Celia Veloso says she doesn’t believe Duterte consented to daughter’s execution

  • Mother of convicted Filipina drug trafficker said she doesn’t believe Jakarta Post report
  • However, she wants to personally meet the president so he can update them himself
  • OFW group also hoping to meet Duterte to fill them in on his exchange with Widodo

MANILA, Philippines – The mother of convicted Filipina drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso said she doesn’t believe the Jakarta Post report claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte has given Indonesia the green light to proceed with the execution of her daughter.

In an interview with GMA News, Celia Veloso said she was told by her daughter’s counsel National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) Secretary General Atty. Edre Olalia not to believe the JP report.

“Si Attorney Olalia po, ang sabi po niya walang katotohanan yung mga naibalita na si Mary Jane po ay bibitayin. Ang sabi po ng ating Presidente, kung ano raw po ang kuwan ng Indonesia, igagalang niya. Ganun po ang sinabi, hindi po sinabi ni Presidente Duterte na bibitayin si Mary Jane at pumayag siya. Di po totoo ‘yun” she said.

[Atty. Olalia said there is no truth to the news that Mary Jane will be executed. What our President said, whatever will be Indonesia’s decision, he will respect. That’s what he said, the President did not say Mary Jane would be executed and he’d allow it. That’s not true.]

At the same time, Mrs. Veloso said she is still hoping on meeting Duterte personally so he can update them himself on what transpired between him and Indonesian President Joko Widodo— a sentiment shared by Migrante International.

“While we welcome clarifications by Secs. (Ernesto) Abella and (Perfecto) Yasay, we think it is no less than the President who should clarify and assure the country that the government is doing everything to save Mary Jane and bring her back home,” Migrante chair Garry Martinez said.