Malacañang on Wednesday said the government would not make rash statements on the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who is on death row in Indonesia due to drug-related charges.

In a press briefing, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. would make a pronouncement on Veloso’s case only when a policy is already in place.

“The president will make a pronouncement only when the policy is already set in place and after recommendations made by the DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs],” Cruz-Angeles said.

“We also do not want to transgress the sovereignty of another state. So, definitely the president will make no statement until we have some kind of further development on Miss Veloso’s case,” she added.

Cruz-Angeles assured the public the government was working with the country’s diplomats on Veloso’s case.

“[I]t doesn’t mean na hindi siya inaasikas. Tuluy-tuloy naman ang Embassy natin sa kaniya at sila nga po iyong kumuha ng abogado para sa kaniya,” she said.

The DFA appealed for executive clemency for Veloso during Marcos Jr.’s recent Indonesia visit.

Veloso has been imprisoned since 2010. John Ezekiel J. Hirro