The Indonesian government has convicted Mary Jane Veloso of drug smuggling and has sentenced her to death.
Reports have suggested that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave a “go signal” to the Indonesian government, seconding the death sentence for the mother of two. “President Duterte has given the go-ahead to proceed with the execution,” a local media reported Indonesian President Joko Widodo as saying.
On the other hand, Duterte denied claims regarding his interference in the matter. There are several speculations and contradictory reports that have been coming into the limelight since Veloso has been convicted.
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The Conviction Story
The Filipina was convicted as she was caught bringing almost 2.6 kilograms of heroin at the Yogyakarta Airport in 2010. The overseas worker maintained her innocence, since then saying that she was given this suitcase and was unaware of what it contained. The execution of the woman was put on hold as the firing squad wanted her to identify the recruiters who reportedly duped her into the illegal transport of drugs to Indonesia.
The Filipino president traveled directly to Indonesia on Thursday night after attending the ASEAN Summit held in Laos. On Monday while he was leaving for the summit, he said that they will discuss the Veloso matter and try to do something for her welfare but at the same time, he was prepared to accept whatever decision the nation will take for or against her. However, the officials have claimed that the death sentence of Veloso was never an agenda in the meeting between Duterte and Widodo.
Truth behind Duterte’s “Go Signal”
Where reports are all against Duterte regarding his consent and approval of the death sentence, officials from the Malacañang Palace denied such claims, GMA Network reported. Instead, the president told Widodo to “follow your own laws,” the Filipino president’s palace stated.
Veloso’s Lawyer Appeal
Veloso’s lawyer made an appeal to Duterte before the president met his Indonesian counterpart. The convict’s representative requested the head of the nation to “bring home Mary Jane (Veloso).”
The Survival of Veloso until now
The day Veloso was arrested in April 2015, Indonesia shot dead eight others the same night based on the same allegation. Among them were two Australians from the Bali Nine heroin smuggling gang, namely, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Four Nigerian, an Indonesian and a Brazilian were also among the people shot dead.