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U.S. prison guards request clemency for heroic death row inmate

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:49 AM

The prison guards claim the inmate saved the lives of 3 staff members

This undated photograph shows the holding cell at San Quentin Prison where Stanley "Tookie Williams" will be held prior to his scheduled execution by lethal injection early 13 December 2005. (Photo by California Department of Corrections/AFP)

OFW saved from UAE death row coming home to PH

Nov 01, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Jennifer Dalquez, who was sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates for murder but later acquitted, is expected to arrive in the Philippines on Friday, November 2

Iraq executes 12 death row jihadists in response to killings

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:43 PM

A statement from the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi does not specify how they were executed, but death sentences in terrorism-related cases are usually carried out by hanging

ORDER. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talks during a campaign rally in the holy city of Najaf on May 3, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. File photo by Haidar HAMDANI/AFP

Veloso family unable to visit Mary Jane on 33rd birthday

Jan 10, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The Veloso couple says they were not permitted by the Department of Foreign Affairs

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. The Veloso family lights a birthday cake for the 33rd birthday of detained migrant worker Mary Jane Veloso. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Mary Jane Veloso's birthday wish: 'Hear my testimony in court'

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:42 AM

January 10 marks trafficking victim Mary Jane Veloso’s 33rd birthday - the 8th time she’s celebrating it behind bars

MARY JANE. Cesar (2L) and Celia Veloso, (L) parents of Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia, hold a candle light vigil in front of Quiapo church in Manila on September 8, 2016, ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's working visit to Indonesia. Photo by Ted Aljibe/Rappler

3 OFWs on death row in China

Jul 14, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta Romana says there are high hopes that at least one of the cases would be reduced to a life sentence

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Jun 20, 2017 - 9:39 PM

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Jun 20, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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OFW Jennifer Dalquez saved from death row in UAE

Jun 20, 2017 - 10:17 AM

3rd UPDATE While acquitted of murder OFW Jennifer Dalquez was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone the DFA says

OFW SAVED. Overseas Filipino worker Jennifer Dalquez, 30, is saved from the death row after a UAE court acquits her of murder. Photo courtesy of Migrante

OFW Jennifer Dalquez seeks acquittal

Apr 26, 2017 - 5:09 PM

UPDATED Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio Vingno Jr says Jennifer Dalquez s lawyer moved for her acquittal after the sons of her victim skipped a hearing they were instructed by the court to attend

Migrante asks Duterte to seek clemency for OFWs on death row

Apr 12, 2017 - 5:12 PM

Migrante International launches ClemencyPH to urge Philipine President Rodrigo Duterte to save the lives of all overseas Filipino workers on death row

CLEMENCY. Migrante International calls on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to seek clemency for all overseas Filipino workers on death row.

Duterte to 'bring home' some OFWs on death row

Apr 10, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte leaves for a week long trip which will take him to Saudi Arabia Bahrain and Qatar

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates that he is duty bound to protect and preserve the Filipino people in his speech during the 29th Annual Convention of the Prosecutors League of the Philippines at Royce Hotel and Casino in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on April 5, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/Presidential Photo

TIMELINE: Jennifer Dalquez's journey to death row and acquittal

Mar 31, 2017 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs confirms in a statement that Jennifer will be released from prison and repatriated back to the Philippines in November 2018, or more than a year after her acquittal

DFA hopes new evidence will save Jennifer Dalquez

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The government says they are already doing everything they can to overturn a UAE court s death sentence on OFW Jennifer Dalquez

Jordan hangs 15 convicts in rare mass execution

Mar 04, 2017 - 3:40 PM

UPDATED Of those put to death 10 had been convicted of terrorism offenses and 5 of heinous crimes including rape

Parents of OFW on death row in UAE seek Congress’ help

Mar 01, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Lawmakers file a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to seek executive clemency for Jennifer Dalquez

'SAVE JENNIFER.' Alicia and Abdulhamid Dalquez are asking the government to help their daughter Jennifer get out of death row in UAE. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fate of Jennifer Dalquez in hands of victim’s children

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The Court of Appeals in Al Ain Judicial Court has postponed its ruling on the OFW s case originally set for February 27 to March 27

