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The moral authority to appeal for our OFWs

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.

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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Human rights, cause-oriented and students groups appealed to President Duterte to save the life of Mary Jane Veloso who is languishing in Indonesia’s death row months after being spared from execution by firing squad.

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President Duterte has adopted a hands-off policy on the case of Filipino drug convict Mary Jane Veloso in deference to the laws of Indonesia.

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