Mary Jane Veloso still hoping for freedom


CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija: Mary Jane Veloso, the condemned Filipina in Indonesian death row, is welcoming 2016 with high hopes that “sooner or later she will be totally free and meet her young boys again,” a private lawyer pursuing her case said.

Edre Olalia, secretary general of the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL), said members of an Indonesian women’s group visited Veloso at her detention on Christmas eve.

”She is in good condition,” Olalia said based on feedback from the women’s group.

But Olalia said no one can tell if there would be any breakthrough in the human trafficking case that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed against Veloso’s alleged recruiters — Ma. Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao.

Veloso was sentenced to death for smuggling heroin in Indonesia.

She was scheduled for execution but was granted temporary reprieve on April 29, 2015 following the surrender and eventual arrest of Sergio and Lacanilao.



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