No, what gets Philemon Embel the most stirred up is worrying about when he's gonna get more money into his own personal pocket!
Those PNG piggy pollies..... so hilarious sometimes you just gotta luv em.
Monday 16th April, 2012
Embel, guard in punch-up!
MP angered over delayed entitlements . . .
By GORETHY KENNETH
WHAT a real punch up!
Parliament witnessed what could have happened nine months ago- an MP in a fist fight with a Parliament house staff and its security guard.
Nipa Kutubu MP Philemon Embel physically fought with one of Parliament’s senior ticketing officer (named) over an outstanding airline ticket that the MP is owed to his electorate since August 2, 2011.
The ticketing officer bled and his shirt torn from heavy punches from Mr Embel.
The Parliament staff could not resist but return his punches on the leader.
Mr Embel was so frustrated about the delay in his airline tickets owed to him by Parliament and other emoluments.
In the process of fighting, a security guard (named) came to a rescue, trying to stop the fight, but in the process got himself punched too, by the MP who was so angry about what had transpired and the fact that the staff had returned his punches on him.
Mr Embel refused to talk to the media or give his comments on the matter.
The incident happened at the Parliament office, watched by angry Parliament staff, who condemned the actions by the MP and advised that Parliament had no money to cater for even salaries for the 109 MPs and their ministerial and other staff.
Early last week, Unggai Bena MP Benny Allen questioned the Speaker Jeffrey Nape on Parliament’s delay in paying MPs on time and for not releasing any of their travel tickets to their electorates since the Government of Peter O’Neill took office in August 2, 2011.
Speaker Nape blamed the Finance and Treasury departments for not releasing grants for the Parliament to pay their Members of Parliament on time. But the Department of Finance and Treasury refused to comment on Nape’s statement in full but defended that Treasury was only given the total sum for budgetary purposes and that “We too request for such details to be provided to us by their Financial Controller.”
A lot of MPs had also reported in the past months that they have not been getting their salaries on time since the Government of O’Neill-Namah took office in August including their airline ticket entitlements
This is what angered Mr Embel, who was so angry he refused to speak to the reporters that were there watching the fight.
Clerk of Parliament refused to speak to the media.
Speaker Nape was also not available to speak to but Parliament staff working in the accounts and office looking after the affairs of the MPs condemned the manner in which the issue was approached and claimed there was nothing to do about it because Parliament ran out of money!