Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is begging Indonesian President Joko Widodo to save the life of overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, who was convicted of drug trafficking by an Indonesian court in 2010.
In a message televised by GMA Network, Pacquiao said: “His Excellency, President Joko Widodo, I am Manny Pacquiao. On behalf of my countryman, Mary Jane Veloso, and the entire Filipino people, I am begging and knocking on your kind heart that Your Excellency will grant executive clemency to her by sparing her life and saving her life from execution.”
“Mr President, on May 2nd, I’ll be fighting in Las Vegas, Nevada, against Floyd Mayweather. It is considered the fight of the century. It will be a great morale booster if, in my own little way, I can save a life. I am dedicating this fight to my country and the entire Asian people, to which the Philippines and Indonesia belong. Thank you, Mr President.”
Indonesia is set to execute Veloso by firing squad as early as Tuesday, April 28.
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