1) Mobile Brigade Post at Freeport Gets Shot at Again
Sunday, 29 October 2017 | 22:40 WIB
A Brimob officer in Papua (ist)
JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - After an attack that caused the death of one member of the Indonesia National Police (Polri) Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers occurred some time ago, another attack has happened again in the area of Freeport on Sunday (29/10/2017) at around 10:35 local time.
The Brimob post in MP66 area of Freeport Indonesia, Tembagapura, Timika, Papua was shot by a group of unknown people.
"Our members were being shot at from an altitude from the left side from mile 68," said Police Chief Commissioner AM Kamal, Head of Public Relations at Papua Police, on Sunday (29/10/2017).
Kamal said, the members of Brimob had replied to the shots several times. "Our members counted five shots," he said.
Commander Battalion B Brimob Mimika who happened to cross the scene immediately went to the shooting location.
"The joint forces of the Brimob and Indonesian Military (TNI) Task Force are pursuing the perpetrators of the shootings that allegedly fled to the Hidden Valley MP66 area," he said.
Currently, Kamal said, four personnel of Satgas TNI BC64 and the standby zone patrol team at Hidden Valley MP66 intersection.
Kamal added, a number of additional personnel from Mapolres and other Brimob task force were also deployed to assist the pursuit.
Meanwhile, employees and residents who were in the vicinity of the shootings were evacuated to Sporthhall MP68.
Jayapura, Jubi – Armed groups again fired at brimob (mobile brigades) members who served in PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) area, Sunday (October 29) at around 10:35 WP.
Head of Public Relations of Papua Police, Kombes (Pol) A.M. Kamal said, the target of shooting this time is a member of Brimob who served in Brigade Task Force in MP67 and MP66 area.
“Members who occupied the Mile 67 RPU,were shot from the left side of the altitude, the Taskforce responded several times, re-fired by gunfire five times,” Kombes (Pol) A.M. said Kamal in his message received by Jubi, Sunday (October 29).
According to him, the Head of Ops Amole, Head of Task Force, Deputy Head of Task Force and Danyon B Brimob Mimika went together with several members across the scene.
“They immediately went to the scene and joined the members who were at the post. The combined forces of Brimob and TNI Task Force immediately pursued perpetrators of the shootings,” he said.
At 11:05 WP, four personnels of TNI BC64 force and the zone patrol team at the Hidden Valley MP66 intersection is still pursuing the perpetrators and guarding around the scene.
“The perpetrators of the shootings allegedly fled to the Hidden Valley MP66 area to assist the chase, troops from Mapolres and other Brimob Task Force personnel immediately deployed and residents around the shooting area were evacuated to Sporthhall MP68,” he said.
Papua Police Chief, Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar said the gunmen who fired at PTFI mining area in the past few days are suspected of having a schedule of attacks.
“It’s the season, like one of last year and we’re still identifying this armed group,” he said last week. He regretted the shootings occurred in a row in the area of PT Freeport, to cause casualties and injuries. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)
Manokwari, Jubi – West Papua Province succeeded in collecting overseas aid funds of 18 million US dollars to preserve the environment in the area of coral reefs in this area.
This cannot be separated from the status of West Papua as a conservation province and the existence of the world’s coral reef triangle in Raja Ampat, Kaimana, and Teluk Wondama.
Head of West Papua Research and Development Agency Charley Heatubun, in Manokwari on Sunday (October 29), said the West Papua Provincial Government has partnered with Kehati Foundation following the launch of the conservation province.
“The Kehati Foundation will be managing the foreign aid fund, and now there are some foreign donors and funds raised about 18 million US dollars,” Charley said.
He expressed that cooperation with Yayasan Kehati was conducted to optimize the management of Raswan Bloe Abadi area.
It is expected that the presence of Kehati and donor assistance can optimize the efforts of environmental conservation and community empowerment in the area of the world’s coral reef triangle in the area.
“The world’s coral reef triangle is located in Raja Ampat, Kaimana and Teluk Wondama, and we are entrusted to Kehati to manage the relief funds,” he said.
