Save Mary Jane Veloso! Stop the Execution!
Picket rallies at the Indonesian embassy


Makati City, Camarines Sur/Norte


 April 25-27, 2015




Luis Jalandoni, Indonesian embassy, Makati City

Indonesian embassy, Makati City


Photos by Arkibong Bayan, Alnie Foja, Cam Coy, Paul Casilihan, Charlotte Robles Job Despuez (CJ), Joms Salvador,
Kadamay Cam Sur, Karlos Isagani, Kathy Yamzon, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Sammy Malunes, and Vencer Crisostomo
as indicated by the filenames
  UP Diliman  


April 27, 2015 by admin




L-R Atty. Minnie Lopez and Atty. Edre Olalia of NUPL, Maritess (sister), Cesar (father) and associates of Rudyantho & Partners Law Firm. Jakarta, Indonesia, April 22, 2015.

L-R Atty. Minnie Lopez and Atty. Edre Olalia of NUPL, Maritess (sister), Cesar (father) and associates of Rudyantho & Partners Law Firm. Jakarta, Indonesia, April 22, 2015.

Mary Jane Veloso Update

27 April 2015

1150 am

Cilacap, Indonesia

Mary Jane’s family, Indonesian lawyer, spiritual adviser and embassy officials and DFA representatives took off again for the island prison to visit her supposedly from 10am-4pm.

Before entering the port gate which cordoned the media, her brother and husband, followed later by her sister and mother, stepped out of the vehicle provided and commandeered by the Ph embassy.

The two men then unfurled a banner in front of around a hundred  local and international media  and called for the salvation of Mary Jane . The two women in turn spoke to the media and appealed to Indonesian President Widodo.

After stringent security measures and with the area teeming with security personnel, they were all eventually allowed to board the boat to the prison island.

But their Philippine private legal counsel Edre U. Olalia from NUPL – who is officially endorsed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) – was not allowed to pass through the usual security protocol. He was told by a virtual spokesman of the Philippine embassy that he is not allowed to come and enter.

The purported reason given was that there are stricter security measures today.  Neither the Philippine ambassador nor the consul general or the DFA representatives took the chance to explain to Olalia why he was not being allowed to join the Veloso delegation even after he was duly recognized by the Indonesian authorities and even after having entered the prison island the past two days.

No embassy or DFA representative asserted Mr. Olalia’s legal standing to the Indonesian authorities.

The good ambasadress actually tried to prevent Mary Jane’s father from  being conferred with by Olalia before boarding the boat by pulling him away from the latter.  But the father managed to let go of the ambasadress’ hold and was able to get instant legal advise from Olalia to be relayed to her daughter.

Because he did not want to make a fuss at that time, thinking that these visits are first and foremost for the family, Olalia did not press the issue and let it slide for the moment.

There will be a more appropriate time and venue for reckoning.

For now, we all should fight tooth and nail to save the life of Mary Jane and bring her back home.


Atty. Edre U.Olalia

NUPL Secretary General

Philippine private lawyers of

  Mary Jane and Veloso family

Indonesia number:

+62 81283603953


UP Diliman campus
April 25, 2015
Former Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino
  Gabriela Secretary General Joms Salvador  
April 26-27, 2015



Save Mary Jane Veloso!

Says retrial needed for her case

News Release
April 27, 2015

As Mary Jane Veloso is set to be executed in Indonesia on Tuesday for drug trafficking, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate called on the Indonesian government to hold off the execution of the 30-year-old Filipina drug mule at Nusakambangan execution island and order a retrial of Ms. Veloso claiming that she may have been a victim of human trafficking.

“We are asking Pres. Joko Widodo to hold off the execution and order an immediate retrial because Mary Jane deserves justice. She was not even provided with a translator or a lawyer during the investigation stage. It is at this stage that government intervention is most crucial but it was not present. Everything should be done to prove her innocence first because it would be terribly wrong to execute an innocent person,” said the solons.

“It is sad, that this is among the predicaments many OFWs are facing.  They are being imprisoned for allegedly being “drug mules” or illegal drugs traffickers. The proliferation of OFWs getting imprisoned in different countries on charges of trafficking of illegal drugs should be cause for alarm, and Mary Jane is just one of them,” said Senior Deputy Minority Leader Colmenares.  

"Worse, government failed to provide these OFWs the services of a competent lawyer.   I don’t believe they were given a fair trial considering that they have no competent counsel.   In the Philippines, an accused is entitled to a PAO lawyer, whatever their crime is.  Our OFWs deserve no less," added Rep. Colmenares.

