Globalport's Romero: The PBA has to move on
Paul Lintag on Dec 13, 2017 03:07 PM
"Ang sabi ko nga ho eh hindi pwede mawala ang PBA sa Pilipino, or ang Pilipino mawala sa PBA. That’s why we’re all here. I think we’re a very solid group at this point in time," league chairman Mikee Romero of Globalport said in his speech during the PBA's first official press conference for Season 43.
For a day, representatives from all 12 PBA teams, majority of them Board Members, together with Commissioner Chito Narvasa, shared a room to open the league's 43rd season with an official first press conference at Okada Manila Wednesday.
However, you can still definitely feel the tension regarding the ongoing PBA impasse. The tension was confirmed when members of the press were requested not to ask any questions regarding the issue.
Despite that, the PBA is set to return as planned on December 17 at the Araneta Coliseum and the powers that be are once again asking for understanding as they aim to resolve internal league issues internally.
"Ang sabi ko nga ho eh hindi pwede mawala ang PBA sa Pilipino, or ang Pilipino mawala sa PBA. That’s why we’re all here. I think we’re a very solid group at this point in time," league chairman Mikee Romero of Globalport said in his speech.
"Come December 17, as what we promised, that promise did not come from me, the promise came from all 12 teams. I was just the spokesperson or the one chairing all 12 teams. Ito pong Dec. 17 suportahan natin. business as usual," he added.
As the league starts a new season, Romero is confident the PBA will continue to thrive amidst the ongoing troubles.
Speaking of those troubles, Romeo is hopeful that those will be resolved as soon as possible.
"Ang gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo lahat is the PBA has to move on. Like any company or anything, nasinok kami. Now we have to move on katulad ng gagawin namin. That’s why we want the opening to really start this December 17," Romero said.
"After that, gusto namin sana – all 12 governors – after the opening basketball nalang ang paguusapan after the opening. Time to move on. Yun lang masasabi namin. With regards to anything about the board, we want to keep it among ourselves internally muna."
"Anything. The right time will come where we will come out as a whole," he added.
The PBA's 43rd season will unfold Sunday with a simple opening ceremony at the Big Dome followed the the year's first game featuring three-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel taking on the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
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