• Pinay facing execution in Indonesia


    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said it is making “all the appropriate recommendations” with the Indonesian government to save from death row a Filipino woman convicted of drug possession.

    It is doing so “at all levels” with the intention to file a request for judicial review, according to Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose.

    “In coordination with the defense lawyer, the formal application for judicial review was filed on January 19, 2015 at the District Court of Justice of Sleman, Yogyakarta,” Jose said.

    “We continue to provide the [convicted]Filipina all necessary and possible assistance at all stages of the judicial process. The family of the Filipino [woman]is constantly being provided updates on the case,” he added.

    Vice President Jejomar Binay, also Malacanang adviser on OFW (overseas Filipino worker) affairs,is yet to receive a formal report on the death convict who faces execution in Indonesia, according to his spokesman and lawyer Rico Paulo Quicho.

    Indonesian Foreign Ministry officials said the woman—whose name was not disclosed—was arrested at Yogyakarta airport in April 2010 carrying 2.6 kilograms (5.73 pounds) of heroin on a flight from Malaysia.

    After putting five foreigners and an Indonesian to death by firing squad earlier this month, Jakarta announced on Thursday thatit was ready to execute 11 more people.

    Among them are two Australian leaders of the “Bali Nine” drug-smuggling gang, who have been on death row for almost a decade.

    Despite his image as a reformist, Indonesia’s new president has been a vocal supporter of capital punishment for drug offenders, disappointing rights activists who had hoped that he would take a softer line on the death penalty.

    He has repeatedly vowed to show no clemency to drug traffickers.

    In a CNN interview broadcast earlier this week, Joko Widodo vowed: “We are not going to compromise for drug dealers. No compromise. No compromise.”

    In Sydney late on Thursday, more than 2,000 Australians, led by local musicians, gathered in a plea for mercy for their compatriots facing imminent execution, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

    Holding candles and signs reading “I stand for mercy”, the crowd listened to speeches and live music.

    “Don’t kill him, please don’t kill him please, president, please forgive him,” Sukumaran’s grandmother Edith Visvanathan told the crowd between sobs.

    The Australian pair were arrested in Bali in 2005 and sentenced to death the following year for attempting to smuggle eight kilograms (18 pounds) of heroin out of the Indonesian holiday island.

    The rejection of their clemency appeals removed the final hurdle to put the pair to death, as Indonesian authorities said they must be executed together as they had committed their crime together.

    Lawyers for the pair are planning a last-ditch appeal to their convictions but the attorney-general’s office has said  further legal challenges are not possible once a clemency bid has been rejected.



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