• Mary Jane gets reprieve


    “Miracles do come true.”

    This was the immediate reaction of Celia Veloso, mother of Filipina drug convict Mary Jane Veloso who was reprieved at the 11th hour after facing execution in Indonesia told Philippine radio Wednesday.

    Mary Jane was spared after someone suspected of recruiting her and tricking her into carrying drugs to Indonesia turned herself in to authorities in the Philippines, MetroTV and the Jakarta Post reported in Indonesia.
    The Philippine Foreign Affairs Department confirmed the reprieve.

    “We are relieved that the execution of Mary Jane Veloso was not carried out tonight,” said spokesman Charles Jose.

    “The Lord has answered our prayers.”

    Seven other foreigners and one local man were executed early Wednesday for drug offences on a prison island after Indonesia defied international criticism and heartrending pleas from relatives.

    “We are so happy, I can’t believe it. I can’t believe my child will live,” Mary Jane’s mother Celia Veloso told Philippine radio station DZMM.

    “We had no more hope. My (other) children were already in the island waiting to pick up her body,” she told the radio station in an interview from Indonesia.

    “We are all so happy. Her (Mary Jane’s) kids were all awake, yelling ‘Yes, yes, mama will live!'”

    “I will tell her (Mary Jane Veloso) it is true what she said, if God wants you to live, as long as there is a minute left, he will save you.”

    Born to a poor family in the Philippines, Veloso, 30, is a single mother of two boys aged six and 12.

    She insists she went to Indonesia for a job as a maid and was duped by an international drug syndicate.

    She was arrested in 2009 with 2.6 kilograms (5.7 pounds) of heroin sewn into the lining of her suitcase.

    Veloso says she was first offered a job by a friend in Malaysia, but upon her arrival was told the work was actually in Indonesia so she immediately flew there. She claims the heroin was hidden in her suitcase in Malaysia.

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

    Mary Jane’s mother, two children and two sisters had all gone to Indonesia to meet her before her expected execution.

    On the street outside the Indonesian embassy in Manila, where a group of activists had been staging a vigil for Veloso, people cheered and hugged each other as news of the reprieve was announced.

    Relatives in the family’s home town of Cabanatuan also burst out cheering, radio reports said.



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    1. I have no problem thanking God and the govt. of Indonesia for Mary Jane’s reprieve but to ignore or purposely exclude the contributory circumstance- the surrender of the drug recruiter and the Phil. government’s last minute call is an ill-designed partisanship and indirect politization of the result.

    2. It’s not over yet for Miss Jane Veloso’s freedom but I hope this will be the beginning for her to be set free. And the real culprit will be punished.

    3. aimee inocente on

      The first praise should be to God! And, to the Indonesian and Filipino peoples who are in synonymity regarding Mary Jane’s plight as a victim of human trafficking. Then there are the riders, as usual: VP Binay who now credits prayers as the factor in saving her life when all the time he wanted credit although his appeal earlier fell on deaf ears, and UNA, his corrupt organization who will later on, give credit to his efforts as the sole factor in saving Mary Jane’s life.

      God is truly great because now we have a great Lady Ambassador who replaced an uncaring Ambassador to Indonesia who, if she were still there, would not have lifted a finger in efforts to save Mary Jane. This retired Ambassador, a relative of SFA del Rosario, was an uncaring Ambassador especially in regard to the plight of OFWs and undeserving of her appointment as Ambassador to Indonesia.

      I speak from experience because I was there!

    4. Prayers can move mountains for as long as there is deep and sincere faith in your belief in the Lord. Let us all give thanks to our Creator – God Almighty. Praise to you Lord. Mary Jane deserves to live for her children who need her very much in their growing up. Mabuhay ang mga may kapangyarihan sa Indonesia. Thank you.

    5. Yes, To GOD BE THE GLORY.

      Thank You President Widodo for giving MJ another chance to live.

      May the Lord Bless You and keep you to the path of rigtheousness.

      Terimah Kasih Pak Widodo. Mabuhay kayo.

    6. Abnoy-noyingski on

      To God be the glory! Without the hands of God, it is impossible to reprieve the execution sa ating kababayan na si Mary Jane. Again, God is good ALL the time!