Mary Jane Veloso Case: Whose At Fault?
To clarify, efforts to reduce the sentence of Mary Jane Veloso is not an assault on the sovereignty of Indonesia.
It is not the fault of Indonesians or the government. It is a law that we should repeal as it can happen to anyone.
If execution is indeed needed, then reserve it for heinous crimes: the child rapists, the terrorists, the corrupt that steal from the nation and betray the public trust. And even then, apply the most stringent requirements before a life is taken away.
The problem with Mary Jane is that she could be any of the OBEDIENT Indonesian maids who will never touch what their employers give them.
If they are told to bring a bag to another country with drugs that they are not aware of, they will do so. And they will be caught. And they will be executed.
And that is why Mary Jane will be executed, and her two children left behind as orphans.
Her 6 year old son was 1 year old then when she left for a land she hoped would bring money for her family. Instead, her son now is meeting her mother for the first time in a long time, the mother she only saw on pictures left behind, and she will be executed via a firing squad, along with 9 others, and those shots will reverberate forever.
It’s the law.
And I am only hoping that President Joko Widodo will stand upon the promise he once made that he would fight for human rights.
Surely this one begs for it.
After all, what is a life of a citizen between friends?
Posted on April 27, 2015, in General, Politics and tagged asean, death penalty Indonesia, drug trafficking indonesia, human trafficking indonesia, jokowidodo, Mary Jane Veloso, philippine indonesia relations, tki indonesia. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.