“I Will Not Interfere”

“Kayo lang po ang pag-asa ko (You are my only hope),” an emotional Mary Jane Veloso pleads to newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte. Under the Noynoy Aquino administration, Veloso received a temporary reprieve from execution last April 29, 2015 — the only one to be spared among drug convicts that included leaders of the Bali Nine, an infamous group…

What’s Next for Mary Jane Veloso?

Editor’s Note: We will continuously provide updates about the case of Mary Jane Veloso so that even though she fades away from the limelight of mainstream media, her quiet fight for justice will continue. She has been spared from execution. But she is still behind bars, far away from her family. The death sentence will still…

We Are the Yayas of the World

It’s 1991 in the modest town of Moncada, Tarlac. Her husband just died. Her father followed shortly after. She’s 30 years old, a mother of two — the youngest just 6 months old. And up until that moment, she has not worked a day in her life. She could take over the family business —…

The Burial of Anria Espiritu: Justice and the Death Penalty

When people bid a dead person farewell, most would say rest in peace. But for casualties of crime, will there really be peace for families and loved ones left behind? More importantly, will there be justice? This was on my mind while I was covering the burial of Anria Espiritu. For days, I’ve read and heard…