PNP all set to rep the Philippines in World Police and Fire Games

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 11, 2019 05:49 PM
PNP all set to rep PH in World Police and Fire Games
Photo courtesy of PNP

A select group of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has been sent to China for a very special mission.

From August 8 to 18, the sports teams of the PNP, known as the Responders, are set to compete in the 2019 World Police and Fire Games - a biennial athletic event, open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world.

"For the last six years, we have been sending teams to this annual meet to show the world that our police force is as athletic as the other countries' forces," said Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan. "Our sporting teams are the pride and joy of our 170, 000 personnel."

A total of 12 PNP teams across nine sports will compete in the global meet, headlined by the 45-and-up basketball team.

Composing the 45-over team are PCMS Ariel Saldua, PSMS Harold Decena, PSMS Zherwin Mendiola, PSSg Ronaldo Abaya, PSSg Ricardo Cabrera, PSSg Mariano Flormata, PSSg Mark Nicolas, PCpl Antonio Tolentino, PCpl Jarold Dia, PCpl Rollie Serrano, NUP Ernie Sta. Cruz, and playing-coach PSSg Abdul Khair Bayabao.

Bayabao's squad has been together for the last six years and took part in the 2015 and 2017 edition of the meet in Washington and Los Angeles, respectively.

"Maganda yung experience na yun. Dito namin natupad yung pangarap namin na ma-represent yung Pilipinas," said Bayabao.

"Parang ito na yung Gilas moment namin."

Though Lt. Gen. Cascolan's marching orders to the team, backed by Rebel Sports Pilipinas, is to win it all, Bayabao is just hoping for one thing.

"Siguro, makakuha ng silver. Kahit hindi muna gold," he quipped. "Pero ang pinakaimportante ay yung makalaro kami ng maayos at hindi kami mapilayan."

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