April 30, 2015 Posted in the
TIMELINE OF EVENTS, 2010
LET THE FACTS SPEAK
This timeline is
based on the sworn affidavits of Celia, Cesar and Maritess, Mary Jane’s
mother, father and sister; a timeline given, upon request, by the DFA to
the Velosos; the personal knowledge of Migrante and the National Union of
People’s Lawyers of actions taken for the #SaveMaryJane campaign; and,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Malacanang statements released to the
All formal and
official documents mentioned in this timeline are kept in file by Migrante
In the spirit of
Internatonal Media Desk
January – Mary Jane
returned to the Philippines after working for ten months as a domestic
worker in Dubai. She returned to Manila without finishing her two-year
contract because her employer attempted to rape her.
April 18 – Mary Jane
was approached by her friend Ma. Kristina “Tintin” Sergio, a resident of
Talavera, and was promised a job as a domestic worker in Malaysia. She was
April 21 – Mary Jane
and Tintin left for Malaysia. When they arrived in Malaysia, Tintin told
her that the supposed job was no longer available but she could still find
work elsewhere. They stayed there for a few days before Tintin sent her to
Indonesia allegedly for a seven-day holiday, after which she would go back
to Malaysia for employment.
April 25 – Mary Jane
was apprehended by the Customs and Excise Authorities at the Audisucipto
International Airport in Yogjakarta, Indonesia, upon arrival due to
alleged possession of 2.6 kilograms of heroin.
April 27 – Mary Jane’s
parents received a call from her in-laws informing them that Mary Jane
arrived safely in Malaysia. They visited Tintin in Talavera and she told
them that Mary Jane’s employer was “very kind”. Tintin also gave them
clothes and milk, supposedly bought by Mary Jane for her youngest son,
May 9 – Mary Jane
called her family to wish her father a happy birthday.
May 11 – Mary Jane’s
sister Darling received a cryptic text message from her telling her to
take care of her children.
May 12 – Darling
received another cryptic text message from Mary Jane, prompting the family
to call her up. Mary Jane then told them that she was in jail. A few hours
after, they called her up again and she told them the events that
transpired before she was apprehended in Indonesia.
May 13 – Mary Jane’s
family went to Tintin’s house in Talavera. Tintin told them to “keep
silent, don’t tell anyone and don’t approach the media”. Tintin also
allegedly told them that should they fail to keep quiet, Mary Jane and the
rest of the family would be in grave danger because “she (Tintin) belongs
to an international drug syndicate”. Tintin also allegedly told them that
the syndicate would spend millions just to get Mary Jane out of jail.
August – Mary Jane’s
family decided to go to Manila despite Tintin’s warning to ask for help
from some media outfits. They also went to the Department of Foreign
Affairs (DFA) to report Mary Jane’s case. They were met by case officer
Patricia Mocom who promised to assist them and help Mary Jane.
Since then, the family
religiously went back to the DFA Manila to request for updates on Mary
Jane’s case. They also sought the help of their Mayor and Governor, as
well as the National Bureau of Investigation, police and authorities in
Cabanatuan City. They were told by the NBI that they could not file any
complaints against Tintin due to lack of evidence.
October 4 – Public
Prosecutor Sri Anggraeni presented before the Sleman District Court the
recommendation for life imprisonment as penalty for Mary Jane’s offense.
Mary Jane was represented by court-appointed pro bono lawyer Edy Haryanto.
October 11 – The
District Court of Justice of Sleman in Yogjakarta sentenced Mary Jane with
the death penalty.
October 22 – The
Philippine Embassy in Jakarta reportedly filed an appeal with the Appeals
Court of Yogjakarta.
October 25 – Mary
Jane’s family received a call from her to wish her son a happy birthday.
Since then, they had been able to communicate with Mary Jane regularly via
phone. They told Mary Jane to write an affidavit, and send it to them via
mail, detailing the events that led to her arrest to be used for the
complaint they wanted to file at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
(PDEA) against Tintin.
October 27 – PH embassy
recommended the hiring of a private lawyer for Mary Jane for the appeal
stage, prompting OUMWA to authorize the disbursement of USD$5,000 from the
Legal Assistance Fund to hire the services of the Rudyantho & Partners Law
November – The family
received post mail from Mary Jane containing photos but no affidavit. They
called Mary Jane who was in turn surprised that her affidavit did not
reach the family. She said that she would be sending them her affidavit
December – The family
received another post mail from Mary Jane, again containing photos and a
bandanna from a priest, but still no affidavit. They immediately reported
this to Mary Jane who confirmed that she sent her affidavit along with the
rest of the mail’s contents.
