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Bishop seeks more prayers for Veloso

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A Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines official is seeking more prayers for Mary Jane Veloso, amid the recent row over her status in Death Row in Indonesia.

CBCP Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People head Ruperto Santos maintained Veloso is a victim in this case, as she was duped by her recruiters.

“Malaki ang ating paniniwala na si Veloso ay biktima, unwilling victim na siya ay ginamit na ang kanyang kawalang kaalam sa panahon na yun at sa lugar na yun kaya siya nabiktima at nalinlang. At tayo ay may pinanghahawakan yung nahuling dalawang ilegal recruiters niya, na involved din sa West African dug syndicate na dapat bigyang pansin at maganda dahil nasa kulungan na ang dalawang ito, hiling lang din natin dapat bigyang pansin ang proseso, pabilisin ang hearing,” Santos said on Church-run Radyo Veritas.

Veloso has been in Indonesia’s Death Row over a drug-related offense, but her execution has so far been deferred.

On Monday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo was quoted as saying President Rodrigo Duterte gave the “go-signal” for Veloso’s execution.

Malacanang denied such a claim, saying Duterte merely said he would respect Indonesia’s judicial processes.