Thursday, January 26, 2017

Kuwait to execute Pinay, 6 others on Wednesday –report

Kuwait is set to execute seven convicts on Wednesday, including a Filipina, according to a report on Gulf News.
Except for Shaikh Faisal Al Abdullah and Nasra Al Enezi, both Kuwaiti nationals, the foreign convicts were not identified in the report, only saying that they are an Ethiopian, a Filipina, two Egyptians and a Bangladeshi.
Though the Filipina was not identified, OFW advocate Susan Ople posted on Facebook that she is "[p]raying for OFW Jakatia Pawa."
Pawa, 42, a household service worker, was sentenced to death by the Kuwait's Court of Cassation in 2010 for the killing of her employer's 22-year-old daughter in May 2006.
"May her life be spared from execution. I believe that she is innocent," Ople said as she urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to "act with dispatch" to save Pawa.
During a Senate labor committee hearing on Wednesday, Ople said Pawa called her brother, Lt. Col. Gary Pawa, around 5 in the morning to say her goodbye.
"He first learned about it from the sister," Ople said. "It was not through the DFA, nor through any government agency. It was the sister calling the brother and saying goodbye."
In Malacañang, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. was having a meeting with DFA officials on Wednesday afternoon "to discuss the situation." 
He said the meeting aimed to see "if there are available remedies to the government at this stage."
A mother of two children aged 18 and 16 and a native of Zamboanga del Norte, Pawa earned a bachelor's degree in banking and finance from the Zamboanga Arturo Eustaquio Colleges in Zamboanga City, now Universidad de Zamboanga.
During court hearings, Pawa, who started working in Kuwait in 2002, denied killing her employer's daughter, saying the victim's family members had stronger motives to kill her because of an alleged illicit love affair with a male neighbor. —with Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez and Trisha Macas/KBK, GMA News

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