THE Department of Labor and Employment announced on Wednesday that assistance will be provided to the family of Jakatia Pawa, the overseas Filipino worker who was executed in Kuwait.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III ordered a package of assistance for Pawa’s family after the Department of Foreign Affairs reported that the OFW was executed Wednesday morning.
“We join Jakatia’s family in grief which was made more painful with the abrupt execution of Jakatia,” said Bello, who is in Rome for the third round of talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF.
Bello instructed the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to fast-track the delivery of assistance, including the provision of psycho-social counselling, to Pawa’s family.
Pawa’s family will be given P120,000 cash aid, including P20,000 in funeral assistance.
Pawa’s two children will also be provided with college scholarship.
OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said he is flying to Zamboanga del Norte today to condole with Pawa’s family and determine what other assistance may be given to them.
Bello said the Philippine government has undertaken and exhausted all diplomatic and legal efforts, and extended consular and legal assistance to save the life of Pawa.
“The government provided her with all necessary assistance and ensured that her legal rights were observed throughout the whole process,” he said.
For his part, Cacdac said the government hired two law firms to represent Pawa and had also sought the assistance of the King of Spain, who is a friend of the Emir of Kuwait, to convince him to commute the sentence for humanitarian reasons.
The government also engaged the services of a lawyer to negotiate the payment of blood money (diyah) with the victims’ family in exchange for an Affidavit of Forgiveness (tanazul).
Pawa worked as a domestic helper in Kuwait in 2002. Her local agent was Non-Stop Overseas Employment Corporation which deployed her to her employer, Fathiya Nasser Galoum Abdullah.
On April 13, 2008, Pawa was 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. The victim died of 28 stab wounds.
On Jan. 19, 2010, Kuwait's Court of Cessation upheld the death verdict handed down by the Court of First Instance. However, Pawa denied the crime and maintained her innocence.
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 household service worker had been working for her employer for five years prior to the incident.