Mary Jane Veloso was sentenced to death after being caught with 2.6 kilograms of heroin in a suitcase in 2010. She was traveling to Indonesia from Malaysia in the hope of getting work as a maid, which had been allegedly arranged by her god sister.
She has always said she was innocent of drug trafficking and previously appealed on the basis she was not able to defend herself at trial because she did not have a qualified translator for Tagalog.
Supporters across the Philippines on Monday held prayer vigils, staged protest rallies, and issued last-minute appeals to save the life of Mary Jane who is set to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia on Tuesday.
Relatives and diplomats scrambled to make last minute appeals on behalf of several foreign drug convicts on Indonesia’s death row as authorities, defying international outrage, made final preparations for their execution. “We gather tonight to appeal to stop the execution of human trafficking victim Mary Jane Veloso,” said Nardy Sabino, spokesman of the Church Task Force to Save the Life of Mary Jane Veloso.
Mary Jane is also the mother of two boys and during her last visit on Monday; she politely explained to her boys that she might not come home again. She said, “If Mumma does not go home, just think Mumma is in heaven.”
The international community has been appealing for her release as she has been a victim of human trafficking. According to NGO Migrante International, Veloso is the eighth overseas Filipino worker put on death row since 2010.