Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Piñol : Rody Never Said' Yes' to Veloso Execution. I Was there!

Dept. of Agriculture Secretary, Manny Piñol denies the allegation that President Duterte gave green light to Indonesian government for Veloso execution which is now in death row due to drug smuggling.

In his facebook post on Tuesday, Piñol narrated that when he was asked by Tempo editor Rey Bancod and  DZMM anchor Anthony "Ka Tunying" Taberna to validate a news report coming from Jakarta, Indonesia quoting President Joko Widodo as saying that President Rody Duterte gave his "Go" signal for the execution of convicted drug mule Mary Jane Veloso he same answer to both.As quoted:


Well, here is my answer: No, I never heard President Duterte say that he was giving the Indonesian Government the "Go" signal to execute Veloso.
Why am I so sure?
Well, I was present during the bilateral talks between the Indonesian Government and the Philippine Government at the Istana Merdeka President Palace.
I was also present during the delivery of official statements by the two Presidents after the bilateral talks and I also joined the party during the State Dinner tendered by President Widodo for President Duterte and his Party.
During the bilateral talks, I was seated a chair away from President Duterte with Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. seated between us.Across the table, Indonesian President Widodo was facing President Duterte and I was about two meters away from him.
Maybe it was out of habit that as a former newsman, I took notes of the exchange of statements between the two Presidents during the bilateral talks.
It was President Widodo who made the opening statement and President Duterte responded by reading a prepared statement.

I could not quote President Duterte verbatim but I am sure that the transcript of his statement would prove that what he said during the official statement was the following:
"We respect your laws. We will not interfere with your judicial processes but we are asking for clemency."

Piñol added that as he was a former journalist, he can state with certainty that during the official bilateral talks between the two leaders, President Duterte never said he was giving a "Go" signal for the execution of Veloso.

In fact, he did not even mention her name and only referred to her as a Filipino whose fate under Indonesian laws he would respect.
The post ended with photo captioned " this photo taken by DTI Sec. Mon Lopez using my Samsung S6 phone shows President Widodo seated across the table facing President Duterte while Sec. Yasay sits between me and the Philippine President. In front of me is a note pad and a ball pen which I used in taking down notes of the talks between the two Presidents".

Veloso, a mother of two, was convicted for bringing in 2.6 kilograms of heroin at the Yogyakarta Airport in 2010. Her execution by firing squad was put on hold in 2015 to allow her to testify against the recruiters who allegedly duped her into bringing the illegal drugs to Indonesia.

As of this writing the said post has already earned 16,000 lies and 12,000 shares in facebook..

Photo credit :  DTI Sec. Mon Lopez
New Source(s) : Manny Piñol 

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