Philippine President Duterte has given the green light for Mary Jane Veloso's execution, says Jokowi

Cesar (second from left) and Celia Veloso (left), parents of Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia, hold a candle light vigil in front of Quiapo church in Manila on Sept 8, 2016.
Cesar (second from left) and Celia Veloso (left), parents of Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia, hold a candle light vigil in front of Quiapo church in Manila on Sept 8, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday (Sept 12) that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given the green light for the execution of Filipina death row inmate Mary Jane Veloso.

"President Duterte has given the go-ahead to proceed with the execution," Mr Joko was quoted as saying by Antara news agency in Serang, Banten.

According to Mr Joko, the legal process will be followed up by Attorney-General M. Prasetyo.

 

"I have explained to (Duterte) about Mary Jane's situation and I told him that Mary Jane (has been found guilty) of carrying 2.6kg of heroin. I also told him about the delay in the execution during the meeting," the President said.

Veloso was arrested at Adisucipto Airport in Yogyakarta in April 2010.

She was excluded from the list of the third round of executions prepared by the Attorney-General's Office in April, as legal procedures continue in a separate but related case in her country.

Veloso was on the execution list last year, but was granted a stay of execution because her alleged boss had been arrested in the Philippines, and the authorities there requested Indonesian assistance in pursuing the case.