Manny Pacquiao visits Mary Jane Veloso in Yogyakarta prison

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao on Friday visited a Philippine woman who is facing a delayed execution for drug trafficking in Indonesia, a prison official said.

Pacquaio and his wife met Mary Jane Veloso at the Wirogunan penitentiary in Yogyakarta province, said the prison official, who gave her name as Katrin.

She declined to give details on the meeting.

Pacquiao, who is also a member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines, is in Indonesia for the filming of a television commercial of an Indonesian brand herbal medicine Tolak Angin.

In April he made a personal appeal to President Joko Widodo to show mercy for the life of Mary Jane Veloso.

Veloso, a 30-year-old mother of two young boys, has maintained that she did not know about the 2.6 kilos of heroin found in her suitcase when she landed in Yogyakarta airport.

Mary Jane Veloso was scheduled to face the firing squad for an execution in April along with eight other convicts in the prison island of Nusakambangan off the coast of Cilacap in central Java province, but was granted a reprieve to allow her to testify against suspects in the Philippines who allegedly duped her into being a drug mule after promising her a job overseas.

The stay of execution was given after a woman who claimed to be involved in trafficking Veloso turned herself in to Philippines authorities. She insisted that she was duped into bringing the bag to Indonesia before taking up a promised job as a domestic helper in Malaysia.

This story created a wave of support for Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia and at her home in the Philippines, which then lead to the spare of her life just hours before the execution took place.

The Indonesian Attorney’s General Office said that they execution is delayed, not cancelled.

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