Binay seeks prayers for Pinay on death row

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VICE President Jejomar Binay remains optimistic that the government’s continued efforts to save the life of a Filipina facing execution in Indonesia will bear positive result.

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Speaking to the media in Lucena City on Saturday, Binay urged the public to pray for Mary Jane Veloso, 30, who was sentenced to die by firing squad for carrying 2.6 kilos of heroin. Binay said the Philippine government has submitted a second petition to the Supreme Court of Indonesia in a move to save Veloso.

“Umaasa ako, optimistic ako na mapagbibigyan tayo. Sana ang mangyari lang, ma-disassociate tayo sa mga Australyano. Kasi ‘yong mga grupong ‘yon ay talagang sindikato ‘yon e. Ito namang kababayan natin e first time n’ya ‘to. First timer sa pag-alis sa Pilipinas. First timer mag-OFW. Hindi naman n’ya gawain ‘yong magdala ng pinagbabawal na gamot. So panay first time ito e (“I am hopeful and optimistic that our request will be granted. I hope that our case will be disassociated from the Australians’. Because that group is a syndicate. Our compatriot is a first-timer. It was her frst time to leave the Philippines. First time to work as an OFW. It’s not her job to bring illegal drugs. Her case is all about being a first time),” Binay said.

If the petition before the Supreme Court in Indonesia gets rejected, Binay said there is another recourse with the executive branch.

“Tinatapos lang natin ‘yong proseso at babalik tayo sa Presidente ng Indonesia para mabigyan ng reprieve (We are going through the [judicial]process and then we go back to the Indonesian president to ask for a reprieve),” he explained.

Veloso was found guilty by the Indonesian court of smuggling 2.6 kilos of heroin on April 26, 2010.

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