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Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had given the green signal for the execution of Filipina death row inmate Mary Jane Veloso.

"President Duterte has given the go-ahead to proceed with the execution," Widodo, who is better known as Jokowi told Antara news agency in Serang, Banten.

The Indonesian President said the legal process will be followed up by Attorney General M. Prasetyo.

"I have explained to [Duterte] about Mary Jane's situation and I told him that Mary Jane [has been found guilty] for carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin," Jokowi said.

"I also told him about the delay in the execution during the meeting," he added.

Earlier in September, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte sympathised with Veloso and was hopeful that he will be able to help her.

"I pray I can do something for her," Duterte told Philippine Daily Inquirer.

In 2010, Veloso was arrested at the Adisucipto Airport in Yogyakarta for carrying drugs. She was scheduled to be executed on April 25 last year. But, she was excluded from the list of the third round of executions prepared by the Attorney General's Office (AGO).

She was spared temporarily after the woman who allegedly recruited her to act as drug courier surrendered to authorities.