Bicolana recruiter of Mary Jane Veloso to be arraigned November 11

NAGA CITY—Bicolana Maria Cristina Sergio, one of the recruiters of reprieved Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, will be arraigned next week, according to an order of a Nueva Ecija regional trial court.

Maria Cristina Sergio
Sergio, who hails from Bagasacan, Lourdes Young, Nabua, Camarines Sur, surrendered herself to the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office on April 28.

Sergio, who is also known as Maria Cristina Gulles Pasadilla, earlier claimed she was only trying to help Veloso and her husband, who came to them for assistance.

Along with Julius Lacanilao and an African known as "Ike," Sergio was accused of duping Veloso into bringing 2.6 kilograms of heroin into Indonesia.

They faced charges of illegal recruitment, estafa, and qualified human trafficking from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Sergio earlier made an official statement that she believes Veloso was innocent.
—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.