Veloso’s recruiter summoned

MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a subpoena for the recruiter of Mary Jane Veloso, who is facing a complaint for human trafficking, illegal recruitment and estafa.

The subpoena dated April 29, 2015 was issued by Assistant State Prosecutor Susan Azarcon.

In the subpoena, the DOJ’s National Prosecution Service ordered Maria Kristina Sergio and live-in partner Julius Lacanilao to appear during the preliminary investigation scheduled on May 8 and May 14. (MORE)

Veloso granted reprieve, 8 others executed

CEBU (Updated) — The execution of Filipino drug convict Mary Jane Veloso has been delayed pending a last-minute appeal from the Philippine government, officials said.

“We are relieved that the execution of Mary Jane Veloso was not carried out tonight (April 28). The Lord answered our prayers. Thank you,” said Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose in a press conference early Wednesday.

Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Ma. Lumen Isleta also confirmed this in a television interview Wednesday, but she said that Veloso’s reprieve is temporary. (Laureen R. Mondoñedo/Sunnex)

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Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

CILICAP, Indonesia — Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia will imminently execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy.

The nine inmates, all convicted on drug charges, were given 72-hour notices over the weekend that they would be executed by a firing squad, prompting a flurry of last-minute lobbying by foreign leaders. The United Nations has argued that the inmates’ crimes are not egregious enough to warrant the ultimate punishment.

Among the condemned are two Australians — Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31 — whose emotional families made what could be their last visit to Besi prison on Nusakambangan island, where the prisoners are scheduled to die. Sukumaran’s sister, Brintha, wailed in agony and had to be carried through a crowd of media waiting at the ferry port to the island. (MORE)

Six fun things you can do in Cebu this summer

PEOPLE must have found their feet itchy, so to speak, as they are keen on travelling or just being somewhere else other than their abodes this season of the year.

This is my little bro. He wanted to have his body buried in sand. We did that, then left him there for a while. >:) (Photo Courtesy: Vincent Dior Villanueva)
This is my little bro. He wanted to have his body buried in sand. We did that, then left him there for a while. >:) (Photo Courtesy: Vincent Dior Villanueva)

One, whether or not he or she is a “lumad” (or a native Cebuano or Cebuana), must be considering celebrating summer his or her own way. He or she might want to travel and taste how it is to be outside Cebu in just a few days.

But why not think it over? Have you been to all the good places in Cebu already?

Look, there may be spots in Cebu that you might have overlooked, have not gone to, or worst, do not even know. (Contributed by Jicel Reve S. Gabriel)

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Veloso’s second appeal rejected

MANILA — Filipino maid Mary Jane Veloso is now facing imminent execution for drug trafficking charges after an Indonesian court denied her second appeal on Monday.

Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose confirmed the development, saying the Sleman District Court based its decision on the Indonesian Supreme Court rule that disallows a second appeal.

Veloso is set to be executed by firing squad, along with other drug convicts, on Tuesday in Central Java’s Nusakambangan island. (MORE)

Why I like Manny the underdog

By Mike T. Limpag AFTER one typical Saturday night in college, one that ended in early Sunday morning, a couple of kababayans came knocking. It was around 10 a.m. on Sunday when our kababayans came, not to continue the previous night’s escapade, but to hijack our barely 14-inch television. (Read more)

Does God watch boxing?

By Earl Blaney FOR a reason I cannot remember, I once found myself in the “family and friends box” of a Korean Basketball Association game played between two teams that were not worth remembering. I do however have one strong memory of that game — a mother of one of the players. The woman was […]