OFW on death row in UAE, kin appeal to Duterte for help

Feb 27, 2017 - 7:41 PM

Jennifer Dalquez claims her Arab employer tried to rape her at knifepoint and that she accidentally killed him while defending herself

Migrante International challenges President Rodrigo Duterte to help get Jennifer Dalquez home. Photo from Migrante

Capital punishment in PH jeopardizes OFWs on death row – Bag-ao

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag ao tells congressmen Ang pagboto po natin ng yes sa death penalty ay katumbas sa pagdiin sa kanila sa kamatayan

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao says the death penalty bill is detrimental to OFWs on death row as well to poor Filipinos. Screengrab from

Bello recalls Kuwait labor attaché for negligence

Feb 04, 2017 - 7:20 PM

The labor secretary issues the order to Angelita Narvaez for her inaction and lack of concern for our overseas Filipino workers

Veloso family visits Mary Jane on her 32nd birthday

Jan 15, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The children clung to their mother making up for all the time that they were separated from their mother not wanting the moment to end says Migrante International on the family s visit to Indonesia

FAMILY. The parents and children of Mary Jane Veloso flew to Indonesia for a 4-day visit. They celebrated her 32nd birthday. Photo by Migrante International

What keeps Mary Jane Veloso busy while on death row?

Nov 16, 2016 - 10:27 PM

While in prison the Filipina on death row learns new skills and hobbies

CULTURAL IMMERSION. In prison, Mary Jane Veloso learns how to make the traditional Indonesian batik. Photo from DSWD

Japan executes death-row inmate – ministry

Nov 11, 2016 - 1:43 PM

This is the 17th execution by hanging since conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power in late 2012

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

Jokowi on Mary Jane, Official Gazette, China and Russia | 6PM wRap

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:06 PM

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Duterte said he 'will not interfere' with Indonesian laws – Palace

Sep 12, 2016 - 4:53 PM

There was no endorsement [of Mary Jane Veloso s execution] He simply said follow your own laws says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

TWO PRESIDENTS. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at Istana Merdeka in Jakarta on September 9, 2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PPD

Jokowi: Duterte won't stop Mary Jane execution

Sep 12, 2016 - 2:23 PM

Indonesian President Joko Widodo talks about his conversation with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Mary Jane Veloso case not discussed in Duterte-Jokowi talks – officials

Sep 09, 2016 - 10:38 PM

UPDATED Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte later says however that he spoke to his counterpart about the Filipina on death row in Indonesia

NOT DISCUSSED. Mary Jane Veloso's case was not discussed between the two leaders. Photo by Rappler

Indonesian executions a 'complete mess'

Jul 29, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Questions swirled about the handling of the process which saw the other 10 prisoners slated for death – including from India Pakistan and Zimbabwe – spared at the last minute without explanation

EXECUTED. Indonesian police officers stand guard as an ambulance carrying the body of an executed prisoner Humprey Ejike of Nigeria leaves the port of Nusa Kambangan prison island, in Cilacap. EPA

Death row: What we know about those scheduled for Indonesia's next executions

Jul 27, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Indonesia is expected to execute 14 total individuals this week including 10 foreigners

TO NUSAKAMBANGAN. Indonesian policemen arrive to cross to Nusakambangan island at the Cilacap port, the only gate to Indonesia's highest security Nusakambangan prison in Cilacap on July 25, 2016. Photo by Bayu Nur/AFP

Aquino and the continuing plight of OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III promised OFWs that at the end of his administration working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity Did he deliver?

