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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

Saving Mary Jane, the face of OFWs

Dec 23, 2015 - 9:00 AM

How government handles the case of overseas worker Mary Jane Veloso mirrors its commitment beyond 2015 to the welfare of Filipinos seeking greener pastures abroad

Mary Jane Veloso. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

5 most heartbreaking hashtags of 2015

Dec 22, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Which hashtags brought out the most hugot this year?

'Foreign inmates on death row in Indonesia denied rights'

Oct 15, 2015 - 7:04 PM

In a damning report Amnesty International slams Indonesia s continued use of the death penalty for drug related crimes

TENSION. Tension between Australia and Indonesia grew after Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan (L) and Myuran Sukumaran (R) were executed. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Jaksa Agung: Eksekusi mati tak masuk prioritas anggaran 2016

Sep 17, 2015 - 6:02 PM

Tapi juru bicara Kejaksaan Agung bersiap untuk laksanakan hukuman mati bagi 14 terpidana tahun depan

Jaksa Agung HM Prasetyo di Kejaksaan Agung RI, 2 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Gatta Dewabrata/Rappler

Indonesia: Death penalty no longer a priority

Sep 09, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Does the change of priorities of the Attorney General Office mean those on death row will be spared?

Alliance launched to save Mary Jane Veloso

May 31, 2015 - 7:20 PM

Supporters of Mary Jane Veloso mark the first month since Indonesia delayed the migrant Filipino s execution

Listen to us too, Sergio tells Aquino

May 19, 2015 - 10:42 PM

The affidavit of Maria Cristina Sergio and her partner Julius Lacanilao will be submitted by her lawyers on Wednesday May 20

INNOCENT? Maria Cristina Sergio, alleged recruiter of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, faces the media after arriving at the Camp Crame in Quezon City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Salvation from Mary Jane

May 18, 2015 - 8:15 PM

What we need is a kind of politics that refuses to react in haste but desires to engage

May utang na loob ba sina Mary Jane Veloso?

May 11, 2015 - 2:50 PM

Kung gusto ng mga Veloso at ng kanilang mga tagapayo na pag ibayuhin pa ang laban para sa buhay ni Mary Jane pangunahan sana nila ang bayan sa tagumpay ng pakikipag kapwa

#AnimatED: Mary Jane brought out the best and worst in us

May 11, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Why did we really save Mary Jane?

Mary Jane Veloso's 'recruiter' under NBI custody

May 06, 2015 - 3:40 PM

Maria Cristina Sergio continues to undergo inquest proceedings at the National Bureau of Investigation as her team of lawyers finalize her affidavit

UNDER ARREST. Maria Cristina Sergio (rightmost) during her transfer to Camp Crame. Beside her is Chief Public Attorney Persida Acosta. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

A lawyer's call for unity: 'Save all Mary Jane Velosos'

May 06, 2015 - 9:35 AM

Future legal and political campaigns for Filipinos on death row abroad may be modelled or improved upon the SaveMaryJane efforts

Mary Jane Veloso’s legal case: What’s next?

May 04, 2015 - 6:32 PM

A 3rd case review could be tricky as Indonesian law normally only allows for one

The right of Mary Jane Veloso's family to their rage and pain

May 03, 2015 - 2:11 AM

I urge netizens not just to know the full story first – and the story does not merely begin in the hour leading up to Mary Jane Veloso s suspended execution

SLAMMING GOVERNMENT. Celia Veloso, mother of Philippine death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, speaks during a protest near the Philippines' presidential palace to mark Labor Day on May 1, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Malacañang on saving Mary Jane: 'Everyone did their part'

May 02, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The whole nation united in prayer and concern together with people of good will from around the world made possible this reprieve for Miss Veloso says Malacañang

Temporary reprieve. Mary Jane Veloso. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

#MaryJaneLives: Ano na ang susunod?

May 02, 2015 - 2:36 PM

MaryJaneLives Anong gagawin mo pag humupa na ang hashtag?

DFA hits Velosos' claims: We helped Mary Jane

May 01, 2015 - 10:56 PM

We did what we could We were not involved in the creation of the problem Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says

SLAMMING GOVERNMENT. Celia Veloso, mother of Philippine death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, speaks during a protest near the Philippines' presidential palace to mark Labor Day on May 1, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Sergio: Mary Jane Veloso's family threatened me

May 01, 2015 - 6:29 PM

In a sworn statement the accused recruiter of Mary Jane Veloso says she received death threats from Veloso’s husband and parents

DEATH THREATS. Ma. Kristina Sergio, alleged recruiter of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, faces the media after arriving at the Camp Crame in Quezon City on April 29 to seek protective custody from the PNP. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The miracle in Mary Jane Veloso's case

May 01, 2015 - 3:56 PM

I had always imagined her as a typical blonde or red haired woman Not this To my surprise she also speaks Bahasa Indonesia The warden said she learned it during her 5 years in prison Mary Jane it turned out is the prison’s darling

SAVED FROM DEATH. 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. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso's family to Aquino: 'Taumbayan ang tumulong'

May 01, 2015 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED The Velosos are grateful for the overwhelming public support they received during their ordeal in Indonesia when Mary Jane was scheduled to be executed by firing squad

WELCOME HOME. The family emerges at the airport wearing T-shirts printed with these calls: "Justice for Mary Jane! Justice for all migrant workers.”

