Shootfest proceeds to aid bar examinees

Dubbed as the 1st Mandamus Cup, the two-day shootfest organized by the fraternal order of St. Thomas More (Tau Mu) aims to raise funds that will be used to support Tau Mu bar candidates in the examinations held every September.

Mimz Ayunan, Tau Mu chair, said the proceeds of the event will be earmarked for the benefit of the Tau Mu bar operations, an annual project of the order that is geared towards extending aid to members who are preparing for the bar examinations.

"We make sure that all the members who are taking the exams can enjoy this privilege and get their needed support from the order," Ayunan, a shooter herself, told sports journalists during the weekly Davao Sportswriters Association Forum Thursday.

Through the bar operations, the order has produced a number of well-reputed professionals in the legal profession, including bar topnotchers, judges, recognized lawyers, and integrated bar presidents.

Around 100 shooters, students and professionals, are expected to take part in the event that require P600 as registration fee.

The competition has five stages, according to Owee Laud, Tau Mu public information officer, who accompanied Ayunan in the sports forum.

"This (competition) is also geared towards promoting responsible gun ownership and build camaraderie among gun owners and shooting enthusiasts," added Laud.

Councilors Mabel Sunga-Acosta and Tomas Monteverde IV will grace the event, according to Ayunan.

Established in 1967, the order, a duly recognized confraternity based in Ateneo de Davao University, boasts of its active and strong membership of more than a thousand law students, professors, lawyers, judges, entrepreneurs, professional and civic leaders not only from Ateneo but also from other well reputed universities and institutions in Davao and neighboring cities and provinces. (Rico Biliran / MindaNews)