Turning Mary Jane’s reprieve to acquittal


Mary Jane Veloso

Mary Jane Veloso

Drug mule Mary Jane Veloso may have been included in the mass execution of drug traffickers by firing squad in Indonesia, if not for a strange twist of fate that spared her life – for now.

Veloso’s family and the whole nation rejoiced that Mary Jane received a reprieve in the last minute, but a reprieve is just a temporary relief from  sure death.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, whose steadfastness on executions as part of a war on drugs has strong public support, told reporters he spared Veloso because of the bigger trafficking case, but he left little doubt that she would eventually be executed. “This is not a cancellation but a postponement,” he said.

This, after President Benigno Aquino pleaded, arguing that she could be a vital witness in prosecuting human and drugs syndicates plaguing the region.

Strangely and surprisingly, however, while cries for mercy and compassion were heard from all over the country to save our poor and naïve compatriot, the woman, whom Mary Jane alleged made her a drug mule, went to the police, seeking protection after receiving death threat calls and text messages.

Thus, the starling appearance of Maria Kristina P. Sergio, also known as Mary Christine Gulles Pasadilla, is said to have been instrumental in the Indonesian government’s grant of reprieve that spared Veloso from being included in the mass execution.

Call it a miscalculation or a miscue, but Sergio’s surfacing, 24 hours before the executions were due to take place, was suppose to make her look innocent of Mary Jane’s allegation that she was recruiting the latter for a job in Indonesia, after deceiving her that there was no job available in Malaysia.

By surfacing, Sergio was very sure of Mary Jane’s death, such that the latter won’t be able to point at her anymore about her involvement in the drug mule’s incarceration, and death for that matter. It was a ploy that Sergio thought it will work for her real well, as she already denied any wrongdoing, and will set her free for good.

But with Mary Jane’s reprieve during the last minute, Sergio is now in dilemma finding herself between the devil and the deep blue sea. She misjudged ‘killing’ Mary Jane too soon.

Clearly the ball is in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) court. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has to work hard and fast and make sure that the agencies under her could ferret out the truth from Sergio about the extent of her involvement in drug trafficking or whether or not she is a member of any drug syndicate.

Anything that will be less convincing for Widodo will surely not get an acquittal for Mary Jane Veloso. Her time hangs on how efficient and effective DOJ is in probing Sergio guilty and declaring Mary Jane innocent.


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