MANILA, January 26, 2017 (PNA) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday confirmed that overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa from Zamboanga del Norte was executed by hanging at 10:19 a.m. in Kuwait (3:19 p.m. Manila time) on Wednesday, January 25,.
“We extend our sincere condolences and sympathies to the family of Ms. Pawa,” DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said in a press briefing Wednesday.
Jose said the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait was only informed by the Kuwaiti authorities of the scheduled execution on Tuesday, or a day before it was to be done.
The DFA had earlier said it tried to save the life of Pawa, who was sentenced to death in Kuwait for stabbing her employer’s 22-year-old daughter while she was asleep on May 14, 2007.
“The embassy made the last-ditch efforts, trying to save her. The embassy made representations with the Office of the Ameer, while at the same time, the department called early this morning the Charge d’ Affaires of the Kuwaiti embassy here in Manila,” Jose said.
He said the DFA was hoping up to the last minute that the family would accept blood money. Unfortunately, the family did not agree.
Jose said the 32-year-old Pawa was sentenced to death by the Kuwaiti criminal court on April 14, 2008.
On June 15, 2009, Kuwait’s Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the trial court.
On January 19, 2010, the Kuwaiti Supreme Court affirmed the death sentence.
Jose explained that since 2007, DFA has pursued different channels in efforts to save the life of Pawa, including high level intercessions led by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“The embassy had been likewise unrelenting in appealing to the family of the victim to grant tanasul or letter of forgiveness in favor of Miss Pawa but to no avail,” Jose said.
Pawa was represented by two law firms hired by the Philippine government at all stages of the court proceedings.
He said the family of Pawa was able to travel to Kuwait three times, with the last one taking place in October 2016, and it included her two children and a brother. The visits were facilitated by the Philippine government. (Sammy F. Martin/PNA)