05 December 2015

From Bad to Worse

Robert Non
This is the only expectation that Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) fans should have from the league after a known San Miguel Corporation (SMC) official, PBA chairman Robert Non, will be assuming the positions of president and chief executive officer. The PBA board made the decision last 3 December after they accepted Chito Salud's resignation.

Even if Non was appointed in an acting and concurrent capacity until the season ends or once the league found a suitable replacement, fans expect that SMC corporationn will now have a free hand in more one-sided deals, lopsided transactions and proliferation of far teams.

Non made the announcement himself in an impromptu press conference at the end of an emergency board meeting.

"With regards to who will take over, the board decided to appoint in an acting capacity until a replacement is found, the chairman to act as president and CEO," said Non.

"Still the board (is the one) will decide who's gonna be the replacement," the San Miguel alternate governor added.

Non disclosed the board accepted with a 'heavy heart' Salud’s resignation, which will be effective at the end of the year.

He also tried calling Salud in the morning prior to the board meeting but got no reply, although he did try to convince the former commissioner to reconsider his decision in an earlier talk.

"Sabi ko sa kanya, baka puwedeng i-consider mo na lang after ng term ko (as chairman), ayaw niya. Sabi ko uli baka pwedeng tapusin na lang niya yung all-Filipino, ayaw talaga. Pagbigyan na lang daw namin siya," Non recalled of his conversation with the son of the late commissioner Rudy Salud.

No names were mentioned during the meeting as early candidates, according to the league chairman, although he said the shoes to be filled in are definitely a tough act to follow. However, he also did not disclose what are his plans will be in addressing the issues confronting the league resulting from the alleged dominance of SMC teams in all manner of trades.

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