PORT MORESBY 15 January 2022: The Governor of the NCD has reiterated his zero-tolerance for violence in a statement issued in response to the national headlines this week reporting on the court case currently underway in relation to violence allegations against his daughter-in-law.
Governor Powes Parkop stated: “As everyone who knows me knows, I have a deep respect for the courts system. It is clear that it is up to the courts to assess allegations and decide on convictions. I have resisted making statements because I wanted to respect the investigation process undertaken by the police. I also have been away for a week so had no opportunity until today to see the media report.
“However, I am aware that the public especially the media are now asking for a response, and as Co-Chair of the Coalition of Parliamentarians to End GBV I want to make myself clear – I stand against violence, whoever it is committed by and whatever reasons are claimed in justification. All allegations of GBV must be investigated by our police, and if sufficient evidence is found to warrant a charge, then charges must be laid.
Governor Powes Parkop was very clear: “No one is above the law – not MPs, not the families of MPs. This applies to me too. If any member of my family is charged and found guilty, then they will have to pay the price accordingly.”
“No one is above the law – not MPs, not the families of MPs. This applies to me too. If any member of my family is charged and found guilty, then they will have to pay the price accordingly.” -- Governor Powes Parkop
“I know my daughter in law very well and I know she a very kind hearted and peaceful woman. She is mother to three beautiful grand children of mine and like any family member it pains me that this has happened to her. I am also very sorry for the lady who was alleged to abducted and assaulted. It’s unacceptable.
I will provide all the necessary support, advice including providing counselling to my son and his wife however, the law must take its course and justice must be accorded. Both of them are adults and must take responsibility for their actions.
The case against Governor Parkop’s daughter-in-law started this week. Ms Quinnie Mick was charged in the Waigani committal court earlier this week with abducting and assaulting a woman. The case is ongoing.
Governor Powes Parkop
15 January 2022