MANILA- Hope rises anew for the parents of convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso after a Nueva Ecija Regional Trial Court granted the motion to take the testimony of their daughter in Indonesia on April 27.
Celia and Cesar Veloso said they are happy to know that Mary Jane would proceed with her hearing in Indonesia and called on her alleged illegal recruiters Maria Kristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao to speak on their daughter’s innocence.
“Ay ako masaya,masaya ako dahil sa haba haba ng panahon na ni-request ako na magtestimonya awa ng Diyos ngayon lang na apruban, kaya masayang masaya kami,lalabas ba ang katotohanan,” Cesar said.
(I am really happy because for the longest time that we requested for her to testify, it has finally been approved which is why I am so happy. The truth will now be revealed.)
The Nueva Ecija RTC branch 88 has granted the prosecution's motion to take the testimony of Mary Jane on April 27.
In a 4-Page Resolution dated February 13, RTC Presiding Judge Anarica Castillo-Reyes said that despite several and multiple steps by the accused recruiters over time, the court had not received or was not aware of any hold order or any writ of preliminary injunction that would prevent the conduct of Mary Jane's deposition in Indonesia.
“Kung mapapanood man ni Julius Lacanilao at ni Kristina... sana aminin na nila,alam nila yung totoo eh na talagang walang kasalanan si Mary Jane, 7 taon nang naghihirap ang anak ko doon,” Celia said.
(If Julius Lacanilao and Kristina can see this, I hope they admit the truth that Mary Jane did not do anything wrong. My daughter has been suffering for 7 years already.)
Veloso was scheduled to be executed in 2015 for charges of drug trafficking but was spared from capital punishment after Lacanilao and Sergio surfaced.
Lacanilao and Sergio had admitted to being part of an international drug syndicate responsible for the drug trafficking charges that put Veloso on death row.
Veloso's family had appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to save her from execution in Indonesia, saying it was his duty as father of the nation.
--reports from John Germono, ABS-CBN News