The Department of Justice on Tuesday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct an investigation of alleged harassment by three unidentified men of the Veloso family last Sunday.
According to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, she instructed NBI Director Virgilio Mendez to send a team to the Veloso residence in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, to probe the matter.
The alleged harassment has prompted the Veloso family to ask authorities to put up a checkpoint near their residence.
Mary Jane Veloso’s sister, Maritess Laurente, said motorcycle-riding men were seen roaming near their house before noon of Sunday.
Mary Jane is on death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking.
Laurente described the three men as “[tattooed and bald, save for a pony tail each of them was sporting].”
She said the men wore “[shorts . . . and asked around where our house was . . . because they find the case of Mary Jane slow-moving . . . they want to help speed it up].”
The three men took pictures of the Veloso house, according to Laurente.
“Tumawag kami kagabi sa NBI at PNP… sabi pupunta pero wala namang pumunta [We called the NBI and the Philippine National Police last night [Monday]… they told us they will send people over but nobody arrived],” she said.
“Isa lang naman nasa isip namin, na sindikato ‘to. Kasi wala naman kami ibang kaaway, hindi naman namin masasabi na si Cristina [Sergio] kasi nakakulong sya.. natatakot kami sa nangyayari [We concluded that a syndicate was behind the three men. We have no enemies, we cannot say that Cristina Sergio was also behind them because she is in jail . . . we are afraid of what is happening],” Laurente added.
Mary Jane’s execution by firing squad was stopped at the last minute last month by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
She had said it was Sergio, allegedly an illegal job recruiter, who gave her a bag that she did not know contained illegal drugs, telling her to bring the contraband to Indonesia, where she was eventually caught and arrested.