Peter O’Neill

PM brushes away Opposition’s claims

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch accused the Government of diverting K150 million to a separate account rather than the Disaster Trust Account set up on March 1, 2018.

He claimed that there has been no transparency on the restoration work carried out by the Controller of National Disaster state-of-emergency.

PM response on tri-lateral fund

He said this in light of the recent announcement of a tri-lateral fund from the United States, Australia, and Japan, to counter the presence of China in the Pacific.

O’Neill said it was healthy there was competing sources of financing for the PNG.

“We need to have access to cheaper funds, and what it means is that the competition between China and Australia and the United States on the availability of funds to the Pacific and economy’s like Papua New Guinea at much lower rates is in the best interest of our country.

PM rebukes weekend violence

A confrontation between the army and members of the public ensued in Port Moresby over the weekend.

The tensions were a result of a car accident involving some soldiers, which escalated after they were attacked by the public, resulting in one soldier being hospitalised and another succumbing to his injuries on Saturday night.

In a statement, PM O’Neill said: “Any dispute should be settled by relevant legal authorities, and under no circumstances should groups take the law into their own hands.

All MPs receive funding: PM O’Neill

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, made this announcement on Monday in Port Moresby when welcoming the three MPs from the Opposition joining the Government benches.

O’Neill confidently told media that all MPs have all received their DSIP and PSIP funds regardless of which side of the house they are in.

He added that the Government had budgeted for K10 million each for all MPs and made an assurance that the remaining balance will be paid to them before the end of this year.

O’Neill confident in New Caledonia partnership

PM O’Neill made this statement after meeting with the President of New Caledonia, Phillipe Germain, on Tuesday.

President Germain and his delegation left the country this afternoon after his three-day official visit.

PM O’Neill, when welcoming President Germain and his delegation on Tuesday, said both countries must create new pathways for economic cooperation in trade and investment, business, economic co-operation, capacity building.

He said partnership in important social and cultural areas and people-to-people links are vital to enhance friendship.

Disciplined forces will make arrests, not me: PM

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made this undertaking when responding to Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch and Shadow Minister for Attorney General, Kerenga Kua’s calls.

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch released a statement recently calling on PM O’Neill to honour his commitment in Mendi to investigate concerns on the election for the Southern Highlands Regional seat.

PM defends overseas trips

Kerenga Kua had claimed that Peter O’Neill had been frequently attending various overseas meetings without addressing issues affecting the country.

Kua said the Prime Minister should return home and take a hard look at the sufferings of our people and tighten the government belt on wanton spending.

However, Prime Minister O’Neill responded and told this newsroom that Kua’s statement is just cheap politics.

PM visits Philippines

The visit will include a number of formal events with the President of the Philippines, H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and meetings with technical experts in areas that include rice production.

He will also discuss a number of emerging bilateral opportunities between the two countries.

The Prime Minister said the two countries share a very warm history that continues to grow as greater technical and cultural exchange takes place.

PNG to remain committed to China

He said this during the handing over of the International Convention Centre and the launch of the China-Aid APEC Road Projects.

O’Neill said since the country’s birth, PNG has remained committed to the One China Policy.

It was a colourful event with song and dance as the Chinese Ambassador to PNG, Xue Bing, and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill arrived for the ceremony, accompanied by Ministers and senior Government officials.

Relief supply from Dubai yet to be known

According to statements circulating on social media, the plane was provided by HH Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.

It further stated that the plane left from Dubai’s International Humanitarian City, which is the UN World Food Programme’s largest humanitarian hub on Monday.

Among those supplies were the nutrient-dense disaster relief biscuits.

However, PM O’Neill told this newsroom that he have not been advised on this arrangement.

The Disaster Emergency Controller was also not aware of such arrangements.