MANILA, Philippines — A demonstration by the crack shooters of the Philippine Marine Corps will highlight the first-ever 2011 Sniper Shooting Competition starting this Sunday at the Taytay Tactical Rifle Range in Rizal.
Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) Executive Director Larry Paredes said they have already come to terms with the Marines Corps, led by its Commandant Major Gen. Rustico Guerrero, with regards to its involvement in the four-day event that aims to increase awareness in the sport.
While some of the top Marine shooters will display their capabilities and precision – in the 1 kilometer target – some of them will compete as guests.
PNSA president and Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero said the participation and support of the Marine Corps will add challenge to the civilian participants and glamour to the event knowing how deadly and efficient the Marine shooters are.
“I am thankful to Maj. Gen. Guerrero for allowing his elite unit to demonstrate their skills and some of them take part in our event. This is one step to attract more shooters,” said Romero, who also thanked Taytay Mayor Joric Gacula and the Rizal shooters association for hosting the event.
The event, according to tournament director Boy Banaag, will start with the small bore rifle (.22) on Sunday while the proficiency demonstration of the Marine Corps and the competition in the centerpiece .223 (high-powered rifle) are scheduled on Aug. 26-28.
The Marine shooters are acknowledged as the best in the lot, having produced several bemedalled athletes like Bartolome Teyab, Julius Valdez and Andres Maer.