Volleyball ace is coming home

PHILIPPINE men's volleyball ace Bryan Bagunas  was cleared to go home after being tested negative for COVID-19.

Bagunas received his swab test result on Thursday, six days after he arrived from Japan where he played for Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler in the Japan V. Premier League.

Prior to that, the former National University standout on Wednesday aired on Twitter his concerns over how long it took to get the results back.

"Yung sabi na 3-4 days lalabas na yung result ng swab test at pwede na kami makauwe. Kaso mag 7 days na wala pa din update. Maawa po kayo samin mga NON OFW. Ang masama pa dun ang sinasabe lang nila na available hotel na accredited nila pinaka mababa na is 3k per night," said Bagunas.

"Maawa naman po kayo samin. Lalo na sa iba na nastranded lang. Tapos ang laki pa ng nagastos sa rebooking ng flight," he added.

Thankfully for 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist, help came along the way.

Bagunas got the negative result, thanks to the help of Vince Dizon, deputy chief implementer of the Inter Agency Task Force against COVID-19; Department of Tourism secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat; and Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez.

As part of government measures against the coronavirus, Bagunas was swabbed and holed up at a Quezon City hotel while waiting to be cleared.

Bagunas returned to the country after the cancellation of a preseason tournament in Japan.