Peter O'Neill

Namah difficult to serve: Lawyer

Jerome Sioni of Twivey Lawyers today informed the Supreme Court they have had unsuccessful attempts to effect personal service on Namah since December last year.

Four other opposition MPs; Bryan Kramer, Sir Mekere Morauta, Patrick Pruaitch and Kerenga Kua, have been served.

Sioni asked the court for another 14 days to have the court documents served on Namah.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia allowed the 14-day adjournment. The case is to return to court on February 19.

In this motion, Prime Minister O’Neill is asking the court to charge the MPs for contempt.

Churches to meet with PM

The Moderator of United Church, Lutheran Bishop, Archbishop of Anglican and Archbishop of Port Moresby Diocese Cardinal Sir John Ribat will be part of the delegation.

The Churches will outline matters of national concern including Sorcery, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuality and Transgender and Abortion will be brought to the table.  

Churches say it's time they are given an equal and fair platform and the meeting with the Prime Minister is a timely approach to address these issues.

O’Neill calls for unity

Speaking to the Provincial Assembly Members today, during the PEC swearing in ceremony in Mendi, O'Neill said other provinces in the country have developed in terms of services unlike Southern Highlands.

"Southern Highlands Province is always prone in law and order issues during election periods.

"How many times will we change from our ways and allow proper procedures to take its toll."

He condemned an incident an incident that took place some months which resulted in many properties destroyed.

PNG poised to host APEC: PM

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, during a walk-through inspection of the iconic APEC Haus in Port Moresby, said the country is confident and looking forward to host the Summit.

Accompanied by APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko and other APEC Authority delegates, Prime Minister is pleased with the progress of the APEC Haus.

He said hosting of the APEC Summit will be a historic moment for the country as it will be our first time to host such big event.

PM extends condolence for late Kato Ottio

“It is with shock and great sadness that we have learned of the death of Kato Ottio,” the Prime Minister said.

“I extend the condolences of the people of our Nation to the family and teammates of the Late Kato Ottio, as we share your grief.

“The passing of someone so young, so fit and with so much promise, is hard to come to terms with.

“It was only a matter of weeks ago that he proudly wore the colours of Papua New Guinea on the world stage as a Kumul.

“We remember his courage and tenacity as rugby league star, and as an all-round athlete.

PM Commits K150,000 for Kadovar Disaster

PM O’Neill also commended the Governor of the East Sepik Province, Hon. Alan Bird MP, for taking the steps to arrange for the people of Kadovar to be evacuated to safety at nearby Ruprup Island, and to the mainland of Wewak.

The Prime Minister said the safety of people in the area around the volcano, and areas where there could be potential risk of tsunami, is of paramount importance.

“The welfare of people in the area around the volcano is of immediate concern,” the Prime Minister said“With volcanic or seismic activity, there is always the further risk of tsunami.

Spare a thought for others: PM

“Invite them into your home to share the spirit with you,” says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

“Look after each other, and set an example for those around you.”

The PM says further says it is at this time of year we come together as a Nation.

“In our communities, our Churches and in our family homes, we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

“This birth in a manger in Bethlehem, more than 2,000 years ago, was the start of a new era for humankind.

“Through our Christian faith we celebrate goodwill, and we share a belief in doing the right thing.

PM clarifies police budget cut

“We’ve got some issues in the police modernisation program that was one area that was cut, because some questions need to be answered about how the program is going, whether we are achieving the targets of police housing and modernising all our police stations around the country and equipping them properly.

“In fact, we spent hundreds of millions of kina in that project so those are areas we need to tighten up.”

However, the PM said the cut should not be taken literally.

Foreign media urged to be fair

O’Neill made this statement after the Supreme Court quashed his warrant of arrest case last Friday.

“This saga has done great damage to the nation, it has cost millions of Kina in the legal process, both to me personally and to the state, and our country’s name has been dragged through the mud.

“In particular, media outlets like the ABC have continuously acted without due care for the legal process that is taking place in the country,” says the PM.

PM welcomes Supreme Court ruling

He told media this afternoon that the ruling by the three-man bench is a clear demonstration of the independence of the judiciary system of the country.

He said it was clearly a politically motivated case by people with vested interest out to tarnish his name, and he hopes the real culprits can be caught.

“This is a decision that has a lot of common sense and it is a decision against people who are maliciously using both government agencies and the courts to get political merit out of,” said O’Neill.

“From the start this was a political witch-hunt.”