Mangos’ sacking temporarily halted

The termination of PNG Power’s executive director John Mangos has been temporarily stayed by the National Court.

This was the order of  acting Judge Danjo Koeget this morning when he granted interim orders to Mangos to maintain the status-quo while the court awaits counsel representing PNG Power Ltd and the PPL Board members to attain their 2016 legal practicing certificates. 

The court also granted the interim order for Mangos’ entitlements to be paid until the matter returns next week Thursday (Jan 14).

The interim orders sought by Mangos were granted today after the issue of counsels’ 2016 legal practicing certificates was brought up.

PPL’s in-house lawyers told the court they were unable to proceed with the application until their certificates were sorted thus seeking an adjournment to next week.

Mangos’ lawyer Greg Sheppard then suggested the interim orders be granted to maintain the status-quo while the matter returns next week.

Meanwhile PPL’s lawyers indicated that in the event their certificates are not ready by the return date, they have already begun arrangements to engage external counsels to represent PPL in the matter.

Mangos filed the notice of motion on December 17, 2015. That application went before the court last week (Dec 29) and was later adjourned to today.

That motion hearing has been further adjourned to January 14.

Sally Pokiton