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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Ople: Cabinet to discuss OFW death row cases

The Cabinet will meet to discuss cases of Filipinos on death row in other countries, Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople said Tuesday.

Ople said Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin would convene the meeting with other secretaries.

“Just as an FYI, on Friday, the Executive Secretary will be convening a meeting. To be present in that meeting are the Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, myself, and of course the ES, to discuss transitional matters. For example, the death row cases,” Ople said at a Palace briefing.

Ople was responding to a question regarding updates on the request for executive clemency for Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipino woman who was convicted of drug trafficking and meted the death penalty in Indonesia in 2010.

The DMW chief deferred to the Department of Foreign Affairs when asked about the matter, as DFA Secretary Enrique Manalo and Labor Secretary Benny Laguesma will also attend the Cabinet meeting.

Veloso’s parents Cesar and Celia have asked President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to ask for clemency from Indonesian President Joko Widodo for their daughter.

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