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Hontiveros: Huwag nating sukuan si Veloso

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“Hindi natin dapat sukuan si Mary Jane. Huwag nating isuko ang buhay ng ating kababayang biktima lamang ng illegal drug trafficking.”

Ito ang apila ni Senator Risa Hontiveros itong Martes sa kinakaharap na sitwasyon ngayon ng Pinay na nasa death row sa Indonesia na si Mary Jane Veloso.

Nitong Lunes pumutok ang balita na may go-signal ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte si Indonesian President Joko Widodo sa parusang bitay kay Veloso, ngunit itinanggi ito ng una at sinabing hindi ito ang kanyang naging pahayag.

“The government must see that Mary Jane is a victim, not a perpetrator of drug smuggling. She went to Indonesia as a migrant worker, and just like many Filipinos, she hoped that working abroad will improve the life of her family here in the Philippines. Unfortunately, she was set up by an international drug syndicate to carry drugs into Indonesia,” ayon pa sa statement ng Senadora.  “I urge the Duterte administration to defend Mary Jane’s right to life. The government must continue to pursue all effective channels to make the reprieve granted by President Widodo to Mary Jane permanent.”

Ayon pa kay Hontiveros marami pang kababaihan na maaaring mahalintulad sa sitwasyon ni Veloso kaya’t dapat matugunan ito ng pamahalaan.

“With all due respect to Indonesia’s sovereignty, I join the appeal to save Mary Jane’s life. Saving the life of Mary Jane is the right thing to do for both the Philippine and Indonesian governments. If we are to succeed in our campaign against illegal drug trafficking, law enforcement efforts must be complemented by a strong recognition of the vulnerabilities of poor women across the region and the urgent need to protect them,” pagtatapos ng Senadora.

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