Hoping that she would be home soon, Jakatia Pawa’s brother, together with his family, were shocked and devastated after answering the last phone call of her sister from Kuwait.
“Don’t worry about me, I know I am going to paradise because I have not committed any crime,” Air Force Col. Angaris Pawa quoted his sister as saying.
He personally received the heart-breaking news straight from her sister’s lips few hours before her death.
“She told us that she welcomed her death because she knew she will go to heaven. My sister was innocent,” he said.
It was around 5 am when Jakatia personally called Angaris that she will be executed at 8 am (1pm in Philippines).
Among her last words pronounced her last will to have her two children left in Zamboanga be supervised for “they are about to become orphans.”
It was just last week when Angaris publicly announced that his sister will be coming home this year after a Kuwaiti lawyer told him that she is innocent.
Angaris shared that they already have many plans with her son and daughter as soon as she come back home.
Jakatia even took short courses inside the jail in preparation of her supposed freedom.
But what happened is not what they have expected, they are now requesting embassy officials in Kuwait to bury her sister’s body there as part of Jakatia’s wish and of their tradition to bury the dead within 24 hours.
“It was so sudden, we were not even given a time to spend a day with her,” he said.
Angaris is appealing to the government of President Rodrigo Duterte to help in the education of Jakatia’s children.
Convicted Pinay OFW Executed by Hanging in Kuwait
The Filipina overseas worker convicted for murder in Kuwait was executed by hanging on Wednesday, 10:19 am (3:19 pm in Manila).
Jakatia Pawa, 33, is the first Filipino to face execution in Kuwait, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose said in a press briefing.
It was in 2010 when Kuwait’s Court of Cassation sentenced her to death for the murder of her employer’s daughter in 2007.
Before the execution, she graced a phone call from her detention cell to her family where she bid goodbye and pronounced her last will.
Pawa started working in Kuwait in 2002 to support her two children in Zamboanga del Norte.
She denied all allegations against her saying that some members of the victim’s family has heavier motives to kill the 22-year-old lady with 28 stabs while asleep.
Evidences show that Pawa’s fingerprint is not found in the crime scene and blood samples didn’t match hers.
Jose added that efforts to appeal to the victim’s family for a tanazul or affidavit of forgiveness has been “unrelenting” since Arroyo administration until the last minute before her execution under Duterte.
Pawa, under the Islamic rules, will be buried in Kuwait.
Is the Philippines being betrayed with Pawa’s surprised execution?
Jakatia Pawa’s execution is a surprise not just for her family, but also to the government for having limited hours to do last- minute measures to save her life.
The family of the Filipina domestic helper was just informed by Jakatia herself via phone call few hours before her death.
A mother of two, Jakatia was executed on January 25, 2017 for killing his employer’s daughter.
OFW rights advocate Susan Ople criticized how the Department of Foreign Affairs was caught off guard of the execution and moreso, failed to prepare her family for the said execution.
“Why was no one from the regional office of the DFA, yesterday as well, who visited her family and prepared them for it?” Ople asked.
Unlike previous cases of OFW being executed abroad, Jakatia’s death surprised everyone, even her own family who were not given ample time to prepare.
Previous death row cases had issued execution schedules days before the execution proper.
Lieutenant Colonel Angaris Pawa, her brother, said that his family got shocked and devastated after learning the execution at 5 am, the same day.
On the other hand, the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait was told about it by prison authorities just the day before it was conducted, DFA spokesman Charles Jose said in a press briefing.
Jose added that the time the embassy was informed, Pawa was also given a cellphone to call her family.
Kuwait and Philippines has 5-hour time gap that when Pawa called her family at midnight in Kuwait for her execution early morning, her family receive the call in early dawn in the Philippines.
“Tumawag kapatid ko kanina, around 5 o’ clock in the morning. Kasi nga nabigla ako kanina sa pagtawag niya, kasi umiiyak. Sabi niya, ‘Kuya, bukas, bibitayin na kami,'” Angaris narrated.
Angaris added that his family wished that they should’ve been informed with what her sister may have or have not faced two to three days before.
Jose added that DFA and the Philippine Embassy has done everything up to the last minute to save Pawa’s life.
Justice for Jakatia Pawa’- OFW group
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) group mourns the surprising death of executed Filipina in Kuwait, crying for justice.
“Justice must be served, heads must roll!” cries Migrante International.
In a statement published by the OFW group, they expressed their sorrow and condemnation to the government’s failure to save the life of Jakatia Pawa, a domestic helper from Zamboanga del Norte sentenced to death for alleged murder of her employer’s daughter.
“As we mourn the death of our fellow OFW, we express our strongest condemnation on the government’s failure to save the life of Jakatia Pawa,” Mic Catuira, Acting Secretary General of Migrante said.
Catuira added that allegedly criminal neglect were done by the previous administrations while the current government acted too late to save Pawa from the deathrow.
The case of Pawa, a mother of two, extends wayback the regime of Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2006 to President Rodrigo Duterte when she was executed all of a sudden.
Pawa apparently died in the absence of justice.
Evidences are saying that her fingerprints were not present in the knife used, and her blood doesn’t match the DNA found in the crime scene.
Pawa has been strong in proving her innocence throughout the investigation and trial despite government’s failure to provide her a lawyer in the early stages.
“Her death is a result of the government’s policy of not providing immediate legal assistance to OFWs,” Catuira said.
He added that the government must be held accountable for Pawa may have not died if they just had attended to her sooner.
In this cause, they are calling the President to investigate the case and to instigate officials that should be held accountable.
In their monitoring, the government have not provided assistance to almost 100 OFWs who faces death sentence and almost 9,000 in detention.
35 Distressed OFW in Kuwait Will be Back Home on Wednesday
After Jakatia Pawa’s execution last month, thirty five distressed Filipino workers in Kuwait will be repatriated on Wednesday.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) affirms that the number includes domestic helpers who had experienced physical abuse from their employers.
“The repatriates experienced various labor and welfare-related issues with their employers that include non-payment of salaries, mistreatment, maltreatment, long working hours, among others,” they added.
Due to reports of abuses mainly to female workers, deployment of Filipinos to Kuwait is temporarily suspended.
Aside from Jakatia Pawa’s misjudged fate, a certain Amy Capulong Santiago also lost her life in the foreign land because of physical abuse.
OWWA will provide travel assistance for all repatriates from Kuwait to their respective provinces.
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