PNG Defence Force

No issues between forces: Baki

Baki who is also the JSTF Commander said this in relations to questions on the history of clashes between the police and military and how this could have an impact under the JSTF.

“I do not think this similar kind of behaviour will be projected in this kind of arrangements. I don’t for one minute want for people to think that yeah you get them out and this is how they behave. No they won’t,” Baki said.

Senior PNGDF officers promoted

They’re Lieutenant Colonels Anthony Oawa, Lt Col Andrew Ringrowe Dopeke and Lt Col Albert Palauva who have all been promoted to the rank of Colonel. 

Col Oawa from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville has been appointed as Chief of Personnel.

Col Dopeke from Morobe Province has been appointed as Defence Attaché’ to the United Nations in New York and Col Palauva from East New Britain is now appointed as Defence Attaché’ to New Zealand.

PNGDF Acting Secretary Trevor Meauri, who witnessed the announcement, congratulated the Colonels on their appointment.

Agencies instructed to provide land acquisition reports

Portion 406 in Manumanu was acquired at a cost of K46m by Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH) for the PNG Defence Force barracks relocation.

Cabinet made a decision in 2012 to relocate these Defence facilities to a suitable site.

O’Neill said the reports will assist with investigations by the Commission of Inquiry (COI), the Police Fraud Squad and the Ombudsman Commission.

The COI will be established to examine the allegations involved in the Manumanu land deal against senior ministers and senior members of departments.

Sir Michael calls for PNGDF call out in disaster times

Sir Michael in a supplementary question directed to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said PNGDF expertise must be used whenever natural disaster strikes anywhere in the country.

 O’Neill in response said, that was the norm but will direct the National Disaster Office to do more consultation with PNGDF to use their expertise when needed.

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PNGDF to enforce ‘one strike and you are out’ policy

 PNGDF Chief of Staff, Colonel Ray Numa, responded to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s directive, saying they have initiated the policy last year and will implement it once they get down to the facts.

Colonel Numa further explained that soldiers who have recently passed from the Goldie Training Depot have a two-year probationary period.

If they breach the Code of Military Discipline, the One Strike and You are Out Policy will be enforced directly on them.

PNGDF captain’s wife reveals story behind rampage

The wife of the PNG Defence Force captain, who was allegedly stopped at the police roadblock at New Year’s Eve, claims a group of police officers blocked them off and assaulted her husband.

The woman, who did not want to be named for security reasons, said there were four adults in the vehicle that night with an 11-month-old baby.

They had finished from a small celebration at the captain’s house and were on their way to drop off the other couple and their baby at Murray Barracks.

There was a slight drizzle when they drove out of the barracks.

Commander Toropo commends soldiers for achieving milestones

PNGDF Commander Gilbert Toropo said this in his address during the Commanders End of Year Parade.

Toropo commend all his men of their work towards achieving the forces’ main aims and vision for 2016 despite it being a challenging and tough year.

He thanked and acknowledged those who have contributed immensely to the success of 2016 and for ensuring that priorities for 2016 were kept up to date and on track.

Court Martial adjourned again

The matter returned before Deputy Defence Force Judge, Justice Allan David this morning however it was adjourned to give State lawyers and the PNGDF more time to complete relevant court files.

Counsel representing the State and PNGDF Captain David Kuvi told the court they are yet to conduct record of interview with four of the 11 officers who were charged for Mutiny and misconduct on an operational service under the Defence Force Act.

He indicated that most of the witness statements  the State will be relying on have been collected.

Court allows bail for Komo soldiers

Deputy Defence Force judge, Justice Allan David granted the 11 applicants bail today on the ground  that the Military Police holding facility’s cells were unfit to continue holding the 11 men.

The decision comes today after a bail application was moved on Saturday (Jan 9).

Basing the decision on humanitarian ground,  Justice Allan David was satisfied with the officer’s lawyers’ application that the cell block was inhuman and unfit for human occupation.

The 11 officers have been kept at the nine-man Military Police holding facility since Dec 28, 2015.