Aquino: Fast-track case vs Mary Jane's recruiter

Apr 30, 2015 - 7:08 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for her part says the National Bureau of Investigation is also trying to get the statements of the other victims

How the viral petition to save Mary Jane Veloso reached Jokowi

Apr 30, 2015 - 4:44 PM

The SaveMaryJane campaign proves that even in the darkest of hours it is worth holding on to the tiniest inch of hope because a fight to save a person’s life is always a battle worth fighting for

PH mulls new clemency bid for Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 30, 2015 - 3:23 PM

Before deciding on this the Philippines awaits the results of the case to be filed against Mary Jane Veloso s alleged illegal recruiter

'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

How Indonesian activists helped change Jokowi's mind on Mary Jane

Apr 30, 2015 - 7:40 AM

Migrant Care executive director Anis Hidayah shares what went on during that emergency meeting on Mary Jane Veloso

INTERVIEW. President Joko Widodo in an interview with Al Jazeera. Screenshot from interview video.

Mary Jane Veloso’s recruiter gets police protection

Apr 29, 2015 - 8:48 PM

UPDATED Citing threats to her life Maria Kristina Sergio is placed under protective custody of the PNP but criminal charges against her stand

Ma. Kristina Sergio, alleged recruiter of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, faces the media after arriving at the Camp Crame in Quezon City on Wednesday to seek protective custody from the PNP. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

ASEAN treaty helps save Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Completed in 2004 this Southeast Asian treaty obliges countries to help each other in fighting crimes across their borders

SAVED FROM DEATH. 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. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso's recruiter brought to Camp Crame

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:27 PM

UPDATED Maria Kristina Sergio and her live in partner Julius Lacanilao arrive at the PNP headquarters in Quezon City past 5:30 pm

Ma. Kristina Sergio, alleged recruiter of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, faces the media after arriving at the Camp Crame in Quezon City on Wednesday to seek protective custody from the PNP. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino 'broke protocol' to save Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 29, 2015 - 2:45 PM

The Philippine government narrates last minute behind the scenes moves to save 30 year old Mary Jane Veloso from Indonesia s death row

STRONG TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gets a chance to confer with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 27, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea

How Mary Jane Veloso's sisters learned of her fate

Apr 29, 2015 - 2:12 PM

Sisters Darling and Maritess didn t know Mary Jane was still alive until 15 minutes after shots were heard from the execution island

Mary Jane's sister Maritess. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos

Jokowi: ‘Mary Jane Veloso deserves justice’

Apr 29, 2015 - 1:35 PM

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he ‘listens and pays attention to’ human rights activists and urges them to continue giving inputs in decision making

SAVE MARY JANE. Indonesian activists hold candles during a a vigil supporting Mary Jane Veloso outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 27, 2015. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso back in Yogyakarta prison

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:21 PM

Veloso is back at the Wirongunan Penitentiary after an 11th hour reprieve

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. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Indonesia defends executions after convicts die singing

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED Indonesian attorney general: We are fighting a war against horrible drug crimes that threaten our nation s survival

'WHY GO?' A hand painted sign left is seen outside the Indonesian Consulate in Maroubra, Sydney, Australia, April 29, 2015. Dan Himbrechts/EPA

Reprieve allows Mary Jane Veloso to testify

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:06 PM

UPDATED The Philippines says the surrender of Maria Kristina Sergio Mary Jane Veloso s alleged illegal recruiter played a big part in Veloso s reprieve

IN SOLIDARITY. Indonesian activists wearing masks depicting Filipino migrant worker Mary Jane Veloso attend a vigil outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 27, 2015. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

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

Apr 29, 2015 - 10:14 AM

Bianca Gonzalez Angel Locsin Dingdong Dantes Vice Ganda and more express joy and hope following news that Mary Jane s execution has been delayed

Migrante: Let’s bring Mary Jane Veloso home

Apr 29, 2015 - 9:38 AM

UPDATED Migrante International says it already has 3 witnesses against alleged recruiter Maria Kristina Sergio whose surrender prompted the Indonesian government to delay Mary Jane s execution

