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?


Photo from Rappler Indonesia


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on April 27, 2015, in General, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This should prod the Philippines and Indonesia to work together and lead regional efforts to put an end to human and drug trafficking with nationals of both countries becoming innocent victims of syndicates which run these illegal activities. Parallel to this, both countries should strengthen cooperation to step up actions to create economic opportunities for the young women in their own countries, so that they will not end up as maids in neighboring countries of Singapore and Malaysia. United, the Philippines and Indonesia, with our combined population of more than 300 million, more than half of ASEAN, can be a force to be reckoned with in advancing issues of common interests and concerns such as the promotion and protection of our peoples, especially our overseas workers, and in the battle against human and drug trafficking within and outside the ASEAN region.

  2. Dear Mark,

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Indonesia and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

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