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MAYWEATHER LIVES UP TO HIS NAME 'MONEY'; POCKETED $100M CHECK AFTER FIGHT, REMINDED EVERYONE WHY PROUDLY HE CALLS HIMSELF 'MONEY'


THE UNDEFEATED 'MONEY' CHAMPION
Floyd Mayweather Jr. gestures during a press conference following his welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in a unanimous decision. AP Photo/John Locher 
 As he finished speaking at the post-fight conference of his showdown with Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. approached some reporters in their seats dangling a check he just claimed after a night's work. It was a check issued by Bank of America indicating a staggering $100 million (about Php4.46 billion). "No pictures, though," Mayweather, sliding the check out of an envelope. "Don't want any pictures of it."  On Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Mayweather reminded everyone why he proudly calls himself "Money". He just outpointed Pacquiao in boxing's richest fight ever, fashioning out a unanimous decision victory in front of over 16,000 fans. And he was paid handsomely for it. READ MORE....

ALSO: Pacquiao cries conspiracy


UNDAUNTED Manny Pacquiao answers questions during a news conference after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight unification bout in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila). AFP 
LAS VEGAS—Team Pacquiao has accused the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. of conspiring to ensure the victory of the unbeaten American in their celebrated fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The accusation came on Sunday (Monday in Manila), a day after Mayweather scored a unanimous decision over Pacquiao in a 12-round bout where the Filipino supposedly fought for 10 rounds with an injured right shoulder. A source in the Pacquiao camp said a series of incidents before the fight convinced the Filipino ring idol that the NSAC was favoring Mayweather in the fight. The source cited the refusal of the commission to grant Pacquiao’s request to have pain-killers injected into his injured right shoulder while allowing Mayweather to have painkiller shots on his injured fist. In an interview on Sunday at his hotel suite, Pacquiao said the commission also refused to allow his handlers to bring into his locker room on fight day his water, sports drink and multivitamin supplement. Pacquiao had been taking the sports drink Red Bull, and multivitamin Pharmaton prior to the fight. “The NSAC was not fair. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather’s pop admits he thought fight much closer


Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, sits in his corner with his father, head trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr., left, during his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. Mayweather Sr. admitted he thought things were much closer in the fight between his son and Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena. AP PHOTO/ISAAC BREKKEN
LAS VEGAS—Floyd Mayweather Sr. admitted on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) he thought things were much closer in the fight between his son Floyd Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena here. “I told Floyd he needed to do a lot more because we know some judges are crooks,” the trainer said after the bout. Dave Moretti scored it 118-110 while Glenn Feldman and Burt Clements saw it 116-112 all for Mayweather on Saturday, allowing the brash Michigan-born star to improve his undefeated card to 48-0 on the way to unifying the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization crowns. READ MORE...

ALSO Compare: Gov't, Veloso camp timelines of Mary Jane's case
[DFA maintained that the local and global outrage over the supposed execution of Mary Jane did not sway Widodo into a reprieve but Aquino’s appeal did]


Celia and Cesar Veloso, right, parents of of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipino convicted drug trafficker who was spared from execution by firing squad in Indonesia, and her sister Darlene, left, and brother Christopher, wait for their turn to address the crowd during a rally near the Presidential Palace in Manila to mark International Labor Day or May Day, Friday, May 1, 2015, a national holiday in the Philippines. The Veloso family thanked everyone who prayed and supported them in the stay of execution of Mary Jane. AP/Bullit Marquez
 Following Migrante's release of a timeline last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs on Sunday also released an account of the case of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso. The events listed on the DFA timeline start on April 22, 2010, the day Veloso left the country to become a domestic helper, and end on April 29, 2015, the day it was announced that the Indonesian government has granted her a stay of execution. Migrante, meanwhile, said that its timeline is based on sworn affidavits of Celia, Cesar and Marites Veloso, Mary Jane's father, mother and sister. It also includes information from the National Union of People's lawyers. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Aquino names PCGG chair Bautista as new Comelec chief


Andres Bautista
MALACAÑANG on Monday announced that President Benigno Aquino III has appointed lawyer Andres Bautista as the new chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Bautista will replace lawyer Sixto Brillantes who retired last February 2. Before his appointment as the new Comelec chief, he served as chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Governance (PCGG). He is the former dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law and under his term, he founded the Master of Business Administration-Juris Doctor dual degree program of De La Salle Graduate School of Business and FEU. He graduated as the class valedictorian of the Ateneo Law School in 1990 and obtained his Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1993. READ: Brillantes set to retire; Palace looking for new Comelec chair He was also nominated to become the next Supreme Court chief justice in 2012. Aside from Bautista, lawyer Rowena Amelia V. Guanzon and Sheriff M. Abas were appointed as new Comelec commissioners, replacing retired commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph. The terms of the three Comelec appointees will expire on February 2, 2022. The appointment papers were signed last April 28, 2015. AC  THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: BBL without 1996 peace pact bound to fail


1999 PHOTO: The unity-conscious members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) pursued again the 'discussion on convergence of views and actions' in another meeting on June 30, this year, at the Waterfront Hotel, Davao City. The Bangsamoro colleagues-in-struggle came all the way from the different areas of Filipino-occupied Mindanao and some from Luzon to attend the MNLF-MILF convergence dialogue.
THE Bangsamoro Basic Law is “bound to fail” even if it’s approved unless it is merged with the 1996 final peace agreement between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front, a senior peace negotiator said on Sunday.
The official, who asked not to be named, said the Organization of Islamic Conference or OIC remained supportive of the full implementation of the Jakarta accord with the MNLF.  The 1996 peace agreement led to the creation of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which will be replaced by a new Bangsamoro authority once the BBL is passed. But as far as the OIC is concerned, the agreement with the MNLF remains superior to the BBL, which would implement the peace pact between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. “In so far as the resolutions of all of the OIC meetings in the past, they were all supportive of the Jakarta peace accord,” the negotiator said. “Without the MNLF, the negotiations [with the MILF] will amount to nothing.”  The negotiator made his statement even as Senate President Franklin Drilon said the passage of a constitutional, fair and inclusive BBL would be the top priority one Congress resumed its plenary sessions today. “It will receive a special legislative attention in the coming weeks,” Drilon said. “We will devote extra time and effort to ensure the passage of the BBL.”  Drilon said they would immediately calendar the BBL for discussion once the committee on local governments led by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. submitted its report on the BBL to the Senate. READ MORE...

ALSO: Usman ‘double-crossed’
[The military said five of Usman’s followers had also died in the battle, and that some of his own men may have double-crossed him. Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, the military spokesman, said they “believe there was fighting among Usman’s followers because of the $1-M monetary reward put on his head.”]


Malacañang and the military released a photo of the dead Usman.
Authorities and leaders of Muslim communities on Monday confirmed reports that Abdul Basit Usman, the suspected bomb expert who carries a $1-million bounty on his head, was killed in a gunbattle in Maguindanao.
But as to who pulled the trigger that ended the search for the Filipino who was listed among America’s “most wanted” terrorists remains a mystery. Security forces had been hunting Usman since he escaped from a January police raid that killed Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, an alleged bomb maker who was the subject of a $5-million US government bounty. Usman, a Filipino, was also identified by the military as well as US authorities as a bomb-making expert with links to the Abu Sayyaf and the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist organizations. US authorities consider Usman as a threat to US and Filipino citizens and interests. He is believed to have orchestrated several bombings that have killed, injured and maimed many innocent civilians, a briefer from the United States Rewards for Justice Program read. “Basit has been indicted in the Philippines for his role in multiple bombing incidents since 2003, and the Government of the Philippines has issued a warrant for his arrest. He is believed to be hiding in central Mindanao,” the briefer said. Security forces accuse Usman of carrying out at least nine bombing incidents in the South, including an attack on the port city of General Santos in 2002 that killed 15 people and wounded 60 others. Usman was also among the personalities involved in the Islamic State (IS) or “black flag movement” in the Philippines. According to intelligence sources, he is the head of the Ansarul Khilafah (supporters of the caliphate) operating in southern Mindanao including General Santos City, which had pledged allegiance to the IS caliphate last year. Usman was among the “high-valued targets” who escaped the anti-terrorist operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, that resulted in the death of 44 police commandos on January 25. According to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), he was killed in a remote mountainous area while being escorted by its members, the rebel group’s vice chairman Ghazali Jaafar said. READ MORE...


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Mayweather lives up to 'Money' moniker; pocketed $100M check after fight, reminded everyone why proudly he calls himself 'money" Dino Maragay | Updated Monday May 04, 2015 - 6:21pm


THE UNDEFEATED 'MONEY' CHAMPION
Floyd Mayweather Jr. gestures during a press conference following his welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in a unanimous decision. AP Photo/John Locher

LOS ANGELES,, MAY 4, 2015 (INQUIRER) - As he finished speaking at the post-fight conference of his showdown with Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. approached some reporters in their seats dangling a check he just claimed after a night's work.

It was a check issued by Bank of America indicating a staggering $100 million (about Php4.46 billion).

"No pictures, though," Mayweather, sliding the check out of an envelope. "Don't want any pictures of it."

On Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Mayweather reminded everyone why he proudly calls himself "Money".

He just outpointed Pacquiao in boxing's richest fight ever, fashioning out a unanimous decision victory in front of over 16,000 fans. And he was paid handsomely for it.

