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Examine the “sniper hide” & “sniper loophole” #Tanauan mayor #killing
PNP Regional Chief Carranza studiously stressed that the word “sniper” should not be used to refer to the shooter of Tanauan Mayor Halili because the distance covered was not 500 meters and above (but only about 160 meters land distance and 76 meters air distance). In other words, in his paradigm, the search should include all kinds of gunmen and marksmen, i.e, he wants a wide, unwieldy field of search to include all gunmen — he already has three persons-of-interest.
Fortunately, after SOCO had processed the crime scene, and as early as five hours after the shooting, GMA News 7 reporter Emil Sumangil was able to document and preserve in video the “sniper hide” made of grass and the “sniper loophole (or aperture)” also woven from grass which the shooter or sniper used (photos appear below after several paragraphs).
Here is an updated version of this story showing the “sniper hide” and “sniper loophole (or aperture)”, with interpretations from all parties including the Malacañang spokerperson who said everything was speculation.
The following however is not speculation but based on object evidence: the “sniper hide” and “sniper loophole (aperture)”: (the most recent video still shows how GMA News documented and preserved the object evidence, the sniper hide and sniper loophole, which apparently the PNP no longer preserved)
Here are photos of the sniper hide and sniper loophole used by the shooter or sniper in the assassination of the Tanauan mayor:
(photo above by GMA News used here non-commercially for academic purposes)
(photo above by the Inquirer used here non-commercially for academic purposes)
Photo of the Tanauan “sniper loophole (aperture)” below:
(photo by philstar used here non-commercially for academic purposes)
There are several sniper training schools in the Philippines. (i will not enumerate them here to avoid speculation but investigators would have a list by now). Here is a common syllabus of a sniper training school in the Philippines ( i redacted the site or url and the name of the institution/organization to avoid speculation but investigators are familiar with these courses):
“III. COURSE OUTLINE: “Module I Individual Combat Skills Development The sniper and spotter Sniper team organization Map reading/ Land navigation Communication/ Radio procedures Camouflage and concealment Scouting and reconnaissance “Module II Marksmanship: The sniper rifle marksmanship Basic rifle marksmanship Advance shooting skills Long range shooting “Module III Field Training Exercise Keep in Memory (KIM) Games Field Firing/Application Examination (Written/Practical Examination)”
Included under the topic of “Camouflage and concealment” are the how-to’s of constructing the “sniper hide” and “sniper loophole”.
Here is a sample: From the U.S. Marine Corps sniper training manual upon which many sniper training schools in the Philippines base their topics:
“a.Definition of a Hide. A hide is a scout snipers position which he has constructed in a specific location suitable for sniper operations. The hide must provide maximum fields of observation and fire, camouflage and concealment, and protection from hostile fire and Weather. “b.Location of Hides. After deciding upon an area of operation, the sniper must choose a specific spot from which to operate. A position or hide that looks obvious and ideal for the sniper will appear as such to the enemy. The sniper should avoid obvious hides and stay away from prominent, readily identifiable objects. The general location of a hide is determined by the ground to be covered. Detailed location requires careful reconnaissance. Likely positions may be found in such places as hedgerows, ruined buildings, rubbish heaps, treelines, etc. The sniper should make the best use of available terrain and natural camouflage to reduce the construction effort of his hide. xxx “TYPES OF HIDES “There are three basic types of hides. The actual size and shape of the hide will vary according to the situation. The hide should be modified to meet the demands of the situation. “a. Belly Hide. This type of hide is best used in mobile situations or when the sniper does not plan to be in position for an extended period of time. “1) Advantages. a) It is simple and can be built quickly. b) Many can be made if the sniper team is expected to be mobile. “2) Disadvantages. a) It is uncomfortable and cannot be occupied for long periods of time. b) The snipers head and shoulders are exposed to enemy fire. c) There is no protection from weather or enemy fire. d) The sniper has to enter the position from the front. “3) Construction. a) Construction of a belly hide consists of scraping out enough turf to allow the body from the back on down to be below the surface. Because the head and shoulders are exposed when in this firing position, the sniper must have an adequate ghillie suit and veil to provide concealment. xxx “ELEMENTS OF HIDES “a.Loopholes. A loophole is an aperture made in the hide for observation and firing under concealment. Loopholes should be constructed so they afford an adequate view of the required field of fire. They should not be positioned aiming directly into the sun at the times in the day when the majority of shooting is planned. They should be constructed so that they are wide at the back and narrow in the front, but not so narrow that observation is restricted. Loopholes may be made of any materials that are natural to the surrounding or that can be properly and cleverly concealed … xxx”
Here are photos of other types of “sniper hide” and “sniper loophole (aperture)” that seem to be more hurriedly constructed than the Tanauan “sniper hide” and “sniper loophole”:
(three photos above from pinterest sites of snipers, redacted to avoid any insinuations; used here non-commercially for academic purposes)
Is the construction of a perfectly cylindrical sniper hide
with a sniper loophole made solely from tall blades of grass onsite by weaving them to form a circle with a roof and sides forming an aperture without breaking the grass or without uprooting them, in under one hour, included in an ordinary gunman’s training in ordinary firing ranges?
Did you miss this in your training at the firing range?
— you did, because it’s not included in basic shooting.