Duterte’s meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo today, according to a Palace official.

Mary Jane Veloso of Nueva Ecija has remained in death row in Indonesia after she was saved at the last moment by appeals from international groups as well as Philippine officials. She was due to be executed for drug trafficking along with two Australians, a Brazilian, four Nigerians, and an Indonesian in April, 2015. But just hours before dawn, she was led back to her cell while the eight other death convicts were executed by firing squad.

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ANYTIME soon, one of the 88 Filipinos now held on Death Row in various countries around the world – where 2.5 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) live and work today – will be scheduled for execution. As in all previous cases, the Philippines will make an appeal for clemency, with the nation hoping the appeal will be heeded and the Filipino death convict’s life spared.

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The execution of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Kuwait last Wednesday was a harsh reminder to us that there are today at least 88 Filipinos now confined in death rows in countries all over the world. They are among some 7.000 serving time in prison for various crimes in the host countries where they had sought and found work.

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IT must have been a very difficult mission for President Duterte – his seeing Indonesian President Joko Widodo in behalf of death convict Mary Jane Veloso.

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President Duterte met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to talk about Filipinos incarcerated in their jails, including convicted drug mule Mary Jane Veloso.

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