By Artemio A. Dumlao | Global Balita
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte – Practical shooting is bridging the gap between the country’s biggest political family with President Benigno Aquino III and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., both avid practical shooting sportsmen, competing this September 7-11 in historic an idyllic Paoay town here for the “Bongbong Marcos Cup 2011” (Asia Pacific Challenge).
Interestingly, Sen. Marcos’ father—the former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. –was born on September 11, the last day of the competition and the former strongman believed his lucky number as “7”.
Invitations were sent to President Aquino III (including avid shooters in the cabinet), said Ryan Remigio of the sponsor club –Ilocos Norte based Marcos Combat Shooters, Inc.
Dubbed as “Worldshoot XVII Tune Up Match” to prepare Filipino shooting sportsmen for the 2011 World Shoot XVI in Athens, Greece this October, the Level III, International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) and Phil. Practical Shooting Association (PPSA)-sanctioned match will pit hundreds of shooting champions and afficionados all over the country and abroad in the grueling 17-stages international competition at the Marcos Combat Shooters Firing Range in barangay Suba, here.
The Marcos Combat Shooters Inc., one of the country’s pioneer practical shooting clubs, also said team as well as individual division championship fetes are at stake in perhaps one of the country’s biggest practical shooting competitions.
Already, various gun clubs all over the country have vowed participation in the match, said Remigio, who himself is an avid advocate of peace through sports especially responsible gun ownership.
Sen. Marcos, like his father—former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., is a sharpshooter himself both in pistol and rifle divisions.
The younger Marcos was also a pioneer in Philippine practical shooting sports world with Cagayan rep. Jack Enrile who is the current president of the PPSA.
“He (Boss Jack) hopes to come too,” Remigio of the MCS, Inc. said.
Enrile is the son of the late strongman’s defense chief– now Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile – who in 1986 turned his back against his former boss—to stage the EDSA revolt that ouster the elder Marcos.