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Veloso still in limbo

MANILA (Agencies): Bishop Ruperto Santos is calling on the Philippine authorities to speed up the trial of drug recruiters accused of duping a Filipino migrant worker, Mary Jane Veloso, who has been condemned to death by an Indonesian court for carrying drugs.

Jakarta has indefinitely postponed her execution while the Philippine authorities try those accused of tricking her into carrying the drugs without knowing.

“We appeal to our juridical officials to speed up the process so Mary Jane can be spared immediately of continual stay (of execution) and suffering in prison,” Bishop Santos said on November 20.

“The Indonesian court waits and will rely on our court decision,” the chairperson of the Commission for Migrants and Itinerant People told CBCP News.

Bishop Santos said that he was heartened to hear that Indonesia is more intent on fixing its ailing economy than carrying out executions and says that this has heightened his hope that Veloso may one day be freed.

Maria Cristina Sergio; her partner, Julius Lacanilao; and a certain Ike; are reported to have been arraigned in Manila three weeks ago on charges of qualified human trafficking in Nueva Ecija.

Veloso maintains that she was framed and duped by the three suspects into unknowingly serving as a drug mule.


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