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  • Lawyers for a Filipina set to be executed for drug trafficking are racing to file a new appeal. (AAP) (EPA)Source: EPA
Mary Jane Veloso, a woman from the Phillipines, was to be executed last night together with Australian citizens Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan and six other convicted drug offenders. But she was spared from execution after a last minute appeal from the Phillipines president, Benigno Aquino. SBS Radio Filipino spoke with one of the campaigners, Carmelita Baltazar.
Ronald Manila / SBS Filipino

29 Apr 2015 - 11:34 PM  UPDATED 29 Apr 2015 - 11:46 PM

Maria Kristina Sergio had recruited her to work as a maid. Yesterday, Sergio told the authorities she was the one who put 2.6 kg of heroin in Veloso's bag in 2010.


President Benigno Aquino lobbied the Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo to save Mary Jane's life.


Last night, the Indonesian government executed all the prisoners, except for Veloso, and the Filipino government thanked Indonesia for reconsidering the case.


SBS Radio Filipino spoke with Carmelita Baltazar, Migrante Perth chair and vice-chair of Migrante Australia, an organization of Filipino Overseas abroad with a chapter in Australia. They were in the forefront of the campaign to spare the life of Filipino Mary Jane Veloso.