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Since the fight went the full 12 rounds, Mayweather has made around $55,000 per second. He did it by side-stepping his way out each time Pacquiao cornered him on the ropes and countering the gritty Filipino with jabs and short rights.

The $100 million check was just the first of other possible paychecks Mayweather will receive, when income from the live gate receipts, pay-per-view buys and other revenue sources comes in. He walked away from the ring a big winner - unifying the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles - and will even be a bigger winner when he walks into the bank.

His boxing brilliance has made him the world's highest paid athlete for several years now.

"The ultimate goal is to make nine figures in a night. And that's what I did," he said at the dais.

Mayweather has been a staple in Forbes' list of world's highest-paid athletes, ranking first in 2014 with total earnings of $105 million. Pacquiao, for his part, is at 11th with total winnings of $41 million.

Pacquiao, for his part, was handsomely rewarded as well, taking home around $80 million, or roughly P3.5 billion. He is also entitled to a share of other revenues generated by the fight.

But unlike the unbeaten Mayweather, Pacquiao isn't someone who loves to brag about it. - With report from AP


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Pacquiao cries conspiracy Artemio T. Engracia Jr.-News Editor @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:45 AM| May 5th, 2015 -


UNDAUNTED Manny Pacquiao answers questions during a news conference after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight unification bout in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila). AFP

LAS VEGAS—Team Pacquiao has accused the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. of conspiring to ensure the victory of the unbeaten American in their celebrated fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The accusation came on Sunday (Monday in Manila), a day after Mayweather scored a unanimous decision over Pacquiao in a 12-round bout where the Filipino supposedly fought for 10 rounds with an injured right shoulder.

A source in the Pacquiao camp said a series of incidents before the fight convinced the Filipino ring idol that the NSAC was favoring Mayweather in the fight.

The source cited the refusal of the commission to grant Pacquiao’s request to have pain-killers injected into his injured right shoulder while allowing Mayweather to have painkiller shots on his injured fist. In an interview on Sunday at his hotel suite, Pacquiao said the commission also refused to allow his handlers to bring into his locker room on fight day his water, sports drink and multivitamin supplement.

Pacquiao had been taking the sports drink Red Bull, and multivitamin Pharmaton prior to the fight.

“The NSAC was not fair.

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Pacquiao was fighting in hostile territory,” said the source, who asked not to be named for lack of authority to speak for the Filipino ring idol.

READ: Pacquiao’s shoulder injury kept secret from public

‘Bad side of boxing’

Still, the source said, Pacquiao went ahead with the fight “for the sake of the fans and to expose the bad side of boxing in Las Vegas.”

Mayweather, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, now lives in Las Vegas, where he maintains the Mayweather gym. The MGM Grand, which hosted the megabuck fight, calls itself Home of the Champion Mayweather.

Just so Mayweather would stop dodging him, Pacquiao had said he agreed to the lopsided terms imposed by Mayweather in their fight contract. These terms included a 60-40 sharing of the revenue, the right of Mayweather Promotions to handle the fight, and the mandatory blood testing. 13 times

That Mayweather was getting special treatment in Las Vegas was the reason he did not want to fight at the Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, Texas, which Pacquiao had proposed during the negotiations for what had been billed the “Fight of the Century.” “Mayweather, with all his money, controls everything in Las Vegas,” the source said.

Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, revealed that the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) had taken blood samples of the Filipino fighter a total of 13 times since Pacquiao agreed to the drug-testing protocols according to the conditions imposed by Mayweather in their fight contract.

The 13th testing was made on Friday, the day of the official weigh-in and one day before the fight.

READ: Floyd attacked my injured shoulder, says Pacquiao

‘Mind games’

Roach said the Usada would not reveal how many times Mayweather was similarly tested. In the days leading to the megabuck fight, the commission and the Mayweather camp were “playing mind games” with Pacquiao, the source complained.

On several occasions, the NSAC entertained complaints by Mayweather about Pacquiao’s gloves, his hand tapes and the groin guard. “They were trying to get into Manny’s mind,” he said. Injured shoulder In Sunday’s hotel interview, Pacquiao said he did not want to make a big fuss about his shoulder injury, which he sustained during sparring a couple of weeks before the fight.

 [Interviewed Monday on GMA 7 network, Pacquiao said he originally injured the shoulder while jet skiing off General Santos City in 2009.]

In Sunday’s interview, he said Team Pacquiao had thought of having the fight postponed, but it was agreed that he would let the injury heal and go ahead with the fight because he did not want to disappoint the fans.

Pacquiao said he was hoping the injury would heal by fight time and that he would just take the painkillers before the fight. The Nevada commission, which regulates professional sports in the state, would have none of it.

LOOK: Pacquiao nursing ‘torn’ right shoulder

No formal request

NSAC Chair Francisco Aguilar said the Pacquiao camp did not make a formal request for the injections and that a verbal request was made less than two hours before the fight.

Also, he said, the Pacquiao camp did not show any proof of the injury. In fact, Aguilar said, the Pacquiao camp did not reveal the injury in the medical questionnaire filed by the Filipino’s handlers during the weigh-in on Friday. It was the deadline for revealing such injuries.

In a television interview, Pacquiao said it was impossible for the commission not to know. While they tried to keep the injury from the public, it leaked from the gym such that even Mayweather apparently knew of the injury because he kept pulling at his right arm during the fight.

Tug-of-war

With Saturday night’s loss, the sixth in his career, Pacquiao has now lost three of his last four fights in Las Vegas. In a six-month period in 2012, he suffered two losses in the Sin City.

He lost a controversial split decision to Timothy Bradley in a fight that he clearly won on June 9 and on Dec. 8, he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.

READ: Pacquiao: Mayweather is good, he won the fight

Mayweather benefited

The two losses cost Pacquiao a big leverage in the five-year tug-of-war that culminated in Saturday night’s fight. Mayweather, on the other hand, had benefited from several controversial decisions in Las Vegas. A year ago, he scored a disputed 12-round majority decision over Marcos Maidana in a fight which saw him hit the canvas only for the referee to rule it a slip.

In 2007, Mayweather defeated Oscar De La Hoya in a 12-round split decision that even his own father, Floyd Sr., thought he lost. READ: Volume puncher outpunched Cancellation favored In Manila, boxing analyst and lawyer Ed Tolentino told ANC’s Karen Davila that Pacquiao should have canceled the fight when he knew he was not fully fit to fight the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Tolentino said that Pacquiao should have canceled the fight after knowing he had a “bum shoulder” because he owed it to viewers to fight 100 percent.


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Mayweather’s pop admits he thought fight much closer Francis T. J. Ochoa; Assistant Sports Editor @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:00 AM| May 5th, 2015


Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, sits in his corner with his father, head trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr., left, during his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. Mayweather Sr. admitted he thought things were much closer in the fight between his son and Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena. AP PHOTO/ISAAC BREKKEN

LAS VEGAS—Floyd Mayweather Sr. admitted on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) he thought things were much closer in the fight between his son Floyd Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena here.

“I told Floyd he needed to do a lot more because we know some judges are crooks,” the trainer said after the bout.

Dave Moretti scored it 118-110 while Glenn Feldman and Burt Clements saw it 116-112 all for Mayweather on Saturday, allowing the brash Michigan-born star to improve his undefeated card to 48-0 on the way to unifying the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization crowns.

READ: Mayweather threw more punches than Pacquiao–Compubox stats

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Floyd Jr. revealed on Saturday after the press conference that his father wanted him to unload more against Pacquiao to put the match beyond doubt. Mayweather Sr., according to his son, was affected by the roaring cheers Pacquiao got every time he launched an attack.

“It had an effect on him mentally and he thought the fight was close,” said Pretty Boy Floyd. “My dad was on my ass the whole time because every time [Pacquiao] threw a punch, even when he missed, the crowd would cheer.”

Mayweather, however, knew better.

“I knew judges wouldn’t buy the crowd screaming,” he said, adding that the judges would see how he was making Pacquiao miss and then how he was landing solid counterpunches.

READ: Floyd: Ex-Manny man Alex Ariza huge factor in victory

In fact, before the scorecards were officially announced, Mayweather climbed a ring corner, faced the fans and the media in front row and screamed “I knew I won, I knew I won!”

While there was no doubt Floyd Jr. had dominated the match with his uncanny defensive skills, there were still those who felt the bout should have been closer.

“I think Manny won a lot of those rounds because he was the aggressor,” said trainer Freddie Roach.

Still, Roach felt the same thing the jampacked crowd felt when it crowned Pacquiao the unofficial winner of the fight billed the greatest in two decades.

“I’m very proud [of Manny],” he said. “He hurt his opponent several times and landed good combinations. It was a close fight, and we’d love to do it again.”

Pacquiao came into the fight nursing a right shoulder injury and felt that he could have done more had he been allowed to take shots to numb the pain before the match. The eight-division champion felt the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) “sabotaged” his chances of giving a fair fight by disallowing him to take shots before the match.

The Pacquiao camp also claimed on Sunday that the NSAC and the Mayweather camp conspired to put him at a disadvantage against Mayweather.

“We tried to file for an exemption for a shot for the numbing of my shoulder but the commission did not allow it,” Pacquiao said.

After the fight, though, NSAC officials told journalists that they denied the request of the Pacquiao camp because of its timing. Pacquiao made the request for shots an hour and a half before opening bell.

