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Vice President Jejomar Binay
“This is the power of prayer at work. Huwag po natin itigil ang pagdarasal para kay Mary Jane. Dagdagan pa po natin ang ating panalangin na maisalba natin siya sa kamatayan.”

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Kris Aquino (on her Instagram account)
“I kept quiet & just prayed. Left & right paulit ulit na walang ginawa, walang effort, walang malasakit, patalsikin, walang nagawa si Noynoy.

“Our whole family prayed, of course for Mary Jane and her family, but I prayed deeply for the Holy Spirit to guide my brother & his government to find a way to spare the life of a fellow Filipino. To find a reason compelling enough for the Indonesian govt to give Mary Jane Veloso a reprieve, and it came because of testimony regarding the greater problem of HUMAN TRAFFICKING. I prayed for God to bless our relations w/ Indonesia… Australia, Brazil, Nigeria, and even an Indonesian died by firing squad.

“I firmly believe that we must respect the laws of each country, and as Filipinos we will take offense when other countries will dictate upon us… But we are a God fearing, faithful nation. And He heard our collective prayer.

“And I kept quiet with the endless attacks against PNoy because that was his reminder to me, but today it is my right and my privilege to say, I AM PROUD of my brother. I AM PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT.”

Cristina Palabay, Secretary-General of Karapatan
“President Aquino has no moral authority to claim this victory as his. We maintain that the inept leadership of Aquino has put Mary Jane’s life on the line. The time to account has come, Mr. President.
“The government did not do enough as it would want us to believe. It did not do enough to save the life of Mary Jane; it did not do anything to prevent the many Mary Janes to leave the country. By doing nothing about the poverty situation in the country, by allowing foreign corporations to plunder the country’s remaining resources, and perpetuating corruption in the bureaucracy, BS Aquino is responsible for the diasporas of thousands of Filipinos who would rather risk their lives in other countries than stay at home and die of hunger.”

Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th
“Let us exert all means necessary to protect our overseas Filipinos against syndicates who use them as drug couriers and other illegal activities.”

Sen. Sonny Angara
“A definitive finding may lead to a permanent reprieve or at least commutation of sentence in Indonesia.”

Rep. Neri Colmenares
(Bayan Muna party-list)
“This is not yet over. The next step is, why such things happen on Filipinos who were victimized as drug mules? This is a matter of life and death, and yet, can you imagine as to why the Philippine Embassy failed to provide her able lawyer, or even an interpreter”
“The Philippine government has been slacking for so long so they can’t claim credit here.”

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.
“Obviously, the reprieve was also a result of President Aquino’s efforts. At least, there’s now a chance to review her case.”
Llanesca T. Panti, Jefferson Antiporda and Neil A. Alcober

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