MANILA—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) expressed disappointment over the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) preventing drug mule Mary Jane Veloso from testifying in the criminal case against her recruiters from her detention cell in Indonesia.
“What the CA did was depressing and disappointing. It is disservice to Mary Jane, obstructions to truth and justice,” said CBCP-ECMI chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos.
He believed that the ruling is not good for the case and has prolong the suffering of the jailed OFW.
“Their decision just leads to uncertainty of the case and longer suffering for MJ,” the Bataan prelate said.
“Indonesia is waiting for our court decision. And our court must render decision. But with what CA did, it is justice delayed,” Santos added.
On Monday, the CA issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) granting the immediate relief sought by Veloso’s detained recruiters, Ma. Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao for the deposition set for April 27 by Nueva Ecija Regional Trial Court Branch 88 Judge Anarica Castillo-Reyes.
Veloso was arrested at the Yogyakarta airport in 2010 after found in her possession for the drug-laden luggage.
She was scheduled to be executed but it was temporarily stopped last April 29, 2015 after then President Benigno Aquino III appealed her case to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.