Bishop welcome filing of charges vs Veloso ‘recruiters’

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MANILA, July 10, 2015— A Catholic bishop has welcomed the Department of Justice’s decision to file criminal charges against the alleged recruiters of convicted drug mule Mary Jane Veloso.

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, said the move could save Veloso from the Indonesian death row.

“That is a solid and substantial evidence in favor of Mary Jane’s case. A tangible proof that she is an innocent victim. She was falsely promised and abused by drug couriers,” Santos said.

The DOJ yesterday approved the filing of illegal recruitment, estafa, and human trafficking charges against Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao, who were accused of duping Veloso into serving as a drug mule.

The agency said there is probable cause to indict Sergio and Lacanilao who are already in jail for an illegal recruitment case.

Human trafficking charges will also be filed against a certain “Ike,” whom Veloso tagged as the one who gave her the luggage containing illegal drugs.

“We pray constantly that Indonesian Attorney General Office will accept, rely their decision with DOJ filing of criminal charges against the Sergios, and eventually grant absolute clemency to Mary Jane, [so that she] be saved from execution,” Santos added.

“Let us as one people and continually pray for Mary Jane,” he also said. (CBCPNews)

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