Charley said that in 2018 there will be an international conference. It is hoped that Kehati can create new innovations on biodiversity conservation and community empowerment in the area.
He added that as many as 18 million US dollars of foreign aid funds are currently stored in Singapore. Interest from the fund will be used to finance conservation activities in West Papua.
“Funds are managed by Kehati, if there are proposals related to conservation efforts can be submitted to Kehati, who will select and determine a feasible one,” he said.
According to him, all elements such as universities and community institutions can submit proposals for activities to support conservation programs in this area. (Antara/Zely)
Jayapura, Jubi – Waren Puskesmas Manager, Waropen district, Papua province, stated that people in the area are still afraid to check HIV at VCT clinics in puskesmas (neighborhood health centre), although socialization on HIV transmission and prevention is routinely carried out. They worry about being ostracized by families and communities if the results test turn out positive.
“Actually there is awareness of Waropen residents to come to the VCT clinic, but when they want to check of their HIV status they become reluctant,” said Tiasito Windagdu, VCT Clinical Laboratory Coordinator of Waren Health Center, when confirmed from Jayapura on Monday (October 30).
He said the reluctance of HIV-related self-examination was motivated by the assumption of getting negative stigma from the family.
“Stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Waropen is still high, they are afraid not to have HIV and then be alienated by their families,” he said.
In fact, even if they are HIV positive, still many people would think that the disease suffered due to ‘spirits disturbance’ or Waropen residents call it Suanggi.
“If the result of the examination at the clinic is HIV shows positive, some would hesitate to seek treatment because of the ‘suanggi’ belief” said Tiasito.
He also added that VCT clinic at Puskesmas Waren actively socialize the ways of prevention of HIV transmission despite the limited funds. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)
Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Papuan provincial Ad Hoc Team for PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) overpayment, Ruben Magai said the Indonesian government was powerless to force Freeport to pay its Rp5.6 trillion surge in surface water taxes debt to the provincial government in accordance with the Verdict of Commercial Court Jakarta, January 18, 2017.
He said, despite losing the Jakarta Commercial Court, until now PT Freeport Indonesia has not paid its obligations to the Papua Province.
“The central government is also silent, because they also involved in signing Freeport’s contract of work (KK), so it cannot do much, because the work contract is the reference of the management of Freeport in tax payment,” Ruben Magai told Jubi last week.
According to him, various problems of PT Freeport during this time, covered with Papuan political status. But now one by one vthsecret that has been hidden related to Freeport began to reveal, including PTFI tax overpayment to central government for this is 10 percent of the supposed 25 percent, since 1991.
“The central government needs to take steps with various problems that have happened so far, the central government now acts like the owner of Papua’s natural wealth, which should be the Amungme and Kamoro tribes,” he said.
He also said that so far in Freeport’s investment scheme; it does not involve three parties, namely the government, investors, and the customary community or land owners. In the future he hopes that these three parties will play a role. How investors invest, the government prepares administration eg licensing, and indigenous peoples who make contracts of employment.
“Indigenous people should know how many percentages that investors get, and the government receives taxes, this function that does not work so far,” he said.
Chairman of Hanura Legislative Council of Papua, Yan Permenas Mandenas said the results of his meeting with Toni Wenas, Vice President Director of FI and Rini, Vice President of FI Tax Sector, two weeks ago at Freeport Headquarters in Jakarta said PTFI management states they will pays, but not at once.
“But the Papua provincial government does not agree with the payment method, because it wants to be paid all at once,” said Mandenas.
In addition, according to him, PT Freeport also needs a mature calculation to pay its obligations, because there is a difference in calculations between the management of gold and copper companies from the United States with the Papua Province.
The Papua Provincial Government’s version is that Freeport has to pay Rp5.6 trillion, while Freeport wants the calculation in accordance with the laws and regulations.
“Freeport hopes that if they pay in the present state of the company, they would pay the taxes, worth Rp2.7 trillion, excluding fines; (if it agreed) they are ready (to pay), that’s the result of my discussions with Freeport management then,” he said. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)