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Mary Jane Veloso's recruiters found guilty of illegal recruitment in separate case

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Ma Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao are sentenced to life imprisonment for the illegal recruitment of Lorna Valino, Ana Marie Gonzales, and Jenalyn Paraiso

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. In this photo taken on April 29, 2015, migrant recruiter Cristina Sergio (2nd L) is escorted by local government officials in a press conference in Manila, after being accused of duping Mary Jane Veloso into carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin to Indonesia from Malaysia. Photo by Rappler

Saved at the last minute: SC allows Mary Jane Veloso to testify in local case

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The OFW's lawyers hope this can play a significant role in removing her from death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking charges

VELOSO CASE. Migrante with the mother of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Celia, Celia Veloso, march towards the Court of Appeals in Manila on January 25 to encourage the court to allow Veloso to give her testimony while inside the Indonesian jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

SC asked to rule as clock ticks on Mary Jane Veloso local trial

Sep 26, 2019 - 7:12 PM

If the SC does not hand down a ruling before October 28, the prosecution would be forced to wrap up its case against Veloso's recruiters without presenting her as witness

#LETMARYJANESPEAK. Mary Jane Veloso's family is counting on the Supreme Court to allow the OFW to testify in a local human trafficking trial. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mary Jane Veloso runs to Supreme Court: Let me testify vs my recruiters

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'Nagtaka ako nung bibitayin siya, hindi siya umiyak, pero noong isang araw, umiiyak si Mary Jane. Ang sabi, 'Nanay tulungan niyo ako, inip na inip na ako,’ says Celia Veloso

APPEAL. Cesar and Celia Veloso (2nd and 3rd from left) file a petition before the Supreme Court appealing that their daughter Mary Jane be allowed to testify in the trafficking case they filed against Mary Jane alleged recruiters. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

CA again blocks Mary Jane Veloso's testimony from jail in case vs recruiter

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Court Of Appeals says the government must request Indonesia to allow the incarcerated Veloso to go to the Philippines and testify in courts here

Militant group Migrante with the mother of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Celia, march towards the Court of Appeals in Manila on January 25 to encourage the court to allow Veloso to give her testimony while inside the Indonesian jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

Injustice in Court of Appeals: Failing Mary Jane Veloso

Jan 25, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Philippine legal procedure is horribly ill-equipped for 21st century transnational issues like human trafficking and modern slavery, the drug trade, terrorism, regional environmental degradation, money laundering, and the legal needs of the Filipino diaspora, all of which cross state borders

SolGen appeals to CA to allow Mary Jane Veloso’s testimony in PH case

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Her testimony will be vital in the local case in Nueva Ecija against her alleged recruiters. The local case will boost her defense in the drug trafficking charge in Indonesia

Parents of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Cesar and Celia, weep as they appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to help their daughter who is facing death sentence in Indonesia for illegal drug trade, during a candle lighting rally at the Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

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Jan 10, 2018 - 7:52 PM

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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

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Jan 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

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After more than 22 hours the image of the Black Nazarene returns to Quiapo Church

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

Mary Jane Veloso’s lawyers slam CA decision to block her testimony

Jan 05, 2018 - 6:37 PM

'Just let her speak out and let her story stand on its own. Or shall we wait for her to be sent to the gallows with her mouth gagged?' says the National Union of People's Lawyers

SAVE MARY JANE. The supposed execution of OFW Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia in 2015 was met by public outcry and international scrutinity, that pushed both the Phlippine and Indonesian governments to take extra steps which eventually resulted in a reprieve from death sentence. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Celia Veloso clarifies: 'I do not support death penalty'

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:59 PM

The mother of death row convict Mary Jane Veloso says what she supports is President Duterte s war on drugs which should target the syndicates

Duterte, Widodo may discuss Mary Jane Veloso case

Apr 27, 2017 - 7:31 PM

The Philippine President says he might bring it up during his bilateral meeting with President Widodo who will visit Manila on April 28

