As posted on Facebook page of PNC – in response to the appeal for the women of Wewak – allegedly brutalized by the police.
*** Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill takes swift action ****
The Police Minister and Prime Minister Hon Peter O’Neill has moved quickly this morning on the allegations of rape involving a PNG Police Officer. “I have spoken to the Police Commissioner and he is totally aware of the situation and we are dealing with this as a high priority. Our Police in PNG need to be a respected unit and trusted by the community. The Police Commissioner is investigating this situation and will advise me on the outcomes of this. Violence against women in PNG will not be tolerated and I personally pass on my sympathy’s (sic) to the victim. I am also concerned by the other allegations of another woman being arrested due to protesting over the crime committed. Again we are moving quickly to have all the facts, and then take the necessary action. Please allow the Police to investigate this matter throughly (sic) and I promise there will be arrests once we have all the facts.”
The Prime Minister continued with his comments, condemning the social media journalists for there (sic) extended comments on PNG as a country, “PNG is not a failed state, PNG is not a state of anarchy. We are a developing country like others around the world. We are meeting the challenges of being a developing country and not everything is going to be perfect like many other countries around the world. The journalists making these statements from outside PNG, need to come to PNG and see what the day-to-day challenges are. I agree the crime committed is inexcusable, and I want justice for these women. However these journalists comments are simply not true. We have not lost control of our disciplinary forces, we are not sliding into a state of anarchy. If we talk facts then we can achieve anything. If we talk nonsense, we get nothing. There will be arrests once the Police complete there investigations, and I will be following this to ensure a quick outcome”