• Lawyers scramble to save convicted Pinay

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    Lawyers of Mary Jane Veloso are racing against an April 24 deadline to file a second appeal that they hope will spare her life.

    Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said Veloso’s lawyers will file a second appeal for a judicial review “in the next day or two, if not today.”

    He noted that the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has been instructed to file the appeal even without a copy of the Supreme Court’s rejection of the first appeal.

    Veloso’s lawyers initially wanted to study the decision of the Supreme Court to find out why the first appeal was rejected.

    But because of the April 24 deadline announced by Indonesia, they would have to file the second appeal even without consulting the Supreme Court decision.

    Indonesia earlier said it would carry out executions after April 24 if all legal processes have been completed.

    “So we are racing against that deadline,” Jose said.

    Earlier, the department said it would recommend to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to seek presidential clemency for Veloso from Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

    Jose hinted that the recommendation to the President may be made after the second appeal has been filed.

    Veloso is detained in a jail in Yogyakarta. She was found guilty of smuggling 2.6 kilos of heroin in 2010.

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