The family reported the
missing contents of Mary Jane’s mail to Joseph Ladip of PDEA.
February 10 – The Court
of Appeals of Yogjakarta upheld Mary Jane’s death penalty sentence.
February 21 –
Embassy-hired lawyer Rudyantho filed a Memorandum of Appeal to the Supreme
Court of Indonesia on behalf of Mary Jane.
February 22 – The
Philippine Embassy reportedly appealed the case to the Supreme Court in
May 31 – The Supreme
Court upheld Mary Jane’s death penalty.
August 23 – Pres.
Benigno Aquino III intervened a year after Veloso had already been
sentenced to death, through a request for clemency with then-President
Susilo Bambang Yudhyono who imposed a moratorium on executions during his
October 10 – Ambassador
Maria Rosario Aguinaldo forwarded Pres. Aquino’s Letter of Clemency to the
Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
October 11 – The Veloso
family received a hysterical call from Mary Jane. She begged them to help
her because her sentence had been upheld in all courts. She told them that
she was to be executed in a week’s time.
On the same day, the
family rushed to the DFA. They were able to talk to Patricia who told them
that the news was false and that the DFA had not received any news or
reports from Indonesia.
The family also went to
PDEA for another attempt to file a case against Tintin. They were told
that they could not file due to lack of evidence.
October 12 – The family
called Mary Jane to tell her about what Patricia said. She tearfully
asserted that what she told them was true and that it was already all over
the news. They called Patricia but she again denied Mary Jane’s claims. A
few minutes after, Patricia called them back and told them that the news
was indeed true.
April – Mary Jane
called her parents and told them to apply for passports because her police
friends, Puri and Bita, and her fellow inmates agreed to sponsor their
visit to her in jail.
June 5 – Mary Jane’s
parents and eldest son Mark Danielle left for Indonesia. They stayed there
for almost a month and were able to visit Mary Jane daily during the
duration of their stay.
June 29 – The family
arrived back in Manila.
July – Mary Jane sent
her sister Maritess her hand-written affidavit via courier (LBC).
December 30 –
Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo issued Presidential Decision No. 31/G – 2014
rejecting the request for clemency on behalf of Mary Jane.
January – The family
received a call from Mary Jane. She told them to seek assistance from
anyone willing to help because she was scheduled for execution soon.
Maritess called the DFA and was informed that Patricia had been replaced
by Violet Ancheta as case officer for Mary Jane’s case. Violet told them
that the news was false.
January 19 – Atty.
Rudyantho filed the Application for Judicial Review of Mary Jane’s case at
the District Court of Justice of Slemen, Yogjakarta.
January 28 – DFA Sec.
Del Rosario handed a letter to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retnu L.P.
Marsudi at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat in Kota Kinabalu,
requesting Indonesian authorities to give due course to the Application
for Judicial Review of Mary Jane’s case.
February 2 – Migrante
learned that a Filipina is set to face death row by firing squad in
Indonesia. The name of the Filipina had not been released yet. Migrante
immediately contacted its allied migrant organization in Indonesia, ATKI,
to inquire and verify.
February 4 – Marsudi
replied to Sec. Del Rosario ensuring that all available legal measures
have been undertaken in accordance to Indonesian laws.
February 6 – Migrante
got an email from its networks in Indonesia confirming that a certain
“Mary Jane” is indeed on death row in Indonesia.
February 9 – Pres.
Aquino reportedly appealed Mary Jane’s case to Pres. Widodo during the
latter’s state visit to the Philippines.
February 14 – Migrante
got Mary Jane’s full name from Indonesian contacts and started to locate
the whereabouts of her family in the Philippines. It was around this time
that it was relayed to Migrante that Mary Jane told her spiritual adviser,
Father Kiser, that she preferred not to involve her family because she
feared for their safety and to just wait for the decision of the first
February 16 – DFA
forwarded to the Indonesian Embassy in Manila a copy of Pres. Aquino’s
letter to Pres. Widodo on the Petition for Judicial Review of Mary Jane’s
case. DFA also forwarded said letter to the PH Embassy in Jakarta.
