On Tuesday, Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Maria Lumen Isleta said the execution process for Mary Jane Veloso has already begun.
“We received a call from the prosecutor na nagsabi sa amin na magpadala na ng aming representative, plus ‘yung members ng family at abugado doon sa kanyang opisina para ma-process ang papers para makatawid sa [Nusakambangan] Island maya-maya,” Isleta said in an interview with Super Radyo dzBB.
Migrante Chairperson Connie Bragas-Regalado said Veloso’s execution will be at midnight in Indonesia. ( Wednesday, April 29, 1 a.m., Philippine time), which the attorney general of Indonesia announced.
“What we know is that the preparations will start at 8:00 p.m. The ambulance is already here, the relatives are here. Even the policemen are already on standby. Here at our hotel, there are also a lot of policemen,” said Regalado, who is staying in an area 10 minutes away from Nusa Kambangan, Indonesia’s execution island.
“Based on practice, the execution is scheduled at 12 midnight,” she said.
Isleta said that based on Indonesian government’s timeline, remains of Veloso will be turned over to her family by around 2 a.m.
Only Philippine Ambassador Maria Lumen Isleta, the Velosos, lawyers, and spiritual adviser will gather at the island’s pier, where they will wait for the execution to finish.
However, Bragas-Regalado hopes that the reports about the alleged recruiter, who happened to surrender this morning may tingle a change for Veloso’s fortune.
Maria Kristina Sergio, Veloso’s alleged recruiter, surrendered at the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office at 10:30 a.m., saying she fears for her life.
Bragas-Regalado said Indonesian government has heard the news but “they are still verifying from the Philippine government.”
“The legal fight is over, the diplomatic tack is over. The only thing left is the intensified campaign from the people,” she said.
Philippine government lost to extend legal and diplomatic appeals yet a light hope from intensified campaign may led to changing the Indonesia’s stand, Bragas-Regalado believed.
Firing Squads Ready for Executions
Cilacap Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Ulung Sampurna Jaya says that the police readied firing squads for the executions of nine death row inmates.
He said the convicts would be shot simultaneously by each of their own firing squads.
“The National Police are ready. Any time the Attorney General’s Office [AGO] orders us to move, we are ready to move,” he said in Cilacap, on the sidelines of security checks jointly conducted by the Central Java Police and the Jakarta Prosecutors’ Office on Tuesday.
Aside from Veloso, who is set to be executed any moment soon, the other eight facing death are two Australians named Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Raheem Agbaje Salami, Okwudili Oyatanze, and Silvester Obiekwe Nwaolise alias Mustofa from Nigeria, Zainal Abidin of Indonesia, Rodrigo Gularte from Brazil, and Martin Anderson alias Belo from Ghana.