According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), there are 710 Filipinos languishing in jails located in different parts of the world (in Asia, in the US and in the Middle East) for acting as drug couriers of high-profile international syndicates. In China alone, there are already 205 Filipinos imprisoned for allegedly being “drug mules” and 28 of them are in death row.

Meanwhile Rep. Zarate said that “most of the past drug couriers have generally come from impoverished backgrounds and according to the PDEA there is a current preference of international drug rings for young professionals or office workers with presentable personalities as drug mules, and are less likely to be suspected of the crime, who are lured by promises of free travel, free I-Pads, and hefty allowances. Sixty-two percent (63%) of drug mules are women while 37 percent are men and are recruited through the internet and social networks like Facebook and Twitter,”

“There are cases where Filipinos are duped and unsuspectingly carry illegal drugs to the country of their destination. In one instance, a confessed drug mule admitted that she transported an electric fan but did not know it contained cocaine. In China, drug trafficking of 50 grams or more of illegal drugs is punishable by 15 years in prison, life imprisonment or death while in Muslim countries, under the Shariah Law, drug trafficking is punishable by death. It is with this circumstance that we have to work fast so that no more OFWs will be added to their ranks,” added Rep. Zarate.

“Even before the news broke,  our lawyers have been assigned to assist Mary Jane and her family, but we also want to investigate why this phenomenon of OFWs charged as drug mules persists, and government's failure to provide legal counsel to these OFWs,” said the progressive solon.

“We also propose the creation of a unit at the Public Attorney’s Office that will develop expertise in laws of countries where most of our OFWs are and will monitor each individual case of detained OFW and ensure that they have counsel.  Definitely, there should be an increase in the legal fund of these agencies and we will push during the budget deliberations in Congress a larger legal fund for OFWs.  We have discussed this proposal with PAO Chief Persida Acosta in the last Congress and she expressed willingness to help should the project materialize.  Maybe it is about time to seriously implement the creation of this unit in the absence of any effort on the part of the DFA to provide legal counsel to imprisoned OFWs," concluded Colmenares. ###




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Press Statement
27 April 2015

Save Mary Jane Veloso; Protect all our Bayani ng Bayan OFWs!

Once again, a young Filipina  is about to lose her life by execution in a foreign land.  Forty years after Flor Contemplacion was hung in the gallows in Singapore, another innocent Overseas Filipina Worker,  Mary Jane Veloso, is condemned to face the firing squad.  There had been countless others in between.  Names and faces that are briefly flashed on our TV screens and newspapers, then pass on to near-oblivion.  How many more shall follow?


Like millions of our countrymen, Mary Jane’s travails were born out of desperation and a burning desire to earn more for her loved ones, even if it meant  long periods of separation from them, loneliness, physical hardships, and the all too real risk of being duped by their recruiters and maltreated by their foreign employers.  Mary Jane’s only mistake, if it can be called one, was to be too trusting of her “kinakapatid” while being  too daring and self-sacrificing to face unknown  consequences in order to lift her family from the depths of poverty and misery.


Even with death squarely staring at her face, Mary Jane shows her paramount concern for her family’s wellbeing  above her own as she comforts her children,  parents and  siblings from their anguish as she calmly accepts whatever fate should befall her.


We cannot in conscience merely sit back and watch as someone with the heart and will of Mary Jane is  unjustly tried and condemned to die.  If she dies, the hopes and future of her loved ones, nay, of millions of other Filipinos, could die with her.


All is not lost.  There is time and space left, however minute, to seek and find justice for Mary Jane. A ray of hope shines from the appeal for a second judicial review on the grounds that she is a victim of human trafficking,  not the drug trafficker she had been convicted for.  Tthere are strong moral and legal arguments on the basis of international law for this.  Time—or the lack of it – stands  as  the most formidable obstacle to attaining justice for Mary Jane and saving her life.


We thus join the millions of voices calling on the Indonesian government and courts for a second judicial review of Mary Jane’s case.


We deplore the Philippine government’s long-standing policy and practice of intervening into our OFWs’ cases in foreign courts only when and after a conviction has been passed upon them, and doing so only perfunctorily in most cases.   Under President Aquino’s term alone, seven OFWs have been convicted and exectuted in foreign lands.  Mary Jane was convicted five years ago after what even the UN has labelled an unfair trial, as she was not provided a competent interpreter.  But it was only a two weeks ago, pressed by  progressive migrant organizations and private people’s lawyers assistin the family, that the Philippine government filed the appeal for a second judicial review.   