SAVE MARY JANE. Militants light candles and offer their prayers for Mary Jane Veloso and to a stop of her execution during the vigil rally in front of the Indonesian Embassy in Makati on April 25, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Indonesia executes foreign drug convicts, defying global anger

Apr 29, 2015 - 4:10 AM

UPDATED Indonesia on Wednesday executed 7 foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad despite a storm of international anger but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour

WAITING. Michael Chan (C), the brother of Australian death-row prisoner Andrew Chan, walk at Wijayapura port accompanied by family members and embassy officials as they visit Nusakambangan prison island, in Cilacap, Indonesia, 28 April 2015. Photo by Adi Weda / EPA

PH on Mary Jane Veloso: 'God answered our prayers'

Apr 29, 2015 - 3:29 AM

Mary Jane Veloso s mother Celia says the order to delay her daughter s execution proves that miracles happen

IN SOLIDARITY. Indonesian activists wearing masks depicting Filipino migrant worker Mary Jane Veloso attend a vigil outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 27, 2015. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso execution delayed

Apr 29, 2015 - 1:39 AM

UPDATED Eight other death row convicts – 7 of them foreigners – were put to death after midnight local time Veloso s execution was delayed due to a last minute plea from the Philippine government

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 April 21, 2015. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

After 5 years, Mary Jane Veloso goes viral

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:05 AM

What does it take to to talk about an issue as big as Veloso s? Looming death apparently

UPDATES: Indonesia executions

Apr 28, 2015 - 7:29 PM

Filipina worker Mary Jane Veloso and 8 others from Africa Australia Brazil and Indonesia are set to be executed on Wednesday April 29 Get up to date reports from Rappler its Indonesia bureau and its civic engagement arm MovePH

Mary Jane Veloso: Don't harm ties with Indonesia

Apr 28, 2015 - 6:54 PM

The 30 year old Filipina tells her family there are many good Indonesians who were her family in the past 5 years

ASEAN NEIGHBORS. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gets a chance to confer with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 27, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea

Indonesia Attorney General: Executions will proceed

Apr 28, 2015 - 6:07 PM

3rd UPDATE [President Joko Widodo said] proceed according to the rules the attorney general tells reporters

epa04723832 Indonesian mobile brigade police team who also believe as an executor team for death-row prisoners on a boat as they head to Nusakambangan Island of prison at Wijayapura port, in Cilacap, Indonesia, 28 April 2015. International pressure was increasing for Indonesia's president to stop the imminent execution of up to 10 drug convicts, including nine foreigners. Consular officials were rushing to Nusakambangan, the prison island off Java where the inmates are to be executed, after the Attorney General's office said on 24 April it had ordered final preparations the executions EPA/ADI WEDA

Mary Jane Veloso's execution a cruel form of 'justice'

Apr 28, 2015 - 5:49 PM

The Philippines Commission on Human Rights calls for clemency after local and international human rights advocates intensify their appeal to save Mary Jane Veloso from Indonesia s death row

HELP. Human rights groups call for people to continue pleading for the life of Mary Jane Veloso. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Filipinos light candles, tie white ribbons to #SaveMaryJane

Apr 28, 2015 - 8:33 AM

Candle lighting vigil will continue at the Indonesian Embassy on Tuesday April 28 4pm

#SaveMaryJane among most signed Change.org petitions

Apr 27, 2015 - 10:20 PM

UPDATED Citizens from 127 countries sign the petition – huge and rare for a petition from the Philippines

African, 2 others accused of trafficking Mary Jane

Apr 27, 2015 - 6:09 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation says Mary Jane Veloso was a victim of deception and manipulation by her illegal recruiters

TRAFFICKING VICTIM. Mary Jane Veloso is escorted by Indonesian officers during an appeal hearing in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on March 3, 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

ASEAN youth to Jokowi: #SaveMaryJane

Apr 27, 2015 - 3:08 PM

The ASEAN Youth Forum hands letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo asking him to save the life of Mary Jane Veloso in the name of human rights and the spirit of humanity

Pacquiao begs Indonesian leader: Save Mary Jane

Apr 27, 2015 - 2:15 PM

Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao says clemency for Mary Jane Veloso will serve as a great morale booster for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr

Militants: Mary Jane’s life is in Aquino’s hands

Apr 26, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The Philippines had five years to ensure that Veloso gets the best possible assistance but only provided help when her conviction was affirmed – Migrante

Migrante International members stage a prayer vigil rally in front of the Indonesian embassy in Makati City on April 25, 2015 to call for President Jokowi stop the execution of Mary Jane Veloso. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler