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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
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Mary Jane Veloso set to be executed on Tuesday, April 28 – sister

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso
Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso
Mary Jane Veloso, who has been sentenced to death in Indonesia over a drug case, will face the firing squad on April 28, Tuesday, her sister said on Saturday.

According to a radio DZBB report, the 30-year-old mother told her sister Marites Veloso-Laurente over the phone that the Attorney General's Office of Indonesia confirmed the date of her execution on Saturday.

However, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Charles Jose said the Philippine Embassy in Indonesia has yet to receive a notice for Veloso's execution.

"I just spoke to our ambassador to Indonesia and she confirmed that the Embassy has not received the 72-hour notice," Jose told GMA News Online in a text message.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has previously said Veloso cannot be executed until the Philippines receives an official notification from Indonesia. Protocol dictates that the notice must be given to the convicted person and their respective embassies in advance.

In an earlier report, Tony Spontana, AGO spokesperson, said the order for the execution of Veloso and nine other convicts with drug-related charges was dated April 23, a full day before its release on Friday.

Veloso's family received a copy of the order when they visited her at the prison island of Nusakambangan on Saturday. The order did not specify the date of her execution.


Source: GMA News, April 25, 2015

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