President Joko Widodo - updates

Rappler's latest stories on President Joko Widodo


Indonesian leader Jokowi, rival Prabowo hold reconciliation meeting

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Jokowi says he initiated a meeting with his two-time presidential challenger on an MRT train because he knew Subianto had never used the new system

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (R) speaks with former general Prabowo Subianto (L) on the newly-inaugurated Mass Railway Transport (MRT) system in Jakarta on July 13, 2019, as they meet for the first time since the April 17 general election. Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on July 13 declared a long-overdue congratulation to the incumbent president Joko Widodo for his re-election victory in the highly divisive political contest. SAGARA / AFP

PH-Indonesia RoRo first to sail on new shipping route

Apr 28, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The new route within the BIMP EAGA will open on April 30 and is expected to boost trade and relations between PH and Indonesia

NEW ROUTE. The new shipping route between the Philippines and Indonesia is expected to boost trade and relations between the two countries.

Robredo: 'Don't give up on Veloso's right to live'

Sep 13, 2016 - 9:54 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo hopes Filipinos now like they did in 2015 have the strong desire to help save Mary Jane Veloso from the Indonesian death row

The 'slow motion genocide' happening in Indonesia the world knows little about

May 03, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Here s what the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane found when they went to West Papua

CLASH. Protesters from Papua clash with security guards in Jakarta late 2015. EPA / STR

Indonesia releases prominent Papuan separatist leader

Nov 19, 2015 - 4:19 PM

Filep Karma the most prominent of Papua s political prisoners and convicted of raising a pro independence flag walked free from jail to an emotional welcome by hundreds of cheering supporters

INDEPENDENCE LEADER. Filep Karma is released from prison. File photo from

The wRap Indonesia: Castration for pedophiles, greenhouse gases from forest fires

Oct 22, 2015 - 7:07 AM

Other news include the new hajj stampede death toll and the human trafficking crisis in Southeast Asia

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi's one year in power, goals for Jokowi US trip

Oct 21, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include a rare judgment by Pakistan clerics on Muslim women garb and Barcelona topping FIFA Ballon D Or shortlist

DISAPPOINTING YEAR. Analysts agree President Joko Widodo has had a disappointing first year in power. Photo by AFP

'Foreign inmates on death row in Indonesia denied rights'

Oct 15, 2015 - 7:04 PM

In a damning report Amnesty International slams Indonesia s continued use of the death penalty for drug related crimes

TENSION. Tension between Australia and Indonesia grew after Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan (L) and Myuran Sukumaran (R) were executed. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Trial over alleged ISIS links, defense strategy

Oct 13, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the US dollars gains against the rupiah and an analysis on President Joko Widodo s government s deal with Freeport McMoRan

AIDING ISIS? Seven Indonesian men are accused of alleged ISIS links. File photo by AFP.

ANALYSIS: US mining giant’s deal with gov’t a victory for Jokowi

Oct 12, 2015 - 5:46 PM

On the eve of a US visit the long term investment is a sign that President Joko Widodo is gaining the upper hand over nationalists

UPPER HAND. The deal shows that the President is gaining an upper hand over nationalists. File photo by Gatta Dewabrata/Rappler

After Mary Jane Veloso, what should Indonesia do?

May 04, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The Philippines Southeast Asian neighbor should ban the death penalty legalize drugs and free Mary Jane Veloso

Barrage of texts sent to Indonesia attorney general

Apr 29, 2015 - 1:34 AM

You re not weak if you choose to let someone live Please don t execute someone who did not get a fair trial

LET MARY JANE LIVE. Filipino protesters light candles as they wait for the imminent execution of a Filipino mother, in front of the Indonesian embassy in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines, 28 April 2015. Philippine labour and women's rights activists picketed the Indonesian embassy to appeal for Jakarta to spare a Filipino mother of two scheduled to be executed by firing squad for drug trafficking. The activists vowed to stay outside the embassy in Manila until Indonesian President Joko Widodo stops the execution of Mary Jane Veloso or a second appeal filed by her lawyers is granted. Veloso is one of 10 drug convicts whose planned executions have triggered criticism and calls for mercy from around the world. Photo by EPA/Francis R. Malasig

