Malacañang on Wednesday said the government is exerting all legal and diplomatic means to save the life of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) on death row in Indonesia.
Citing a statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd has been sending letters to his Indonesian counterparts, former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and President Joko Widodo, to grant Mary Jane Veloso an executive clemency.
Lacierda said President Aquino raised her case personally with President Widodo earlier this year.
The Indonesian President undertook his state visit to the Philippines last February 8 to 9.
He said Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario also raised the issue with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
“[Del Rosario] made a humanitarian visit to her last month in Indonesia. [Del Rosario] has likewise contributed seed money for the education fund for her children,” Lacierda said.
Further, Lacierda said the DFA provided legal counsel to Veloso and covered cost of the visit of her next of kin to Yogyakarta where she is incarcerated.
He said the department also facilitated the visit by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) team to Veloso to secure information on possible drug syndicate behind the transport of drugs found in her possession.