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Indonesia rejects Filipino president’s appeal to spare life of Veloso

Indonesia rejects Filipino president’s appeal to spare life of Veloso

The death sentence of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso will be carried out on April 28 despite a last-minute appeal by President Aquino to the Indonesian government to spare her life, according to the Manila Bulletin.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has relayed a message to the Philippine leader that there is “no basis” to reconsider the death sentence of Veloso following her conviction on drug charges.
Aquino earlier met Widodo on the sidelines of the 26th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders’ Summit in Kuala Lumpur to plead for mercy on the life of Veloso on the eve of her scheduled execution via firing squad.
“Following the meeting this morning between the two presidents, President Widodo has instructed his Foreign Minister to convey to the Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs the final view of the Indonesian Attorney General that there is no basis to reconsider the death sentence; that the execution will need to be enforced,” Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement issued early Tuesday morning.


Updated : 2021-09-21 20:22 GMT+08:00