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Nearly 1,200 Metro cops ‘poor shot,’ to be retrained — Sinas

A TOTAL of 1,195 personnel of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) have turned out to be ‘poor shot’ during a recent marksmanship training and needs to undergo more training in order to become officers who really knows how to shoot and hit the real target on time, the Journal Group learned.

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According to NCRPO director, Major General Debold M. Sinas, the 1,195 failed to pass the qualifications required to belong to a shooter classification.

“They failed to attain the necessary score and thus will undergo a seminar on gun proficiency and handling of short firearms and will re-take the classification shootfest,” the Metro Manila police chief told the Journal Group.

Sinas said the 1,195 policemen were given 100 ammunition each for them to practice further and ultimately develop confidence in the use of their weapon. Policemen who fail to hit the target are given the tag ‘Boloman’ amid jokes they should be instead armed with bolos and not guns.

Others call these poor shots as ‘farmers’ since they usually hit the soil on the ground while aiming for paper or steel targets.

This was the reason why Philippine National Police chief, General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan ordered a nationwide rigid marksmanship training for police officers to hone their shooting skills and avoid being the laughing stock of many.

Acting on the top cop’s order, PNP Director for Human Resource and Doctrine Development, Major Gen. Amando Clifton B. Empiso said they have redesigned a training program on marksmanship that will improve the shooting skills of the police force.

Initially, the PNP-DHRDD has required members of the different PNP National Operational Support Units including the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Highway Patrol Group and Intelligence Group as well as the different PNP directorial and personal staff to undergo the PNP Standard Handgun Marksmanship Training in three phases.

Empiso said that under the program, policemen will be classified as either marksman, sharpshooter or expert. Those who will fail the test will be classified as ‘boloman’ who needs to undergo retraining,’ he added.

Two weeks ago, Sinas and PNP Training Service director, Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac awarded the winners of their ‘Clash of the Rank’ shootfest conducted in line Gen. Cascolan’s program.

The shootfest held at the NCRPO firing range in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City, was also timed with the simultaneous conduct of the PNP Standard Handgun Marksmanship Training among all Metro Manila police officers and men in line with the 9-point agenda of the PNP chief as he enumerated in his sustainable development plan.

Sinas said that among the 2,163 NCRPO men who participated in the event, a total of 968 were classified as ‘Shooters,’ 741 as “Marksmen,” 180 as “Sharpshooters,” 46 as “Experts” and 1 as a ‘Master” in handling short firearms.

“This training competition aims to develop, boost and sustain the level of confidence and proficiency of our police officers in the use of their issued short firearms,” said Maj. Gen. Sinas.

The winners who received Certificates of Excellence including Captain Marlon U. Banania, Corporal Lee Cenizal Omo and Master Sergeant Wilfredo G. Pontanal who emerged as the top winners in the individual male category.

On the other hand, the individual female category winners were Cpl. Roxanne L. Madriaga, Executive MSgt. Jeney Lee M. Salubo and Senior Master Sgt. Luzette A. Quinones.

The other winners in the rank competition in their respective category are the following: Brig. Gen. Rolando F. Miranda from the Manila Police District; Colonel Rolly S. Octavio from the Northern Police District; Lieutenant Col. Rommel Bernardo B. Magleo from the RECU/NCR; Maj. Rocky Q. Desear of MPD; Cpt. Banania from the NCRPO Regional Headquarters; Lieutenant Richard R. Mansibang from the MPD; Executive Master Sgt. Rodrigo J. Epis from the Quezon City Police District; Chief Master Sgt. Rodante T. Dogelio from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion;

Senior Master SGt. Felix P. Dulin from the NCRPO-RHQ; Master Sgt. Pontanal from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion; Staff Sgt. Remegio P. Tandayag from the RHQ/PPSFU; Cpl. Omo from the RMFB; and Patrolman Crizter A. Tukling from the RHQ-PPSFU.

“I congratulate the winners of this Clash of the Ranks Shootfest which we have conducted to boost the confidence and proficiency of police officers in the use of their issued short firearms.

Moreover, I enjoin the winners of the worst individual and team shooter category together with those who failed to meet the required score to be classified as a shooter to take this as a challenge to aim for improvement for the betterment of your capability in handling your issued weapon,” said the NCRPO director.