THE COUNSEL of the accused recruiters of convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso have been to comment on the proposed questions for the testimony of their alleged victim.
Nueva Ecija Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Anarica J. Castillo-Reyes gave the lawyer of Maria Cristina P. Sergio and Julius L. Lacanilao, recruiters of Ms. Veloso, five days to comment on the proposed questions of the prosecution for the written interrogatories of Ms. Veloso.
“Failure to submit the said comment shall be construed by the Court as non-objection to the proposed direct examination questions of the Prosecution,” the order read.
The Supreme Court on Oct. 9 affirmed the trial court’s decision allowing Ms. Veloso to testify through deposition by written interrogatories as part of her right to due process.
The counsel of the accused has submitted a motion to the RTC asking to defer action on its order for their comment, to allow them to avail any legal remedies over the SC’s decision.
Ms. Sergio and Mr. Lacanilao are being sued for human trafficking, illegal recruitment, and estafa in connection with the case of Ms. Veloso, who is currently in death row in Indonesia.
Ms. Veloso, who was arrested upon arrival in Yogyakarta for carrying 2.5 kilograms of heroin in her luggage, was sentenced to death in October 2010.
She was supposed to be executed on April 29, 2015, but was deferred following the surrender of her recruiters. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas