18 December 2017

No More Chito Narvasa

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) finally confirmed Chito Narvasa has submitted his resignation, just minutes before the start of the league's 43rd season. The ceremonies almost didn't push through owing to a disagreement among member ballclubs over Narvasa's tenure as commissioner.

The pro league also announced that longtime media bureau chief Willie Marcial has been named officer in charge until a new commissioner is named.

In a press conference staged prior to the opening ceremonies last 17 December, the league board also announced that TNT KaTropa governor Ricky Vargas has been asked to serve another term as chairman in lieu of Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX.

Fernandez will assume the league chairmanship when TnT gets its turn a few years from now.

"This morning he(Narvasa) submitted his resignation which was effective today, thanking the PBA. And we thanked him also for enduring the board meeting and all of his contributions to the PBA," said incoming chairman Vargas.

But in a special board meeting held just hours before the league opener, the board said it asked Narvasa to stay until the end of the year to help in the transition before Marcial takes over.

"However, the board in a resolution passed today, asked Chito Narvasa to stay until 31 December 2017, to help us during the transition."

"Now we're stronger than ever, we're stronger together, and we will stay like that as we begin the healing process of the PBA," said Vargas, who was chairman of the league in 2006-07.

"This is all for the fans."

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