No new death row case


The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday denied reports of another Filipino being sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug smuggling.

In a statement on Thursday, the DFA stressed that there was no official information about another Filipino sentenced to death in Semarang, Indonesia.

The DFA stressed that a report from the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta said the only Filipino sentenced to death in Indonesia is Mary Jane Veloso.

Veloso is presently detained in Yogyakarta and not in Semarang.

“There is a Filipino in prison in Semarang but she is serving a life sentence for illegal drugs-related crimes,” the DFA said.

Meanwhile, Veloso, in prison for four years now, is healthy and in good spirits.

Veloso was visited by her family last month, the DFA said. Veloso was found guilty of carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin and was arrested at the Yogyakarta airport in 2010.

The mother of two denied she was a drug courier, saying she was tricked by her Filipino recruiter into bringing the drug-laden suitcase to Indonesia.

The Indonesian government spared Veloso from execution by firing squad in 2015 after then President Benigno Aquino III pleaded for her life.

She was among the nine foreign and local death row prisoners, including Australians, scheduled for execution by firing squad on 29 April 2015 for drug-related charges.

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