February 18 – Mary
Jane’s parents, Maritess and her two sons were able to visit Mary Jane in
Indonesia through the DFA. They were accompanied by Violet.
February 22 – The
family returned to the Philippines. Before they returned, Chito Mendoza of
the Philippine Embassy asked for Mary Jane’s hand-written affidavit from
March 3 – The Sleman
District Court held the first hearing where the Defense informed the court
of the reasons for the Application of Judicial Review relating to the
lapses in the proceedings at the trial court in 2010: 1) the problem in
translations, 2)the qualifications of the court-appointed translator, and
3) the language barrier.
March 4 – The lower
court handed down its decision ordering the endorsement of the case files
to the Supreme Court in Jakarta to proceed with the Judicial Review. This
initial stage of the Judicial Review was for the trial court to determine
if there is merit for the review of the case by the Indonesian Supreme
March 9 – OFW Joven
Esteva was executed via beheading in Saudi Arabia. His family were
surprised to learn about his execution in the news, after the fact. In a
statement, Migrante called on the DFA to divulge its plans for Mary Jane
in light of Esteva’s execution. No statement was released by the DFA to
acknowledge, confirm or deny Mary Jane’s predicament.
March 25 – The
Indonesian Supreme Court rejected the Petition for Judicial Review.
March 30 – Migrante was
finally able to locate the Veloso family in their home in Brgy. Caudillo,
March 31 – PDEA
submitted a report to the PH embassy based on Mary Jane’s testimony after
its visit with her last March 29. The report was in English and needed to
be translated officially to Bahasa.
March 31 – Migrante
released an Appeal for Urgent Action to all its networks, allied
organizations and member organizations worldwide. The Appeal circulated
quickly and gathered overwhelming support.
April 1 – Migrante held
a picket at the Indonesian embassy, and submitted an Open Letter to
Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo
April 6 – Nanay Celia,
Tatay Cesar, Maritess and the two children arrived in Manila. Migrante
held a metro-wide candle-lighting in different communities.
April 7 – The Veloso
family held a press conference in front of the DFA main office in Manila
bewailing the government’s lack of action and transparency on Mary Jane’s
April 7 – Migrante
sought the help of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL). The
Veloso family agreed to take on the NUPL’s pro bono services for Mary
Jane’s case in a meeting held at the Migrante office with NUPL
secretary-general Atty. Edre Olalia.
April 8 – Nanay Celia,
Tatay Cesar and the two kids went to the Indonesian embassy to submit
their appeal letter to Widodo.
April 8 – Migrante
issued a press statement calling on PH authorities to arrest Tintin
because it will be crucial to Mary Jane’s appeal. During this time, Tintin
was just sitting pretty in her house in Talavera.
April 9 – Nanay Celia,
Tatay Cesar and Maritess accomplished their affidavits for review and
verification by the NUPL.
April 10 – Mary Jane’s
supposed original schedule of execution. Migrante held a rally in Mendiola
with the Veloso family. No word nor statement from the DFA or Pres. Aquino
came out. On the same day, the Indonesian government released a statement
to the media that no executions were to take place until after the
commencement of the Bandung Conference on April 24.
April 10 – Nanay Celia
and Tatay Cesar submitted a letter to the DFA requesting all documents
pertinent to Mary Jane’s case.
April 11 – Migrante and
NUPL held a Skype meeting with ATKI and the International Migrants’
Alliance (IMA) and foreign lawyers who volunteered to help in Mary Jane’s
case. By then, ATKI was already trying to get in touch with some lawyers
from Rudyantho & Partners (R&P) and efforts to connect NUPL with them were
underway. The trafficking angle for the filing of the second judicial
review was discussed after fast and furious research done by the NUPL.
April 13 – The DFA
replied to Nanay and Tatay’s letter only to inform them that they still do
not have custody of the documents they requested and that all documents
are still in Bahasa.
April 14 – NUPL
submitted a formal letter to the DFA to request pertinent legal documents
on Mary Jane’s case as the Velosos’ private legal counsel. NUPL also asked
DFA to connect them to R&P as the retained PH lawyers of Mary Jane and the
Velosos. The DFA did not acknowledge or reply to this letter.
April 15 – Nanay Celia,
Tatay Cesar and Maritess finalized their affidavits, signed, sworn and
notarized by the NUPL.
