Delayed execution: #MaryJaneLives trends worldwide
MANILA, Philippines – Twitter errupted into celebration as news of Mary Jane Veloso's reprieve broke at about 1:40 am, Wednesday, April 29.
The Rappler initiated hashtag #MaryJaneLives quickly trended in the Philippines and worldwide after it posted the breaking news.
Netizens in the Philippines immediately expressed their joy online and offline.
Twitter user Rizza Sacra posts "It's another People Power this time in different media platforms..."
It's another People Power this time in different media platforms, from Filipinos and even foreigners all over the world. #MaryJaneLives— Rizza Sacra (@rizzjjs) April 28, 2015
And other netizens joined in sharing their thoughts online:
While we are celebrating because #MaryJaneLives , let's take a moment of silence and pray for the souls of the 8 people who were executed.— Haru to the Moon (@haruharupalma) April 28, 2015
We should pray also for the souls of 8 people who got executed today. #MaryJaneLives— Mark (@llyrdkrm) April 28, 2015
Will be sleeping with a grateful heart. The world can be quite cruel but hope still exists. #MaryJaneLives— Ara Espenocilla (@arruhhh) April 28, 2015
Pres. Joko Widodo: Your Excellency. Thank you for delaying the execution of MJ to give way for an investigation *bro fist* #MaryJaneLives— Chan Latorre (@chanlatorre) April 28, 2015
They don't call the Philippines the 5th largest Christian country for nothing. The whole nation prayed together and now #MaryJaneLives— Janine Paulino (@jagpaulino) April 28, 2015
In Makati City in front of the Indonesian embassy, where a vigil was being held, a jubilant crowd applauded the decision.
Here is Cesar Veloso, father of Mary Jane, right after receiving news that his daughter's execution was delayed:
A few hours before Veloso's scheduled execution by firing squad, #SaveMaryJaneVeloso also trended on Twitter in the Philippines and worldwide.
Earlier, an online petition to grant her clemency gained widespread support, hoping it will change President Joko Widodo's mind.
The online world deserves to celebrate! – Rappler.com