READ: Pacquiao to go under knife?

“Boxing is supposed to be a combat sport and it’s supposed to hurt,” said NSAC chair Francisco Aguilar. “You’re supposed to feel pain. You can’t put a fighter up on the ring who can’t feel pain because that would be dangerous.”

Aguilar brushed off suggestions his commission intentionally denied Pacquiao his shots to favor Mayweather.

“This is not the first time we’ve experienced this,” he said. “We’ve had years dealing with these problems so we know what we’re doing.”


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Compare: Gov't, Veloso camp timelines of Mary Jane's case By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated May 4, 2015 - 4:48pm


Celia and Cesar Veloso, right, parents of of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipino convicted drug trafficker who was spared from execution by firing squad in Indonesia, and her sister Darlene, left, and brother Christopher, wait for their turn to address the crowd during a rally near the Presidential Palace in Manila to mark International Labor Day or May Day, Friday, May 1, 2015, a national holiday in the Philippines. The Veloso family thanked everyone who prayed and supported them in the stay of execution of Mary Jane. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — Following Migrante's release of a timeline last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs on Sunday also released an account of the case of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso.

The events listed on the DFA timeline start on April 22, 2010, the day Veloso left the country to become a domestic helper, and end on April 29, 2015, the day it was announced that the Indonesian government has granted her a stay of execution.

Migrante, meanwhile, said that its timeline is based on sworn affidavits of Celia, Cesar and Marites Veloso, Mary Jane's father, mother and sister. It also includes information from the National Union of People's lawyers.

April 22, 2010

DFA: Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso left for Malaysia to work as a domestic helper. She was recruited by her neighbor, Maria Cristina Sergio, a.k.a. Tintin, a town mate. After a few days in Kuala Lumpur, Ms. Sergio asked her to Indonesia to meet Ms. Sergio’s friend in Yogyakarta. Ms. Veloso acceded as she was afraid to be left on her own in a hotel with mostly male African nationals.

According to Ms. Veloso, Ms. Sergio replaced her bag with a bigger bag shortly before her departure for Yogyakarta. This was to accommodate the new clothes given to her by Ms. Sergio as gifts.

After three days in Kuala Lumpur, on April 25, Ms. Veloso left for Yogyakarta.

Migrante (Different date for this event: April 21, 2010): Mary Jane and Tintin left for Malaysia . When they arrived in Malaysia, Tintin told her that the supposed job was no longer available but she could still find work elsewhere. They stayed there for a few days before Tintin sent her to Indonesia allegedly for a seven-day holiday, after which she would go back to Malaysia for employment.

April 25, 2010

DFA: Ms. Veloso was apprehended by the Customs and Excise Authorities at the Audisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta, Indonesia upon her arrival from Malaysia due to alleged possession of 2.6 kilograms (2,600 grams) of heroin found in her luggage.

(Note: Indonesian law penalizes by death bringing in processed drugs like heroin in excess of 5 grams.)

Migrante: Mary Jane was apprehended by the Customs and Excise Authorities at the Audisucipto International Airport in Yogjakarta, Indonesia, upon arrival due to alleged possession of 2.6 kilograms of heroin.

April 27, 2010

Migrante: Mary Jane’s parents received a call from her in-laws informing them that Mary Jane arrived safely in Malaysia. They visited Tintin in Talavera and she told them that Mary Jane’s employer was “very kind”. Tintin also gave them clothes and milk, supposedly bought by Mary Jane for her youngest son, Mark Darren.

April 30, 2010

DFA: The Indonesian Police Directorate on Narcotics sent a letter informing the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta (Jakarta PE) of the apprehension of Ms. Veloso in Yogyakarta. Letter was received before May 06.

May 6, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE sent a Note Verbale to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry to obtain a status report on the arrest of Ms. Veloso.

May 7, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE sent communications to DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) confirming the arrest of Ms. Veloso and informed the DFA that it had sent a Note to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry on the subject.

May 9, 2010

Migrante: Mary Jane called her family to wish her father a happy birthday.

May 11, 2010

Migrante: Mary Jane’s sister Darling received a cryptic text message from her telling her to take care of her children.

May 12, 2010

Migrante: Darling received another cryptic text message from Mary Jane, prompting the family to call her up. Mary Jane then told them that she was in jail. A few hours after, they called her up again and she told them the events that transpired before she was apprehended in Indonesia.

May 13, 2010

Migrante: Mary Jane’s family went to Tintin’s house in Talavera. Tintin told them to “keep silent, don’t tell anyone and don’t approach the media”. Tintin also allegedly told them that should they fail to keep quiet, Mary Jane and the rest of the family would be in grave danger because “she (Tintin) belongs to an international drug syndicate”. Tintin also allegedly told them that the syndicate would spend millions just to get Mary Jane out of jail.

May 26, 2010

DFA: Ms. Maritess Veloso-Laurente sought the assistance of the DFA relative to the arrest and detention of her sister, Ms. Veloso.

DFA endorsed to Jakarta PE the request of Ms. Laurente and requested for Jakarta PE to send updated developments on the case.

May 27, 2010

DFA: The Provincial Police of the Special Region in Yogyakarta informed the Director General of Protocol and Consular Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, copy furnished Jakarta PE, the status of the case of Ms. Veloso who was detained at the Directorate of Narcotics, Provincial Police of Yogyakarta for possession of narcotics.

May 28, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE received the accomplished Assistance-to-National (ATN) form and handwritten letter of Ms. Laurente, concerning her request for assistance on the case of her sister, Ms. Veloso.

June 3, 2010

DFA: DFA informed Jakarta PE that Ms. Laurente had been informed of the status report sent by Post.

June 24, 2010

DFA: Indonesian Police authorities informed Jakarta PE that the investigation had been completed and the case files were turned over to the Public Prosecutor on 23 June 2010.

July 5, 2010

DFA: DFA endorsed to Jakarta PE the request of Ms. Laurente for updates on the case of her sister. According to her, Ms. Veloso contacted them on 23 June 2010 informing that she was transferred to another detention facility

July 7, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE sent communications informing DFA that the case of Ms. Veloso had been elevated by the Police to the Prosecutor’s Office.

DFA: Jakarta PE also reported that it was informed by the Prosecutor that a hearing would be held in the District Court of Yogyakarta.

July 13, 2010

DFA: DFA informed Jakarta PE that Ms. Laurente was informed of Jakarta PE’s report.

July 22, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE sent communication informing DFA that it would send Embassy staff to Yogyakarta to personally ascertain the physical and mental condition of Ms. Veloso and to obtain more information regarding the case.

July 28, 2010

DFA: Philippine Embassy representatives visited Ms. Veloso in prison to ascertain her condition, learn more about her case and ensure that her legal rights are protected.

Both Ms. Veloso and the Philippine Embassy representative were able to talk with Ms. Veloso’s mother over the phone.

August (no date specified)

Migrante: Mary Jane’s family decided to go to Manila despite Tintin’s warning to ask for help from some media outfits. They also went to the DFA to report Mary Jane’s case. They were met by case officer Patricia Mocom who promised to assist them and help Mary Jane.

Since then, the family religiously went back to the DFA Manila to request for updates on Mary Jane’s case. They also sought the help of their Mayor and Governor, as well as the National Bureau of Investigation, police and authorities in Cabanatuan City. They were told by the NBI that they could not file any complaints against Tintin due to lack of evidence.

Aug. 4, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE representatives attended the hearing of the case at the District Court of Justice of Sleman and coordinated with the Public Prosecutor. Ms. Veloso was represented by a pro bono lawyer.

Aug. 6, 2010

DFA: DFA wrote Ms. Laurente and Mr. Michael Candelaria (common law partner of Ms. Veloso) about the jail visit conducted and hearing attended by representatives of Jakarta PE, and that representations were made with the prosecutor handling the case. They were also informed that Ms. Veloso appeared to be in good physical and mental condition.

Aug. 9, 2010

DFA: DFA requested Jakarta PE to attend the scheduled hearing and ensure that Ms. Veloso was represented by a lawyer.

Aug. 10, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE recommended to OUMWA the travel of Embassy representatives to Yogyakarta to talk to Ms. Veloso, her lawyer and the Public Prosecutor.

Aug. 11, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE informed the Department that contrary to reports received from Ms. Laurente, Ms. Veloso was represented by a lawyer.

Aug 12, 2010

DFA: Embassy representatives traveled to Yogyakarta to meet with the lawyer and the Public Prosecutor.

Aug 16. 2010

DFA: The Philippine Embassy, together with the Public Prosecutor, visited Ms. Veloso at the detention center.

Sept. 18, 2010

DFA: Hearing was delayed due to the absence of the Prosecutor.

Sept. 29, 2010

DFA: DFA sent communications to Jakarta PE requesting for updates.

Oct. 4, 2010

DFA: During the hearing of the case, the Public Prosecutor presented before the Sleman District Court her recommendation for life imprisonment as penalty for the offense.

Migrante: Public Prosecutor Sri Anggraeni presented before the Sleman District Court the recommendation for life imprisonment as penalty for Mary Jane’s offense. Mary Jane was represented by court-appointed pro bono lawyer Edy Haryanto.

Oct. 11, 2010

DFA: The District Court of Justice of Sleman in Yogyakarta meted Ms. Veloso the death penalty.

