Veloso recruiter gets busy inside jail

    CABANATUAN CITY – Ma. Cristina Sergio, the woman accused of trafficking Nueva Ecija worker Mary Jane Veloso that led to her conviction of drug smuggling in Indonesia, says she finds relief in evangelization inside the Nueva Ecija provincial jail.

    Sergio, among the 125 women of the 1,024 detainees at the Nueva Ecija provincial jail in Barangay Caalibangbangan here, has had her blood pressure read during a medical mission undertaken by the non-government organization Donate Philippines of businesswoman Myrna Reyes that was supported by the local police and medical practitioners recently.

    She went out of the cell for the blood check wearing a rosary on her neck and holding a religious book.

    She said she found her duty as secretary of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Jail- Catholic Religious Council (NEPJCRC) a “calling.”

    “Nakaluluwag po sa aking kalooban at nagiging busy po ang mind ko sa pagtulong po sa kapwa ko dito po sa loob ng jail na maimulat po sa kanila ang magandang aral ni Lord,” she said.

    Sergio, in yellow shirt (yellow is the official color of detainees), said she was in charge of various activities such as preparing for bible studies and bible services, catechism, Lenten and other religious activities allowed under the jail rules.

    “Talaga pong para po sa akin until now po nandito po sa akin si Lord,” she said.

    Like in her affidavits on charges of estafa, human trafficking and large scale illegal recruitment before the Regional Trial Court, Sergio claims innocence.

    “Itinatalaga ko ang aking buhay kay Lord kung ano po ang magiging desisyon kasi Siya lang naman po ang nakakaalam kung ano po talaga ang tunay na nangyari sa aking kaso,” she said.

    Sergio’s partner Julius Lacanilao who was detained in the same facility, was reportedly suffering some kind of illness. She said, he could not walk fairly.

    Lacanilao cannot be interviewed as parties in the medical mission were only in designated area.


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