The case of Mary Jane clearly exposes this official and institutionalized neglect and callousness, if not hypocrisy at its worst. The OFWs, in the first place, are forced to seek greener pastures abroad because they can find no hope here at home to alleviate their families’ condition.  Moreover,  it is the OFWs’ remittances, squeezed out of their  blood, sweat and tears, that keep our economy afloat and our people more tolerant of the entire social system.  There is no excuse for not providing legal protection and assistance, at the outset, to those who government lionizes as “Bayani ng Bayan”. 


In this connection, we reiterate our call for the immediate resumption of the GPH-NDFP peace talks as the worsening social and economic crisis relentlessly victimizes Mary Jane Veloso and tens and millions of our countrymen.  We call on the two Parties to muster the political will to negotiate the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) especially in the light of the continuing global and domestic economic crisis that threatens to wreak more hardships and misery for our people.


Reference:   Rey Claro Casambre, Executive Director; Mobile # 09436861956     





Stop the execution of Mary Jane Veloso

The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) call on the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo to halt the planned execution of Mary Jane Veloso and grant her a full re-trial.

APWLD is convinced that Mary Jane Veloso was not granted a fair trial. Mary Jane is a victim of exploitation. Accused of drug trafficking, it’s clear that she was used as a drug mule and was in no way central to any form of organised crime. Seeking work as a migrant domestic worker, Mary Jane was necessarily dependent on informal migration agents. She wrongly trusted contacts to facilitate migrant work and, as a result, carried illicit drugs in her luggage.

Mary Jane was denied the right to a fair trial through, inter alia, the lack of a competent interpreter.  Article 14 of the International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights guarantees the right “To have the free assistance of an interpreter if he (sic) cannot understand or speak the language used in court;”. The interpreter provided was able only to translate into English and was an unqualified student. Mary Jane did not understand the court process nor the questions put to her as she speaks Tagalog, not English.

Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence against Women, Komnas Perempuan, has reviewed the case and believes that Mary Jane is a victim of trafficking and should have her review appeal granted. They contend that the Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Supress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, to which Indonesia is a signatory, should be applied to her case. 

The situation Mary Jane finds herself in could happen to millions of women from the Asia Pacific region, particularly Indonesian women. With an estimated 3 million Indonesian women forced to migrate to obtain a living, the Indonesian government should be doing everything possible to improve the rights of migrant domestic workers, rather than executing those who have been clearly exploited.

The execution of Mary Jane and the denial of a review, could expose Indonesian migrant workers to greater risk. A number of Indonesian migrant workers have been executed abroad. The Indonesian government has made diplomatic representation on their behalf in the past and continues to do so for the more than 200 currently on death row. The moral authority to appeal on behalf of Indonesian migrant workers will be easily countered when the Indonesian state executes vulnerable women migrant workers itself. 

On Mar 26, Indonesia's Supreme Court rejected Veloso's appeal for a judicial review, with no explanation. On April 24, the Philippines filed its second appeal for judicial review. Their review includes new evidence that Mary Jane was a victim of crime.
Mary Jane’s biggest crime is the crime of poverty. If President Widodo enforces the death penalty and does not grant Mary Jane a re-trial, he will be punishing her for poverty and condemning many more to similar fates.

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Press Statement

27 April 2015

On police blockades and dispersal of protest action for Mary Jane: Actions speak louder than words

The Philippine government is uncharacteristically quick on the draw on people's spontaneous protests outside the Indonesian embassy today, in stark contrast to its slow, languid action to help save Mary Jane Veloso from death row.

Police are aggressively dispersing picketers and have barricaded roads to the embassy, pointedly assaulting a legitimate exercise of rights and heartlessly dismissing people's prayers and sympathies for Mary Jane.

Where the government has failed, the people have stepped in, appealing through all avenues - the courts, the streets, the internet - and exhausting all means of securing reprieve for Mary Jane. So how dare now it resist and curtail one urgent, important aspect of the people's campaign?

Actions speak louder than words. This government is not doing anything for Mary Jane, despite its overwrought claims - it's acting against her interests. Noynoy Aquino, an epic fail at saving lives and a dry well for empathy, by classic omission and terrible deed, is making sure a Filipina dies on Tuesday.



