Still no announcement on date of execution
MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that Mary Jane Veloso has been transferred to a prison island in Indonesia early Friday morning.
DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said that from Wirogunan Penitentiary in Yogjakarta, Veloso was moved to the island of Nusakambangan.
In a report by DZMM, Jose said the legal counsels of Veloso were not informed about the transfer.
Jose said the Indonesian government ordered all those in death row to be transferred to the island prison with or without a pending appeal.
A prison officer, who accompanied Veloso to the maximum security prison island, told a Reuters cameraman by phone that Veloso's health was at good condition at the time of transfer.
Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay met his Indonesian counterpart Jusuf Kalla on the sidelines of a conference in Jakarta this week to appeal for mercy on behalf of Veloso.
"I appeal to you on considerations of compassion, and assure you that the Philippine government is exhausting all avenues to ensure that proper justice is served to those responsible for deceiving Mary Jane into having brought the drugs into Indonesia. The National Bureau of Investigation has filed cases of human trafficking against Ms.[Maria Cristina] Sergio and other accomplices," Binay said.
In the same statement issued Friday, Binay appeal to the public to include Veloso and her family in their prayers.
"Let us pray that the Indonesian government will heed our appeal for the commutation of Mary Jane’s sentence,” Binay said.
Nine other mostly foreigners drug traffickers, who have all been transferred to the prison island, will be facing execution by firing squad with Veloso.
Veloso family is expected to visit her later in the day. On Thursday night, Veloso's mother and her two children left Manila for Jakarta.
Veloso was arrested with 2.6 kilograms of heroin at Yogyakarta airport in 2010. Her plea for presidential clemency and judicial review were rejected earlier.
The Indonesian attorney general's office has yet to announce a date for the executions.
Indonesia has harsh punishments for drug crimes and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Six have been carried out so far this year. - With a report from Reuters