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Melody’s family devastated

The family of Filipino caretaker Melody Albano Castro was devastated upon receiving Thursday night the report of her death inside the 12-story residential building that gave way during a 6.4 magnitude earthquake Tuesday in Hualien, Taiwan.

A Filipina caretaker remains missing after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake Tuesday night nearly toppled the building she’s staying, according to the Manila Economic Cultural Office (MECO).

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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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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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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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