Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao visited and prayed with her kabayan Mary Jane Veloso Friday, who was convicted in Indonesia after being arrested in 2009 with 2.6 kilograms (5.7 pounds) of heroin was found in her suitcase.
Pacquiao together with wife vice-governor Jinky arrived in Indonesia on Tuesday to film a commercial and confirmed that he will visit Veloso and to meet also Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Pacquiao said “I will visit her [Veloso] on Friday,” to reporters while in Semarang. A place not too far away from the prison where Veloso is being held.
The Filipino boxing icon was able to visit Veloso and prayed with her on Friday, but it is still unknown whether he was able to meet President Widodo.
Late Thursday evening, Pacquiao said via text message that his meeting with Widodo is not yet certain.
Veloso was set to be executed via firing squad on April, but was granted a reprieve after her recruiter was arrested in the Philippines. The Indonesian government however stressed that the reprieve was only a “postponement”.