David Manning

Manning Warns Against online Forgery

Manning warned that those engaging in the falsification of police documents would face grave legal repercussions, including potential penalties of up to K100,000 in fines and a staggering 25 years of imprisonment.

Manning directs BPNG, Puma to resolve fuel issue

He issued the direction under the Commissioner’s function as the Controller under the National Pandemic Act that is still in force as the PNG economy continues the long recovery from this period.

“The economic damages caused by the global pandemic still lingers and, in my capacity, I will not let this disagreement between BPNG and Puma set back our recovery,” he said.

Manning said these are big organisations who should have systems in place to prevent their disputes from escalating to the point of costing livelihoods and lives.

Manning: PNG’s security operation successful

This included the Prime Minister of India, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the United States Secretary of State, alongside visits from the leaders of Pacific Island countries attending the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation and the US-PNG and Pacific Islands Summit.
As the final leaders leave Papua New Guinea, Commissioner Manning has made the point that professional standards and capability in the nation's disciplined forces are evolving at a rapid rate.

Police cancels firearm licence

The suspect, Fiebik Simon, while allegedly under the influence of alcohol, used a firearm to threaten a woman in the National Capital District and refused to surrender his weapons to police.

Commissioner Manning, as the Registrar of Firearms, cancelled Simon’s two gun licences and forfeited his firearms to the custody of the state.

Manning: 2023 Year of Law and Order

The three focus areas for the RPNG to achieve this intent include;

  1. Grow and improve RPNGC
  2. Build a safer PNG
  3. Strengthen Partnership, Government and Accountability

“We will look at growing the probationary constable numbers by 500 including 30 constables for the Bougainville Police Service and an increase of Commissioned officers by 60.

“Evolve the accommodation policy to encourage good performance and commence implementation of rolling out infrastructure maintenance and police accommodation,” he added.

Manning Thanks Community Leaders

Commissioner Manning said following the initial outbreak of violence a week ago, security forces have been working closely with candidates and supporters, and with community leaders to prevent any incidents.

“We thank all of those who have pitched in to work together and plan for a peaceful conclusion to the election in the National Capital District,” Mr Manning said.

K1.56m In Police Custody: Manning

Manning made this comment when disputing a recent post on social media that alleged that he had threatened policemen and ordered the release of the K1.56 million confiscated in Hela Province.

“That is totally false. The cash in question is still in police custody,” he stated.

“Five individuals arrested over this incident are currently in police custody. Police investigation into this matter is still progressing.

“As I have previously stated, the public will be informed once the investigation is completed.

Boroko Police Station Refurbished

The Australian Federal Police under the ambit of the PNG-Australia Policing Partnership made renovations to the police station.

Commander of the NCD/Central Command, Assistant Commissioner Anthony Wagambie Junior said a parade will be staged and the Commander of the Australian Federal Police deployment in PNG, Assistant Commissioner Jamie Strauss will accompany Commissioner Manning to the opening.

“Citizens Must Take Ownership”

Commissioner Manning said the success of the elections will depend on the citizens, in ensuring that citizens exercise their democratic right safely and fairly.

Election- related deaths in Papua New Guinea is almost normal for every other National General Election.

As the country prepares to issue writs at the end of April, Police Minister William Onglo said Elections in the country has always been volatile, especially in the highlands region. 

Approvals Not Required To Enter PNG

The key changes to the measures are mainly in the international and domestic travel and social measures. Under the new measures, approvals are no longer required to enter PNG for international travels.

Tourists may now travel to PNG without pandemic approvals. However all persons must still be fully vaccinated to travel into the country, unless they are under 18 years of age or are Papua New Guinea citizens.