Manus Police

Probe into Filipino’s death

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the deceased, Alimondo Roy Palangdao, aged 55, was a civil engineer with the Papindo Group of Companies.

It was reported that during his afternoon outing with his friends, he dove into the water for the second time when they noticed that it took him a while to resurface. When he finally did, they saw that he was floating limply with saliva dribbling from his mouth.

Another suspect in ATM robbery wounded

Twenty-year-old Rabi Gabriel Wisi, from Buyang village, Tetidu LLG, is believed to be part of the group of armed suspects who held up the Lorengau General Hospital’s security guards and forced open the door to the ATM.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said his members on Task Force Unit were on a manhunt when they sighted him at Cancer Hill on Saturday January 16th, between 2 and 3pm.

Escapee wounded by police

Masang Sion tried to escape from police during a settlement raid in the early hours of Wednesday January 6th. He was shot on his left ankle, where he was admitted to the Lorengau General Hospital.

Prime suspect in BSP manageress’ case caught

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief inspector David Yapu, said the 16-year-old suspect of Levei village was arrested and charged for break and enter and stealing.

Police alleged that on September 18th, the suspect climbed over the fence, climbed up the water tank, removed louvre blades and gained entry into the house.

77yo charged for persistent sexual abuse of granddaughters

Police in Manus Province allege that the man, from Pundru village, sexually abused his two 8-year-old granddaughters from 2017 to 2020.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, claimed the ordeal had been continuing for some time where the suspect usually touches their private parts and partly penetrates them.

Police say he used sweets and money to induce the girls.

“The matter came to light when one of the victims developed pain in her private parts and reported the matter to her parents,” stated PPC Yapu.

Awareness team attacked by drunk youths: Police

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the team went to Mataworei on Wednesday, May 20th, to conduct COVID-19 awareness when the drunk youths came into the area and started a fight then attempted to attack the government and police officers.

“Their actions had disrupted the awareness and the people attending the awareness were frustrated with their behaviour,” stated PPC Yapu.

PPC Yapu said the matter was reported to his office by the awareness team and on Thursday, May 21st, he dispatched a team to the area.

Couple arrested in dawn raid

Following a tipoff by Air Niugini staff and securities, Manus police raided the settlement at Katen Tingou, Upper ward 5 at Lorengau town, and recovered large quantities of drugs that were concealed inside wheelbarrow tyres.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the drugs were smuggled out from Lae through an Air Niugini flight as freight on Monday (May 11th).

“The husband is from Boana in Lae, Morobe Province, and the wife is from Koroji, Pobuma LLG, Manus Province. Both are in police custody.”

Foreign yacht intercepted in Manus waters

Police confirmed that there was an Australian couple on board who had travelled from Australia to Indonesia and into PNG waters. They were on their way to Rabaul, East New Britain Province.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the couple was warned of the state of emergency lockdown and was refused entry into Manus.

He advised them to continue their journey to their destination in Rabaul.

Police intercept drugs, firearms

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said police searched the boat, which was travelling from Madang Province with bags of betelnuts, and recovered large quantities of drugs, including two homemade guns, a factory made magnum pistol, four 12-gauge shotgun rounds and eight 9mm pistol rounds with a magazine.

The six suspects were arrested and charged for conveying drugs and in possession of the unlicensed  firearms and ammunitions.

Of the six people arrested, one of them was a former prisoner who was recently discharged from Beon CS.

Stepdad charged with sexual abuse after viral post

Manus Provincial Police Commander, chief inspector David Yapu, directed his officers from family sexual violence to investigate and take appropriate actions after the issue went viral on social media.

The accused, Willie Towak, aged 43 of Pak Island, Rapatona LLG, was arrested and charged with sexual abuse.

Police alleged that since 2013, the accused allegedly abused the victim, Raylene Pachichi, with her two small sisters after their mother married him following their father’s passing in 2011.