GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines –– Major (Engr.) Alihar Abdullah Mama PA (RES) put a gun in the hands of his 14–year–old daughter Hainen Raila a month ago and taught her basic steps in gunning marks inside a shooting range in Tacurong City.
Major Mama is the designated administrative officer of the 1202nd Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion (RRIB) based in Isulan, the capital town of Sultan Kudarat province. It is under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Suharto “TENG” Mangudadatu, who is also the governor of the province.
The 1202nd (RRIB) is under the 12th Regional Community Defense Group (12–RCDG) of the Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM).
Major Mama never thought something “really good” would come for Hainen, a Grade 8 student of a private school.
“Sinasama–sama ko lang siya dahil gusto nitong manood habang nasa shooting range ako or nagpa–participate ako sa mga shooting competition,” said Major Mama, who is currently the Assistant District Engineer of the Sultan Kudarat 1st District Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
One day, Hainen Raila told Major Mama that she wanted to shoot also.
“So, she started shooting. She is a fast learner. She knows the value of precision in creating good postures while shooting. She knows too how to control her reflexes during gunning,” Major Mama said.
Perhaps that explained why Hainen Raila became a “rising star” in the practical shooters community in South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City (Soccsksargen) region.
Last week, Hainen Raila took the “Junior Lady” title at the 1st Commander’s Cup of the 12th Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) –– Colonel Antonio C. Dilon Jr. –– held last February 20, 2021 at the compound of the Police Regional Office (PRO) of Region 12 in Barangay Tambler in General Santos City.
Hainen Raila bagged the champion trophy for Junior Lady Double Action Category, where she won over several shooting ladies while building a good race against a stopwatch.
She was using Glock 17, a 9–mm short recoil–operated semi–automatic pistol that uses a “modified Browning cam–lock system adapted from the high power.”
In the same shooting competition, Hainen Raila’s brother Alfayeed Mama also bagged the 1st runner–up trophy for “PCC Short Barrel Division.
When asked to comment about their victories, both Hainen Raila and Alfayeed humbly said “Naka–tsamba lang.” (RASHID RH. BAJO/Photo credit to Major Alihar A. Mama)