Veloso Recruiters Charged at DOJ

Three recruiters of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso were slapped with criminal raps by the National Bureau of Investigation-Anti Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

A probe by the NBI-AHTRAD confirmed that Veloso has been deceived as her recruiter enticed her to go to Malaysia first before heading to Indonesia carrying prohibited drugs.

Maria Cristina Sergio and two other individuals now face charges of illegal recruitment, swindling and human trafficking before the DOJ under the recommendation of NBI. The Department of Labor and Employment and Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking may also be involved in filing of the cases, according to Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Charles Jose.

Illegal recruitment, human trafficking and estafa are already filed against Sergio.

However, in a television interview, Sergio denied that she is part of a drug syndicate as she appealed to the public not to rule judgment against her.

Sergio alleged that she traveled to Malaysia with Veloso in 2010 as a tourist. While traveling together, Sergio said she noticed Veloso’s uneasiness and observed she is often talking to someone on the phone. Sergio said Veloso told her she was going to another country.

Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (center) is escorted by a court official and a police officer upon arrival for a judicial review hearing at Sleman District Court in Yogyakarta on Tuesday. Veloso is among the foreign drug convicts facing imminent execution despite international appeals for clemency. (AP)
Philippine national Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (center) is escorted by a court official and a police officer upon arrival for a judicial review hearing at Sleman District Court in Yogyakarta on Tuesday. Veloso is among the foreign drug convicts facing imminent execution despite international appeals for clemency. (AP)

She said that as she returned she was surprised to learn that Veloso has been arrested for drug smuggling upon entry in Indonesia.

Veloso was charged for drug trafficking and has been convicted of the case. She is set to be executed by firing squad at Nusa Kambangan island on Tuesday afternoon.

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