14 May 2016

PBA Sends The Wrong Signal On 'Montreal Case'

Rhose Montreal
A news report by Snow Badua of Spin.ph revealed that the PBA marketing director Rhose Montreal used fraudulent documents to back up her claim that she graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines (U.P.) when she applied for the position.

Summoned for an internal investigation by the PBA board of governors, Montreal admitted her academic documents were indeed fake and promptly tendered her resignation. Unfortunately for the honest employees of the league, Montreal was taken back by the PBA and even got her old position back.

Despite the confirmation from the UP Registrar's Office that Montreal did not graduate, the PBA responded report by hiring the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to find out who leaked the information to the public. Really?

Some have questioned whether the lack of heavy-handed penalty have something to do with Montreal's close relationship with the current official of the league. Others have wondered whether Mpntreal possessed some very incriminating evidence of any wrongdoing within Asia's oldest professional basketball league.

Worse, the PBA has meted a 30-day preventive suspension on a staffer who allegedly released the documents that led to the discovery of the falsified credentials of Montreal.

Sources told Spin.ph that Meng Cruz, an administrative assistant at the PBA Commissioner's Office, has been pinpointed as the source of the leaked documents. Aside from Cruz, the PBA also required other members of the Commissioner's Office staff to undergo questioning at the NBI office during the months-long probe.

Regardless of the reason behind the hiring of Motreal, by not acknowledging that she is a fraud and a fake, the PBA is sending the wrong message to its dwindling number of viewers, which include many children. The suspension of Cruz and the continued presence of Montreal, after everything that she had done to ruin the games, are cringe-worthy and could result to more disenfranchised followers.

Many other sports such as football, ice hockey and the other football had their share of questionable management moves. But as an online feedback have shown, the controversies would have scored a major public relation nightmare if the guilty party was dropped like a hot potato and the informant given praises and accolades.

No comments:

Post a Comment