The National, Monday 12th December 2011
THE PNG Trade Union Congress in a meeting yesterday vowed to uphold the constitution while declaring its impartiality in the current political situation.
PNGTUC president Michael Malabag and general secretary John Paska appealed to people to respect the Supreme Court decision and uphold the rule of law.
“We declare our impartiality on the matter before the court and state that we have no political affiliation and will work with any legitimate government. We stress the word legitimate because it connotes moral and legal authority,” Malabag said.
“We reiterate our total commitment to protect and uphold the integrity, spirit and intent of the national constitution.
“We call on all political groups to respect and uphold the integrity, spirit and intent of the constitution.
“We call on citizens to do the same in upholding the integrity, spirit and intent of the constitution.” Malabag said
He said in light of the Supreme Court decision to determine the constitutionality and legitimacy of the current government, the union urged all citizens to accept whatever decision the court made and not to take the law into their own hands because of their political beliefs and affiliation.
“We call on all political leaders to exercise leadership and respect whatever the court ruling will be and refrain from any manipulation of the constitution or due process for the
purposes of political expediency,’’ he said.