PH stars weigh in on Mary Jane Veloso’s delayed execution

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PH stars weigh in on Mary Jane Veloso’s delayed execution
Bianca Gonzalez, Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Vice Ganda, and more express joy and hope following news that Mary Jane's execution has been delayed

STAR POWER. Celebrities express their joy that Mary Jane Veloso has been spared from execution. Photo by Rappler (Angel and Dingdong)/Facebook/Dawn Zulueta/Instagram/@praybeytbenjamin

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:

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:


Actress Nikki Valdez posted this:


Iya Villania-Arellano wrote:


Erik Santos


“The power of prayers! Lord, give us your peace. #thankyouJesus #miraclesdohappen #savemaryjane,”

Dawn Zulueta


Tim Yap


Marco Alcaraz


Ramon Bautista


Vice Ganda



Rhap Salazar


Gretchen Ho

Kim Atienza


“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. 

Robin Padilla 


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 Abunda

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 akongsana 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.)

Bianca Gonzalez


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.




Isabelle Daza



Lovi Poe


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 –

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