TWO ASEAN LEADERS. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with Indonesian President Joko Widodo his visit to Indonesia in September 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

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.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 28, 2017

Mar 28, 2017 - 9:42 AM

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Mar 27, 2017 - 9:24 PM

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CA halts taking of Mary Jane's deposition in Indonesia

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Veloso s lawyers call the TRO an utter disappointment

Maria Cristina Sergio and Mary Jane Veloso

Mary Jane akan berikan testimonial tertulis untuk membongkar kasusnya

Feb 25, 2017 - 10:58 PM

Melalui testimoni itu Mary Jane dapat menceritakan kisahnya yang bisa menunjukkan bahwa dia korban perdagangan manusia dan perekrutan buruh migran ilegal

TESTIMONI. Setelah dua tahun hukuman matinya ditunda, Mary Jane Veloso yang tersandung kasus narkoba akan memberikan testimoni secara tertulis untuk membuktikan bahwa dirinya korban perdagangan manusia. Foto oleh Bimo Satrio/EPA

After 2 years, Mary Jane Veloso to testify in cases vs recruiters

Feb 25, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Veloso s testimony will be taken through deposition on April 27 in Indonesia for the cases filed against Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao

Maria Cristina Sergio and Mary Jane Veloso

Overseas Filipinos and the death penalty: Cases that made headlines

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

This is not the first time the country has mourned the execution of a fellow Filipino abroad

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

Part 2: The Philippines as target market for illicit drugs

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

A public health approach rather than a law enforcement one should form the basis for a response to drug use and dependence

BUST. Police seize P2-B worth of drugs at Subic port. File photo by AFP

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

Kejanggalan vonis mati bagi Mary Jane Veloso

Oct 12, 2016 - 9:32 PM

LBH Jakarta dan MaPPI FHUI menilai sejak awal majelis hakim sudah menilai Veloso sudah bersalah dalam kasus penyelundupan heroin ke Indonesia

VIGIL. An Indonesian migrant worker activist lights candles during a vigil supporting Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, on April 26, 2015. Photo by EPA

Jokowi on Mary Jane, war on drugs, Milky Way | 6PM wRap

Sep 14, 2016 - 7:17 PM

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Veloso not in next wave of executions – Indonesian official

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:48 PM

Mary Jane Veloso s execution depends on whether the legal process in the Philippines no longer requires her testimony Indonesia s Office of the Attorney General says

MARY JANE'S WAIT. Mary Jane escorted by Indonesian officers during an appeal hearing in Yogyakarta on March 3, 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Jokowi stands by interpretation of Duterte's words on Veloso

Sep 14, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Despite a clarification from President Duterte s spokesman President Widodo still interprets Duterte s words as greenlighting Mary Jane Veloso s execution

TWO PRESIDENTS. President Rodrigo Duterte clasps hands with Indonesian President Joko Widodo as sign of unity following their joint statements on September 9, 2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PPD

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

Duterte on Mary Jane, Liberal Party, Instagram | 6PM wRap

Sep 13, 2016 - 8:21 PM

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Duterte: To beg for Veloso's life amid PH drug war leaves 'bad taste'

Sep 13, 2016 - 4:51 PM

‘It would have been a bad taste in the mouth to be talking about having a strong posture in drugs and here you are begging for something ’ says President Duterte

OFW ON DEATH ROW. President Rodrigo Duterte says he had some qualms about seeking clemency for death convict Mary Jane Veloso when he met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo

Jokowi: Komitmen Duterte terhadap pemberantasan narkoba sangat tinggi

Sep 13, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Presiden Jokowi mengatakan Duterte menghormati proses hukum yang ada di Indonesia Tetapi kelanjutan kasus Mary Jane bergantung dari proses peradilan di Filipina

DIALOG BILATERAL. Presiden Filipina, Rodrigo Duterte (kiri) tengah melakukan dialog bilateral dengan Presiden Joko Widodo di Istana Merdeka pada Jumat, 9 September. Foto oleh King Rodriguez/PPD

De Lima hits Duterte: Go signal of Veloso execution 'disgusting, not surprising'

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:58 PM

UPDATED But then again magtataka pa ba tayo e sa mismong bansa natin araw araw mahigit kwarenta katao na ang napapatay nang walang paglilitis Nakakalungkot Nakakaiyak Nakakahindik says neophyte Senator Leila De Lima

DISGUSTING. Neophyte Senator Leila De Lima says President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged giving of go signal to the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina on death row in Indonesia, is disgusting yet not surprising.

