Soldiers have been warned to respect their families and refrain from domestic violence and abuse.
The warning came from PNG Defence Force Commander Brig-Gen Francis Agwi and newly-appointed Defence Force judge Justice Panuel Mogish.
They made their views known to officers, their spouses and guests at the officers’ mess after the PNGDF engineering battalion 37th anniversary parade at the Igam Barracks in Lae, Morobe.
Both condemned domestic violence and abuse of family members by servicemen, saying these actions did not reflect the spirit of discipline in the force.
“If you are wrong and if you go to jail for that, I will not support you,” Agwi said.
He was the reviewing officer at the parade.
Justice Mogish, who attended his first official event as the Defence Force judge, reminded the servicemen to value family relationships.
He said it would have a positive impact on a serviceman’s career.
Their comments were in relation to media reports highlighting a complaint by the wife of a soldier about the continued physical abuse from her husband.
The National/One PNG news