April 16 – NUPL
submitted a first batch of letter-complaints to the PDEA, NBI and
Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT)/Department of
Justice (DOJ) requesting that “the appropriate steps and investigation
be initiated and conducted on Maria Kristina P. Sergio @ Tintin, for
violation of both local and international laws such as Republic Act 10022
or the Amended Migrant Workers Act and pertinent international laws
against drug trafficking as well as for possible violations of the human
trafficking laws, laws on illegal recruitment and for other related
April 17 – NUPL
submitted follow-up letters to PDEA, NBI and IACAT, attaching sworn
affidavits of Nanay Celia, Tatay Cesar and Maritess. NUPL also asked
IACAT/DOJ to “undertake the necessary and appropriate measures…to
ensure the safety of (their) clients as well as other members of their
immediate families who are vulnerable to reprisals from the malevolent
malefactors responsible for putting Mary Jane in such horrible situation”.
April 17 – Maritess and
Connie Bragas-Regalado of Migrante flew to Indonesia to coordinate with
ATKI and other networks in Jakarta for the campaign to save Mary Jane’s
life. Purpose of their trip was to act as “advanced team” for the
consequent trip to Indonesia of NUPL and other members of the Veloso
April 20 – Migrante and
supporters of the Save Mary Jane campaign held a picket at the Indonesian
embassy in time for the opening of the Bandung Conference. NUPL held a
press conference at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). The IBP
had agreed to help NUPL in Mary Jane’s case.
April 21 – Atty. Edre
Olalia and Atty. Minnie Lopez of NUPL flew to Indonesia together with
April 21 – Migrante
issued an Open Letter to ASEAN Heads of State, distributed and signed by
various ASEAN organizations during the ASEAN People’s Forum held in Kuala
April 22 – Nanay Celia
led a picket rally in front of the DFA together with families of other
OFWs on death row.
April 22 – Atty.
Olalia, Atty. Lopez, Connie of Migrante, Tatay Cesar, Maritess and Iweng
of ATKI met with Atty. Agus Salim and Atty. Ismail Muhammad of R&P. In the
meeting they were able to confirm the following:
That R&P was not
able to receive any communications from the NUPL, directly or coursed
through the DFA. It
was only after Connie and Maritess talked to Yuni of Komnas Perempuan,
an Indonesian women’s organization and network of ATKI, and through
Yuni’s help that they were able to establish contact with the lawyers on
That the PH embassy
only availed of R&P’s services on the appeal stage.
Prior and during the trial, a court-appointed lawyer, similar to PH’s
Public Assistance Office (PAO), represented Mary Jane.
That R&P had
already requested the Aquino government to investigate Kristina “Tintin”
Sergio, Mary Jane’s alleged recruiter and trafficker on 2011, even
BEFORE the filing of the first petition for judicial review. This
would have been instrumental for the appeal. They were, however,
dismayed to learn that the PH government only attended to this AFTER the
judicial review had been rejected by the Indonesian Supreme Court on
March 25, 2015.
That it was only
last week that the PH Embassy gave R&P the official translations of the
first and second verdicts on Mary Jane’s case.
That the PDEA
report submitted to the embassy on March 31 was yet to be translated
into Bahasa. R&P
confirmed that the PH Embassy promised to give them the translated
document on April 23, almost a month after it was accomplished.
That the PDEA was
yet to coordinate with its Indonesian counterpart, the Basan Narkotika
Basional (BNN), for the comparison of the results of their respective
R&P and the PH legal team were yet to be provided with the reports.
That the R&P and
NUPL agreed to work hand-in-hand for the filing of the second judicial
review on Mary Jane’s case pending all documents required from and
provided by the PH government.
April 22 – Immediately
after meeting with R&P, Atty. Olalia sent a text message to DOJ Sec. Leila
de Lima urgently asking for a certification from the DOJ that a complaint
had been filed against Tintin.
April 23 – NUPL sent a
formal letter-request to the DOJ asking for the certification.
April 23 – Nanay Celia
and the two children flew to Indonesia with Pamela Pangilinan of Migrante.
April 24 – Mary Jane
was transferred to Nusa Kumbangan Island at 2:00am, Indonesia time.
