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Veloso family arrives in Cabanatuan, seeks continued prayers for Mary Jane

The family of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina sentenced to death in Indonesia for a drug-related case but given a reprieve last week, sought more prayers for her as they arrived in their home province over the weekend.

A warm welcome greeted the Veloso family as they arrived in Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija before dawn Saturday, GMA News stringer Junjun Sy reported.

Hours earlier, Veloso's relatives had just taken part in a protest rally at Mendiola Bridge near Malacañan Palace to mark Labor Day.

Veloso had been sentenced to death after she was caught with heroin in her luggage in April 2010. She claimed she may have been set up by her recruiter.

She was given a reprieve last week, following appeals from the Philippine government and migrants' groups both in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Upon arriving in Cabanatuan City, Veloso's relatives partook of a meal.

Mary Jane's sister Darling narrated Mary Jane had become closer to God and even made a cross-stitch work with the image of Jesus Christ.

She said Mary Jane has also forgiven Maria Kristina Sergio, the recruiter who allegedly set her up.

However, Mary Jane's mother Celia remained critical of the government.

Meanwhile, singer Anthony Castelo rendered a song number for the Veloso family, and tried to convince Mrs. Veloso to make the peace sign with President Benigno Aquino III.

Before the program ended at 2 a.m., Veloso's family asked the Filipino people anew for their support in attaining justice for Mary Jane, and to have Sergio punished. —Joel Locsin/KBK, GMA News