#SaveMaryJane among most signed petitions

Apr 27, 2015 - 10:20 PM

UPDATED Citizens from 127 countries sign the petition – huge and rare for a petition from the Philippines

ASEAN youth to Jokowi: #SaveMaryJane

Apr 27, 2015 - 3:08 PM

The ASEAN Youth Forum hands letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo asking him to save the life of Mary Jane Veloso in the name of human rights and the spirit of humanity

Have Mercy, Mary Jane (A poem)

Apr 26, 2015 - 3:18 PM

I believe that you accepted this fate in the hope that someday we the people learn not to accept a fate that isn t ours

SIGN THE PETITION: Join global action to #SaveMaryJane

Apr 26, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The clock is ticking on Mary Jane Veloso s execution Sign the petition appealing for clemency and pardon for the mother of two petition: #SaveMaryJane, end human trafficking

Apr 25, 2015 - 8:13 PM

The case of Mary Jane Veloso is not just about a Filipino sentenced to death abroad it is about human rights and human trafficking

JUSTICE. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (C) escorted by police officers during an appeal hearing in Yogyakarta on March 3, 2015. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mary Jane to Jokowi: Save me from death

Apr 25, 2015 - 3:44 PM

In a handwritten letter to the Indonesian leader the Filipina on death row pleads for her life for the sake of her two children

MARY JANE'S FATE. The 30-year-old mother of two, who was sentenced to death in 2010 for attempting to smuggle 2.6 kilograms of heroin into Indonesia, says she has accepted her fate. Bimo Satrio/EPA

Aquino to Jokowi: Grant Mary Jane clemency

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:56 PM

We can always try the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs says as the Philippine vice president also seeks a meeting with the Indonesian president

FRIENDLY TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (right) welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) in the Philippines' presidential palace on February 9, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Jokowi on pleas for Mary Jane: Respect our laws

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:45 PM

While President Joko Widodo says Indonesian laws allow for execution what he doesn t say is that his country s laws also provide for clemency

SOUTHEAST ASIAN LEADERS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (right) meet in the Philippines' presidentail palace on February 9, 2015, during Widodo's visit to Manila. File photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Rights group asks UN to #SaveMaryJane from death row

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:24 PM

We implore the UNHRC to take meaningful measures including a review of human rights records and compliance to international human rights instruments of its member States

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, warga Filipina yang divonis mati menangis di persidangan, Sleman, 3 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Bimo Satrio/EPA

Letter to President Jokowi: Mercy, compassion for #MaryJane

Apr 10, 2015 - 9:12 AM

None would be happiest than Mary Jane’s two children The children have not seen their mother for a long time Even now they as the rest of the Filipino people have not lost hope

Mary Jane's sister to President Jokowi: Blood will be on your hands

Apr 08, 2015 - 10:31 PM

Please don t kill my sister She is innocent

PRAYERS FOR MARY JANE. Hoping Mary Jane will be saved from the Indonesian death row, the Veloso family joins a prayer vigil on Monday night, April 6, in Manila. Photo by Migrante International

Aquino 'doing too little' to #SaveMaryJane – OFW group

Apr 07, 2015 - 9:24 AM

There are at least 125 OFWs on death row in countries where capital punishment is imposed including Indonesia China and Saudi Arabia

3 ways to help save #MaryJane from Indonesian death row

Apr 01, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Migrante International lists down urgent actions Filipinos and international community can do to help stop the execution of Mary Jane Veloso

Mamasapano probe, Purisima on SAF, Jokowi state visit | The wRap

Feb 09, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Napenas admits he gave the go signal for Mamasapano Purisima claims he gave advice not orders Joko Widodo is in the Philippines for a state visit

Rappler Newscast | October 20, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 - 8:16 PM

4 witnesses in Laude case leave PH Public wants Binay to face senate Jokowi takes office offices urges Indonesia to work together