President Duterte will not apologize for his stance on the case of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina drug convict on death row in Indonesia.
“I’m sorry. I have nothing to apologize for because you know, the law is the law,” he said yesterday.
Palace officials said there is no need yet to seek executive clemency for Veloso because her execution has been deferred indefinitely.
Duterte said asking Indonesian President Joko Widodo to grant Veloso clemency would have left a “bad taste in the mouth.”
“I said: ‘we will respect the judgment of your courts.’ Period. It would have been a bad taste in the mouth to be talking about having a strong posture against drugs and here you are, begging for something,” the President said during the 48th anniversary celebration of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing in Villamor Air Base yesterday.
“I said: ‘it’s good that you have death penalty here. At least you can bring it down to the barest minimum.’ I said: ‘go ahead and implement the law.’ I never, we never mentioned Veloso,” he added.
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