PBA Drama 2017 edition: Saan ka? Kampihan na!
Paul Lintag on Nov 02, 2017 07:13 PM
"They told me that I'm still the Commissioner. I will not abandon the PBA also, we have a long time before the opening so we will see how everything will work out." --- Chito Narvasa.
With regards to Chito Narvasa's tenure as PBA Commissioner, it all depends on the PBA Board now.
Following a sudden press conference Thursday, Narvasa maintains that he will continue to serve the PBA as long as he's the actual league Commissioner and he will willingly step down if the majority says so.
However, he will only do so if the proper procedure is followed. The most basic explanation is that eight teams should vote for the removal of Narvasa as the PBA's top offical.
There lies the main problem in this sudden PBA drama.
As it stands, seven teams are against extending Narvasa's term as Commissioner. Led by incoming chairman Mon Fernandez of NLEX, the majority bloc has filed a resolution to not support Narvasa's extension.
Aside from NLEX, team's in the majority block include Meralco, Blackwater, Phoenix, Rain or Shine, Alaska, and TNT.
"Lumapit sakin si Mon Fernandez, sabi 'Comm the majority wants to give you a message, we have lost confidence in yo [and] that we will not re-appoint you for this year as Commissioner,'" Narvasa said Thursday, recalling the first time he was told about the development.
Per Narvasa, this meeting transpired Monday, Oct. 30, one day after the 2017 PBA Draft.
On the other side of this is the group that encouraged Narvasa not to resign immediately.
This side is made up of teams from the San Miguel group (San Miguel, Ginebra, Star) together with Globalport and Kia.
The minority of the PBA board, together with Narvasa essentially, is arguing that proper procedure should be followed. After all, there should be eight votes before the PBA can even think about finding its new Commissioner.
It's pretty clear that the majority bloc never got to eight votes. At least not yet.
"That's what I'm fighting for and the five teams are fighting for. Just follow the procedures and stick to the rules. Let's be a league of rules and not of men," Narvasa said.
Ultimately, it looks like the PBA Board will have a lot to talk about during its annual planning next week. The Board will leave for the United States on November 10 to discuss the future for the league.
"They told me that I'm still the Commissioner. I will not abandon the PBA also, we have a long time before the opening so we will see how everything will work out," Narvasa said.
"These are all grown men so I'm sure they'll [PBA Board] be able to find a resolution among themselves," he added.
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