The Philippine embassy in Jakarta has notified the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that the Sleman District Court of Indonesia rejected the second appeal filed by the Philippine government in an effort to spare Mary Jane Veloso from execution.
“Our Embassy has confirmed that the 2nd appeal was rejected,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message sent to reporters.
The Sleman District Court’s spokesperson Marliyus also confirmed that the second appeal made by the Philippine government was rejected by the court. It was rejected because only one case review was allowed, he said.
Just minutes before the Sleman District Court announced the rejection of Veloso’s second appeal, President Benigno Aquino has spoken to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to appeal Veloso’s case during a break on the plenary session at the 26th ASEAN Summit in Malaysia.
After their five-minute meeting, President Widodo promised that he would resume his conversation with President Aquino later in the day to give his response to the latter’s request for humanitarian consideration on Mary Jane Veloso’s case.
It was reported later that Widodo was sympathetic to Veloso’s case and would consult with the Indonesian Attorney General on the legal issues of the case.
Following the Sleman District Court’s decision, Edre Olalia, one of Veloso’s legal counsels, said in a televised interview they will talk to their Indonesian counterparts regarding their next move.
Charles Jose said the Philippine embassy in Jakarta will ask Veloso’s lawyers if the earlier discussion between President Aquino and President Widodo will provide another opportunity to consider Veloso’s case.