Philip Undialu

Hela leaders call for respect

Petitioners Francis Potape, Dr Hewali Hemia and incumbent MP Philip Undialu had their lawyers address the court today on whether to hear the two petitions separately or together after Undialu’s lawyer asked the court to vary the orders which joined the two petitions for trial.

Potape, who brought in a total of 60 witnesses from Hela, Mt Hagen, Lae and as far as Wewak, is calling for respect and peace among the supporters.

“I don’t want anyone to threaten anyone. No one should threaten any of the witnesses,” Potape said.

Witness in Hela petition given till tomorrow

Chief Sergeant Mike Imara and lawyer John Ole were summoned by Francis Potape to appear for the petition hearing, which commenced today. Only Ole was present in court.

Trial Judge Justice Ellenas Batari gave the officer until Friday morning to appear in court or a bench warrant will be issued.

The two joined petitions challenging Philip Undialu’s election as Hela Regional member went to court this morning for parties to sort out preliminary issues. Among these were the summons and other motions.

Hela Governor condemns attack on cops

The killing happened along the Mendi highway. 

Undialu said he had anticipated such an attack, which was why he came out in the media to warn the public not to interfere with issues affecting the people of Hela.

Governor Undialu said killing, robbery and rape is common along the Nipa-Mendi section of the Highlands Highway and leaders of the province need to come out and address this.

He said the name of the entire Southern Highlands and Hela province continues to be tarnished, thanks to a handful of troublemakers.

VIDEO: Undialu condemns killing

The killing happened along the Mendi highway.  


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K55m to redevelop Tari airport

The redevelopment of the airport will cost K55 million under the Asian Development Bank funded Civil Aviation Development Investment Program (CADIP).

Hela Governor, Philip Undialu, said the signing of the agreement is well over due.

He thanked the National Government, NAC, and ADB for considering Hela this time for the redevelopment.

The K55m will be used to do fencing, terminal, and runway sealing. 

“For the long term, we are also planning on doing the same for the Komo airport,” says Undialu.

​Hela Governor against K15m royalty payment

Undialu made the call after a daily ran a story on K15 million in royalty from the PNG LNG project to be paid to the four plant site villages in Central – Boera, Porebada, Papa and Lealea.

“How on earth you will pay when the custodians of Gigira Laitebo are still waiting after 350-plus shipment?” Undialu asked.

He said the Government has failed the Hela people from day one at the signing of UBSA and LBBSA in Kokopo.

Hela Governor confident to change province

He said a priority area his administration will be embarking on is the landowner benefits the government is yet to release to them.

Undialu added that so far, more than 300 shipments of LNG have been exported overseas but landowners are yet to receive their royalties.

He said the delay is also on the landowners, who are yet to fix the clan vetting and access their royalties.

Undialu further reiterated that the ‘gun surrender’ program in Hela will continue in order to maintain investor confidence and peace in the province.

Hela leaders committed to serve people

In a joined media conference today, Governor Philip Undialu, Tari Pori MP James Marape, Koroba Kopiago MP Manasseh Makiba and Komo Margarima MP Petrus Thomas, have committed to serving their people and nothing else.

Leading the young province, Governor Undialu called on all the leaders in the province to set aside personnel differences and work together for the good of Hela.

He said Hela has not been achieving any tangible service delivery since becoming a province because of the infighting among political leaders.

Undialu: Potape should just accept defeat

He said the people of Hela have spoken through the ballot papers and this must be respect.

In an exclusive interview with Loop PNG Governor Undialu stressed that Potape was coming up with all sorts of excuses to bring him down.

He said allegations raised by Potape against his win were all lies and made up adding that the right channel for him to follow is to go to court.

The member elect adds that the people of Hela are tired of such leaders and want to move Hela forward.

Potape disputes declaration claim

Loop PNG understands that, Philip Undialu, has been declared as Governor-elect for Hela Province by Election Manager John Tipa.

However, this is being disputed by Francis Potape, alleging that Tipa burnt the master tally board this morning before doing the declaration.

Potape further alleges that Tipa had been bribed by the People’s National Congress (PNC) Party to declare Undialu without following the proper legal process.

Potape told Loop PNG from Tari that after the final elimination, his score was 67,435 while Undialu collected 65,836.