TEARS and wailing from hundreds of relatives and friends yesterday morning in Port Moresby welcomed the body of Goilala MP Daniel Mona upon arrival at Jackson Airport from the Philippines.
Mr Mona died in Philippines on February 4 after a long illness.
The international terminal was packed to capacity as Air Niugini’s Fokker 100 carrying the casket taxied on the runway at 5am.
The casket was removed from the plane and taken into the VIP entrance gate of the international terminal escorted by Kairuku-Hiri MP Peter Isoaimo and Goilala district administrator Jimmy Aniawa, and the late MP’s brother John Mona who had accompanied the body from the Philippines.
Mr Mona’s casket was then carried through a guard of honour by members of the Central police task force unit.
Central Province politicians including Governor Kila Haoda, Abau MP and Minister for Public Service Sir Puka Temu, Deputy Governor Desmond Baira and provincial administrator Gei Raga, paid their respect as the casket passed through to the waiting Funeral Home vehicle.
In a statement yesterday Prime Minister Peter O’Neill expressed his sorrow at Mr Mona’s untimely passing.
“I am deeply saddened at the untimely passing of a promising young leader who spoke passionately on national issues, and more particularly about the plight of his people of Goilala.
“While the rugged terrain, and remoteness of his electorate presented a challenge, he was unfazed. He was determined to build infrastructure, and deliver change that would improve the lives of his people,” Mr O’Neill said.
“He was encouraged by the policies of our government, and joined the People’s National Congress party, so that we could work together towards achieving those goals.
“On behalf of the government and the PNC Party I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the immediate Mona family, relatives and the people of Goilala district on this sad occasion.”
Source: Report by By JOE GURINA, Post Courier,