FILIPINO police are out to hoist the country's flag when they wage war in China.
The PNP Responders will proudly represent our nation when they partake in the 2019 World Police and Fire Games in Chengdu from August 8 to 18.
"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, with his wards partaking in the biennial athletic event which is open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world.
"Our sporting teams are the pride and joy of our 170,000 personnel."
Twelve PNP teams across nine sports will be participating in the global meet, headlined by the 45-and-over basketball team.
Making up the squad 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.
The squad, which has been together for the past six years, has previously suited up in the 2015 Washington and 2017 Los Angeles editions of the Games.
"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."
Supporting the squad is Team Rebel Sports Pilipinas, which has been the Responders' partner for the past two years.
"Malaking bagay ito kasi at least hindi na nila proproblemahin yung pagkakaroon ng uniforms they could be proud of. At least yung budget nila mapunta sa gagastusin nila dun," said Team Rebel Sports Pilipinas owner Joel Cu.
As much as winning means a lot for PNP, the biggest goal is making the country proud in this foray.
"Kahit hindi muna gold. Siguro, kahit yung silver lang," said Bayabao. "Pero ang pinakaimportante ay yung makalaro kami ng maayos at hindi kami mapilayan."