- Mary Jane Veloso keeps herself busy in jail while in d***h row
- Veloso washes clothes of other inmates and sells some of her batik and crochet while in jail
- She is able to send money to her family in the Philippines
Mary Jane Veloso keeps herself busy while in jail and in d***h row — in a way that she can help her family in the Philippines.
In an article written by Rie Takumi of GMA News Online, it was disclosed that Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Aleli Bawagan, who visited Veloso at Wirogunan prison recently, said Veloso is able to send money to her family while in jail.
“Even if she is in prison, she is still able to send money to her family,” Bawagan said in her report to Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
Bawagan said Veloso — who has been jailed in Indonesia for drug trafficking since 2010 — sent a portion of the $2,000 given to her by Senator Manny Pacquiao during his visit to her in 2015. The money was used for her sibling’s medical expenses.
“She also washes clothes of other inmates and sells some of her batik and crochet so she can get some cash which she also sends to her family,” the official added.
Veloso also told Bawagan that she sleeps in a cell with eight other women, and wakes up at 5 a.m. every day. For recreation, she plays volleyball and even asked — and received — rubber shoes from the Philippine Embassy there.
Bawagan said Veloso, who has also learned how to speak Bahasa, was lauded by her housemother for giving “hope to other inmates” despite being on d***h row.
“I initially thought that she might be depressed after being imprisoned for almost seven years now,” Bawagan noted. “[But] she is always smiling and is able to provide positive energy to other inmates. She is also focused on her family”
“Of course she is hurting, but the regular talks with a priest and a seminarian help her. At this moment, she only wants justice for her case and to be with her family,” Bawagan added.
Watch Frontrow’s special report on Mary Jane Veloso’s departure and capture, as told by the Filipina: