SMC players will play for Gilas Pilipinas
In a statement by San Miguel corporation, national team players from San Miguel, Brgy. Ginebra, Star, Globalport, and Kia will be made available to Gilas Pilipinas whose training camp for the first window of the Asian Qualifiers will start on November 3.
The ongoing PBA Drama will not affect Gilas Pilipinas' preparations for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
In a statement by San Miguel Corporation, national team players from San Miguel, Brgy. Ginebra, Star, Globalport, and Kia will be made available to Gilas Pilipinas whose training camp for the first window of the Asian Qualifiers start today, November 3.
The Philippines will play its first game against Japan on November 24 and will host Taipei three days later.
Notable players from the minory bloc of the current PBA dispute include June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, Japeth Aguilar, and Terrence Romeo.
"All five teams composed of San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Star Hotshots, Globalport and Kia Picanto will also continue to make available its players to the Philippine team that is preparing for the Fiba-Asia World Cup qualifier and other league functions. We believe this should not be adversely affected by the board members’ differences in opinion," the statement read.
"We reiterate that we are doing this to protect the league we all love, the game of basketball and the millions of fans who continue to support us," San Miguel added in the statement.
As for the issue surrounding Narvasa and the PBA Board, the San Miguel group expressed its confidence that the matter will be taken care of soon enough.
The Board is set to fly for the US on November 14 for its annual planning and top priority is Narvasa's status as league Commissioner.
As it stands, the majority bloc, with TNT, Meralco, NLEX, Alaska, Rain or Shine, Phoenix, and Blackwater, no longer want Narvasa as Commissioner while the minority, wih the San Miguel group plus Kia and Globalport, have urged Narvasa to stay.
The PBA Board needs at least eight teams to remove Narvasa as Commissioner.
"With the best interest of the league in mind, we have come to an agreement to reach out to the other members of the Board to resolve this impasse as a collegial body, not as individuals, to maintain the integrity of the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) and protect the interest of fans nationwide," San Miguel's statement said.
"We trust we would be able to resolve issues concerning Commissioner Narvasa’s tenure and other matters regarding the PBA’s future direction in the upcoming Annual Planning set on Nov. 14, with fitting dignity and decorum."
"In the meantime, we appeal to the other members of the board to refrain from issuing any statement, making further comments, assumptions and judgments until after we deliberate on, and settle, this standoff," San Miguel added.
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