[ Note : sorry for the typo and errors, I was so excited to post this. The first miracle was that the person who tricked Mary Jane into becoming a drug mule surfaced, and the second miracle was that the Indonesian Government listened. Hopefully other miracles will follow. Today is a great day! ]
TO BLOG is essentially a self-centered enterprise. No matter how much you want to help your fellow man, do the right thing, etc., you want to do it on your own terms and via the things you love doing, not the least of which is blogging! But that’s alright, that’s the way the world works, you have to get at least something out of doing your thing, even if it’s the thrill of being read by at least one other person.
I blog about a motley group of things, mainly about my own life, and how I cope as a middle-aged Overseas Filipino Worker, that’s OFW. But every now and then I concede that there are things bigger than me, more important than me, and things that will outlast most of us long after we’re gone.
One of those things is the universal respect for human life. I don’t want to go into platitudes, motherhood statements that you already have heard enough of. I just want to say that no matter what the crime is, no matter what you’ve done, the punishment should fit the deed. And no crime deserves the punishment of taking away life.
You may or may not have your exceptions, I respect that. And obviously the Indonesian people, represented by its government and laws, has seen it fit that self-preservation (of the state) warrants any and all forms of deterrence, the most powerful of which is the Death Penalty, in caps.
One of our very own, until a few ours ago, was to have received that harshest of punishments, along with eight other unfortunate individuals from Australia, Brazil, France and another country or two. Out of those nine, no one received a last minute stay of execution, a reprieve, pardon, or any other act that would stop the legal murder of those unfortunate enough to have been convicted of a capital crime.
Except our Mary Jane Veloso, who until a few hours before her execution was condemned to die by firing squad for the improbable commission of drug trafficking, considering her circumstances in life, her previous criminal record, and the simple unlikeliness of her being able to do what she was accused of doing.
The media reports will better explain the minor miracle of her survival, but for now suffice it to say that the person who actually caused the circumstances for her to land in her sticky situation has surfaced, and contrary to all expectations, the Indonesian Government has relented. The day has been saved, and our kabayan lives!
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As of this date, around 800 Filipinos worldwide are currently being prosecuted, have been convicted or are awaiting sentences to be carried out, for capital crimes. This is an outrage, and the only ones who are in a position to do something about it is the Philippine Government, and of course, the various governments of the countries where Filipinos are being prosecuted. Our kabayan (countrymen) may or may not have committed the crimes charged, but most certainly they don’t deserve the supreme punishment.
By agitating our Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and various Embassies, let’s extend our kabayan Mary Jane Veloso’s Day of Miracles to all our other kabayan.
Mabuhay po tayong lahat!