Brother of executed OFW absolves gov't: 'Hindi naman siya pinabayaan'
The brother of Jakatia Pawa, the Filipina who was executed in Kuwait, on Thursday said the government should not be faulted for his sister's fate, saying it did what it could to save her.
"Hindi naman pinabayaan ng gobyerno natin sa tatlong administration 'yung kapatid ko," said Lt. Col. Angaris Pawa, referring to the Arroyo, Aquino and Duterte administrations. "Full support naman ang gobyerno natin."
Pawa was executed Wednesday for killing her employer's 22-year-old daughter in 2007. She maintained her innocence up to her final moments, saying it was the victim's family who had the motive to kill her after she was allegedly caught having an affair with their neighbor.
The Filipina domestic helper left behind two children in Zamboanga City, who both could not accept the fate of their mother, according to a report by GMA News' Tina Panganiban-Perez on "24 Oras."
"Ma, kahit wala ka na sa tabi namin, masakit sa amin na wala ka na po. Akala namin makakasama na namin siya this year. Hindi pala. Ganun na lang po. Hindi kami makapaniwala," Hadisza Pawa, Jakatia's eldest daughter, said.
Moreover, they expressed anger and dismay that they learned about their mother's execution from her and not from the government.
"Kasi po yung embassy po, parang walang ano, wala man lang kaming ininform sa mga balita. Nalaman na lang po namin sa tawag ng mama namin. Kapag hindi pa tumawag ang mama namin siguro hindi namin alam," said Amencadrah Pawa, Jakatia's youngest child.
The children's father and Jakatia's husband was killed in 2012. The case remains unsolved, the report said.
Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has vowed to provide assistance to Jakatia's family, especially her children, who are aged 18 and 16.
"Hindi natin iiwanan yung pamilya, lalo na yung dalawang anak na binilin din mismo ni Jakatia," said Hans Cacdac, OWWA administrator.
"We can shoulder travel to Manila and of course, if the family ultimately decides to visit her grave site in Kuwait, tutulong din kami sa transportation," he added.
The agency promised to give to Pawa's family financial assistance worth P120,000, livelihood assistance worth P15,000, psychosocial counselling, and scholarship for her children. —Anna Felicia Bajo/KBK, GMA News