The spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Charles Jose, has confirmed on January 25, 2017, that a Filipina domestic helper was executed in Kuwait, at 3PM, Manila time.
The domestic helper, Jakatia Pawa, was accused of killing the 22-year old daughter of her employer.
Charles Jose clarified that the government was fully aware and informed about Jakatia Pawa’s case. He revealed that all efforts and channels – diplomatic, political, and even religious – were fully exhausted in order to save her life.
He also revealed that they were only informed of the schedule of Jakatia’s execution a day before.
“The Department and the Embassy made last-ditch efforts trying to save her. The Embassy made respresentations with the Office of the Emir, while at the same time with the Department called early this morning the chargé d’affaires of the Kuwaiti Embassy in Manila.” – DFA Spokesperson Charles Jose
Jakatia’s case began in May 2007 when she was accused of murdering her employer’s daughter. She received a sentence of guilt, and with the corresponding penalty of death in 2008. She took an appeal, but the appeals court denied it, and upheld the conviction in 2009.
In her defense, Jakatia maintained her innocence. She interposed the alternative defense that a relative of the victim may have killed her after the victim’s affair with a neighbor was discovered.
Lieutenant Colonel Angaris Pawa, Jakatia’s brother, said in an interview with CNN Philippines, that he was able to talk with his sister by phone at around 5AM, Manila-time. She called to say good-bye to him and informed him that she was scheduled to be executed by 8AM, Kuwait time.
Jakatia was able to call her brother again at 12:50PM, Manila time, when she informed him that she was already inside the execution room. This was the last time he was able to talk to Jakatia.
Jakatia’s last words to him were to ask for forgiveness for whatever sins she may have committed, and to say good-bye.