Thursday, January 26, 2017

PHL makes 'last-minute' appeal as OFW faces Wednesday execution in Kuwait

The Philippine ambassador in Kuwait is making "last-minute" appeals in connection with the reported looming execution of Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa, a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) representative told a Senate committee on Wednesday.
"Currently, I was informed by our office that our ambassador in Kuwait is making last-minute appeals to the kuwaiti authorities to spare the life of OFW Jakatia Pawa," lawyer Tanya Ramiro, principal assistant of the DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs told members of the Senate labor committee.
"The embassy in Kuwait assured us that they will call us to inform us whether or not the execution will be deferred or whether or not it will push through," she added.
Pawa, 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 2007.
Ramiro told the Senate committee that a high-level intercession meeting has been scheduled as early as 2007.
Under the laws, however, a tanazul or a letter of forgiveness should be executed by the next of kin of the victim before a convict could be removed from death row.
"We've been trying to convince the family to issue this letter of forgiveness, the mother refuses to issue this tanazul," Ramiro said.
OFW advocate Susan Ople said Pawa's family, including her two childrne, wanted to go to Kuwait.
She said Pawa's execution was scheduled "in a few minutes." —KBK, GMA News

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