Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said from the time of Veloso’s arrest in April 2010, the Department of Foreign Affairs has been providing legal assistance to the Filipina.
Coloma added when the Indonesian Supreme Court imposed the death sentence in May 2011 on Veloso, President Aquino wrote then President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, requesting clemency for the Filipina.
The Veloso family has criticized the government for supposedly failing to provide immediate assistance to the Filipina, whose second appeal for judicial review was rejected Monday.
With the rejection of the appeal, Veloso is expected to be executed Tuesday.
According to news report, Indonesia remained firm in its decision to execute the Filipina, who is among 9 drug-trafficking convicts on Indonesian death row, despite President Aquino’s last-ditch appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the Filipina’s life.
In his arrival speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the President claimed that he did everything to save Veloso’s life.
“Matagal na nating ginagawa ang lahat upang tulungan si Mary Jane, kabilang na ang pagsigurong maiibsan ang agam-agam niya at ng kaniyang pamilya,” Aquino said.
“Patuloy ding sinisikap ng inyong gobyerno na maglatag ng mga hakbang upang maiwasan ang ganitong mga kaso na nasasangkot ang ating Overseas Filipino Workers,” he added.
The President, however, did not give any update on Veloso’s case. He did not mention if the Indonesian government has accepted his last minute proposal to make Veloso a state witness against drug syndicates.
Aquino suggested the move to Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi after the conclusion of the 26th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.