Top Pi­noy shoot­ers to hold meet and greet

Manila Times - - SPORTS - AFP

MEM­BERS of the Philip­pine team, who won medals dur­ing the 2017 IPSC Hand­gun World Shoot XVIII in Château­roux, France last Au­gust, will hold a meet-and-greet ses­sion with gun en­thu­si­asts at the 25th De­fense & Sport­ing Arms Show ( DSAS) which opens on Novem­ber 16 at the SM Mega­mall in Man­daluy­ong City.

World shoot­ing champ Jethro Dion­i­sio, pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Firearms and Am­mu­ni­tion Deal­ers (AFAD), said some of the Pi­noy top guns would share their mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the pres­ti­gious world shoot at the gun show ex­hibit venue at 1p.m. on Novem­ber 18.

Among those who bagged medals were Dion­i­sio, Jeufro Emil Le­jano, Ed­ward Rivera, Kahlil Adrian Vi­ray, Rolly Nathaniel Tec­son, Is­raelito Pi­ble, Joseph Bern­abe Jr., John Paul San­ti­aguel, Le­nard Lopez, William Ma­ga­long, Ben­jamin Be­larmino, Bernardo Mari Ale­jan­dro, Is­re­al­ito Pi­ble, and Grace Ta­mayo.

The Philip­pine team fin­ished sixth over­all dur­ing the six- day com­pe­ti­tion.

The rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­monies of the 25th DSAS Part 2 will be at 10a.m. on Novem­ber 17, the sec­ond day of the gun show. The DSAS Part 2 will be open to gun en­thu­si­asts un­til Novem­ber 20, Dion­i­sio said.

The AFAD will honor the Philip­pine shoot­ing team dur­ing the open­ing rites. The as­so­ci­a­tion has been sup­port­ive of Filipino shoot­ers com­pet­ing in for­eign and lo­cal tour­neys.

The DSAS Part 2 has also lined up sev­eral other free sem­i­nars for gun en­thu­si­asts among them Com­pet­i­tive Shoot­ing ver­sus Com­bat Shoot­ing by Rosey Labayog and Gun Safety and Re­spon­si­ble Own­er­ship by Ernie Clau­dio.

The event will also fea­ture live demon­stra­tions of taek­wondo and karatedo by in­struc­tors from the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP).

Armed Forces of the Philip­pines, which are AFAD’s part­ners in pro­mot­ing re­spon­si­ble gun own­er­ship, will also grace the open­ing cer­e­monies on Novem­ber 16.


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South African pros­e­cu­tors on Fri­day will ar­gue for Os­car Pis­to­rius to be given a longer jail sen­tence, say­ing the six years he is serv­ing for killing his girl­friend is “shock­ingly low.”

The Na­tional Pros­e­cu­tion Au­thor­ity will present its case to a one-day hear­ing at the Supreme Court of Ap­peal in Bloem­fontein. Judges are ex­pected to hand down their rul­ing at a later date.

The Par­a­lympic ath­lete shot dead Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valen­tine’s Day in 2013, the door of his bed­room toi­let —an act, he says, that came from mis­tak­ing her for a bur­glar.

Pis­to­rius was orig­i­nally con­victed of cul­pa­ble homi­cide—the equiv­a­lent of man­slaugh­ter—in 2014, but the ap­peal court in Bloem­fontein up­graded his con­vic­tion to mur­der in 2015.

Pis­to­rius, 30, who is be­ing held at the At­teridgeville Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre prison in Pre­to­ria, will not be in court on Fri­day.

“We be­lieve the sen­tence is shock­ingly low,” NPA spokesman Lu­vuyo Mfaku told AFP.

“The court has dis­cre­tion to de­vi­ate from the min­i­mum sen­tence for mur­der of 15 years, af­ter con­sid­er­ing the cir­cum­stances, but we say that you can­not go so far be­low.

“We can­not al­low a sit­u­a­tion where we cre­ate a prece­dent for a per­son sen­tenced for mur­der. It is in­ap­pro­pri­ate if you look at the grav­ity of the of­fence.”

Mfaku de­nied that the NPA was pur­su­ing Pis­to­rius due to his fame.

“It is not per­sonal, we are ad­dress­ing a prin­ci­ple here, we would have done this for any­one,” he said.

‘Pay for his crime’

A spokesman for the Pis­to­rius fam­ily was not im­me­di­ately avail­able to com­ment, but his lawyers have pre­vi­ously said they ac­cepted his cur­rent sen­tence.

At his sen­tenc­ing last year, High Court judge Thokozile Masipa listed mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors, in­clud­ing the ath­lete’s claim he be­lieved he was shoot­ing an in­truder.

“He can­not be at peace. I’m of the view that a long term of im- pris­on­ment will not serve jus­tice,” Masipa said.

But Steenkamp’s fa­ther Barry told the court that he wanted Pis­to­rius to “pay for his crime”.

Mem­bers of the rul­ing African Na­tional Congress (ANC) women’s league, who at­tended many court ses­sions, have crit­i­cised the sen­tence for fail­ing to send a mes­sage against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in South Africa.

The year be­fore he killed Steen dou­ble- am­putee to race at the Olympics when he com­peted at the Lon­don 2012 games.

Pre­vi­ously a role model for dis­abled peo­ple world­wide, he was re­leased from jail in 2015 af­ter for cul­pa­ble homi­cide.

He re­turned be­hind bars his con­vic­tion for mur­der.

Pis­to­rius, who pleaded not guilty at his trial in 2014, has al­ways de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tion that he killed Steenkamp while in a rage.

He has in­sisted that he was try­ing to pro­tect her.

In a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view, he said he be­lieved an in­truder was in the house and “in­stant fear” drove him to grab his gun and walk on his stumps to­wards the bath­room.

“All of a sud­den I hear a noise, at the toi­let. I pre­sumed it was the toi­let door open­ing and shots,” he said. af­ter


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