Atty. Maria Cristina Yambot-Tanseco

Philippine private counsel of Mary Jane Veloso and family
NUPL-Rizal Chapter Secretary-General


Josalee Deinla

Assistant Secretary General for Education





Press Release


1pm, 27 April, 2015


Keep Up the Pressure, More Signatories Needed! 
says Church Task Force to Save the Life of Mary Jane Veloso


Our online petition, highlighting our belief that Mary Jane Veloso was a victim of human trafficking and innocent of knowingly carrying drugs to Indonesia, has already soared past 28,000 signatories from across the Philippines and around the world.  Meanwhile, a sister petition posted more recently by citizens of Indonesia in Bahasa Indonesia is quickly gaining ground with almost 9,000 online signatories.     


“We are very thankful to everyone who has signed.  We are calling for MORE AND MORE signatures.  We need to send a clear message to Indonesian President Joko Widodo that the people of the Philippines, Indonesia, and the world want him to:Stop the Execution and Save Mary Jane!” said Mr. Nardy Sabino, spokesperson, Church Task Force to Save Mary Jane Veloso.


As Mary Jane’s 72-hours rush by, Church leaders continue to appeal for the people of the Philippines to join in the effort to stop the execution of Mary Jane, through the petition at  Many have already signed, but many more are needed.


Jessica Richard, Feminist Theologian from India posted, “[Mary Jane] was a pawn and doesn't deserve the punishment that should be meted out to those that used her.”


While Omega Bula, General Secretary, Peace for Life explained, “Women remain the most vulnerable persons of the ills of unbridled, neo-liberal market economies.  We must stop the execution and save the life of Mary Jane Veloso, who was a victim of Human Trafficking because of her joblessness and poverty.”


Many like the Rev. Fr. Gener Garcia from the Philippines posted, “I signed because she is a victim.”


Or petitioners cited that Mary Jane is innocent and trafficked, like the Rev. Luis Daniel Pantoja when he posted, “I believe she is innocent and was framed by human traffickers to be a drug mule without her knowing it.”


Still others spoke about injustice like the Rev. Kathryn Schreiber of the United Church of Christ-USA who called for others to sign the petition for Mary Jane who has been “unjustly accused.”


Signers of the petition are also joining PCPR’s global call to action to create a twitter storm to President Joko Widodo.  The World Council of Churches joined by retweeting this global call to their world-wide network of member churches.


At the same time, signatures are also being collected on paper at different churches and public gathering places, so that those who are not internet savvy can also participate.


“We know that we live in a cyber-connected world, this was why we initiated the online petition.  We are committed to showing that people believe Mary Jane, when she says that she is innocent of knowingly bringing drugs into Indonesia,” said Sabino.


“Our petition has gathered the support of Church people, Filipino migrants, women’s organizations and many concerned sectors of society from around the world.  We want to world to see that Mary Jane is a victim of human trafficking,” added Sabino.


Mary Jane’s lawyers have filed for a 2nd judicial review, on the basis of evidence that Mary Jane is a victim of Human Trafficking, 


The Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the PC(U.S.A.) General Assembly joins the call for the judicial review, “The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) appeals to the Indonesian government to stop the execution of Mary Jane Veloso… [and] further calls the Indonesian government to honor the appeal for a second judicial review for Mary Jane. Should this review determine she is a victim of human trafficking, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) calls upon the Indonesian government to fulfill its obligations under the Palermo Protocol. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) calls the government of the Philippines to exert all efforts to save Mary Jane Veloso."


Mary Jane should be protected under the Palermo Protocol, a United Nations instrument to prevent, suppress, and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, which both Indonesia and the Philippines signed in December of the year 2000.


The outcry to save Mary Jane, as a victim of human trafficking comes from all corners of the world.


On the petition, Judy Abuejuela of Brazil posts, “I believe she is a victim of Human Trafficking.”


While Talitha Klem of the United States says, “prosecuting the victims of Human Trafficking is wrong.” 


Based in Germany, Sonia Parera-Hummel, Executive Secretary, Asian Region, United Evangelical Mission says, “I don’t believe that the state has a right to take the life of a human being.  In the case of Mary Jane Veloso, I don’t see that she got proper support during the court case.” 


Katherine Felipe of the Philippines posts, “The Indonesian and the Philippine governments should work hand-in-hand to stop human trafficking and save the lives of the innocent.”


