Velosos urge Jokowi to cancel Mary Jane’s execution

Jet Damazo-Santos
Velosos urge Jokowi to cancel Mary Jane’s execution
They say Maria Kristina Sergio's surrender should save Mary Jane Veloso from execution

CILACAP, Indonesia – “Is it true, did Kristina really surrender? My daughter won’t be executed?” Celia Veloso said as soon as she arrived at the small inn the family is lodged in. 

The Veloso family has just returned from what they believed was their last visit to Mary Jane Veloso, who was told she would be executed anytime after 5 pm on Tuesday, April 28. Reports indicate the executions would take place starting midnight. 

It was a sad, tearful visit, with Celia saying it was the first time she saw her daughter cry. 

“She was saying goodbye,” she said. “She sat us all down and told us of how she wanted to be buried. She said she wanted a white dress, and for her make-up to be done by her sister.”

HOPEFUL. Mary Jane Veloso's sisters, Maritess (R) and Darling (C), and mother Celia (L) react upon hearing news of Sergio's surrender. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos/Rappler

But now, everyone was in high spirits. Everyone was hugging and crying and clapping as they watched news of the surrender.

News that Mary Jane’s alleged recruiter, Maria Kristina Sergio, has surrendered to Philippine authorities has given the entire family hope once again. 

“President Jokowi, now that she has surrendered, please spare my daughter,” Celia said. 

Indonesian Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto told reporters that the Indonesian government has been notified that Mary Jane’s alleged recruiter has surrendered.

“We were informed by Migrant Care about the news that there may be new evidence as the recruiter has surrendered. But of course, we have to confirm it first,” he said.

Could it save Mary Jane?

“Depending on the results of our confirmation and the implications of it on the legal process,” he said. –

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