By Aaron Recuenco
The PNP mulls enlisting top and world-class Filipino marksmen to train cops in improving their shooting skills amid complaints of civilian collateral damage in the government’s ongoing war on illegal drugs and criminality.
The training will especially help anti-narcotics police in the second phase of the police’s anti-drugs war dubbed Project Double Barrel Alpha, said Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director.
Among the big guns being considered is Jethro Dionisio, a top-caliber shooter with multiple awards in domestic and international competitions.
“I’m particularly in awe of Filipino shooters who continue to bring honors with their remarkable performance in shooting competitions in foreign nations,” Albayalde said during the opening of the 24th Defense and Sporting Arms Show (DSAS). “They are indeed the models of discipline, precision in shooting and commitment to the sport.”
“These are the qualities that we continue to instill in our police personnel, especially now that we are in the midst of the war against illegal drugs,” he added.
Albayalde also bared plans to recruit as many groups in marksmanship training as possible, such as the Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers (AFAD), particularly for those taking part in sensitive missions.
“I hope the PNP and AFAD will have more opportunities of cooperation along this line,” said Albayalde.
Last December, AFAD sponsored the first session of the Basic Efficiency Shooting Training (BEST) for PNP Headquarters Support Service (HSS) personnel under the supervision of Dionisio.
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