PNP holds 'Bato Cup' to hone shooting skills

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 10 2016 04:10 PM

LIPA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) held its first "PNP Chief Bato Cup" gun shooting competition in Lipa, Batangas in a bid to provide a new training environment for cops amid President Rodrigo Duterte's intensified campaign against illegal drugs.

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said it is important for police officers to continually hone their shooting skills, as these may turn out to be useful if they find themselves in a shootout with criminals.

"We will never know when these encounters against drug lords would happen," Dela Rosa said.

The police have often figured in violent encounters with suspects. Recent data from the PNP showed that at least 44 people are killed each day in firefights with law enforcers, during anti-drug operations in communities.

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"Cops get high not because of drugs but because of gun powder," the police chief said in jest.

Aside from fighting the illegal drug trade, police officers have been tasked to guard checkpoints and public areas after Duterte declared a "state of national emergency" in the aftermath of a blast that hit a night market in Davao City last week.

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