Efren “Bata” Reyes releases statement after billiard game was raided
EFREN “BATA” REYES – The greatest pool player of all time has spoken after authorities raided the billiard hall where he was playing.
On Monday, September 13, the police raided a newly opened billiard hall in Sto. Tomas City, Batangas.
Reyes was the special guest at the opening of the said billiard hall, wherein he faced off with Charlie “Lapuk” Rasco.
In an interview, Police Lieutenant Colonel John Eric Antonio, Officer-in-Charge of Sto. Tomas City PNP said, that there was a violation of social distancing at the billiard hall.
It was also found out that there was illegal betting in the Reyes vs Rasco game. Police were able to retrieve P14,000 betting money.
According to the police, they invited the billiards legend to the police station and sent him home after talking to him.
Efren “Bata” Reyes allegedly did not have any idea that there was betting taking place during their game.
Antonio stressed that it is normal for them to tell people to lay themselves on the ground in the middle of such an operation.
19 people including a minor are facing complaints filed by the police in relation incident.
Meanwhile, Efren “Bata” Reyes said that he understood why the authorities raided the billiard hall.
This is not the first time that a game of the billiards legend was raided by the authorities.
Last March 2021, Reyes was “arrested” for allegedly playing billiards without a permit from the LGU.
The authorities then denied that they arrested Reyes and only reprimanded him and later sent him home.
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