The PNP elite force once again wowed the global audience with their outstanding and excellent discipline as shown in their execution of some of the important combat operation skills during the 12th Annual International Warrior Competition held at GHQ-Armed Forces, King Abdullah II Special Operation Training Center (KASOTC) in Yajus, Amman, Jordan.
On June 5, 2022, eight personnel from the Philippine National Police- Special Action Force, Rapid Deployment Battalion, composed of PMSg Cludo Las Piñas Bracero Jr., PMSg Kenrick Balngit Almazan, PMSg Jonathan Fanao Fatawil, PSSg Dinky Caddawan Basan, PSSg Walter Crampatanta Tenorio, PMSg Jonathan Rex Accad, PSSg Roliejun Bagsican Balagantol, with their team leader Police Captain Romeo T. Santos III, together with other 40 contingents from 25 different countries, met in the Kingdom of Jordan to compete in one of the most prestigious contests of the world’s finest special unit operators.
Each year, the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) invites Jordanian and international teams, from Special Operations Forces and Law Enforcement Units, to participate in the Warrior Competition and compete in a series of challenging events designed to test their skills and endurance.
Participants in the Warrior Competition are given the unique opportunity of training and networking at one of the most advanced combat-training facilities in the world.
At the tactical level, the Warrior Competition builds ‘esprit de corps’ among Jordanian and international forces partnered against terrorism, and facilitates the exchange of best practices, technology and hardware. The competition also provides a yardstick for unit performance, and exposes strengths, and/or potential weaknesses, in both unit and individual skill sets.
This year’s competition marks the 12th time the tourney was participated in by the different Special Operations Unit from around the world, and the 12th time to be held in the historic country of Jordan. The competition lasted for four days starting from June 5 until June 9, 2022.
The Royal Guards of Jordan led the commencement of the ceremony with their Capability Demonstration, followed by Major General Yousef Al-Hunaiti, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who delivered his welcome remarks to all participating countries.
The competition was composed of four categories: the individual category called (1) “Top Shot”, which intended to evaluate and record the speed and accuracy of the participants; and next was (2) “Schadenfreude Category” which focused on the application of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Techniques and the conduct of Firaearms 300 Location of Miss and Hit (LOMAH) Relay. The LOMAH competition aimed to test the application of techniques and tactics in detecting the location, angle and velocity of the bullet on a lightweight weapon.
The third category was composed of Sniper Extreme Challenges and Asylum Category, where Team Philippines, led by Police Captain Santos first participated in followed by the fourth category which is called “Full Monte Challenge” and “Urban Assault”. This challenge is a combination of Close Quarter Battle (CQB) with an Obstacle Course from Ground to High-Rise Building. On this challenge, Rifle Marksmanship, Handgun Proficiency and Brute Strength of participants were tested.
Team Philippines won the 1st place in the last category. The team dominated the Full Monte Challenge and Urban Assault which was the highlight of the said tournament.
The Philippines eight (8)-man team from the Rapid Deployment Battalion, Special Action Force received the trophy and Certificate of Recognition for winning the 1st Place on the “Full Monte Challenge” Category from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff himself, Maj. Gen Yousef Al-Hunaiti.
Police Major General Patrick T. Villacorte, Director, PNP- Special Action Force, lauded the team for bringing pride not just for the PNP- Special Action Force and to the entire Philippine National Police, but also to every Filipino around the world.
On June 12, 2022, the Philippine National Anthem resonated in the vicinity of the Philippine Embassy in Amman, Jordan as the Philippine contingents proudly sang the Lupang Hinirang in a flag raising ceremony in celebration of the 124th Philippine Independence Day which was also attended by His Excellency, Ambassador Akmad Atlah Sakkam.
Never expecting for victory, but the Philippine team made sure to ultimately give their best as they showcased to the world the resiliency of the Filipinos to withstand every difficulty, and to compete among other international counterparts and probably be the best.