PH stars weigh in on Mary Jane Veloso's delayed execution
MANILA, Philippines – Following the delay of Mary Jane Veloso's execution, local celebrities took to social media to express their joy and hope about the news Wednesday, April 29. (READ: Delayed execution: #MaryJaneLives trends worldwide)
Aside from the PH stars, Guns N'Roses frontman Axl Rose tweeted his thoughts on the Indonesia executions:
1. It's deeply troubling President Widodo ignoring International outcry went thru w/8 of the executions.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) April 29, 2015
2. Let's pray Miss Veloso's reprieve is permanent.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) April 29, 2015
3. Widodo's refusal 2 postpone the executions until all legal challenges n' investigations of corruption r resolved is inexcusable.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) April 29, 2015
4. 4 Widodo 2 b out of the country during his big statement refusing 2 take calls or read any last minute pleas 4 the condemned is cowardice— Axl Rose (@axlrose) April 29, 2015
5. The People of Indonesia deserve better.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) April 29, 2015
Angel Locsin posted this:
"When it gets darkest the stars come out! Praying that the government of Indonesia will grant mercy to a poor mother of two who is a victim of human trafficking. #MaryJaneLives #SaveMaryJane," Angel wrote.
"My sympathies to the families & friends of the 8 people executed. #SaveMaryJane #MaryJaneLives #DeathPenaltyIsNeverTheAnswer," she wrote.
Bianca Gonzalez posted this:
Dingdong Dantes tweeted this:
Tnx to new media the citizens r now engaged into social issues, more then ever. All the voices r contributory on why today #MaryJaneLives— Dingdong Dantes (@iamdongdantes) April 28, 2015
Actress Nikki Valdez posted this:
Everything is possible with God! prayers really can move mountains. #MaryJaneLives— Nikki Valdez (@nikkivaldez_) April 28, 2015
Iya Villania-Arellano wrote:
Wow! Woke up to news that #MaryJaneLives!— IyaVillaniaArellano (@iyavillania) April 28, 2015
Miracles happen. Thank You, Heavenly Father #MaryJaneVeloso lives.— Dawn Zulueta (@DawnZpost) April 28, 2015
Mary Jane spared. Eight other drug convicts executed. #prayformaryjane— Tim Yap (@officialTIMYAP) April 28, 2015
Never underestimate the power of prayer. Praise God!!! #MaryJaneLives— Marco Alcaraz (@MarcoAlcaraz) April 28, 2015
Praise the Lord!— Ramon Bautista (@ramonbautista) April 28, 2015
THANK YOU LORD!!!!— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) April 28, 2015
#MaryJaneLives. Thank you, Dear God!!!— Rhap Salazar (@rhapsalazar) April 28, 2015
"She lives! Our God is a mighty God! He is mighty to save! #maryjanelives thank you Lord and thank you for the fairness Indonesia!" Kim wrote.
“Makakatulog na ako. Isang mapayapang madaling araw sa lahat ng mga OFW sa buong mundo,sa pambansang kamao Pacman,lalo sa mga militanteng grupo/organisasyon na hindi sumuko sa pagprotesta, pagdarasal at pagmamakaawa hanggang sa mga huling segundo ng pakikibaka para kay Maryjane,at ang aking Malalim na pakikiramay sa Pamilya at Bansa ng mga nabitay,” Robin wrote.
(I can sleep now. A peaceful morning to all OFWs around the world, to our champ Pacman and especially to the militant groups/organizations who did not give up on protesting, praying and begging until the last minute to fight for Mary Jane. And my deep condolences to the family and countries whose citizens died.)
Boy also shared his thoughts in the April 29 episode of Aquino and Abunda Tonight. He said:
"I don't mean to pander to you [Kris] or the President. Hindi ko po ugali 'yun. Hindi ako nagpapapogi. But ibigay ho natin ang credit where credit is due. Doon sa pag-aaral ko po ng international relations and public diplomacy, may isa po akong – sana tama ho ang aking memory – meron po isang term na tinatawag na international comity. It's a presidential prerogative.
(I don't mean to pander to you or the President. It's not in my nature. I'm not trying to impress anyone. But let's give credit where credit is due. When I studied international relations and public diplomacy, I have a – I hope my memory serves me right – there's a term that is called international comity. It's a presidential prerogative.)
"May pag-uusap na hindi lumalabas sa media but I think may bearing 'yung pakikiusap ng presidente and I think it was a very wise move. [...] I would like to congratulate our president for what he did. Hindi ko sinasabi na ang Presidente lamang ang nakiusap, ang nagdasal, pero malaki po ang nagawa ng ating presidente sa kaso po ni Mary Jane."
(There are things that don't come out in the media, but I think the President's appeal had an impact and I think it was a very wise move.[...] I would like to congratulate our President for what he did. I'm not saying that it was only the President who appealed and prayed, but our President accomplished something big for the case of Mary Jane.)
Earlier, celebrities called on Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare Mary Jane from the death penalty, or simply called attention to Mary Jane's plight.
According to a report from Pep, actress Nora Aunor blamed President Benigno Aquino III for Mary Jane's situation.
"Tumawag? Bakit last minute lang? (Call? Why the last minute?)
“Ang sa akin naman, hindi sa ano pa mang bagay, kung nabalitaan na natin na mayroong ganyan, dapat noon pa may nag-asikaso na,” Nora said.
(For me, it's not for anything, but if you've heard already what's happening, they should already taken care of it.)
Yeng Constantino via her Facebook account:
"Nakakalungkot po ang sasapitin ng ating kababayan. Panalangin po natin ang kanyang pamilya. Sana nga po balang araw di na kailanganin pa ng ating mga kababayan mangamuhan sa ibang bansa. #MaryJaneVeloso," she wrote.
(It saddens me to think about the fate of our countrymen. Let's pray for her family. Hopefully there will come a day when our countrymen would not have to work abroad.)
Actress and former beauty queen Maria Isabel Lopez attended the April 27 vigil for Mary Jane, where she read one of her letters.
"Reading #MaryjaneVeloso 's handwritten letter to the Filipino people tonight April 27, Maryjane, a Filipino set to face the firing squad in Indonesia for a crime she did not commit! Happening at the Indonesian Embassy in Makati
Isang bansa para sa hustisya. (One country for justice) #SaveMaryJane #StoptheExecution," she wrote.
Well... I believe it will be a long, agonizing night for so many Our prayers and thoughts are with you #MaryJaneVeloso— Dawn Zulueta (@DawnZpost) April 28, 2015
Pray for Mary Jane. Pray for her family and loved ones. Pray that no one else will ever have to go through this again. #SaveMaryJane— Cesca Litton (@CheckLit) April 28, 2015
I'm really upset about what's gonna happen to Mary Jane Veloso. :( I wish people in charge had done something about it a long time ago.— Lovi Poe (@lovipoe) April 28, 2015
Mary Jane Veloso was sentenced to death by the Indonesian government in 2010 for transporting drugs in her luggage. She claimed she did not know she was bringing a suitcase with 2.6 kilograms of heroin hidden in the lining. Veloso has consistently maintained her innocence – Rappler.com