Ms. Veloso, through her lawyer, submitted a Letter of Intent to Appeal to the same court to signify her intention to appeal the death penalty to the Court of Appeals of Yogyakarta.

Migrante: The District Court of Justice of Sleman in Yogjakarta sentenced Mary Jane with the death penalty.

Oct. 18, 2010

DFA: DFA was also informed of the visit of the Consular Officer and Administrative Officer to Yogyakarta to confirm the filing of the appeal and to meet with Ms. Veloso, her lawyer and the Public Prosecutor.

Oct. 21, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE hired the services of Rudyantho & Partners to handle the case of Ms. Veloso.

Oct. 22, 2010

DFA: Embassy accompanied the private lawyer to Yogyakarta to interview Ms. Veloso to finalize the Memorandum of Appeal, and to obtain copies of the 30-page decision of the Sleman District Court and Investigation conducted by the Public Prosecutor.

Embassy representative conducted two visits in October 2010.

Migrante: The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta reportedly filed an appeal with the Appeals Court of Yogjakarta.

Oct. 25, 2010

Migrante: Mary Jane’s family received a call from her to wish her son a happy birthday. Since then, they had been able to communicate with Mary Jane regularly via phone. They told Mary Jane to write an affidavit, and send it to them via mail, detailing the events that led to her arrest to be used for the complaint they wanted to file at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) against Tintin.

Oct. 27, 2010

Migrante: Philippine Embassy recommended the hiring of a private lawyer for Mary Jane for the appeal stage, prompting OUMWA to authorize the disbursement of USD$5,000 from the Legal Assistance Fund to hire the services of the Rudyantho & Partners Law Office.

November (no specified date)

Migrante: The family received post mail from Mary Jane containing photos but no affidavit. They called Mary Jane who was in turn surprised that her affidavit did not reach the family. She said that she would be sending them her affidavit again soon.

Nov. 2, 2010

DFA: Private lawyer filed a Memorandum of Appeal with the Appeals Court of Yogyakarta (First Appeal).

December (no specified date)

Migrante: The family received another post mail from Mary Jane, again containing photos and a bandanna from a priest, but still no affidavit. They immediately reported this to Mary Jane who confirmed that she sent her affidavit along with the rest of the mail’s contents.

Dec. 1, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE requested the jail warden to immediately arrange a medical check-up for Ms. Veloso after being informed that Ms. Veloso was said to be ill. The physician diagnosed Ms. Veloso as suffering from slight anemia and prescribed appropriate medication and also prescription eyeglasses to address her headache.

Dec. 19, 2010

DFA: Jakarta PE made a phone call to Ms. Veloso to follow up on her condition.

Feb. 10, 2011

DFA: The Court of Appeals of Yogyakarta upheld the death penalty sentence of Ms. Veloso.

Jakarta PE representative, together with the private lawyer, travelled to Yogyakarta to secure Ms. Veloso’s signature for the Special Power of Attorney (SPA) to file her Memorandum of Appeal.

Migrante: The Court of Appeals of Yogjakarta upheld Mary Jane’s death penalty sentence.

The family reported the missing contents of Mary Jane’s mail to Joseph Ladip of PDEA.

Feb. 21, 2011

DFA: Atty. Rudyantho filed a Memorandum of Appeal to the Supreme Court of Indonesia on behalf of Ms. Veloso (Second Appeal).

Migrante: Embassy-hired lawyer Rudyantho filed a Memorandum of Appeal to the Supreme Court of Indonesia on behalf of Mary Jane.

Feb. 22, 2011

DFA: Atty. Rudyantho filed a Memorandum of Appeal to the Supreme Court of Indonesia on behalf of Ms. Veloso (Second Appeal).

Migrante The Philippine Embassy reportedly appealed the case to the Supreme Court in Jakarta.

Apr. 21, 2011

DFA: Jakarta PE made a phone call to Mary Jane Veloso to check on her health condition.

Apr. 28, 2011

DFA: Jakarta PE was informed by the Office of Rudyantho & Partners that the Sleman District Court was reviewing the merits of the appeal, prior to submission to the Supreme Court.

May 31, 2011

DFA: The Supreme Court upheld the Death Penalty sentence of Ms. Veloso.

Migrante The Supreme Court upheld Mary Jane’s death penalty.

July 15, 2011

DFA: Embassy representative visited Ms. Veloso.

Aug. 23, 2011

DFA: The President sent a Letter of Clemency addressed to then-Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono requesting pardon for Ms. Veloso.

Migrante: Pres. Benigno Aquino III intervened a year after Veloso had already been sentenced to death, through a request for clemency with then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono who imposed a moratorium on executions during his term.

Nov. 18, 2011

DFA: The Indonesian Government informs the Embassy that under Indonesian law, “the convicted person, or through her lawyer, and the family of the convicted person, are required to submit a written personal request for clemency to the President of the Republic of Indonesia.”

Oct. 20, 2011

Migrante: Ambassador Maria Rosario Aguinaldo forwarded Pres. Aquino’s Letter of Clemency to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nov. 25, 2011

DFA: Ms. Veloso’s lawyer submitted a letter of request for clemency to then-Indonesian President Yudhoyono.

Dec. 15, 2011

DFA: DFA transmitted to Jakarta PE the handwritten letter of clemency from Ms. Veloso’s family, addressed to both then-Indonesian President Yudhoyono and the Sleman District Court. Jakarta PE delivered typewritten copies of the letter to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, the Sleman District Court and District Attorney’s Office.

Feb. 13, 2012

DFA: Jakarta PE representative personally delivered to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the letter of Secretary Del Rosario addressed to then Foreign Minister Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa, echoing the appeal made by the President for the reconsideration of the penalty imposed on Ms. Veloso.

March 26, 2012

DFA: Jakarta PE representative, together with Ms. Veloso’s lawyers, visited Ms. Veloso to update her on the case. Ms. Veloso was very happy to read the President’s letter of clemency addressed to then Indonesian President Yudhoyono.

April 10, 2012

DFA: The District Court of Sleman transmitted to then Indonesian President Yudhoyono and the Chief Justice pertinent documents relative to the application for clemency of Ms. Veloso

April 17, 2012

DFA: Jakarta PE made a phone call to the Narcotics Penitentiary Warden to check on Ms. Veloso’s condition and state of health.

April 23, 2012

DFA: President Yudhoyono wrote a letter to President Aquino, acknowledging the latter’s Letter of Clemency and informing President Aquino that they “will give [Ms. Veloso’s case] a thorough and careful consideration in accordance with Indonesia’s relevant laws and regulations.”

Oct. 11, 2012

Migrante: The Veloso family received a hysterical call from Mary Jane. She begged them to help her because her sentence had been upheld in all courts. She told them that she was to be executed in a week’s time.

On the same day, the family rushed to the DFA. They were able to talk to Patricia who told them that the news was false and that the DFA had not received any news or reports from Indonesia.

The family also went to PDEA for another attempt to file a case against Tintin. They were told that they could not file due to lack of evidence.

Oct. 12, 2012

Migrante: The family called Mary Jane to tell her about what Patricia said. She tearfully asserted that what she told them was true and that it was already all over the news. They called Patricia but she again denied Mary Jane’s claims. A few minutes after, Patricia called them back and told them that the news was indeed true.

April (no date specified)

Migrante: Mary Jane called her parents and told them to apply for passports because her police friends, Puri and Bita, and her fellow inmates agreed to sponsor their visit to her in jail.

April 25, 2013

DFA: Ms. Veloso requested assistance of the Embassy in facilitating the issuance of passport to her mother, who was planning to visit her.

May 29, 2013

DFA: DFA provided the Embassy with information on the proposed jail visit of Ms. Veloso’s next-of-kin (NOK). Meanwhile, the Embassy was requested to inquire from appropriate authorities if there is a need for the NOK to request for permission to visit Ms. Veloso.

Three family members of Ms. Veloso were able to visit Ms. Veloso. This initial trip of the family and all expenses were provided for by “friends” of Mary Jane from Yogyakarta Penitentiary.

June 5, 2013

Migrante: Mary Jane’s parents and eldest son Mark Danielle left for Indonesia. They stayed there for almost a month and were able to visit Mary Jane daily during the duration of their stay.

June 29, 2013

Migrante: The family arrived back in Manila.

July (no date specified)

Migrante: Mary Jane sent her sister Maritess her hand-written affidavit via courier (LBC).

Nov. 21 or 22, 2013

DFA: Jakarta PE representatives visited Ms. Veloso at the Women’s Detention Center in Yogyakarta. Ms. Veloso was doing physically and psychologically well. She kept herself occupied working as a prison clinic assistant and as the lone custodian of the prison’s newly-installed communications booth, where inmates would place outgoing telephone calls for a fee. She reported that she was now able to contact her family in the Philippines more often with the earnings from her prison responsibilities.

Throughout 2013, Jakarta PE continuously monitored the condition of Ms. Veloso through phone calls to the jail officials.

Dec. 30, 2013

Migrante: Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo issued Presidential Decision No. 31/G – 2014 rejecting the request for clemency on behalf of Mary Jane.

May 13, 2014

DFA: Jakarta PE requested the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights to schedule a jail visit to Ms. Veloso.

