• Duterte gave go ahead to execute Veloso – Widodo

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    JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Monday that his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, gave him the go ahead to execute a Filipina maid on death row whose plight has garnered huge support.

    The Philippines denied the claim, saying Duterte had simply pledged to respect whatever the outcome of Indonesia’s judicial process.

    Duterte—who is waging a bloody crackdown on drugs in his country that has claimed nearly 3,000 lives in just two months—apparently gave Widodo the green light during a bilateral meeting last week in Jakarta.

    Widodo said he and Duterte were discussing the woman’s case when the controversial Filipino president made the remarks.

    “I explained about the delay of execution the other day,” Widodo told reporters Monday.

    “President Duterte then said please, go ahead if you want to execute.”

    Mary Jane Veloso was arrested in Indonesia in 2009 carrying a suitcase lined with 2.6 kilograms (5.7 pounds) of heroin and was sentenced to death.

    The mother of two was moments away from facing the firing squad last year when she was granted a temporary reprieve, after a woman suspected of recruiting her was arrested in the Philippines.

    Legal proceedings against the alleged recruiter are ongoing in the Philippines. The Indonesian government, which has some of the world’s toughest anti-narcotics laws, maintains Veloso’s death sentence for drugs trafficking still stands.

    In a statement, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay denied Duterte had given Widodo the all clear “other than to tell the Indonesian President that he respects their judicial processes and will accept whatever the final decision they will arrive at regarding her case.”

    Veloso’s execution had been “indefinitely deferred”, Yasay added.

    Her case attracted huge attention in the Philippines and Indonesia, with rallies of support and world boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao pleading for her life to be spared.

    Her supporters claim she went to Indonesia for a job as a maid and was duped by an international drug syndicate into carrying heroin.

    Duterte took office in June after winning elections on a promise to kill tens of thousands of criminals, and has vowed to press his campaign despite growing international criticism.

    Widodo is waging his own war against drugs and has ordered the execution of eighteen convicted smugglers—including 15 foreigners—since taking office in October 2014.

    The country’s anti-drugs chief this month voiced support for implementing a bloody crackdown on traffickers like that in the Philippines, saying he believed such a campaign would safeguard “our beloved country.” AFP

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    1. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Monday that his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, gave him the go ahead to execute a Filipina maid on death row.

      “President Duterte then said please, go ahead if you want to execute.”
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      Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay denied Duterte had given Widodo the all clear “

      Seems like Yasay is saying the President of Indonesian is lying

    2. Ignacio Balbutin on

      I can’t believe how our good President can do such a thing in giving the go signal to execute the innocent OFW. Even the past administrations were trying their best and plead for mercies for those OFW’s even though their pleadings fall on deaf ears. He knew that Jane Veloso was innocent, she came to Indonesia to be a maid to find a better life but the heartless drug lord fooled her to carry a bag to Indonesia. That drug lord already confess and is in custody already. Why Mr. President??? You said that you love the OFW’s but why you did not even plead for mercy but instead give the go signal for the execution??? It is very disheartening for all OFW

    3. Perhaps you can have the writer of the article indicate his/her FULL NAME. And in all of your other posts as The Manila Times. Thank you.

      • What difference would that make to you ? Would you enjoy the article more is you can picture the writer in your little head ?