Manny Pinol: Pres. Duterte Never Said "Yes" To Veloso Execution

Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol who accompanied Pres. Rody Duterte during the bilateral meeting between the Philippines and Indonesia during the past few days revealed on his official Facebook Page that Pres. Duterte NEVER said "YES" to Veloso execution.

According to Pinol, Tempo journalist Rey Bancod and DZMM news anchor Anthony Taberna personally called him to validate the news report coming from Jakarta, Indonesia quoting Pres. Jokowi Widodo saying that Pres. Duterte gave his "GO" signal for the execution of convicted drug mule Mary Jane Veloso.

Manny Pinol answered the journalists by saying that he never heard Pres. Duterte giving a go signal to execute the Filipino convict.

The Agriculture Secretary also clarified that as a former journalist he was used into taking notes and he seated just one seat away from Pres. Duterte and he was about two meters away from Pres. Widodo but never heard that the Philippine President gave his "Go" signal for the execution. 

Various Philippine news media agency like the Philippine Star, Inquirer, ABS-CBN and GMA also posted news article that the Philippine President already said "yes" to Veloso execution.

Here's the Complete Statement of Manny Pinol:

'I was there!'


By Manny PiƱol
Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture

Is this another case of "lost in translation?"

Earlier today, Tempo editor Rey Bancod called to ask me to validate a news report coming from Jakarta, Indonesia quoting President Joko Widodo as saying that President Rody Duterte gave his "Go" signal for the execution of convicted drug mule Mary Jane Veloso.

This was followed by another interview by DZMM anchor Anthony "Ka Tunying" Taberna who also asked me the same question.

Well, here is my answer: No, I never heard President Duterte say that he was giving the Indonesian Government the "Go" signal to execute Veloso.

Why am I so sure?

Well, I was present during the bilateral talks between the Indonesian Government and the Philippine Government at the Istana Merdeka President Palace.

I was also present during the delivery of official statements by the two Presidents after the bilateral talks and I also joined the party during the State Dinner tendered by President Widodo for President Duterte and his Party.

During the bilateral talks, I was seated a chair away from President Duterte with Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. seated between us.

Across the table, Indonesian President Widodo was facing President Duterte and I was about two meters away from him.

Maybe it was out of habit that as a former newsman, I took notes of the exchange of statements between the two Presidents during the bilateral talks.

It was President Widodo who made the opening statement and President Duterte responded by reading a prepared statement.

I could not quote President Duterte verbatim but I am sure that the transcript of his statement would prove that what he said during the official statement was the following:

"We respect your laws. We will not interfere with your judicial processes but we are asking for clemency."

That statement referred not only to the case of Veloso but also for the 105 Filipino fishermen who are now detained in different jails all over Indonesia for alleged illegal fishing activities.

So is this another case of "lost in translation?"

Only the Indonesian side could explain that.

As far as I am concerned and as a former journalist myself, I can state with certainty that during the official bilateral talks between the two leaders, President Duterte never said he was giving a "Go" signal for the execution of Veloso.

In fact, he did not even mention her name and only referred to her as a Filipino whose fate under Indonesian laws he would respect.

#Changeishere! #PresRodyCares! #DuterteDelivers!

(This photo taken by DTI Sec. Mon Lopez using my Samsung S6 phone shows President Widodo seated across the table facing President Duterte while Sec. Yasay sits between me and the Philippine President. In front of me is a note pad and a ball pen which I used in taking down notes of the talks between the two Presidents.)
— with Cherry Montecino Alayon.

Source: Manny Pinol FB Page

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