Lawyer: Veloso case remains strong

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The sudden withdrawal of one of the complainants in the case against the recruiter of Mary Jane Veloso will not weaken the fight to save the Filipina from possible execution in Indonesia, her lawyer said on Saturday.

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“We remain confident and vigilant that more than ever, there are even greater and increasing legal, political and moral grounds to implore anew for permanent and full clemency for hapless human trafficking victim Mary Jane,” Edre Olalia, Veloso’s legal counsel, said.

“At any rate, the cases against Mary Jane’s illegal recruiters will stand the test of facts, evidence and law,” he added.

Last week, Ana Marie Gonzales, one of the three who filed a complaint against Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao, said that she will withdraw from the case. Sergio and Lacanilao were the alleged recruiters of Veloso. The complaint against the duo was filed in Nueva Ecija.

Veloso was apprehended in Indonesia in 2010 for transport heroin. She was spared from execution in April.

In July, the Department of Justice filed charges human trafficking, illegal recruitment, and swindling against Sergio and Lacanilao.

Olalia said they have sufficient evidence to prove that Veloso was a victim of human trafficking.

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