October 2014

DFA: Several follow ups by Jakarta PE to the Ministry of Law and Human Rights on the approval and scheduling of the visit by Jakarta PE’s ATN Team went unanswered. The Indonesian side was not able to act on the request and the year ended without the visit being implemented.

Dec. 30, 2014

DFA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo issued a Presidential Decision rejecting all pending requests for executive clemency, particularly for drug-related cases including that of Ms. Veloso.

* Note: President Aquino’s appeal for clemency for Ms. Veloso was not decided upon during the term of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

January (no date specified)

Migrante: The family received a call from Mary Jane. She told them to seek assistance from anyone willing to help because she was scheduled for execution soon. Maritess called the DFA and was informed that Patricia had been replaced by Violet Ancheta as case officer for Mary Jane’s case. Violet told them that the news was false.

Jan.9, 2015

DFA: The Embassy received a Note Verbale dated 08 January 2015 from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry stating that the request for clemency on behalf of Filipino death convict Ms. Veloso was denied by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Jan. 13, 2015

DFA: Atty. Rudyantho of Rudyantho & Partners law firm met with Embassy officers to provide options available to Ms. Veloso. He informed the Embassy that unless a judicial review will be officially filed in court, the execution of Ms. Veloso will proceed.

Jan. 19, 2015

DFA: Atty. Rudyantho formally filed the application for judicial review of Ms. Veloso’s case at the District Court of Justice of Sleman, Yogyakarta (Third Appeal).

Jakarta PE informed the Indonesian Foreign Ministry of the said filing.

Migrante: Atty. Rudyantho filed the Application for Judicial Review of Mary Jane’s case at the District Court of Justice of Slemen, Yogjakarta.

Jan. 20, 2015

DFA: The Secretary sent a letter to Indonesian FM Marsudi requesting that the Indonesian courts give due course to the petition for judicial review of Ms. Veloso’s case.

Jan. 22 2015

DFA: The President sent a letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo requesting application of a judicial review for the case of Mary Jane Veloso.

Jan. 26. 2015

DFA: Atty. Rudyantho conveyed initial information that the second batch of convicts for execution is scheduled on 30 January 2015. (The first batch was executed on 18 January consisting of 5 foreigners and 1 Indonesian national.)

Ms. Veloso’s name was already included as the 11th in the death row list prior to the preemptive moves made by the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta and Atty. Rudyantho. Indonesia plans to execute 20 death convicts this year.

Jan. 28, 2015

DFA: Secretary Del Rosario personally handed over his letter to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi during their pull-aside meeting at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat in Kota Kinabalu requesting the Indonesian authorities to give due course to the Application for Judicial Review of Ms. Veloso’s case.

Jakarta PE representatives visited Ms. Veloso at the Penitentiary. She was relieved over the developments in her case. She was assured of the Philippine Government’s continued full support and was informed that her lawyer had already filed the petition for Judicial Review.

Migrante: DFA Sec. Del Rosario handed a letter to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retnu L.P. Marsudi at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat in Kota Kinabalu, requesting Indonesian authorities to give due course to the Application for Judicial Review of Mary Jane’s case.

Feb. 2, 2015

Migrante: Migrante learned that a Filipina is set to face death row by firing squad in Indonesia. The name of the Filipina had not been released yet. Migrante immediately contacted its allied migrant organization in Indonesia, ATKI, to inquire and verify.

Feb. 4, 2015

DFA: Indonesian Foreign Minister Marsudi wrote a reply letter to Secretary Del Rosario informing that the Indonesian Government had taken measures to guarantee the rights of all those sentenced to death, and will also ensure that all available legal avenues have been undertaken according to the Indonesian positive law and judicial system.

Migrante: Marsudi replied to Sec. Del Rosario ensuring that all available legal measures have been undertaken in accordance to Indonesian laws.

Feb. 5, 2015

DFA: DFA invited the next-of-kin of Ms. Veloso to visit the DFA to reinforce their peace of mind that the Philippine Government was undertaking all efforts to save Mary Jane.

Feb. 6, 2015

Migrante: Migrante got an email from its networks in Indonesia confirming that a certain “Mary Jane” is indeed on death row in Indonesia.

Feb. 9, 2015

DFA: Secretary Del Rosario apprised Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi of his intention to quietly visit Mary Jane Veloso in Yogyakarta.

During the courtesy call of Indonesian President Joko Widodo on President Aquino, the latter once again appealed the case of Mary Jane.

Migrante: Pres. Aquino reportedly appealed Mary Jane’s case to Pres. Widodo during the latter’s state visit to the Philippines.

Feb. 14, 2015

Migrante: Migrante got Mary Jane’s full name from Indonesian contacts and started to locate the whereabouts of her family in the Philippines. It was around this time that it was relayed to Migrante that Mary Jane told her spiritual adviser, Father Kiser, that she preferred not to involve her family because she feared for their safety and to just wait for the decision of the first judicial review.

Feb. 16, 2015

Migrante: DFA forwarded to the Indonesian Embassy in Manila a copy of Pres. Aquino’s letter to Pres. Widodo on the Petition for Judicial Review of Mary Jane’s case. DFA also forwarded said letter to the PH Embassy in Jakarta.

Feb. 18, 2015

DFA: The family members of Ms. Veloso, together with DFA and Embassy representatives, called on Public Prosecutor Sri Anggraeni upon their arrival in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

During the call, the Prosecutor informed Ms. Veloso’s family that the documents of the case are still with the Supreme Court. She also said that Ms. Veloso’s name will remain in the list of prisoners to be executed until a final decision is reached on the Petition for Judicial Review.

Migrante: Mary Jane’s parents, Maritess and her two sons were able to visit Mary Jane in Indonesia through the DFA. They were accompanied by Violet.

Feb. 19, 2015

DFA: The Prosecutor and Fr. Keiser joined the family of Ms. Veloso and representatives from OUMWA and Jakarta PE in their second prison visit to the Yogyakarta Penitentiary.

Ms. Veloso was emotional when she met her family. The prison authorities allowed the family to be with Ms. Veloso from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Ms. Veloso’s family and the representatives from DFA and Jakarta PE met with Fr. Kieser again during dinner. Fr. Kieser assured Ms. Veloso’s family of his continued moral support to Ms. Veloso.

Feb. 21, 2015

DFA: Third day of the prison visit. A mass was offered by Fr. Kieser for Ms. Veloso and her family. The visit lasted for 6 ½ hours.

In Jakarta, Ms. Veloso’s family was informed by Atty. Rudyantho that they are still waiting for the Supreme Court to return all the case files to the lower court in Yogyakarta. He assured the family that he will do his best to help Ms. Veloso.

Feb. 22, 2015

Migrante: The family returned to the Philippines. Before they returned, Chito Mendoza of the Philippine Embassy asked for Mary Jane’s hand-written affidavit from Maritess.

Feb. 23, 2015

DFA: The records of the case were forwarded by the Supreme Court to the Sleman District Court in Yogyakarta and the hearing on the petition was set on 03 March 2015. The Department further engaged the services of lawyer Rudyantho to represent Ms. Veloso. Embassy representatives attended this hearing.

Mar. 3, 2015

DFA: The Sleman District Court in Yogyakarta, Indonesia held the first hearing on the petition for Judicial Review.

Migrante: The Sleman District Court held the first hearing where the Defense informed the court of the reasons for the Application of Judicial Review relating to the lapses in the proceedings at the trial court in 2010: 1) the problem in translations, 2)the qualifications of the court-appointed translator, and 3) the language barrier.

Mar. 4, 2015

DFA: On the second day of the hearing, the lower court handed down its decision ordering the endorsement of the case files to the Supreme Court in Jakarta to proceed with the Judicial Review.

Embassy representatives were present during the 2-day hearing.

Migrante: The lower court handed down its decision ordering the endorsement of the case files to the Supreme Court in Jakarta to proceed with the Judicial Review. This initial stage of the Judicial Review was for the trial court to determine if there is merit for the review of the case by the Indonesian Supreme Court.

Mar. 9, 2015

Migrante: OFW Joven Esteva was executed via beheading in Saudi Arabia. His family were surprised to learn about his execution in the news, after the fact. In a statement, Migrante called on the DFA to divulge its plans for Mary Jane in light of Esteva’s execution. No statement was released by the DFA to acknowledge, confirm or deny Mary Jane’s predicament.

Mar.13, 2015

DFA: President Joko Widodo, in his reply to the President’s letter on his appeal for a judicial review of the case of Mary Jane, assured that due process of law, as well as respect for her legal rights, had been rendered according to the prevailing law.

Mar. 24, 2015

Secretary Del Rosario visited Ms. Veloso and informed her of the status of her case as well as the assistance being extended by the Philippine Government.

Ms. Veloso asked Secretary Del Rosario for his guarantee that educational assistance will be provided for her children. The Secretary assured her this would happen.

Mar. 25, 2015

DFA: Secretary Del Rosario called Indonesian Foreign Minister Marsudi before his departure, apprising the latter of his visit to Mary Jane Veloso.

During his visit with Mary Jane Veloso, he also met with the private lawyers of Ms. Veloso, the jail warden, and the spiritual counselor.

Migrante: The Indonesian Supreme Court rejected the Petition for Judicial Review.

Mar. 26, 2015

DFA: The Indonesian Supreme Court released on its website a report that it had rejected the Petition for Judicial Review filed by Ms. Veloso.

