Watch Video: Philippines Scout Rangers ‘The Best’ in ‘Manhunt’ Series

The Army Scout Rangers are one of the most renowned and admired jungle tracking units in the world. Joel and the producers describe what it was like to work with and against this group of resilient and experienced warriors. Joel Lambert, a veteran of the US Navy SEAL Teams and star of Discovery Channel’s hit reality show “Lone Target/Manhunt,” was all praises for the Philippine Army Scout Rangers after their “tracking” episode at Subic, Zambales–the last in the six-part reality show series that took almost two years to finish. Lambert takes on six elite military units from six different countries, namely: the U.S. Army’s Phantom Recon Unit; the Straz Graniczna border guard in Poland; South African International Anti-Poaching Foundation; the Philippines’ Army Scout Rangers; an elite anti-drug force from Panama; and a National Police SWAT unit from South Korea, in a real-life, exceptional version of hide-and-seek against some of the world’s most elite military and law enforcement tracking units. The last episode of “Manhunt with Joel Lambert” was shot in the Philippines, wherein the host, an escape and evasion expert, was successfully hunted down by members of the Philippine Army’s elite trackers, the Scout Rangers, under the leadership of Lt. Jerson Jurilla, when he was just a few kilometers away from the extraction point. Lambert could not help but exclaim: “Those guys were good. They were really good!” referring to the rangers’ rare ability to track down just about anyone in the tropical jungles. Even the show’s executive producer, Eddie Barbini, couldn’t help but, to his own words, be “blown away” by how the Filipino unit worked. Barbini says: “Their strongest asset is the ability to sustain themselves in this harsh environment. These guys can move through jungles unlike anyone has ever seen.” Lambert declared to the media after the episode’s screening, that among the other tracking units he faced during the first season, “the Scout Rangers were the best,” and that the episode in the Philippines turned out to be the most difficult and where he cussed more compared to the previous episodes, Philstar reported. He added: “As far as doing the series, the most difficult episode by far was here in the Philippines. The Scout Rangers were one of the most competent and difficult opponents I faced, and the jungle around Subic was the worst I have ever been. It completely was not I anticipated. My plan didn’t work… It was really, really miserable.” On the other hand, Jurilla, with pride in his words, said they were able to catch the expert Lambert despite their limited resources because his team knew the Subic jungle like “our own backyard.” Lambert professed not in a bitter tone that he would be willing to take on Jurilla’s team again if given the chance and vows he’ll make it when that happens. “Manhunt with Joel Lambert” premieres on April 7, Monday, at 8 p.m. in the Philippines.

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