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

Presiden Filipina Rodrigo Duterte tiba di Jakarta

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:59 PM

Presiden Filipina Duterte dijadwalkan akan berada di Jakarta selama satu malam saja

TIBA DI JAKARTA. Presiden Filipina, Rodrigo Duterte tengah berbicara dengan Menteri Hukum dan HAM, Yasonna Laoly usai tiba dari Vientianne, Laos di Jakarta. Foto oleh Diego Batara/Rappler

5 isu yang diprediksi akan dibahas Jokowi dan Duterte

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Indonesia dipilih menjadi negara pertama yang dikunjungi oleh Presiden Duterte secara bilateral

5 things Duterte and Jokowi are expected to discuss

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

From their respective drug wars to the Abu Sayyaf which include Indonesians as their hostages here are 5 things Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian president Joko Widodo are likely to talk about

Duterte on Mary Jane: I am ready to accept Indonesia's decision

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask for mercy for a Filipina on death row in Indonesia but will respect what President Joko Widodo decides

RESPECT INDONESIA. President Duterte says he respects the laws of Indonesia. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte may make plea for Mary Jane Veloso’s life in Indonesia

Sep 05, 2016 - 5:58 PM

I may just have to ask Widodo in the most respectful and very very courteous way says President Duterte about asking the Indonesian President for clemency for Veloso

PRE-DEPARTURE. President Rodrigo Duterte takes questions about his upcoming foreign trips from media before his departure for Laos. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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Sep 01, 2016 - 7:58 PM

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Mary Jane Veloso to President Duterte: Help me get justice

Sep 01, 2016 - 5:27 PM

Matagal na akong nagtitiis dito sa Indonesia nagtitiis sa lahat ng ito gayong wala naman akong kasalanan Mary Jane says

Duterte may visit Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia – Palace

Sep 01, 2016 - 3:53 PM

Given the opportunity I think he will says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

'TRAFFICKING VICTIM.' Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show to mark Indonesian woman's emancipation Kartini day at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on April 21, 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Perempuan terpidana mati: 5 persamaan antara Mary Jane dan Merry Utami

Jul 31, 2016 - 1:39 PM

Kedua perempuan ini dijadwalkan dieksekusi mati atas tuduhan penyelundupan narkoba tetapi keduanya diselamatkan pada detik terakhir oleh pemerintah Indonesia

Women on death row: 5 similarities between Mary Jane Veloso and Merry Utami

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:12 PM

Both women were scheduled to face the firing squad for alleged drug trafficking but both were spared last minute by the Indonesian government

SIMILARITIES. Merry Utami and Mary Jane Veloso have quite a bit in common. Utami photo from LBH, Veloso photo from Rappler

Reviving death penalty risks OFWs on death row – lawmaker

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says reviving capital punishment can affect the Philippines appeals for clemency for OFWs facing execution abroad

SAVED FROM EXECUTION. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza believes the Philippines will lose its leverage to plead for the lives of Filipinos on death row abroad if capital punishment is reimposed. Photo from Senate PRIB.

OFWs as modern-day heroes: Seriously?

Jul 10, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Faced with all sorts of imaginable and unimaginable migratory experiences beyond the votes that they cast OFWs now want their voices to be heard

10 of Aquino's biggest hits and misses, as seen through social media

Jun 18, 2016 - 1:00 PM

How did President Aquino s term fare under the social media spotlight?