Mar. 27, 2015

DFA: DFA was updated on the case, including Jakarta PE’s report that the private lawyer had not yet received an official written notice on the matter.

Mar. 30, 2015

DFA: PDEA/PNP team travelled to Indonesia to visit and interview Ms. Veloso.

Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Maria Lumen Isleta briefed them on the case of Ms. Veloso. The team was advised that any information they may obtain from Ms. Veloso regarding the circumstances leading to her arrest, including the identity of the syndicate that recruited her, will be material in filing a second Judicial Review.

Migrante: Migrante was finally able to locate the Veloso family in their home in Brgy. Caudillo, Cabanatuan City.

Mar. 31, 2015

DFA: Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) officials interviewed Ms. Veloso in a comprehensive manner.

Migrante: PDEA submitted a report to the PH embassy based on Mary Jane’s testimony after its visit with her last March 29. The report was in English and needed to be translated officially to Bahasa.

Migrante released an Appeal for Urgent Action to all its networks, allied organizations and member organizations worldwide. The Appeal circulated quickly and gathered overwhelming support.

April 1, 2015

Migrante: Migrante held a picket at the Indonesian embassy, and submitted an Open Letter to Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo

April 6, 2015

Migrante: Nanay Celia, Tatay Cesar, Maritess and the two children arrived in Manila. Migrante held a metro-wide candle-lighting in different communities.

April 7, 2015

Migrante: The Veloso family held a press conference in front of the DFA main office in Manila bewailing the government’s lack of action and transparency on Mary Jane’s case.

Migrante sought the help of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL). The Veloso family agreed to take on the NUPL’s pro bono services for Mary Jane’s case in a meeting held at the Migrante office with NUPL secretary-general Atty. Edre Olalia.

April 8, 2015

Migrante: Nanay Celia, Tatay Cesar and the two kids went to the Indonesian embassy to submit their appeal letter to Widodo.

Migrante issued a press statement calling on PH authorities to arrest Tintin because it will be crucial to Mary Jane’s appeal. During this time, Tintin was just sitting pretty in her house in Talavera.

April 9, 2015

Migrante: Nanay Celia, Tatay Cesar and Maritess accomplished their affidavits for review and verification by the NUPL.

April 10, 2015

Migrante: Mary Jane’s supposed original schedule of execution. Migrante held a rally in Mendiola with the Veloso family. No word nor statement from the DFA or Pres. Aquino came out. On the same day, the Indonesian government released a statement to the media that no executions were to take place until after the commencement of the Bandung Conference on April 24.

Nanay Celia and Tatay Cesar submitted a letter to the DFA requesting all documents pertinent to Mary Jane’s case.

April 11, 2015

Migrante: Migrante and NUPL held a Skype meeting with ATKI and the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) and foreign lawyers who volunteered to help in Mary Jane’s case. By then, ATKI was already trying to get in touch with some lawyers from Rudyantho & Partners (R&P) and efforts to connect NUPL with them were underway. The trafficking angle for the filing of the second judicial review was discussed after fast and furious research done by the NUPL.

April 13, 2015

DFA: The President sent his second letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo (third, including the letter sent to Yudhoyono), requesting the grant of an executive clemency for Mary Jane Veloso.

(Note: President Widodo later replied to President Aquino in a letter, reaffirming his stance on drug-related offenses.)

Migrante: The DFA replied to Nanay and Tatay’s letter only to inform them that they still do not have custody of the documents they requested and that all documents are still in Bahasa.

April 14, 2015

Migrante: NUPL submitted a formal letter to the DFA to request pertinent legal documents on Mary Jane’s case as the Velosos’ private legal counsel. NUPL also asked DFA to connect them to R&P as the retained PH lawyers of Mary Jane and the Velosos. The DFA did not acknowledge or reply to this letter.

April 15, 2015

DFA: The Department transmitted to Jakarta PE and the Indonesian Embassy in Manila the President’s letter dated 13 April 2015, conveying the renewed appeal for clemency for Mary Jane Veloso.

Atty. Rudyantho received a copy of the Supreme Court’s official decision denying the petition for judicial review filed by Rudyantho & Partners.

Migrante: Nanay Celia, Tatay Cesar and Maritess finalized their affidavits, signed, sworn and notarized by the NUPL.

April 17, 2015

DFA: Ambassador Maria Lumen Isleta personally turned over to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs an advance copy of President’s Aquino’s Letter of Clemency to President Joko Widodo. (This is the third letter to an Indonesian President, and the second to President Joko Widodo.)

Migrante: NUPL submitted follow-up letters to PDEA, NBI and IACAT, attaching sworn affidavits of Nanay Celia, Tatay Cesar and Maritess. NUPL also asked IACAT/DOJ to “undertake the necessary and appropriate measures…to ensure the safety of (their) clients as well as other members of their immediate families who are vulnerable to reprisals from the malevolent malefactors responsible for putting Mary Jane in such horrible situation”.

Maritess and Connie Bragas-Regalado of Migrante flew to Indonesia to coordinate with ATKI and other networks in Jakarta for the campaign to save Mary Jane’s life. Purpose of their trip was to act as “advanced team” for the consequent trip to Indonesia of NUPL and other members of the Veloso family.

April 20, 2015

DFA: DFA received PDEA’s official report on its interview with Ms. Veloso and sent an advance copy to Jakarta PE.

Migrante: Migrante and supporters of the Save Mary Jane campaign held a picket at the Indonesian embassy in time for the opening of the Bandung Conference. NUPL held a press conference at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). The IBP had agreed to help NUPL in Mary Jane’s case.

April 21, 2015

DFA: Jakarta PE sent copy of PDEA report for translation to Bahasa Indonesia.

Migrante: Atty. Edre Olalia and Atty. Minnie Lopez of NUPL flew to Indonesia together with Tatay Cesar.

Migrante issued an Open Letter to ASEAN Heads of State, distributed and signed by various ASEAN organizations during the ASEAN People’s Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

April 22, 2015

DFA: Vice President Jejomar Binay made representations on behalf of Ms. Veloso’s case with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and other Indonesian officials during the Asia-Africa Commemorative Summit in Jakarta.

Migrante: Nanay Celia led a picket rally in front of the DFA together with families of other OFWs on death row.

Atty. Olalia, Atty. Lopez, Connie of Migrante, Tatay Cesar, Maritess and Iweng of ATKI met with Atty. Agus Salim and Atty. Ismail Muhammad of R&P. In the meeting they were able to confirm the following:
• That R&P was not able to receive any communications from the NUPL, directly or coursed through the DFA. It was only after Connie and Maritess talked to Yuni of Komnas Perempuan, an Indonesian women’s organization and network of ATKI, and through Yuni’s help that they were able to establish contact with the lawyers on April 20.
• That the PH embassy only availed of R&P’s services on the appeal stage. Prior and during the trial, a court-appointed lawyer, similar to PH’s Public Assistance Office (PAO), represented Mary Jane.
• That R&P had already requested the Aquino government to investigate Kristina “Tintin” Sergio, Mary Jane’s alleged recruiter and trafficker on 2011, even BEFORE the filing of the first petition for judicial review. This would have been instrumental for the appeal. They were, however, dismayed to learn that the PH government only attended to this AFTER the judicial review had been rejected by the Indonesian Supreme Court on March 25, 2015.
• That it was only last week that the PH Embassy gave R&P the official translations of the first and second verdicts on Mary Jane’s case.
• That the PDEA report submitted to the embassy on March 31 was yet to be translated into Bahasa. R&P confirmed that the PH Embassy promised to give them the translated document on April 23, almost a month after it was accomplished.
• That the PDEA was yet to coordinate with its Indonesian counterpart, the Basan Narkotika Basional (BNN), for the comparison of the results of their respective investigations. Both R&P and the PH legal team were yet to be provided with the reports.
• That the R&P and NUPL agreed to work hand-in-hand for the filing of the second judicial review on Mary Jane’s case pending all documents required from and provided by the PH government.

Immediately after meeting with R&P, Atty. Olalia sent a text message to DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima urgently asking for a certification from the DOJ that a complaint had been filed against Tintin.

April 23, 2015

DFA: Ms. Veloso’s mother and two sons, accompanied by DFA representatives, left for Jakarta to visit Ms. Veloso.

On the night of 23 April 2015, when Jakarta PE began hearing rumors that Ms. Veloso will be transferred at 10:00 pm, Embassy interpreter immediately called the jail authorities who said that Ms. Veloso is in prison and that they did not know anything about the transferring to Nusa Kambangan.

Likewise, a letter from the Prosecutors Office sent to Rudyantho and Partners intended for the family of Ms. Veloso and transmitted to them on April 23, only contained a general statement that the transfer of Ms. Veloso to Nusa Kambangan Island will be determined at a later date.

Migrante: NUPL sent a formal letter-request to the DOJ asking for the certification.

April 24, 2015

DFA: Jakarta PE reported that Ms. Veloso was transferred from Wirogunan Prison to Nusa Kambangan (the island where death convicts are executed) at 2:00 am.

*Note: Jakarta PE and Mary Jane’s Counsel did not receive an official notice on the said transfer. The letter intended for Mary Jane’s family that was received from the Prosecutors Office on 23 April stated that the transfer of Mary Jane to Nusa Kambangan will be determined at a later date.

