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Mary Jane Veloso may be saved from death —De Lima

Justice Sec. Leila de Lima on Wednesday said Mary Jane Veloso may be saved from execution if it is proven that she was a victim of drug trafficking. “If it is proven in the ongoing investigation that she’s a victim, maybe there’s a chance that she will be saved from death sentence. But that’s an aspiration.

We’re looking at a possible executive clemency, but we don’t want to be repeatedly saying that at this point because we don’t want the Indonesian government to be pressured about it,” she told lawmakers during a House committee hearing.

De Lima added: “Ang usapan is magtulungan tayo to solve the drug trafficking problem in the region, particularly [regarding the] West African syndicate.”

De Lima told the House committee on dangerous drugs that the Philippine government has requested the ASEAN Mutual Legal Assistance from both Indonesia and Malaysia to help in their investigation, as the country does not have such bilateral agreement with either countries yet.

While she said she cannot disclose which particular areas of assistance they are asking for, the De Lima said, “It has something to do with how to build up the cases against (Veloso’s) recruiters.”

It’s also “to verify Veloso’s claim in her March 31 sinumpaang salaysay (sworn statement),” where she said she is “a victim of a drug syndicate, that she didn’t know the contents of the luggage she brought to Indonesia.”

De Lima pointed out that a similar request was made to Malaysia “because it served as the transiting point of the apparent drug trafficking.”(R. Dioquino,KG/ KBK, GMA

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