Mary Jane Veloso’s recruiter summoned

Veloso’s recruiter summoned

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Veloso’s recruiter summoned

Thursday, April 30, 2015

MANILA. Maria Kristina Sergio (center), the alleged recruiter of convicted Filipino drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso who allegedly gave her the bag that contained the heroin found by police at Yogyakarta airport in Indonesia, is escorted after a press conference by Philippine officials at Camp Crame police headquarters in Quezon City on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP)

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.

The respondents were also ordered to submit their respective counter-affidavit in connection with the complaint filed against them by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Akbayan party list, meanwhile, said Thursday that it shares the country’s collective sense of relief after the Indonesian Government decided to spare the life of Veloso, who unknowingly carried drugs into Indonesia as a result of being set up by members of a drug syndicate.

“While this is likely a temporary reprieve, this is still positive news preventing a possible colossal miscarriage of justice that could have cost the life of an innocent person,” said Akbayan Representative Barry Gutierrez.

“This compels our law enforcement agencies to pursue deeper investigations on the case, bring the accountable to justice, and unburden Veloso from liabilities, as a victim, not a perpetrator of drug smuggling,” he pointed out.

Presidential Communications Chief Herminio Coloma Jr. said Thursday that the government is taking immediate action to raise consciousness on human and drug trafficking following the case of Veloso.

Coloma said Malacañang now focuses on its information and education efforts to educate Filipinos better on the said issue.

“Government is intensifying education and information efforts to heighten awareness on the perils posed by human and drug trafficking activities and to impress of knowing and complying with laws of countries where they are working with,” Coloma said.

Coloma also said that efforts are already being carried out across the country.

The Philippine Government now aims to eliminate trafficking through intensified and effective information dissemination. (PNA)


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