Ms. Veloso’s family, assisted by 2 DFA officers and by Jakarta PE’s Consul General Manalo and interpreter, left for Yogyakarta in accordance with the earlier plan to visit Ms. Veloso in Wirogunan Prison. Since Ms. Veloso had already been transferred, the entire group immediately proceeded by land travel to Cilacap, from where the ferry to Nusa Kambangan originates. (Cilacap is about 173 kilometers from Yogyakarta.)

The private lawyer filed the second appeal for judicial review (Fourth Appeal).

At about 4:00 pm, Jakarta PE received a phone call from Indonesian Foreign Ministry, inviting the Embassy to send officials to Cilacap on 25 April for a mid-day meeting about the case of Ms. Veloso. Other Embassies with nationals on death row in Nusa Kambangan Island were also asked to go to the meeting.

Ms. Veloso’s common law partner, Mr. Michael Candelaria, and brother, Mr. Christopher Veloso, left for Jakarta to join the other family members of Ms. Veloso, expenses paid by the government.

At around 11:40 p.m., Consul General Manalo of Jakarta PE, Atty. Ismail (Mary Jane’s Counsel) and other family members of Mary Jane, met with the Prosecutor for the arrangement of the family visit.

Migrante: Mary Jane was transferred to Nusa Kumbangan Island at 2:00am, Indonesia time.

DFA held a press conference in the morning announcing that the second judicial review had been filed. Atty Olalia, however, confirmed that the petition for judicial review had only been filed and received at exactly 3:50pm, Indonesia time, at the District Court of Sleman, Yogjakarta, Indonesia. Atty. Olalia accompanied R&P lawyers in the filing.

Christopher, Mary Jane’s brother, and Michael, Mary Jane’s husband, flew to Indonesia.

April 25, 2015

DFA: Meeting with the Prosecutor. The Prosecutor handed over a letter notifying the family of the impending execution of Ms. Veloso but there was no specific date stated.

Visit of Family. Around 9:30 a.m., the family members, private lawyers of Ms. Veloso and Embassy representatives were brought by the Prosecutor to Ms. Veloso on Nusa Kambangan Island.

Ms. Veloso entrusted to a DFA representative four (4) handwritten letters to the DFA containing her messages to President Aquino, Vice President Binay, Filipino youth, Filipino women, and to those responsible for what happened to her.

MFA and AGO briefing for embassy representatives

At 1:30 pm, the Foreign Ministry together with representatives of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the prosecutors of death penalty convicts convened a meeting with representatives/lawyers of the embassies of Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and Philippines.

During the meeting, the technical procedures for the family visits to the island were explained.

Issuance of the Notice of Execution. After the meeting, the Attorney General’s Office brought the embassy representatives and lawyers to Nusa Kambangan Island where each embassy was required to meet their respective prosecutors and death penalty nationals. It was only during each embassy’s meeting that they learned that the Notice of Execution was to be handed down to the death penalty convict in the presence of their embassy representatives and lawyers.

Ms. Veloso’s common law partner and brother arrived in Cilacap. Permits were secured for them to join the rest of the family in the jail visit.

Migrante: First visit of the Veloso family to Mary Jane at Nusa Kumbangan. They were accompanied by Atty. Olalia and Atty. Lopez.

Nanay Celia, Maritess and Atty. Olalia confirmed that Mary Jane was given the 72-hour notice of execution at around 5:00pm Philippine time.

April 26, 2015

DFA: The family of Mary Jane (including her common law partner and brother), along with DFA and Embassy representatives, the private lawyers, the spiritual counselor visited Mary Jane.

Mary Jane clarified to her family that she intentionally gave her letters specifically to the DFA representative with a request that they be published.

Consul General Manalo also informed Ms. Veloso that her letter addressed to President Joko Widodo, which she gave to the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women, was already circulating in the internet news media and TV news programs.

Migrante: Darling left for Indonesia. Day 2 of vigil ongoing.

As of 12:14pm, PH time, Migrante got word that Atty. Olalia was barred by embassy officials from accompanying his clients to their second visit to Mary Jane in the island.

As of 1:04pm, PH time, NUPL confirmed that they just got hold of the received copy of the application for second judicial review. Sleman Court said that they would release official decision by evening.

As of 8:00pm, PH time, Atty. Lopez, straight from the airport, led the press conference held at the vigil site at the Indonesian embassy confirming that the second judicial review had been rejected by the Sleman Court.

As of around 2:00am PH time, PH police again tried to disperse the vigil at the Indonesian embassy.

By this time, the Facebook Page, http://www.facebook.com/SaveMJVeloso, had already peaked at 16,000 likes in just a matter of hours. The change.org petition launched by the Promotion for Church People’s Response (PCPR) was already the fastest-growing petition, gathering at least 200,000 signatures worldwide.

It was also only on this day that the DOJ, NBI and PDEA filed a formal complaint against Tintin.

April 27, 2015

DFA: DFA facilitated the travel of Ms. Darling Veloso, elder sister of Mary Jane, to Indonesia.

DFA received information from Jakarta PE that the application for 2nd Judicial Review was denied.

On the sidelines of the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, President Aquino spoke personally with President Joko Widodo to appeal for the commutation of Ms. Veloso’s sentence. President Joko Widodo replied that he would respond within the same day.

Secretary Del Rosario asked for a pull aside meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister prior to the ASEAN Retreat in Langkawi, Malaysia to follow up on the President’s request conveyed earlier in the day to President Widodo. The Indonesian Foreign Minister informed Secretary Del Rosario that she already heard that the Sleman District Court had rejected the application for second Judicial Review filed by the private lawyer and that the Indonesian Attorney General was intent on pushing through with the executions on 28 April 2015.

April 28, 2015

DFA: Ms. Darling Veloso, accompanied by a staff of Jakarta PE, arrived in Cilacap at 8:00 am.

Jakarta PE delivered to MFA and the Executive Office of the President of Indonesia the letter of Ms. Veloso addressed to Pres. Widodo. Post conveyed to them the urgency of having the letters reach Pres. Widodo.

DFA forwarded to Jakarta PE the letter of Department of Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima requesting Indonesian Attorney General Dr. H. Muhammad Prasetyo, and Minister of Justice and Human Rights Yasonna H. Laoly to suspend execution of the death sentence of Ms. Veloso in view of the materiality and importance of her testimony to the case filed against Ms. Maria Kristina P. Sergio, Mr. Julius Lacanilao and an individual known as “Ike”.

Before leaving Malaysia, the President asked Secretary Del Rosario to call Indonesian Foreign Minister Marsudi to discuss the surrender of the recruiter of Mary Jane. He emphasized the importance of cooperation to seize an opportunity to go after the drug syndicate, which will be for the mutual interest of both countries. Absent Mary Jane, this would not be possible. The Philippine Government reiterated its request for a stay of the execution to conclude whatever legal process would be involved. The Indonesian Foreign Minister said she would relay this to President Widodo.

From the arrival of the President and his delegation Tuesday afternoon from the ASEAN summit in Malaysia to the early morning of Wednesday, internal discussions with the Indonesian government were held in an effort to have Mary Jane’s life spared. During this time, a fourth letter of appeal from the President was submitted to President Widodo.

Migrante: Pres. Aquino reportedly had a 5-minute side meeting with Pres. Widodo at the ASEAN conference in Malaysia.

As of 8:14am, PH time, Migrante confirmed that Pres. Aquino’s appeal for clemency had been denied by Pres. Widodo, and called out for public support for the vigil at the Indonesian embassy.

At around 10:30am, Tintin had reportedly surrendered to the NBI.

Before lunch time, the DFA had released a statement saying that they have done everything they possibly could for Mary Jane.

As of 5:20pm, PH time, Migrante got news from ATKI that Widodo was in a meeting with Migrant Care, one of its network organizations in Indonesia, to talk about Mary Jane’s case. Migrant Care told Widodo that Tintin had surrendered to PH authorities. Widodo told them that Indonesian government would verify the implications of the surrender to Mary Jane’s case.

As of 6:45pm, PH time, according to Andi Widjajanto, cabinet secretary, change of decision about Mary Jane could happen but it depended upon confirmation of the facts and the possible implications on existing laws. But it was still not clear how this could affect the schedule of the execution.

As of 7:10pm, PH time, Indonesian chief prosecutor announced that nine convicts will face the firing squad. Attorney General said that they do not want to set a precedent. It’s final, they would go ahead with the execution.

As of 7:50pm, PH time, Atty. Olalia, in a text message, told supporters to “intensify further and make stronger and broader calls to pressure/appeal/implore Widodo to still reconsider up to the last moment”.

Indonesian migrant and church workers had also released to the international public the Attorney General’s mobile number, calling on supporters to barrage him with text messages pleading for Mary Jane’s life.

By 9:00pm, PH time, Maritess and Darling had already been transported to the island. The rest of the family refused to go to the island and had already travelled back to Jakarta in protest of the planned execution.

As of 11:02pm, PH time, Atty. Olalia etal confirmed that the Indonesian government had announced that execution would take place at 2:00am Indonesia time (3:00am PH time).

April 29, 2015

DFA: At around 2:30 a.m., the DFA announced to the media, “We are relieved that the execution of Mary Jane was not carried out. The Lord has answered our prayers.”

At around 11:30 a.m., SFA gave a press conference where he read the statement of the DFA on the stay of execution of Mary Jane Veloso.