With many prayers that Mary Jane will be spared from the execution as well as those remembering her two children who need a mother, a steady stream of appeals for President Joko Widodo to Save Mary Jane Veloso are pulsing through the cyberspace.  Still, Church leaders appeal for everyone’s help to convince President Joko Widodo to stop the execution of Mary Jane Veloso.  Our message to President Widodo must be clear:  The world is watching and waiting for him to show mercy and compassion for Mary Jane!  ###


Nardy Sabino
Spokesperson 0919-831-2040
Church Task Force to Save the Life of Mary Jane Veloso 


Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares


Press Statement
27 April 2015

We call on fellow workers and Filipinos: 
Act now to save Mary Jane Veloso!

One day before the Indonesian government’s schedule of Mary Jane Veloso’s execution, we call on our fellow workers and fellow Filipinos to step up our efforts to save her life. We have to show our widespread opposition to her execution and force the Indonesian and Philippine governments to heed our demand. 

Like the majority of Filipinos, Mary Jane Veloso comes from a poor family. Her parents were seasonal workers in Hacienda Luisita and did not earn enough for their family. Mary Jane was forced to stop schooling after second-year high school and to sell plastic bags and rice cakes to eke out a living. 

Like the majority of Filipinos, Mary Jane Veloso is a victim of the lack of decent jobs in the country, characterized by extremely low wages, starvation wages, and contractual employment. She was once forced to work as a domestic helper in Dubai but returned to the country after her employer tried to rape her.

Like an increasing number of Filipinos, Mary Jane Veloso was victimized by human trafficking syndicates. She is not a drug trafficker; she was fooled by human trafficking syndicates to carry a bag containing illegal drugs. Migrante International says that right now, more than 80 Filipinos are on death row in various countries, majority of whom were arrested because of cases of drug trafficking.

Like many migrant workers, Mary Jane suffered from government neglect during her trial in another country. The Aquino government provided her with a lawyer only after she was judged guilty of drug trafficking and was sentenced to death by an Indonesian court. Its efforts to “save” her were late and perfunctory. 

We call on fellow workers and fellow Filipinos: Let us wear white. Let us light candles in front of our homes and offices starting at 6:00 in the evenning today andtomorrow. Let us speak up on Facebook and other social networking sites. Let us urge politicians and other personalities to speak up. Let us join the protests. 

Reference: Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chairperson, 0908-6491992



Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares


Source Verification: 

Gi Estrada - Media Officer



#SaveMaryJaneVeloso | Do everything to save sakada’s daughter, agriworkers urge Aquino 


Agricultural workers led by the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) demand that President Benigno Aquino III exert stronger effort to appeal for clemency for Mary Jane Veloso, especially since her parents worked for decades at the Aquino-Cojuangco estate Hacienda Luisita as sakadas or seasonal sugar cane cutters.


Hacienda Luisita farmers under UMA and the local alliance AMBALA urged Aquino to be more forceful and determined in saving the life of Mary Jane Veloso. AMBALA Chairperson Florida “Pong” Sibayan reminded Aquino that Mary Jane’s father and grandfather’s hard toil as underpaid sakadas in Hacienda Luisita contributed to the Aquino-Cojuangco’s family fortune. 


“The Aquino-Cojuangcos amassed huge wealth and power through the sweat and blood of sakadas and farm workers like Cesar and Emeterio Veloso. Aquino must remember this when he comes face to face with President Jokowi to seek clemency for Mary Jane,” said Sibayan.


Aside from appealing to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Aquino should also appeal to other ASEAN leaders to urge the Indonesian leader to stay the execution of Mary Jane.


“Aquino should extol French President Hollande whose efforts and strong statements resulted in the delay of the sentence of French national Serge Atlaoui, who is also on Indonesian death row with Veloso,” said John Milton Lozande, UMA Acting Chairperson.


“The Philippine government must also warn Indonesia that if its appeal for Veloso is ignored, it is prepared to recall its ambassador from Indonesia just like what Brazil and the Netherlands did after their citizens were executed in January. The Brazilian government even declined to accept the credentials of Indonesia’s new envoy,” Lozande added.


“The Veloso family endured extreme poverty despite back-breaking work in sugarcane fields. The utter lack of decent jobs and wages in the country pushed Mary Jane to seek opportunities abroad.” 


