- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Responders Men’s Basketballl Team finished second, winning the silver medal, in the recently concluded 2019 World Police Games held in China
- They faced the Team USA in the finals but fell short
- The tournament was participated by various law enforcement departments from different countries
Filipino policemen ballers made the most out of their “Gilas moment” as they bagged the silver medal in the 2019 World Police and Fire Games in Chengdu, China.
Suiting up for the international tournament, where they faced their counterparts from the United States, China, Vietnam, Spain, and others, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Responders Men’s Basketballl Team aimed for a silver medal finish and they did.
The Philippine Athletes at Multi-Sport Event confirmed on its Facebook page last August 14 that the Philippine squad bagged the silver medal after bowing down to Team USA’s US Customs & Border Protection USA, who won the gold medal.
The Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain from Spain brought home the bronze.
The team Philippines was composed of 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 their playing coach PSSg Abdul Khair Bayabao.
They have been together and representing the country for the past six years, Bayabao said in previous interviews. Entering the competition, they had only one goal– to represent the country well even not winning the gold.
“Kahit hindi muna gold. Siguro, kahit yung silver lang. Pero ang pinakaimportante ay yung makalaro kami ng maayos at hindi kami m
apil ayan,” Bayabao said before they entered the tournament. Indeed, their hard work paid off.
Donning the Philippine colors in an international competition has been their dream that they even described it as their own Gilas moment. “Dito namin natupad ‘yung pangarap namin na ma-represent ‘yung Pilipinas. Parang ito na ‘yung Gilas moment namin,” Bayabao said.