Indonesia proves it has best shooters among ASEAN armies
MANILA, Philippines – The Indonesian Army retakes the championship title at the ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet 2016, proving it has the best shooters among armies in Southeast Asia.
The Indonesian Army bagged 44 gold, 35 silver, and 30 bronze medals, according to Captain Alberto Caber, public affairs chief of the Philippine Army Training and Doctrine Command.
The Indonesian Army bested the Royal Thai Army, who grabbed the championship title last year. They also won overall team and individual championship titles in the carbine match, pistol ladies match, and machine gun match categories.
It was a close fight between the Royal Thai Army and the Philippine Army for the 2nd place overall. The Filipino shooters bagged more gold medals, but the Thais prevailed because they won a significant number of silver medals.
The Royal Thai Army bagged 19 gold, 36 silver, 18 bronze medals. It also won overall team and individual championship titles in the pistol men match category.
The Philippine Army ranked 3rd overall with 23 gold, 22 silver and 26 bronze. It won the overall team championship title in the rifle match category. Filipino Staff Sergeant Rodney Rizana was the champion in the individual men's rifle match.
The 10-day event hosted by the Philippine Army was held at Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac from November 28 to December 7.
Learning from each other
There were 5 categories: pistol for men, pistol for ladies, carbine, rifle, and machine gun. The overall team and individual champions in the categories are the following:
- Rifle match – Philippines
- Carbine match – Indonesia
- Pistol men match – Thailand
- Pistol ladies match – Indonesia
- Machine gun match – Indonesia
The marksmanship contest that started in 1991 allows the armies to learn techniques from each other. Philippine Army spokesperson Colonel Benjamin Hao said the shooters were particularly impressed with Indonesians' skills in firing the machine guns.
"In this competition, we saw how armies develop their shooting skills and technology. You see how seriously they play the game without losing unity and friendship among each other," said Hao.
"You also see how their guns improve every year. They share new techniques on how to shoot the firearms. You learn a lot in firing the machine guns. The Indonesians were really good in the machine guns," added Hao.
The Indonesians have won the most number of overall championship titles – 10 times – since the start of the contest. The Thais have won 8.
The Philippine Army only bagged the overall championship title once, in 2005, when the contest was held in Brunei.
But Philippine Army Task Force AARM Commander Brigadier General Herminigildo Francisco Aquino noted the improvement of the Filipino shooters.
“We bagged more gold than expected, always at the top 3 competing for the the top spot. Always slugging it out with ASEAN’s heavyweights, Indonesia and Thailand. All contenders having a good time competing nonetheless, with mutual respect and friendship," Aquino said.
The ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet 2017 will be hosted by Singapore. – Rappler.com
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