MANILA - In her final moments, Jakatia Pawa could only think of her children.
Pawa, who was executed in Kuwait Wednesday, wished to secure her children's future, her brother said.
Lt. Col. Gary Pawa said that in their final conversation, Jakatia told him, "Magpapaalam ako. Kuya, huwag mong pabayaan dalawang anak ko, bukas bibitayin na ako. Yun lang mahihingi ko sa iyo."
Jakatia, who worked abroad to give her family a better future, was convicted of murdering her employer's 22-year-old daughter.
Gary is now appealing for scholarships for Jakatia's children.
"Sana mabigyan ng gobyerno ng scholarships ang mga bata dahil wala nang nanay, wala nang tatay," he said.
The OFW leaves behind two children, aged 18 and 16. Gary said the children are still in school and may not yet be aware of their mother's fate.
"I-explain ko na lang siguro sa kanila. Tanggapin na nating ganyan talaga. Nakaguhit na siguro sa kapalaran ng nanay ninyo, tanggapin na natin," he said.
Jakatia's husband is also dead. He was a victim of a crime.
"Nabaril yun noon pagsundo sa anak niya," he said.
The orphaned children are staying with his family. His mother who is now in her 90s, is not aware of his sister's demise.
"Hindi na namin sinabi sa kanya (We did not tell her)," he said.
Gary also recalled his last conversation with Pawa.
"Masakit, dahil pagtapos ko magdasal ng umaga siya po ang tumawag. Napaiyak na lang ako sa sinabi niya (It's very painful. She called after I finished praying. I broke down when I talked to her)," he said, adding that his sister, the second to the youngest among nine siblings, was a kind person.
"Bilang kapatid, mabait na bata yan (She was a very good sibling)," he said.
He hopes that Kuwaiti authorities will bury his sister according to Islamic rites.
"Sana naman ilibing nila ng maiigi ang kapatid ko. Huwag na nilang i-travel pa. Sa Islam kasi, kailangang mailibing sa loob ng isang araw," he said.
- With reports from DZMM