There have been so much publicity and negative comments made against the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF) personnel who went on a rampage and destroyed the Manu Auto-Port. However, nothing has been mentioned about the ‘other party’ involved in the fight that started this whole mess. It is true that the retaliatory actions were unbecoming of disciplined force members, but we have to get all the facts before we start passing judgment.

So far, the only side of the story I’ve heard in the media has been from the owner of the vandalized property. There have not been any comments by the PNGDF personnel involved. Nor have the other party involved in the fight come out to tell their side of the story.

This leaves a much obscured view and an unbalanced scale of facts.

I am not condoning the actions of the soldiers but I have lived in the city long enough to know that sometimes (most times) what you read and see in the media is not “100%” accurate.