“Due to the government’s bogus agrarian reform program, landless agricultural workers all over the country are now growing in number. Sakadas from Northern Luzon, Negros, Mindanao and other poor regions become victims of slave wages and forced internal migration, literally hauled by illegal recruiters and lead men to harvest sugarcane not only in the traditional haciendas in Batangas or in Luisita, but also for the expansion of vast export crop plantations where they work under extreme or subhuman conditions. The government’s labor-export policy is another trap that aggravates the dire conditions of peasants and the people under Aquino,” said Lozande.  


The agricultural workers’ urgent appeal to stop the execution of Mary Jane Veloso is carried by UMA and its affiliate unions and organizations from Cagayan Valley (UMAMI), Tarlac (AMBALA), Batangas (KAISAHAN), Negros Island (National Federation of Sugar Workers, NFSW), Bukidnon (OGYON), Agusan del Sur (PIGLAS-MAPAPI), Southern Mindanao and Far-South Mindanao (NAFLU-KMU) during its recently concluded national council meeting held in Quezon City.  



Sister of Mary Jane Veloso
Gabriela Partylist Rep. Emmi de Jesus


Vancouverites Join Campaign to Stop Execution of Mary Jane Veloso

​-by Migrante BC

Reference person: Jane Ordinario at 604-961-7794




Vancouver, BC.-- As the call to save Mary Jane Veloso intensifies in the Philippines, Indonesia and around the world, Vancouver’s  Filipino-Canadians and others gathered at the Indonesian Consulate with their banners, flags, and “Save Mary Jane” posters on Saturday, April 25, to show their support for Mary Jane.


Mary Jane Veloso, Filipina migrant worker and a daughter of  poor peasants, was sentenced to death in 2010, after a very brief trial in Indonesia, for alleged drug trafficking.  Arrested in 2010, Mary Jane maintains her innocence and a recent judicial review application filed by her lawyers state she was "tricked" into carrying heroin into Indonesia.  Mary Jane was arrested after Indonesian airport authorities found 2.6 kilos of heroin sewn into the lining of the suitcase given to her by her recruiter Cristina Serio.  


On the evening of April 25 (Philippine time), Mary Jane’s private lawyer Edre Olalia from the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) reported from Indonesia that Mary Jane was served notice of her date of execution. The Indonesian lawyers in the case have also confirmed that the death sentence by firing squad may be implemented on April 28, at 5 pm at the earliest, unless there is a court order or clemency. Atty Olalia declared, “We are not giving up. NUPL, in coordination with her Indonesian lawyers, are intensifying all efforts pending the second judicial review that was filed last Friday.”


An earlier delegation to the Indonesian Consulate last April 16 was organized by Migrante BC to deliver its letter of concern, signed by 70 Filipino and Canadian supporters from various sectors.  They were met by Indonesian Consul General Sri Wiludjeng and Vice-Consul Esthy Putri Muryanti. 


Another delegation was organized to the Philippine Consulate General on April 24 to deliver a letter to President B.S. Aquino through Consul General Neil Ferrer. In the letter to President Aquino, Migrante expressed its “alarm over recent reports outlining the Philippine government’s criminal neglect in this case.”


Jane Ordinario of Migrante BC said, “We believe that Mary Jane is innocent and that she was deceived into carrying those drugs.  Mary Jane is a victim of human trafficking. Our appeal is also based on reports that say she didn’t have proper legal representation through all stages of her trial.” 


"With the execution date nearing, it becomes urgent that all of us continue to support and to take action to save the life of Mary Jane. We have not given up hope.  Many individuals and organizations are calling on President Widodo to grant her clemency. We also call on the Philippine government to speak up on Mary Jane’s behalf. It is not too late,”  added Ordinario.


The actions in Vancouver are part of the internationally-coordinated actions led by Migrante International. In the Philippines and overseas, vigils, pickets and lighting of candles in churches, schools, workplaces, and in front of the Indonesian and Philippine government offices are being organized and planned from April 26-28 to intensify the pressure to stop the execution of Mary Jane Veloso. For daily updates, please visit the website of Migrante International and Migrante BC





.BIKOL: Daet, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur


KARAPATAN - Bikol Official Statement

Save the Life of Mary Jane Veloso! End Human Trafficking!

April 27, 2015
Reference: Vince Casilihan, Karapatan-Bikol Spokesperson

Detained OFW Mary Jane Veloso must not be charged and executed, but rather be sent to her home country. She deserves justice and due process.

Karapatan-Bikol together with all other progressive organizations in Bicol call on the Indonesian government to halt the execution. Mary Jane is a victim of human trafficking and drug trafficking, not a drug trafficker.

