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    Appeal for continued unity and action to #FreeMaryJane

    On behalf of the Veloso family and the Filipino nation, we thank all supporters of the #SaveMaryJane campaign. We express our most heartfelt solidarity with all peoples of the world who worked vigorously and unrelentingly to save Mary Jane Veloso’s life until the last minute.

    We especially thank our fellow Indonesian migrant workers who led the #SaveMaryJane campaign in their homeland. Truly they have shown admirable internationalism that migrant workers, all workers, around the world should emulate. Their appeal to Pres. Widodo was a crucial factor in the suspension of Mary Jane’s execution. Terima kasih! We are one with you. We fight the same fight against forced migration and labor export that have long exploited our migrant workers and put them in grave danger.

    We did not waver. We said that only the people can save Mary Jane, and the people have prevailed.

    The Indonesian government has suspended the implementation of the death sentence on Mary Jane until all proceedings in the Philippines are finished. This means that we must now focus our efforts to bring speedy justice for Mary Jane as a victim of illegal recruitment, human trafficking and drug trafficking.

    Last May 6, Philippine authorities have finally arrested Ma. Kristina “Tintin” Sergio and her live-in partner, Mary Jane’s god-brother Julius Lacanilao. They have been charged with estafa, illegal recruitment and human trafficking by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the basis of complaints filed by Mary Jane’s parents, Celia and Cesar, and sister Maritess, and other witnesses/victims who recently surfaced.

    We welcome this very positive development. Mary Jane’s case is finally on the right track. Sergio etal’s arrest will boost calls to #FreeMaryJane and bring her home to her family and her two little boys. The case is now in the stages of preliminary investigation. Mary Jane and the Veloso family’s retained private Philippine lawyers, led by the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), and supported by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), have expressed willingness to work with Philippines authorities to bring Mary Jane’s traffickers behind bars.

    We welcome this development but we remain vigilant. Every moment of Mary Jane’s continuous incarceration is an injustice that we cannot allow. Certainly, it would not have come to this if only her case was given prompt and sufficient attention and action by Philippine authorities.

    Let us all continue to work together to bring Mary Jane home to her family. With our continuous collective prayer, actions and solidarity, with renewed commitment and resolve, we shall #FreeMaryJane.

    Recommended Actions:

    1. Send letters, emails or fax messages calling on Philippine authorities to fast-track the prosecution and ensure the conviction of Sergio etal.

    You may send you communications to:

    H.E. President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III
    Office: JP Laurel Street, San Miguel
    Manila, Philippines
    Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
    Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
    E-mail: corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@ops.gov.ph

    Hon. Alberto del Rosario
    Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs
    Office: 2330 Roxas Boulevard
    Pasay City, Philippines
    Phone:
    (+632) 834-7374
    Fax:
    (+632) 832-1597
    Email: osec@dfa.gov.ph

    Hon. Leila De Lima
    Secretary, Department of Justice
    Office: Department of Justice
    Padre Faura Street, Ermita
    Manila 1000 Philippines
    Telephone: (+632) 521-1908 / 526-5462
    Fax: (+632) 523-9548
    Email Address: lmdelima@doj.gov.ph / lmdelima.doj@gmail.com

    Atty. Virgilio Mendez
    Director, National Bureau of Investigation
    Office: NBI Building
    Taft Avenue, Ermita
    Manila 1000 Philippines
    Telephone: (+632) 524-5084/ 524-0407/ 521-2402
    Fax: (+632) 525-6895
    Email: director@nbi.gov.ph

    Chief State Counsel Ricardo V. Paras III
    Officer-in-Charge, Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking
    Office: c/o Department of Justice
    Padre Faura Street, Ermita
    Manila 1000 Philippines
    Telephone: (+632) 523-8481 loc. 216
    Fax: (+632) 526-2748
    Email: contactus@iacat.net, rvparas@doj.gov.ph

    Usec. Arturo G. Cacdac Jr.
    Director General, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
    Office: NIA Northside Road
    National Government Center
    Pinyahan, Quezon City, Philippines
    Telephone: (+632) 927-9702

    1. Continue to disseminate and sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/indonesian-pres-joko-widodo-jokowi-do2-save-the-life-of-human-trafficking-victim-mary-jane-veloso
    2. Like and circulate to all networks the Save the Life of Mary Jane Veloso Facebook page: http://www.fb.com/SaveMJVeloso

    Please send a copy of your email/mail/fax to the above-named government officials, to our address below:

    #FreeMaryJane
    45 Cambridge Street, Cubao
    Quezon City, Philippines
    Telefax: (+632) 9114910
    Email: migrante2007@yahoo.com.ph
    Facebook: fb.com/SaveMJVeloso, fb.com/migranteinternational
    Twitter: @migrante_intl

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