LABA Chairman urges villagers not to join protest

Chairman of LABA Holdings Limited, Raho Kevau is urging all villagers of Porebada, Boera, Papa and Rearea not to take part in the planned protest at the PNG LNG site on Friday, February 17, 2017.

Kevau and other representatives of LABA Holdings, the umbrella company for all major impact villages, are strongly discouraging the protest which they say is for outstanding equity payments by the current PNG Government.

“We understand the villagers’ frustrations but we would like to encourage them to refrain from going on this planned protest.”

“We call on the instigators to understand the country’s economic problems which we are all facing the hardships at the moment and let's have patience and wait for the Government to deliver when the time is right,” he said.

Kevau said the protest will disrupt its operations and tarnish its good relationship with ExonMobil Limited if it goes ahead therefore he as representative of the four villages is not supporting any planned protest.

Cedric Patjole