Pawa’s kin saddened by her execution in Kuwait

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The family of overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa is saddened over her execution in Kuwait despite efforts to spare her from the death row.

Pawa, 42, was executed by hanging at 10:19 a.m. in Kuwait (3:19 p.m. Manila time). She was sentenced to death for allegedly stabbing to death her employer’s 22-year-old daughter while she was asleep on May 14, 2007.

Pawa called her relatives in this city moments before she was executed.

“What happened to her was really painful since she was the one who personally called to inform us about her execution,” Air Force Lt. Col. Angaris Pawa on Wednesday told the Philippines News Agency over the phone.

Angaris is the elder brother of Jakatia. They are natives of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. Angaris is assigned in the Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) in this city.

Angaris said her sister, in her last phone call, has requested him to take care of her two children, who are under his care in this city.

He said they could have traveled to Kuwait to arrange her burial should they had been informed two or three days before the execution.

“I hope she will be given proper burial because we can no longer bring home her remains following the Muslim rites,” he added.

Under the Muslim tradition, a family member who dies should be buried within 24 hours.

Pawa’s execution came eight days after Angaris was with high hopes that her sister’s sentence will be commuted as they were able to hire a good lawyer, who is the sister of the president of Kuwait.