OFW executed in Kuwait

Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Jakatia Pawa has been executed in Kuwait.

This was confirmed by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Spokesperson Charles Jose.

Jose said, the DFA made appeals even on the last minutes before the execution on Wednesday, but to no avail.

The execution by hanging was carried out at 10:39 Kuwait time or at 3:19 pm Philippine time on Wednesday at Sulaibiya Central Prison.

The announcement on Pawa's fate was made by the DFA in a press conference at 3:30 pm Wednesday.

Jose said the family of Pawa's employer was not interested in accepting blood money in exchange for pardoning the OFW.

(Photo shows the Kuwait Tower. Credit: Visit Kuwait website)

Pawa's brother, Philippine Air Force Lt. Col. Gary Pawa, said his sister had called him at dawn on Wednesday.

She was allowed to place the phone call to her family for the last time from her detention cell.

She told her brother that she was set for execution and asked him to take care of her children.

Pawa was first sentenced to death by the Court of the First Instance in Kuwait for allegedly killing her employer’s 22-year-old daughter while she was asleep on May 14, 2007.

Her employer's daughter died of 28 stab wounds.

Kuwait’s Court of Cassation (Supreme Court) upheld the lower court’s ruling on April 13, 2008.

The two verdicts were handed down, despite the defense of Pawa that her fingerprint was absent from the crime scene and the blood stains found did not match her blood samples.

The 32-year-old OFW from Zamboanga del Norte had been working as a household helper for her employer for five years prior to the incident.

Pawa’s family claims, it was the victim’s mother who killed her own daughter after discovering the daughter's relationship with a boyfriend. 

President Rodrigo Duterte had previously sent a letter of appeal to Kuwait seeking forgiveness for Pawa.

This is the first time a Filipino was executed in Kuwait.

Topics: DFA , Pawa , execution , Kuwait
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