Gov. Suharto "TENG" Mangudadatu, Al.Haj

Governor, Province of Sultan Kudarat
PPSA - President

Message From The President

I am pleased to submit the post-match report for World Shoot XVII held at theUniversalShootingAcademyinFrosproof,Florida,USAfrom 13-19 October 2014.  The positive highlight are the 12 titles or 23 medals won by our Team but the event had its share of controversies.

 A.  Titles and Medals Won

 Our Team Members won a total of 10 Gold medals, 6 Silver medals, 7 Bronze medals, and one Plaque from the Shoot-offs.  We won three(3) titles in the Division competitions(2nd Place in Classic Div Individual Overall, 3rd Place in Revolver Div Individual Overall, and 2nd Place in Classic Division Team), nine(9) titles in the Category competitions, and one(1) in the Shoot-offs per the summary below:

                                             World Shoot XVII Titles and Medals Won by Team Philippines

Name of Team Member

Michael Ron Ligon
Daniel Torrevillas
Wilfredo Anglo
Rosendo Castro, Jr.
Anthony Sy
Edwin Gotamco
Keo Dayle Tuan
Datu Suharto Al Wali Mangudadatu
Joselito Miguel Arimas
Datu Muhaimin Mangudadatu
Edward Rivera
Leonora Darte
Edward Rivera
Wilfredo Martin
Jerome Morales
William Magalong
Philipp Chua
Edcel Gino
Nelson Uygongco
Edwin Gotamco
Franchette Quiroz
Janette Gonzaga
Mayor Bai Mariam Mangudadatu
Jun Haron Ebdane

Title Won

World Champion, Standard Junior
World Champion, Classic Super Senior
World Champion Team, Production Senior
World Champion Team, Production Senior
World Champion Team, Production Senior
World Champion Team, Production Senior
World Champion Team, Open Junior
World Champion Team, Open Junior
World Champion Team, Open Junior
World Champion Team, Open Junior
2nd Place, Classic Division Overall
2nd Place, Classic Lady
2nd Place, Classic Division Team
2nd Place, Classic Division Team
2nd Place, Classic Division Team
2nd Place, Classic Division Team
3rd Place, Revolver Division Overall
3rd Place, Open Junior
3rd Place, Open Senior
3rd Place, Production Super Senior
3rd Place, Standard Lady Team
3rd Place, Standard Lady Team
3rd Place, Standard Lady Team
Winner, Standard Junior Shoot-offs

 Medal Received with Trophy

Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Bronze Medal
Bronze Medal
Bronze Medal
Bronze Medal
Bronze Medal
Bronze Medal
Bronze Medal
Plaque

 

     

The following Teams just missed getting on the podium for being in 4th Place:

 Open Division Team

 

B.  Controversial Issues

I would like to report several controversial issues as follows:

  1. We realized last 27 October 2014 that our Revolver Division Team should be in 3rd Place and we should have won another 4 Bronze medals because the score of Philipp Chua was not included in the computation of the team results.  We only detected this discrepancy based on the team results posted in the IPSC Global Village forum dated 21 October 2014—3 days after the expiration of the verification period.  There was no team results posted in the official match website nor in any bulletin board so there was no way of knowing the discrepancy within the verification period.   All official individual match results were posted online in the official match website.  No printed hardcopies were posted in the bulletin boards.

 

            We sent an email last 27 October 2014 to Mr. Vince Pinto, IPSC Competition        Director, to request for clarification because he confirmed to us in his email dated       11 August 2014 that he included the name of Philipp Chua in our Revolver Division             Team.  However, he invoked the technicality that our Team Managers should have       detected the discrepancy during the match registration process and before the 1st     shot was fired by Philipp during the match.  During World Shoots, all team members are pre-declared and pre-registered and after receiving the email confirmation from    Mr. Vince Pinto we have no reason to doubt that Philipp Chua was already included      in the Revolver Division Team.  

            The Team Manager originally assigned to the Revolver Division is Area Director Jay       Dureza but he could not make it to the World Shoot XVII because one of his           relatives died.

 

  1. We could have won another medal in the Standard Division Individual Overall and 4 medals in Standard Division Team competition if not for the controversial disqualification of Jethro Dionisio in Stage 6 which was his last stage of the match.  This stage was the “jungle stage” where only the shooter on the firing line is allowed to enter so there were no witnesses which may satisfy the requirement of Rule 11.1.2 which states that “Appeals arising from a disqualification for a safety infraction will only be accepted to determine whether exceptional circumstances warrant reconsideration of the disqualification.”

