Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Charles Jose, confirmed during a press conference on January 25, 2017 that a Filipina Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Jakatia Pawa was executed in Kuwait by hanging 3:19 pm (Manila Time).
According to Jose the government did everything to save Pawa, but the family of her employer had refused to grant forgiveness in exchange for payment of blood money.
Some are still probably wondering who was really Jakatia Pawa, the OFW executed by hanging in Kuwait on January 25? Here are some facts that you should know about her.
- Jakatia Pawa is a mother of two, a 44-year-old OFW Jakatia Pawa obtained a college degree, then later served as a domestic worker in Kuwait.
- Pawa’s a native of Zamboanga Sibugay.
- Her two children aged eighteen and sixteen.
- She held a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the Zamboanga Arturo Eustaquio Colleges in Zamboanga City.
- While holding a college degree, she joined ten of thousands Filiipinos as domestic workers overseas in search for better.
- She served the same employer for five years until she was arrested in 2007.
- However, Pawa’s brother, Liutenant Colonel Angaris Pawa, is with the Philippine Air Force. Another brother of hers, Wares Pawa, is said to be a retired police officer.
- Pawa was sentenced to death in Kuwait after killing her employer’s 22-years-old daughter.
- According to the prosecutors, Pawa stabbed her victim several times with a kitchen knife while asleep at dawn on May 14, 2007 in the al-Qurain district, south of Kuwait City. But the DNA found did not match on Pawa’s DNA.
- Pawa has pleaded her innocence, saying one of the victim’s relatives might have perpetrated the killing because of the victim’s illicit love affair with her neighbor.
- Pawa told Lieutenant colonel Angaris Pawa over the phone on early Wednesday about her scheduled execution.
- It was unclear if Lieutenant Colonel Pawa was the only family member that the late OFW called.
- The Philippine government has hired lawyers to represent Jakatia and has also sought the assistance of the King of Spain, who is a friend of the Amir of Kuwait, to convince him to commute the sentence for humanitarian reasons.
- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also wrote the Amir to spare Jakatia’s life.
- ACTS OFW party-list Representative John Bertiz III also urged the government to immediately phone Kuwait’s ambassador to ask that the execution be deferred “until further investigation.”
- Previously, President Rodrigo Duterte sent a letter of appeal to the kuwait government. seeking clemency on Pawa’s behalf.
However, Lieutenant Pawa said that their family should have been informed of the execution two to three days before it happened. Susan Ople, OFW rights advocate criticized the DFA on Wednesday for failing to inform and prepare Pawa’s family on the execution.
Thus, this has also been the first execution of an OFW on death row under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.