Shall We Wait Till a Fellow Filipina Is Sent To The Gallows With Her Mouth Gagged?
We are disappointed that the taking of her material testimony is being prevented by our own courts, the Court of Appeals in particular, upon motion of the accused illegal recruiters’ defense team. This injunction is not only frustrating and ironic but unrealistic.
We are in coordination with Philippine Public Prosecutors and indirectly with the Office of the Solicitor General so our plea for a reconsideration will be given a fair shake.
After all, what we are just asking is for her to tell her story in full and with the guarantees of due process intact and in accordance with the basic rules of evidence, sans dilatory or complicated legal technicalities nor prior restraint.
No fundamental right is violated if Mary Jane is allowed to answer written interrogatories when her deposition is taken in Indonesia in the presence not only of the same Philippine judge hearing the case for human trafficking, illegal recruitment and swindling, but also other concerned judicial and consular officials of the Philippines and Indonesia.
Besides, the 130 or so questions of fact have been furnished both the court and the defense who can ask their own cross-interrogatories, all of which in turn will all be given the weight and sufficiency they warrant.
Given the novelty of the legal situation involving two jurisdictions and her circumstances of being detained in a foreign land unable or disallowed to go home as yet, her deposition would shed light on the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Just let her speak out and let her story stand on its own. Or shall we wait for her to be sent to the gallows with her mouth gagged?#
National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers
Private Prosecutors and Philippine Counsel for Mary Jane Veloso and Family
Atty. Edre U. Olalia
Atty. Ephraim B. Cortez
NUPL Secretary General
Atty. Maria Cristina P. Yambot
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