Gilbert Toropo

Hela to host new PNGDF battalion

The signing took place today at the PNGDF Headquarters at Murray Barracks, Commander Brigadier General Albert Toropo signed on behalf of the force, whilst PNGDF Secretary Hari John Akipe signed on behalf of the Government and the Hela Provincial Administrator William Bando signed representing the Hela Provincial Government. Hela Governor Philip Undialu and Minister for Defence Saki Soloma witnessed the signing.

Toropo outlines 2018 agendas

PNGDF Commander, Brigadier General, Gilbert Toropo says that operational effectiveness will remain the forces theme, with the support to APEC18 being the focus.

Commander Toropo said he is confident and trusts that the force can continue to be transformed.

“Over the past four years, the force has grown to be a fitter and better disciplined. We have worked at and are working on our leadership, focusing on the projects that will help define how we will adjust in growing as a force to 10, 000 by 2030.”

Soldiering: A noble profession

This is the theme for the end of year mass for the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

The PNGDF Commander, Gilbert Toropo this morning said soldiering is God's calling.

"It is a noble profession," Toropo reminded personnel and staff who gathered for the mass.

He admitted while the profession was challenging he reminded the PNGDF staff and personnel that they should be privileged to stand up and carry out the responsibility for the country.

"God doesn't make a mistake in seeing you become a soldier, a corporal, or a colonel."

VIDEO: Soldiers will be discharged

A disappointed PNG Defence Force Commander Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo, said the people deserve the best from the PNG Defence Force and not behaviour that will disrupt the electoral process. 

 

Charmaine Poriambep with more 

 

PNG Defence Force in operation mode for 2017 Elections

PNGDF Commander, Gilbert Toropo said this during the 66th Battalion Anniversary Parade at Taurama Barracks recently.

Commander Toropo says he has seen the great efforts put in by the men and women towards this profession today.

He says as PNG is heading into preparing for this year’s national elections, PNGDF has a role to play as part of one of its core tasks to support the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary in ensuring a safe and peaceful environment for the citizens of PNG.

Investigations underway into assault of senior disciplinary officers

PNGDF Brigadier Commander, Gilbert Toropo says that the PNGDF will not tolerate such actions from its soldiers and that those who were involved in the assault of the NCD Metropolitan Superintendent and his men will be dealt with accordingly.

Commander Toropo in support of the call made by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says firm action will be taken against those individuals who have broken the law and violated their codes of conduct.

Investigations have already begun and once completed, the soldiers will face the full wrath of the law.

Senior officer dispatched to probe assault on businessman

PNGDF Commander Gilbert Toropo confirmed this with Loop PNG this morning.

Toropo said he had just received the report this morning regarding the assault from senior people in Madang.

He said such behaviour from the PNGDF Navy is unaccepted and those involved will be dealt with.

He added that his directives are clear and that those involved and caused bodily harm to the businessman will be discharged from the force.