Mary Jane Veloso out of scheduled execution 'indefinitely' — Yasay

Convicted drug mule Mary Jane Veloso is out of scheduled execution indefinitely, according to foreign affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay.

The cabinet member revealed the information after President Rodrigo Duterte took up the Filipina's case during his meeting with President Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday.

Yasay said the Philippine and Indonesian governments felt no urgency to take action because Veloso would be testifying in a case against her illegal recruiter which is pending at the Nueva Ecija Regional Trial court.

“This is not an urgent issue as of now, let’s finish the process. Her scheduled execution has been deferred because she would be testifying in the deposition case against her illegal recruiter. After prosecuting the illegal recruiter who are the main principals here and if it turns out in the trial in the Philippines that Mary Jane is a victim then at the point we can ask for clemency soon," the DFA secretary said, according to an report.

Veloso's execution on death row on April 29, 2015 was deferred after a last-minute plea from former President Benigno Aquino III.

Yasay hopes that the case against the illegal recruiter of Veloso, who was sentenced to death in 2010 on charges of drug smuggling after she was caught with 2.6 kilograms of heroin at the Indonesian airport, will be resolved within a year.