April 24 – DFA held a
press conference in the morning announcing that the second judicial review
had been filed. Atty Olalia, however, confirmed that the petition for
judicial review had only been filed and received at exactly 3:50pm,
Indonesia time, at the District Court of Sleman, Yogjakarta, Indonesia.
Atty. Olalia accompanied R&P lawyers in the filing.
April 24 – Christopher,
Mary Jane’s brother, and Michael, Mary Jane’s husband, flew to Indonesia.
April 25 – First visit
of the Veloso family to Mary Jane at Nusa Kumbangan. They were accompanied
by Atty. Olalia and Atty. Lopez.
April 25 – Nanay Celia,
Maritess and Atty. Olalia confirmed that Mary Jane was given the 72-hour
notice of execution at around 5:00pm Philippine time.
April 26 – Darling,
Mary Jane’s sister, arrived in Manila, along with two additional witnesses
who gave testimonies to NUPL against Tintin.
April 26 – Migrante
started 72-hour vigil at the Indonesian embassy. PH police troops
attempted to disperse the vigil.
April 27 – Darling left
for Indonesia. Day 2 of vigil ongoing.
April 27 – As of
12:14pm, PH time, Migrante got word that Atty. Olalia was barred by
embassy officials from accompanying his clients to their second visit to
Mary Jane in the island.
As of 1:04pm, PH time,
NUPL confirmed that they just got hold of the received copy of the
application for second judicial review. Sleman Court said that they would
release official decision by evening.
As of 8:00pm, PH time,
Atty. Lopez, straight from the airport, led the press conference held at
the vigil site at the Indonesian embassy confirming that the second
judicial review had been rejected by the Sleman Court.
As of around 2:00am PH
time, PH police again tried to disperse the vigil at the Indonesian
By this time, the
Facebook Page, http://www.facebook.com/SaveMJVeloso,
had already peaked at 16,000 likes in just a matter of hours.
The change.orgpetition launched by the Promotion for Church People’s
Response (PCPR) was already the fastest-growing petition, gathering at
least 200,000 signatures worldwide.
It was also only on
this day that the DOJ, NBI and PDEA filed a formal complaint against
April 28 – Pres. Aquino
reportedly had a 5-minute side meeting with Pres. Widodo at the ASEAN
conference in Malaysia.
As of 8:14am, PH time,
Migrante confirmed that Pres. Aquino’s appeal for clemency had been denied
by Pres. Widodo, and called out for public support for the vigil at the
At around 10:30am,
Tintin had reportedly surrendered to the NBI.
Before lunch time, the
DFA had released a statement saying that they have done everything they
possibly could for Mary Jane.
As of 5:20pm, PH time,
Migrante got news from ATKI that Widodo was in a meeting with Migrant
Care, one of its network organizations in Indonesia, to talk about Mary
Jane’s case. Migrant Care told Widodo that Tintin had surrendered to PH
authorities. Widodo told them that Indonesian government would verify the
implications of the surrender to Mary Jane’s case.
As of 6:45pm, PH time,
according to Andi Widjajanto, cabinet secretary, change of decision about
Mary Jane could happen but it depended upon confirmation of the facts and
the possible implications on existing laws. But it was still not clear how
this could affect the schedule of the execution.
As of 7:10pm, PH time,
Indonesian chief prosecutor announced that nine convicts will face the
firing squad. Attorney General said that they do not want to set a
precedent. It’s final, they would go ahead with the execution.
As of 7:50pm, PH time,
Atty. Olalia, in a text message, told supporters to “intensify further and
make stronger and broader calls to pressure/appeal/implore Widodo to still
reconsider up to the last moment”.
Indonesian migrant and
church workers had also released to the international public the Attorney
General’s mobile number, calling on supporters to barrage him with text
messages pleading for Mary Jane’s life.
By 9:00pm, PH time,
Maritess and Darling had already been transported to the island. The rest
of the family refused to go to the island and had already travelled back
to Jakarta in protest of the planned execution.
As of 11:02pm, PH time,
Atty. Olalia etal confirmed that the Indonesian government had announced
that execution would take place at 2:00am Indonesia time (3:00am PH time).
April 29 – At 1:47am,
Atty. Olalia called Migrante to give the good news that execution had been
suspended until all proceedings in the Philippines are finished.
April 29 – DFA
maintained that the local and global outrage over the supposed execution
of Mary Jane did not sway Widodo into a reprieve but Aquino’s appeal did.