On Tuesday, May 5, Celia Veloso, Mary Jane’s mom sought public understanding after she lashed out against President Benigno Aquino III.
Uttering that they were broke and in pain, she demanded the public to understand their shortcomings. “Masakit na masakit yung loob ko na hindi ho naiintindihan ng ating mga kababayan nang sila ay nagkomenta sa akin. Sana naman, unawaiin nila ang isang ina. Intindihin nila ‘ko, unawain nila ang totoo.”
On the day of their arrival in the country a few days after Mary Jane was given temporary reprieve from execution, the older Veloso belied the government’s role in saving her daughter from firing squad.
Palace won’t demand an apology
Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the President has no ill will towards Mrs. Veloso.
“Lubos na po ang pag-unawa din namin sa kanilang sitwasyon at nais lang naman pong makatulong ang ating Pangulo at ng ating pamahalaan sa anumang paraan na makakabawas sa bigat ng kanilang pinapasan,” Coloma said in a television interview.
The palace will not insist apology from the family, leaving them the choice if they’re willing to do so.
“Ipapaubaya na lang po natin sa kanilang pasya, at kinikilala naman po natin na sa hirap ng kanilang pinagdaanan ay mabigat ang mga emosyon, mabigat po ang kalooban nila,” Coloma said.
Mary Jane’s execution was postponed upon the request of Aquino for her testify against her alleged recruiter, Maria Kristina Sergio, who surrendered to the police right before Veloso’s scheduled execution.
Aquino had told reporters that the government did everything to stop the execution and to spare Veloso from the death penalty, despite the fact that she was arrested in April 2010 before his presidency.
Mary Jane Veloso, 30, was arrested in Yogyakarta Airport after authorities found drugs hidden in her suitcase.