Kris Aquino on Mary Jane, PNoy: 'I am proud of my President'
MANILA, Philippines – Media personality and TV host Kris Aquino is one of many celebrities weighing in on the plight of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipino woman whose execution in Indonesia was recently delayed, following a year's-long stay on death row.
She had been convicted of drug smuggling charges.
Echoing the sentiments of many Filipino social media users, she expressed relief at the development, but also defended her brother, President Benigno Aquino III, from criticism over his handling of the situation.
Here's her post and caption on Instagram:
"I kept quiet & just prayed. Left and right paulit ulit na walang ginawa, walang effort, walang malasakit, patalsikin, walang nagawa si Noynoy. (Thank you Manila Bulletin for the accurate front page.)
(Left and right, they say nothing's been done, no effort, no caring, resign, Noynoy wasn't able to do anything.)
"Our whole family prayed, of course for Mary Jane and her family, but I prayed deeply for the Holy Spirit to guide my brother and his government to find a way to spare the life of a fellow Filipino. To find a reason compelling enough for the Indonesian govt to give Mary Jane Veloso a reprieve, and it came because of testimony regarding the greater problem of HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
"I prayed for God to bless our relations w/ Indonesia... Australia, Brazil, Nigeria, and even an Indonesian died by firing squad. From The New York Times I quote: "Saying Indonesia had a right to exercise its drug laws, Mr Joko's govt. rejected international pleas to cancel the executions, including from Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nation." I firmly believe that we must respect the laws of each country, and as Filipinos we will take offense when other countries will dictate upon us... But we are a God-fearing, faithful nation. And He heard our collective prayer.
"And I kept quiet w/ the endless attacks against PNoy because that was his reminder to me, but today it is my right and my privilege to say, I AM PROUD of my brother. I AM PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT."
Veloso's execution was delayed following the surrender of her recruiter, whom she accused of duping her into flying to Indonesia and bringing a suitcase with 2.6 kilograms of heroin hidden in its lining. (READ: The story of Mary Jane Veloso, in her own words)
President Aquino appealed to the Indonesian government to save Mary Jane, along with social media users, Filipino citizens, and concerned groups.
8 other drug trafficking convicts – which included 7 foreigners and one Indonesian – were put to death April 29, past midnight of Wednesday morning.
The justice department has set the preliminary investigation on Veloso's case on May 8. – Rappler.com