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Efren 'Bata' Reyes apologizes for 'unauthorized' pool game

Philippine billiards legend Efren 'Bata' Reyes issued an apology after getting involved with the police last Thursday, March 11.

Reyes, other players, and some spectators were apprehended by the police in the middle of an unauthorized pool game in San Pedro City, Laguna. They were brought to the barangay hall and had their equipment confiscated.

"I am deeply sorry for what happened, I don't have control over the situation and the people around the vicinity," wrote Reyes to Games and Amusements Board chairman Abraham "Baham" Mitra in a letter posted on Tuesday, March 16.

"I, myself, was well aware of the safety protocols so that I will not acquire this virus and I'm hoping and praying for everyone's safety.

Reyes also explained that he sought the permission of the local government to play pool.

But as the news of his arrival circulated, his fans did not follow safety protocols, which forced the barangay captain to call the police.

"The barangay captain was aware of the event, he reminded them to follow rules. He kept on reminding the people watching the game to observe social distancing and follow safety protocols," shared the 66-year-old legend.

"But since they were not following, the barangay captain was forced to call the police. Calling the police was the only way of the barangay captain to make the watchers obey him."

According to the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games bronze medalist, no charges were filed against him and the people who attended the event. The police gave them back their cue sticks.

Due to the continuous rise of coronavirus cases rise in the country a year since quarantine started, officials have imposed stricter protocols.

Senior citizens like Reyes are also advised to stay at home and avoid social gatherings. – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.

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