The execution of Overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait reflects the general sorry state of cold treatment from the Philippine government these ‘heroes’ receive in return.
Pawa’s execution by hanging was pushed through on Wednesday by the Kuwaiti government. The hapless OFW is the sister of Air Force Col. Angaris Pawa.
In February 2010, cause oriented group Migrante in Saudi Arabia, publicized an appeal to save the life of Pawa who “was sentenced to death on April 13, 2008 for allegedly killing the 22-year old daughter of her employer. The death sentence was upheld by the Kuwaiti Court of Cassation (Supreme Court) on January 19, 2010.”
Jakatia Pawa, was 40 years old and a mother of two children from Zamboanga Del Norte province. She left the country and worked as a domestic helper in Kuwait for the same employer for five years when the crime attributed to her happened.
According to Migrante “The knife that was used in the crime did not have her fingerprints on it and there were no bloodstains of the victim on her dress or body that could link her to the killing. Throughout the whole investigation and judicial process, Pawa maintained that she was innocent. But our government’s failure to provide her a lawyer in the early stages of trial made an unfavorable verdict possible.”
During the court hearings, Migrante maintains that Pawa should have been given the legal assistance from the Philippine government.
Pawa, together with six other prisoners was included in the first mass execution carried out in the oil-rich state since 2013.
Two citizens of Kuwait, including Army Captain Sheikh Faisal of the royal family, were among the seven executed prisoners charged with various serious crimes which ranged from murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and rape.
Four of the condemned prisoners came from Egypt, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.