The Papua New Guinean arrested in the Philippines last week for attempting to rape a hotel worker has drawn more angry responses from Papua New Guineans at home after he posted on Facebook saying he was a victim of race discrimination.
Hornis Melua Opa, using the Facebook alias, Obip Remocci Nakie, said: “I (MULEA HORNS OPA ) say this is "NOT TRUE" , its "TOTALLLY RACIST" coz I don't have my statement of any of the news.”
But his attempt to draw sympathy from a country weary of bad publicity and sexual violence drew widespread anger from infuriated Papua New Guineans on social media.
Facebook users were particularly furious over Opa’s attempt to shift the blame to Philippine authorities and the victim.
“Spend less time at the bars and assaulting women and invest it in your studies… You've already disgraced your family and the country once with your arrest for rape now you've disgraced them and us again with your writing,” one commentator said.
A Philippine police report said Opa was at the Drive Way Inn, in Cebu City, awaiting two ‘pimps’ to bring him a prostitute.
After allegedly growing impatient, Opa turned his attention to the cashier working at the hotel, suddenly approached her and ‘hugged and kissed her in the neck and arms’.
When the cashier struggled, Opa punched her in the face, bruising her. Cebu locals, then made a citizen’s arrest and handed him over to police.
In pictures broadcast of Philippine television, Opa appeared intoxicated. This is the latest in a string of reports that have come from Cebu about the unruly behavior of Papua New Guinean students.
Many here who have been embarrassed by the recent reports of unruly behavior have also issued stinging attacks on the quality of students attending schools in the Phillipines.
“Either you write in English or Filipino but not in something like that! Man, you gotta spend more time in class than the bar…” one said on Facebook.