By Migrante International
We have proven that we can move heaven and earth with success in saving lives of fellow OFWs on death row.
Such were indeed tough fights. On several cases we’ve won; on some cases we’ve failed. We have learned our lessons.
Very crucial in winning this battle – saving OFWs on death row – is on how we put-on concretely our collective action.
Hence, we are calling our fellow overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) around the world to concretize our action of support to save OFW Mary Jane Veloso from death.
One specific action every OFW, wherever they are, can easily perform to support our campaign to save Mary Jane from death is to send our Appeal Letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
(Below is a copy of Migrante’s appeal letter that was sent to Pres. Widodo’s email ID firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fellow OFWs around the world, you can send the same appeal letter or have your own letter of appeal send to Pres. Widodo of Indonesia.
We are also urging various OFW organizations to arrange a courtesy call to Indonesian ambassador in countries you are now to personally convey our appeal to the Indonesian government to spare our fellow OFW Mary Jane from death by firing squad.
On the part of your Migrante chapters in Saudi Arabia and in the Middle East, we have an indoor solidarity action of support on April 17 in Riyadh, and on Sunday we are trying to arrange a courtesy call with the Indonesian ambassador to Saudi Arabia and thereby convey our appeal to spare Mary Jane from execution.
OFW Mary Jane, her children, and the entire Veloso family are pleading for our support and collective action. Let us not fail them. As said earlier, we’ve failed to save some innocent OFWs on death row but this time it won’t happen as every OFW around the world will do their share helping to save Mary Jane from death.###
John Leonard Monterona, Regional Coordinator
CP 00966 53 908 1974
OPEN LETTER TO INDONESIAN PRESIDENT JOKOWIDODO:
Save the life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso
With hopes still raised high, we humbly and sincerely appeal to Your Excellency that the Indonesian Government spare the life of Filipina Mary JaneVeloso who was convicted in your country for drug trafficking and sentenced to be executed after her judicial appeal was rejected by the Indonesian Supreme Court last March 26.
We sincerely ask Your Excellency for clemency to save her life. We believe that Mary Jane was a victim of large drug syndicates who take advantage of the unawareness, vulnerability and desperation of our people. We are pained that she has been meted the death penalty while the big true drug operators and syndicates go on with wild abandon.
Mary Jane was a victim not only of drug trafficking syndicates but of circumstance. A single mother of two, she was forced by dire straits to seek employment abroad and became vulnerable to exploitation of a person she trusted. The person who tricked her into carrying a luggage that contained 2.6 kilos of heroin remains at large to this day. Mary Jane does not deserve to be executed, her two children do not deserve to lose their mother, overa crime that she did not wittingly commit.
Mary Jane was also a victim of Philippine government neglect. If her execution pushes through, she would be the eight (8th) Filipino on death row to be executed under one regime. Like others before her, she was not provided proper legal assistance and counsel by thePhilippine government until the last minute. The Philippine government has thus far failed to show transparency and accountability for failing to save the lives of Filipinos on death row.
We also hold the Philippine government accountable for failing to address the root causes of drug trafficking and other criminal activities that prey on the desperation of Filipinos. Our Filipinos will always be subjected to tragedies such as Mary Jane’s for as long as the government sticks to promoting a labor export policy unmindful of the welfare and protection of Filipinos abroad. Unless the Philippine government creates enough decent jobs at home to curb forced migration and trafficking, it will always be responsible for every life that is threatened, endangered or lost.
Our appeal is thus an appeal for mercy and compassion. None would be happiest than Mary Jane’s two children.The children have not seen their mother for a long time. Even now, they, as the rest of the Filipino people, have not lost hope.
We appeal to you to heed our plea. Please save the life of Mary Jane Veloso. Our hope and prayers are with our compatriot and for a just and compassionate world.###