Don’t be surprised if Filipino shooters will deliver big this time.
That’s because Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson is offering P250,000 for every gold won by a member of the Philippine national shooting team in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
“I wish them all the luck and pray that we will win as one,” said Singson, president of both the Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), after giving a pep talk to the national shooters who paid a courtesy call at his residence in Quezon City recently.
Singson, himself a respected practical shooter, said the shooting team has a good chance of topping at least six events after the team finished fourth in the recent Asian Shooting Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Singson is banking on trap shooters Carlos Carag, Hagen Topacio, and Eric Ang; rifle shooters Jayson Valdez, Amparo Acuña, Denise Basila, and Sean Jayfred Ocampo; pistol shooters Shanin Lyn Gonzales, Juliette Rose Arellano, Marcelo Gonzales, and Angelo Michael Fernandez.
Singson also lauded PNSA vice-president Irene Garcia, coaches Julius Valdez, Fernando Mercado, Susan Aguado and armorer Mario Dasalla for their roles in gaining top honors for the country in the Asian championship.
Mercado had earlier expressed confidence in his trapshooting squad because their scores in the Asian championship were equivalent to gold medals in both the individual and team competitions in the SEA Games.
After the dinner, Singson donated P250,000 to the team.