Former world billiards champion Efren “Bata” Reyes was arrested last week for allegedly violating Covid19 health protocols.
Reports said that Reyes, who gained worldwide fame in numerous international tournaments in Europe and the US due to his unique prowess with the felt-tipped cue stick, was nabbed while participating in a billiards event in San Pedro, Laguna.
He was also seen on video not wearing a mask.
But in a later interview, Reyes denied being arrested by authorities. He claimed he merely was accompanied those friends who were rounded up by police and barangay officials for quarantine violations, including gambling.
Nevertheless, all the billiard equipment were also impounded by the authorities.
Reyes, who is a senior citizen, said he had been invited to appear at the exhibition game (most assuredly for a big talent fee), and assumed it had a permit.
While the IATF permits non-contact sports like tennis, golf, badminton etc. in areas under General Community Quarantine, senior citizens aren’t allowed outside their homes unless for essential activities.