 

            In our appeal letter for arbitration, we mentioned that the Range Officer was 2 to 3           steps behind Jethro who was moving very fast and his body was covering the    firearm so how can the RO determine without a doubt that he broke 180 and there           was no RO positioned in the opposite side of the stage. 

 

  1. The former World Production Lady Champion in WSXV inBali,Indonesia, Ms. Maria Inez Jorge was disqualified in Stage 23 for sweeping the front Range Officer when she attempted to go back  to a previous shooting position to re-engage a standing metal plate.  The old and flat-footed RO did not give her enough room to maneuver around a simulated pool of water overtaking the RO in the process.

            The DQ was reversed by the Range Master but the decision of the RM was           reversed by the Mr. Dino Evangelinos, IROA President.  We wrote two letters            addressed to the IPSC President, Mr. Nick Alexakos copied to the Match Director        and to the IPSC Competition Director to request for clarification if there was a 3rd         Party appeal and if an Arbitration Committee was convened to hear the case to           reverse the decision of the RM.  We did not receive a reply up to this time.  Per the             current rulebook, only the arbitration committee can overrule the decision of the Range Master.

 

  1. One of our Team Managers tried to submit a letter of appeal for arbitration when one of our Open Junior shooters was disqualified in Stage 18 on the 1st day of the match for “Finger in the trigger guard without target engagement”.   Our Team Manager looked for the Range Master and went to the office to inquire if there was a form for the letter of appeal for arbitration.  He was told that there were still busy trying to set-up their equipment and to come back later.  He went back after around 30 minutes but was told that they were still busy.  When he went back again to follow up he was told that the time period to file the appeal has already expired.

 

  1. During the roll-call of squad 63 in Stage 9, one of the Range Officers who was not wearing the IROA striped uniform but only wears a Geco t-shirt which could be the NROI uniform in a country inEurope, checked the gun position of Production Senior Team member Rosendo “Bogie” Castro.  He told Mr. Castro that he thinks that the handgun of Mr. Castro was more than the allowed limit of 50mm from the torso.  Mr. Castro requested him to measure the distance considering that he has some protruding belly fat in his torso with the use of the plastic overlay.  He rudely told Mr. Castro to go to the safety area and adjust his holster then he will measure it without even establishing the fact that it is not within the allowed limit.  After Mr. Castro adjusted his holster, the briefing was already over and there was only a few seconds left in the walk-through so he was already harassed in the process.

 

            After his teammate, Wilfredo Anglo, shot Stage 9 there was a standing mini-popper        that was hit but did not fall down.  Mr. Anglo told the Range Officer/scorer, who was           the RO who commanded Mr. Castro to adjust his holster without even measuring          the actual distance of the gun from the torso, that he wants to challenge the   calibration of the mini-popper, he just ignored him.  The front RO holding the timer then proceeded to let the next shooter shoot the stage without calibrating the             subject mini-popper.  When Mr. Anglo complained and the Range Master was     called, the RO told the RM that there were already 4 shooters who shot the stage   before Mr. Anglo informed the RO about his request for the calibration shot on the           mini-popper so it was scored as a miss and a re-shoot was not given.

More controversial issues were encountered during the match.

C.  Quality of Officiating and Match Management

 

Overall, the officiating was mediocre because there were only a few IROA officials to save on costs.  The fact that the RO who called the DQ on Inez Jorge attempted to file an arbitration appeal against the decision of his Range Master who reversed his call is a reflection of the quality of the officiating in this level V match.

 

The central theme of the match was to save on costs and to maximize revenues.  Carbonized scoresheets were not used.  Only scoresheets appropriate for level I matches were used wherein the lower portion was torn and given as a copy of the competitor with only the totals of the hits.  By having to write the time twice on the upper portion and the lower portion, there is a tendency for the scorer to miss writing the time on the upper portion which goes to the Stats Office.  Partial Stage results were not printed and posted on bulletin boards to save on ink, paper, and Range Officers needed to post the results.

 The provisional team results were not posted in the official match website so there is no way to verify the results during the verification period.  Even ten (10) days after the match, the team results were not yet posted in the match website.

 You need to pay $50 for parking and $25 entrance fee to be able to enter the range to watch the pre-match.  The rate for practice bays was $100 per hour.

 But to top it all, the personal decision of the IROA President to reverse the call of the Range Master in the case of the disqualification of Inez Jorge without convening the arbitration committee in accordance with the rulebook highlights the questionable credibility of IPSC officials and the whole IPSC organization to run the world shoot in a fair and unbiased manner regardless of race and nationality.

