Prosecutors hope for clemency as Mary Jane Veloso still faces execution

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(FILE PHOTO) Death convict Mary Jane Veloso's execution was suspended early Wednesday (April 29), her lawyer Ed Olalia confirmed.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A year ago today (April 29, Friday), Mary Jane Veloso was granted a last-minute reprieve before she was due to face an Indonesian firing squad for drug-trafficking.

Her future is uncertain as she remains on death row. In January, Indonesian attorney-general H.M. Prasetyo said they will resume the next round of executions this year.

However, Prasetyo on Friday said they are waiting for the trial, in which Veloso is testifying, to wrap up. "We respect the legal process in the Philippines," he told an Indonesian newspaper.

Veloso's private prosecutors believe political clemency would be the fastest way to bring her back to the Philippines, as the case against her alleged illegal recruiters is still being heard in a Nueva Ecija court.

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"Baka mas acceptable ang clemency. Two witnesses pa lang, 13 pa. Seventeen sa kabila. It will take some time," said Atty. Edre Olalia, secretary-general of the National Union of People's Lawyers.

[Translation: "Perhaps clemency would be more acceptable. We only have two witnesses now, there are still 13 left. The defendant has 17."]

Veloso was reprieved so she can act as a witness in the human-trafficking case against her recruiter Kristina Sergio and her partner Julius Lacanilao.

Sergio surrendered to Philippine authorities before Veloso's scheduled execution.

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On Thursday, Veloso's mother Celia testified for the prosecution during the trial against Sergio and Lacanilao.

The trial is going slowly and will resume on June 14.

"Time is ticking. We can't be sitting back and relaxing. Any time, there's a possibility the Indonesian government can make a decision," said Olalia.

Family hopeful

Veloso's parents said her absence has greatly affected her two sons, especially the eldest, Mark Daniel.

"Nung nandyan ang nanay, matalino si Mark Daniel. Okay makipagkaibigan noon, pero ngayon iba na," Cesar, Veloso's father, said.

[Translation: "When Mary Jane was here, Mark Daniel did well in school. He made friends easily, but it's different now."]

Her family believes Veloso is innocent, insisting Sergio and Lacanilao are solely responsible for the drug-trafficking case that landed Veloso in jail.

Veloso, a domestic helper, was arrested in 2010 for attempting to smuggle 2.6 kilograms of heroin in Yogyakarta Airport.

She was set to be executed last year with the Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, along with six other drug convicts.

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CNN Philippines' Pia Bonalos contributed to this report.