Those who recruited and manipulated Mary Jane should be pursued, prosecuted, and convicted--not Mary Jane, who is a desperate and vulnerable victim of Human Trafficking.

To show our deepest support and campaign, progressive organizations in different parts of Bicol region hold symbolic activities and vigils that showed strong display of national solidarity for Mary Jane who faces the death penalty for a crime that she did not commit.

There were held vigils in Plaza Quince Martires and Balatas, Naga City. In Naga City: Candle Lighting was also held in Caramarines Sur and in Daet, Camarines Norte. Same support to Mary Jane are also visible in other provinces like Albay and Sorsogon.

We call on the Filipino people to remain vigilant and to keep up the public pressure on the Aquino government and the Indonesian government to stop the Mary Jane’s execution.

Let us continuously support the family of Mary Jane, her parents and two kids. No children should be made to suffer through their mother’s execution, especially be deprived with life for Mary Jane.

Because there are no economic opportunities in the country, Mary Jane was forced to work abroad, being the latest victim of human trafficking.

With connivance from labor recruiters and foreign employers, the government is being exploiting the migrants to human trafficking and drug trafficking, mostly from families of workers and peasants..

The Aquino regime just worsening the human rights violations on part of the OFWs because of encouraging the labor export policy that only favors foreign companies.This foreign companies only cover-up the country’s deepening domestic economic crisis.

Let the world know that the Bicolanos are among the Filipino people who stand for Mary Jane. Let us stand and end Human Trafficking!

Save Mary Jane Veloso!


News Release
27 April 2015

Victims of rights violations and their families add voice to save Mary Jane Veloso, score
Aquino for negligence

BUSTILLOS, MANILA – Victims of rights violations and their families, together with
pedicab and tricycle drivers, joined the nationally-coordinated actions on Monday night
calling to save Mary Jane Veloso from death row in Indonesia.

Led by Hustisya (Victims United for Justice) and Alyansa ng mga Nagkakaisang Pedikab at
Kuliglig (ALNAPEDKU), they asked store and market stall owners to tie white ribbons
around their stalls and encouraged people to light candles in one of the city’s busiest

“We all should unite and save Mary Jane from death row. She is a victim of human
trafficking and of grave social injustice in our country. Her only hope now is for us to
put our voices together and urge the Indonesian government to stop the execution,” said
Hustisya secretary general Cristina Guevarra.

Tricycle and pedicab drivers, meanwhile, said they support Mary Jane because her story is
not different from the majority of Filipinos.

“Paanong hindi mangingibang bansa ang mga Pilipino kung walang trabaho dito?
Ipinagtatabuyan ang mga Pilipino na magtrabaho sa labas ng bansa dahil sa labor export
policy. Sa mga probinsya, walang mga lupang masaka. Sa lungsod, kapos na kapos ang sahod
at di naman makabubuhay ng pamilya. (How could Filipinos not go abroad when there are no
jobs here? Filipinos are forced to work overseas because of the labor export policy. In
the provinces, there are no lands to till. In the cities, wages are not enough and cannot
sustain a family),” said Fernando Picorro, spokesperson of ALNAPEDKU.

ALNAPEDKU was formed in 2010 after the local government ordered the phase-out of pedicab
and tricycles in the city.

Hustisya also said the Aquino government should be held accountable in its negligence in
handling the case of Mary Jane.

“What the Aquino government said they have done everything to save Mary Jane from death
row is irrelevant. Now we have less than 72 hours to save her. The Aquino government
could have acted from the start to correct this injustice and avoid this imminent
execution.” Guevarra said.

According to Migrante International, Mary Jane Veloso is the eighth OFW put on death row
under B. S. Aquino’s watch. Seven have already been executed prior, earning the Aquino
regime the stature of having the most number of OFW executions since the Philippine Labor
Export Policy implementation in 1970.There are at least 125 more OFWs on death row in
other countries where capital punishment is also imposed.

Rights group Karapatan has earlier called for justice and clemency for Veloso.

“Aside from the injustice she is suffering under the Indonesian legal system, she is a
victim of government neglect – the inability to provide jobs in the country, the avarice
for dollar remittances to keep the economy afloat amidst bureaucrat-capitalist corruption
and foreign-and-elite-interest’s domination. Veloso is another victim of vulnerability
and desperation of a life immersed in poverty,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina
Palabay said in an earlier statement. ###