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Bishop dismayed after CA stops Mary Jane Veloso’s deposition

Bishop dismayed after CA stops Mary Jane Veloso’s deposition

Mary Jane Veloso’s parents, Cesar and Celia, call for the release of their daughter during a candle lighting ceremony outside the Quiapo Church in Manila, Sept. 8, 2016. MARIA TAN

MANILA— A Catholic bishop expressed dismay after the appellate court stopped the deposition of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipino on death row in Indonesia.

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said the Court of Appeals’ move is a “disservice” to Veloso.

“What the CA did was depressing and disappointing,” Santos said. “Their decision just leads to uncertainty of the case and longer suffering of Mary Jane.”

The appellate court’s Eleventh Division earlier stopped a Nueva Ecija court from hearing the testimony of Veloso, a convicted drug mule, through deposition.

The move came after alleged illegal recruiters, Maria Cristina Sergio and her live-in partner Julius Lacanilao, questioned the local court’s order allowing the deposition.

Veloso maintained that she was framed and duped by the suspects into unknowingly serving as a drug mule.

The prelate added that the deposition is long overdue and stopping it would be “obstructions to truth and justice”.

“Indonesia is waiting for our court decision. And our court must render decision. But with what CA did, it is justice delayed,” he said.

The prelate is also calling on authorities to speed up the trial of Veloso’s alleged recruiters to save Veloso from death row. CBCPNews

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