IN PHOTOS: Veloso family visits Mary Jane in prison

Natashya Gutierrez
IN PHOTOS: Veloso family visits Mary Jane in prison
The family brings gifts for Mary Jane and enjoys a simple feast with the Filipina on death row

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia – Mary Jane Veloso’s family visited the Filipina on death row on Tuesday, January 12, at the Wirongunan Women’s Penitentiary in Yogyakarta for her 31st birthday.

The family – parents Cesar and Celia, and her sons Mark Daniel and Mark Darren – brought gifts from friends and relatives back home, and shared a simple birthday feast inside the prison. (READ: Mary Jane’s mothers to Indonesians: Thank you for saving my daughter)

The Velosos will be in Yogyakarta until Friday, January 15, and plan to visit her every day until their departure.

Mary Jane made global headlines last April when she was set to be executed by firing squad for allegedly smuggling 2.6 kilograms of heroin into the predominantly Muslim country. Veloso was granted an 11th hour reprieve by the Indonesian government due to a last minute plea by President Benigno Aquino III as well as the surrender of her alleged recruiter, Maria Cristina Sergio. (READ: Saving Mary Jane, the face of OFWs)

Mary Jane maintains her innocence, saying she was framed by Sergio who told her there was a job waiting for her in Indonesia. She claims the suitcase she was carrying was gifted to her by Sergio.

Here are some of the photos of their visit:

ALL SMILES. Mary Jane's children and father are all smiles before leaving for prison to visit her.

MEDIA ATTENTION. Upon arrival, national and international media are outside the prison to cover Mary Jane's family's visit.

SIMPLE FEAST. Department of Foreign Affairs officials brings food for a simple birthday feast for the family.

INSIDE. Mary Jane's family is escorted into prison.



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