Binay hoping to meet President Widodo to plea for life of Filipina drug convict

Vice President Jejomar Binay, who will attend the Asian-African Summit in Bandung Indonesia said in a press statement, he is hoping to personally meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo to plea for life of Filipina drug convict Mary Jane Veloso.

“I am hoping that we will be given the opportunity to personally appeal to His Excellency’s kind heart for the commutation of the sentence of Mary Jane.

“She, too, was a victim,” he said, adding a person whom Veloso trusted and knew personally “took advantage of her trust when she asked Veloso to hand carry a luggage containing illegal drugs.

“I intend to bring to His Excellency our people’s hope for compassion, given the circumstances surrounding the case.

“I am certain His Excellency understands why we in government are doing all we can to save the life of our kababayan. It is the responsibility of governments to come to the aid of their countrymen, especially those in difficult circumstances,” Binay said.

As Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ Concerns, Binay is set to hold a dialog with the Filipino community in Indonesia.