How did President Benigno Aquino III address the needs of overseas Filipino workers in the past 6 years? Photo of Aquino by the Malacañang Photo Bureau, photo of OFWs by AFP

OFW Jonard Langamin escapes death row, returns to PH

May 25, 2016 - 9:31 PM

Filipino seafarer Jonard Langamin tearfully reunites with his family after almost 10 years on death row in Saudi Arabia

FINALLY HOME. OFW Jonard Langamin poses with his parents Editha and Clemente after escaping death row in Saudi Arabia. Photo from Susan Ople's Twitter account

Indonesia police: We've trained shooters for next round of executions

May 04, 2016 - 7:23 PM

We have also prepared the facility for the bodies police said

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 9PM

May 02, 2016 - 8:59 PM

BSP and AMLC deny leaking bank documents Grace Poe takes her homestretch effort to her bailiwick Luzon Archbishop Tagle says voting is a ‘holy duty’

Next round of Indonesian executions doesn’t include Mary Jane

May 02, 2016 - 5:42 PM

The Filipina on death row was given a last minute reprieve last year

SPARED. Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, pictured wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, was spared from execution temporarily in April. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mary Jane speaks up one year since she escaped execution

Apr 29, 2016 - 6:39 PM

The Filipina accused of smuggling drugs says she has faith she will come home

IN PHOTOS: Mary Jane exactly one year after escaping execution

Apr 29, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Here s what Mary Jane Veloso looks like a year after she was granted a last minute reprieve

Indonesia: Regardless of case in PH, Mary Jane will be punished

Jan 13, 2016 - 2:12 PM

The fact is that she smuggled drugs to Indonesia and she was caught red handed at the airport

PUNISHMENT. The Indonesian government says Mary Jane Veloso, who is accused of trafficking drugs, will be punished somehow. EPA/BIMO SATRIO

VLOG: Family visits Mary Jane in prison, enjoys rare day off

Jan 12, 2016 - 9:34 PM

Parents assure supporters Mary Jane is in high sprits

‘Is this goodbye?’: Visit to Mary Jane brings back trauma for family

Jan 12, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Mary Jane Veloso s parents share their anxiety about being back in Indonesia for the first time since their daughter was barely spared from execution

ANXIETY. The Veloso family admits to feeling traumatized from their last visit to Indonesia. Photo by AFP

Family recounts Mary Jane visit: 'She is a very different person’

Jan 12, 2016 - 4:22 PM

Mary Jane herself tells her mother The old Mary Jane is dead

IN PHOTOS: Veloso family visits Mary Jane in prison

Jan 12, 2016 - 2:22 PM

The family brings gifts for Mary Jane and enjoys a simple feast with the Filipina on death row

LOOK: Birthday gifts from family for Mary Jane Veloso

Jan 12, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Check out the set of gifts the family will give to the Filipina on death row

VLOG: Excitement, joy night before family visits Mary Jane

Jan 11, 2016 - 10:21 PM

Mary Jane s family gathers at the same hotel where they awaited her fate in April but this time around the mood is upbeat as they anticipate their visit to Mary Jane for her 31st birthday

Mary Jane’s mother to Indonesians: Thank you for saving my daughter

Jan 11, 2016 - 10:19 PM

I thank everyone from Indonesia those who supported Mary Jane If it weren’t for them maybe we won’t even have anyone to visit

VLOG: Veloso family visits Mary Jane on her birthday

Jan 11, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Their wish on her birthday? That Mary Jane finally comes home

Family of Saudi death row youth fear imminent execution

Nov 27, 2015 - 10:51 PM

Ali al Nimr s uncle says his family fears the government is serious very serious about carrying out the sentence

ON DEATH ROW. 17-year-old Shiite activist Ali al-Nimr was sentenced to death in February 2012. Photo from

Bangladesh hangs opposition leaders for war crimes

Nov 22, 2015 - 2:31 PM

Opposition leaders Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury were hanged past 4 am

VICTORY. Members of the Projonmo League shout slogans and show victory signs after two war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed are hanged in the centrail jail in Dhaka, Bangladesh early November 22. Photo by Abir Abdullah/EPA

Bangladesh president rejects death-row mercy petitions

Nov 22, 2015 - 12:39 AM

President Abdul Hamid turns down the mercy pleas of two Bangladesh opposition leaders who have been sentenced to death

SET TO HANG. A security officer stands guard in front of the Supreme Court building, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 18, 2015. Photo by Monirul Alam/EPA

Bangladesh opposition leaders on death row seek pardon

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:57 PM

Sons of the two opposition leaders cast doubt on their fathers mercy pleas

SET TO HANG. A security officer stands guard in front of the Supreme Court building, in Dhaka on November 18. Photo by Monirul Alam/EPA