SECRETARY POMALEU CONVEY SYMPATHIES ON THE PASSING OF HON. JOHN TABINAMAN OF BOUGAINVILLE

Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council, Ivan Pomaleu has today extended his deepest condolences on the passing of former Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) (Vice President) and Member for Mahari Constituency, the Late Hon. John Tabinaman, MHR.

“On behalf of the Prime Minister and the National Public Service, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and constituents of the Late, Hon. John Tabinaman, MHR. 

“Hon. Tabinaman was an outstanding leader, who was elected to the Bougainville House of Representatives over four consecutive elections.  He served as Vice President under the Late President, Joseph Kabui from 2008, and following the untimely passing of President Kabui, he acted as President until the election of the Hon. James Tanis in 2009,” Secretary Pomaleu said.

Secretary Pomaleu noted that the Late Hon. Tabinaman was a man of quiet distinction, who always had the interests of his constituents and the people of Bougainville at heart.

The Late Hon. Tabinaman held a number of portfolios during his 16 years in Government.

“His contribution in establishing the Bougainville Parliament and in advocating for peace and stability for the people of Bougainville was second to none.  He represented every quality required of a great leader, engaging respectfully with those around him.  May he rest in eternal Peace,” Secretary Pomaleu said.