Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had given the green light for the execution of Filipina death row inmate Mary Jane Veloso.
“President Duterte has given the go-ahead to proceed with the execution,” Jokowi was quoted as saying by Antara news agency in Serang, Banten.
According to Jokowi, the legal process will be followed up by Attorney General M. Prasetyo.
“I have explained to [Duterte] about Mary Jane’s situation and I told him that Mary Jane [has been found guilty] for carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin. I also told him about the delay in the execution during the meeting,” Jokowi said.Veloso was arrested at Adisucipto Airport in Yogyakarta in April 2010.
Veloso was excluded from the list of the third round of executions prepared by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in April, as legal procedures continue in a separate but related case in her country.
Veloso was on the execution list last year but was granted a stay of execution because her alleged boss had been arrested in the Philippines, and the authorities there requested Indonesian assistance in pursuing the case.
Widodo said legal process on Veloso's case will be followed up by Attorney General M. Prasetyo.
"Follow your own laws" Malacañang, meanwhile, clarified reports that Duterte gave the Indonesian government the "go-ahead" to execute Veloso, saying what Duterte told Indonesian President Joko Widodo during their meeting was to "follow your own laws."
"Follow your own laws. I will not interfere," presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella quoted Duterte as telling Widodo during a news briefing. Abella said Duterte had no categorical statement telling Widodo to push through with the execution.
"There was none. There was no endorsement. He simply said, 'Follow your own laws,'" he said.