PBA: NorthPort’s Jervy Cruz tests negative for COVID-19

Published June 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jan Carlo Anolin

NorthPort forward Jervy Cruz revealed on social media that he underwent rapid testing for COVID-19 after finding out that two of the six drivers from PISTON 6 whom he had given aid recently have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Cruz’s test result turned up negative.

“It is sad to hear that after giving the [P]iston 6 help, 2 of them are now tested positive of the [COVID-19],” Cruz wrote on Instagram Thursday.

“Due to this we immediately did rapid testing to ensure our safety as well as our family,” he added, accompanied with photos of the test results.

In his post last Saturday, Cruz bared that he had reached out to the drivers of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide and given them sacks of rice.

The PISTON 6 drivers were arrested for disobedience and detained in Caloocan City for at least six days earlier this month after staging a protest along EDSA-Monumento to call for the resumption of operations in Metro Manila.

Atty. VJ Topacio, lawyer of one of the drivers, confirmed that two of the drivers tested positive and this was disclosed by Caloocan 2nd district Rep. Egay Erice in a Facebook post.

Erice, however, did not reveal the identities of the patients but 72-year-old Elmer Cordero, the oldest among the drivers, reportedly tested negative.

Other members of the PISTON 6 were Severino Ramos, 59; Ruben Baylon, 59; Arsenio Ymas, 56; Ramon Paloma, 48; and Wilson Ramilla, 43.

The six drivers were freed after posting bail with the help from several donations.