Son’s plea, sing for Filipino death convict in Indonesia




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Manila –  A , said two sons of a Filipino woman on death row in Indonesia for , have pleaded for their mother’s life in a video appeal to the son of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

The Philippines’ foreign affairs department confirmed on in Jakarta that the sons Mark Daniel, 12, and Mark Darren, 6, flew to Jakarta on Thursday to see her.

It said in the video message recorded before leaving Manila, Mark Daniel asked Widodo’s son, 19-year- Kaesang Pangarep, to ask his father to stop his mother’s execution.

“Kaesang, please help my mother,” he said, as his younger brother played around beside him.

“Please tell your father not to execute her, we beg you to let her free and not execute her,’’ he added.

It said Mark Daniel later sang a Filipino song for the mother, telling her to be strong.
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He sang,”Don’t lose hope, happiness will come soon, always remember that there will be a new day full of joy”.

Veloso was arrested at the Yogyakarta airport in 2009 when 2.6 kilograms of heroin was found sewn into the lining of her suitcase.

The department confirmed that the 30-year-old mother of the two children, Mary Veloso, was moved on Friday to the island where executions are to be held.

The Philippines has appealed for clemency for Veloso, and diplomats and lawyers filed a last-minute appeal stressing that the Filipino mother was a victim of international drug traffickers.(dpa/NAN)