Ms. Veloso’s family returned to Yogyakarta.

Migrante: At 1:47am, Atty. Olalia called Migrante to give the good news that execution had been suspended until all proceedings in the Philippines are finished.

DFA maintained that the local and global outrage over the supposed execution of Mary Jane did not sway Widodo into a reprieve but Aquino’s appeal did.


INQUIRER

Aquino names PCGG chair Bautista as new Comelec chief Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 2:32 PM | Monday, May 4th, 2015


Andres Bautista

MALACAÑANG on Monday announced that President Benigno Aquino III has appointed lawyer Andres Bautista as the new chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Bautista will replace lawyer Sixto Brillantes who retired last February 2.

Before his appointment as the new Comelec chief, he served as chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Governance (PCGG).

He is the former dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law and under his term, he founded the Master of Business Administration-Juris Doctor dual degree program of De La Salle Graduate School of Business and FEU.

He graduated as the class valedictorian of the Ateneo Law School in 1990 and obtained his Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1993.

READ: Brillantes set to retire; Palace looking for new Comelec chair

He was also nominated to become the next Supreme Court chief justice in 2012.

Aside from Bautista, lawyer Rowena Amelia V. Guanzon and Sheriff M. Abas were appointed as new Comelec commissioners, replacing retired commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph.

The terms of the three Comelec appointees will expire on February 2, 2022.

The appointment papers were signed last April 28, 2015. AC


MANILA STANDARD

BBL without 1996 peace pact bound to fail By Francisco Tuyay | May. 04, 2015 at 12:01am


1999 PHOTO: The unity-conscious members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) pursued again the 'discussion on convergence of views and actions' in another meeting on June 30, this year, at the Waterfront Hotel, Davao City. The Bangsamoro colleagues-in-struggle came all the way from the different areas of Filipino-occupied Mindanao and some from Luzon to attend the MNLF-MILF convergence dialogue.

THE Bangsamoro Basic Law is “bound to fail” even if it’s approved unless it is merged with the 1996 final peace agreement between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front, a senior peace negotiator said on Sunday.

The official, who asked not to be named, said the Organization of Islamic Conference or OIC remained supportive of the full implementation of the Jakarta accord with the MNLF.

The 1996 peace agreement led to the creation of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which will be replaced by a new Bangsamoro authority once the BBL is passed.

But as far as the OIC is concerned, the agreement with the MNLF remains superior to the BBL, which would implement the peace pact between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“In so far as the resolutions of all of the OIC meetings in the past, they were all supportive of the Jakarta peace accord,” the negotiator said.

“Without the MNLF, the negotiations [with the MILF] will amount to nothing.”

The negotiator made his statement even as Senate President Franklin Drilon said the passage of a constitutional, fair and inclusive BBL would be the top priority one Congress resumed its plenary sessions today.

“It will receive a special legislative attention in the coming weeks,” Drilon said.

“We will devote extra time and effort to ensure the passage of the BBL.”

Drilon said they would immediately calendar the BBL for discussion once the committee on local governments led by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. submitted its report on the BBL to the Senate.

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In Malacañang, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Palace was still hopeful the Senate and the House of Representative would approve the BBL.

“We have high expectations that they will listen to the President and the emerging public’s sentiments,” Coloma said.

“A lot of people are agreeing and supporting this call to support the BBL.”

In his visit to the Philippines last month, OIC secretary-general Ameen Madani underscored the importance of “converging” the peace processes with the MILF and the MNLF.

The convergence is being spearheaded by the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum formed in 2010 at the initiative of the OIC.

“We pushed for the reviving, reinvigorating of the Forum,” Madani said.

“We think it provides an excellent stage for all sides to communicate to express their views. We are optimistic that this Forum is reducing the gap between the different views.”

Madani said both the MILF and the MNLF were expected to meet again at the Council of Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Kuwait on May 28.

The source said the provisions in the BBL only mirrored what had already been spelled out in the peace pact with the MNLF.

“There should be one peace accord because you are dealing exactly with the same people, the same geographical situation and the same power,” the negotiator said.

“The OIC wants only one entity to talk with, but they would not give up the MNLF because they were the ones who supported the 1996 final peace agreement.” With Macon Ramos-Araneta and Sandy Araneta


MANILA TIMES

Usman ‘double-crossed’ May 4, 2015 10:29 pm by FERNAN MARASIGAN REPORTER AND MOH SAADUDDIN CORRESPONDENT


Malacañang and the military released a photo of the dead Usman.

Authorities and leaders of Muslim communities on Monday confirmed reports that Abdul Basit Usman, the suspected bomb expert who carries a $1-million bounty on his head, was killed in a gunbattle in Maguindanao.

But as to who pulled the trigger that ended the search for the Filipino who was listed among America’s “most wanted” terrorists remains a mystery.

Security forces had been hunting Usman since he escaped from a January police raid that killed Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, an alleged bomb maker who was the subject of a $5-million US government bounty.

Usman, a Filipino, was also identified by the military as well as US authorities as a bomb-making expert with links to the Abu Sayyaf and the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist organizations.

US authorities consider Usman as a threat to US and Filipino citizens and interests. He is believed to have orchestrated several bombings that have killed, injured and maimed many innocent civilians, a briefer from the United States Rewards for Justice Program read.

“Basit has been indicted in the Philippines for his role in multiple bombing incidents since 2003, and the Government of the Philippines has issued a warrant for his arrest. He is believed to be hiding in central Mindanao,” the briefer said.

Security forces accuse Usman of carrying out at least nine bombing incidents in the South, including an attack on the port city of General Santos in 2002 that killed 15 people and wounded 60 others.

Usman was also among the personalities involved in the Islamic State (IS) or “black flag movement” in the Philippines.

According to intelligence sources, he is the head of the Ansarul Khilafah (supporters of the caliphate) operating in southern Mindanao including General Santos City, which had pledged allegiance to the IS caliphate last year.

Usman was among the “high-valued targets” who escaped the anti-terrorist operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, that resulted in the death of 44 police commandos on January 25.

According to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), he was killed in a remote mountainous area while being escorted by its members, the rebel group’s vice chairman Ghazali Jaafar said.

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“We can confirm that Usman is dead and his body was buried in accordance with Muslim tradition,” Jaafar told Agence France-Presse, but he refused to say who killed him.

The military, however, said Usman was killed by no less than his men who allegedly fought among themselves over the $1-million bounty on the wanted bomb-maker.

The Armed Forces chief of staff, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr., said Usman had been killed, but that it remained unclear as to who killed him.

Citing field reports, Catapang added that Usman and five of his unidentified cohorts were killed in a shootout on Sunday morning near an MILF camp in Guindulungan, Maguindanao.

“Basit Usman is dead, as to the circumstances of what happened during that encounter, it’s up to [investigators],” he told reporters.

The military said five of Usman’s followers had also died in the battle, and that some of his own men may have double-crossed him.

Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, the military spokesman, said they “believe there was fighting among Usman’s followers because of the monetary reward put on his head.”

“Sources on the ground believe that there was infighting among Usman’s followers fueled by the tussle for the huge monetary reward that was put on his head,” Catapang said.

“The AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] is validating reports that Usman became distrustful of some of his own men after a series of encounters between the AFP and his group in the past two months,” he added.

Earlier reports from the provincial police said Usman was killed by members of the MILF’s 118th Base Command in Barangay Muti.

The reports said Usman and five of his unidentified cohorts were killed in a shootout with members of the the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Sitio Takeneken.

The shootout happened near the vicinity of Camp Afghan, a temporary relocation site for MILF members who left their homes after a massive police and military operation against the BIFF was launched in the last week of February.

The AFP said the MILF members who are temporarily staying at the camp rushed to the scene and discovered the dead bodies. Also found were an M60 general purpose machine gun, a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and a caliber 5.56mm Bushmaster rifle.

MILF’s Jaafar said Usman was killed as MILF rebels were escorting him to the group’s leaders to surrender, adding that he probably did not know he was being taken back to the MILF leaders.

“There was a firefight along the way. Usman could have sensed that he was being double-crossed,” Jaafar said.

He,however, refused to give any more details as to who killed Usman, saying only that the circumstances of the firefight were under investigation.

Moro leaders, police and various MILF officials also confirmed Usman’s death.

Guindulungan Mayor Midpantao Midtimbang and Maguindanao police director Senior Supt. Nickson Muksan on Sunday afternoon made the confirmation, citing a report from Barangay Muti Chairman Gayak Midtimbang.

MILF leaders including Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) liaison officer Toks Opham and Kagui Manan Masabpi, logistic/supply officer of Ustadz Wahid Tundok, commander of the 118th base command, also confirmed Usman’s killing.

No effect Malacanang also on Monday assured that the MILF’s role in Usman’s killing will not change government findings that MILF rebels were among those who participated in the Mamasapano clash.

In a news conference, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said t the Department of Justice’s recommendation to charge some MILF members with murder and theft over the killing of the 44 police commandos still stands.

“Based on the study and case build-up, they have findings… on who are responsible for the deaths of the PNP-SAF [police commandos] and this has not changed…Our laws will still be implemented,” Coloma told reporters.

He said even before Usman’s death, there had been several instances when the MILF had shown that it is committed to uphold the peace process with the government.

According to Coloma, the MILF has been helping the Philippine government in various law enforcement operations. WITH CATHERINE S. VALENTE


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