D.  Lessons Learned

 

We believe that we have learned the following lessons that could be applied to future participation in World Shoots run by IPSC:

 

  1. It is important to have Team Managers to protect and fight for the rights of our Team members.
  2. Team Managers should not have any personal students to avoid conflict of interests.
  3. Based on the WSXVII experience wherein top IPSC officials are involved in the controversial calls/decisions, it is preferred that recognized and respected IROA officials who are articulate, diplomatic, and  are not afraid to go against IPSC and IROA officials based on the right principles and IPSC rules like Mr. Chepit Dulay, Mr. Vin Lava, and Mr. Rudy Marcelo should be tapped to become Team Managers.
  4. Team composition should be double-checked by Team Managers during the match registration process even though all competitors and teams have been pre-declared, pre-registered, pre-paid, and all details are confirmed in the match database, competitors list, and squad list.  Individual team members should also declared during the registration process that they are members of a Team.  This is normally being asked and verified by match staff during the registration interview process.
  5. Team members should be vigilant. Prevention is better that cure.  With Rule 11.1.2, it is already almost impossible to reverse a DQ due to safety infraction. 
    1. They should make it obvious to the RO and to the audience (witnesses) the act of putting the trigger finger outside of the trigger guard during movement and that the muzzle of the gun is pointed downrange.
    2. They should not make a reload in a precarious part of the stage if there is an alternative location to do it.
    3. If the RO refuses to give a sound check, this should indicate that the RO may have an attitude or tendency to give you problems so the team member should be extra cautious without sacrificing speed and accuracy. Team members may also request that the Range Officer be changed if he/she feels harassed.
    4. The main gun should be 100% reliable.  Avoid the mentality that having a back-up gun can compensate for the occasional malfunctions of the main gun.  By the time, you shift to the back-up gun a lot of points would have been lost and would be hard to recover given the current tough competition in international matches.
    5. It is preferable to bring your own reliable and tested ammo.  Do not rely on the official match ammo.  They will not give you a re-shoot if you have a squib load or malfunction with the official match ammo.
  6. Joining a match to be held in the venue of the next world shoot would help a lot to familiarize our top shooters with the terrain, position of the sun at different times of the day, climate/weather, type of courses normally being run, time zone/jet lag management, ideal hotels, restaurants, and supermarkets near the range and hotel.  The fact that our top shooters joined the US IPSC Nationals held at theUniversalShootingAcademyhelped them to perform well.
  7. It is preferable to just give a budget to the team members for their accommodation and let them make their own arrangements if they prefer.  This way, their companions and support group(fellow gun club members or practice mates) can stay with them if they opt to rent a house where they can cook their own food, be with their loved ones, feel at home and adapt/acclimatize quickly, better handle the stress of being in a different environment and pressure of the competition, and perform well.
  8. The level of skill and equipment of our shooters have improved but so did the competitors’.  When these are equal, the factor that would determine the winner would be the mental/psychological part  of the game—the mental toughness, attitude, and character of the shooter.  For instance, our Production Division Team members have the same level of skill during the qualifier matches but only one was able to perform at his level because of the mental/psychological aspect.  If they were able to perform at the level they shoot in their home country, their Team should have won medals.

 E.  Insights and Recommendations

 

 We think that affiliating our Region with the USPSA together with other countries/IPSC regions in Asia likeThailand,Indonesia, andMalaysiaand helping to organize an international competition using USPSA rules would strengthen our position and leverage with IPSC.

 

We would like to recommend to still continue to have IPSC sanctioned matches but also organize and sanction matches with USPSA format and rules.  The USPSA format will be an additional shooting discipline like the Steel Challenge and Bianchi Cup.  We feel that the participation of Edward Rivera and Edcel Gino in the 2014 USPSA Nationals has been beneficial as they gained confidence in competing against the best shooters in the world before the world shoot.  Edward was able to make some adjustments in his game plan before WSXVII due to his experience in the USPSA Nationals and won a Silver Medal beating shooting legend Todd Jarrett.

 A seminar for Range Officers regarding USPSA rules would be arranged should you approve the proposal to affiliate with the USPSA.

 We feel that IPSC top management have become detached from reality and have suffered the fate of those with absolute power—totally disregarding fairness and unbiased application of the rules with no respect for the Regions that helped them consolidate their power base.

 

I hope you would have some time to discuss this and other issues concerning the PPSA.

  Very truly yours,

 

GOV. SUHARTO T. MANGUDADATU, AL-HAJ

                       PPSA President

            

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