ON June 16, a Tuesday, residents of San Juan, La Union were surprised to find PBA star Japeth Aguilar in town, apparently for a short surfing trip with his wife, sources told SPIN.ph.
This, despite stringent tourism restrictions currently in place in the province.
According to Executive Order No. 19-A issued on June 15 by the provincial government, leisure and tourism in the entire province is restricted to residents of La Union only, or residents of nearby Region 1 provinces that are under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
In addition, visitors must also bear travel authorization, a medical clearance certificate, and confirmation of booking.
It was also on June 16 that the provincial government announced an extension of MGCQ within La Union.
According to witnesses, Aguilar, at 6-foot-9, was a can't-miss presence as he walked round town with a mask on. Aguilar and his wife were also spotted surfing, sources added. Social media in San Juan was also abuzz over Aguilar's quick trip.
It is believed that they stayed for two days in a local hostel.
San Juan municipality currently has no active cases of COVID-19, though one coronavirus death was recorded in the town. The provincial government has issued strict guidelines to keep its COVID-free status.
Aguilar recently made headlines for his participation in a five-a-side scrimmage in an upscale gym in San Juan city in Metro Manila in violation of the government’s quarantine rules.
The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay, along with Rain or Shine’s Adrian Wong, were fined P20,000 by PBA commissioner Willie Marcial. They were also ordered to take a swab test and render community service.
Gilas Pilipinas pool members Thirdy Ravena and Isaac Go, who also took part in the practice game, were reprimanded by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).