Commissioner Chito Narvasa is staying on.
In an earlier report, the PBA Board of Governors voted 7-5 not to renew his term as Commissioner. However, in a press conference called this afternoon, Narvasa announced that he is staying on as Commissioner as a matter of principle. He mentioned that he’s willing to resign but the proper rules and procedures have to be followed.
“Of course, I can resign but only if majority of the league membership says so. We have rules in the PBA and we should not be held hostage to the whims and caprices of a few who just called for my removal because they cannot get what they want,”
The procedure that he was talking about is that the PBA Board needs two-thirds majority vote to remove him from his office as Commissioner. The seven votes to not renew his contract for the upcoming season is not enough to hit that majority vote.
“I’ve always been a stickler for rules. All we’re asking is, were the proper rules followed? If they were, then they will also have no problem in not renewing or voting to end my term,” he explained during the press conference.
In a separate statement, San Miguel Governor Robert Non voiced his support of Commissioner Narvasa. “They cannot just act on a whim. What they are doing is not in accordance with our by-laws and constitution. All five teams – San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, Kia and Globalport – stand behind Commissioner Narvasa. He enjoys our full support and we have prevailed upon him to stay and do what is right.”
Non echoed the procedure that Narvasa was talking about.
“So without this clear majority, all changes being made by these renegade members are not allowed, including the appointment of Rickie Santos as officer-in-charge, and would not be binding on the whole board membership,” Non said.
Narvasa also struck back at the PBA Board Members that called for his removal because of concerns regarding parity. This stems from the recent trade between Kia and San Miguel which his office approved.
“What call for parity are they talking about? I have always ensured parity in all decisions I made as commissioner, not only in the trade involving Kia and San Miguel Beer, but even when Talk ‘n Text acquired the first round picks of Kia and Blackwater in the past to get Mo Tautuaa and Troy Rosario,”said Narvasa.
At the end of the day, Commissioner Narvasa will resume his post as a matter of principle.
“I hope they understand the principle behind it. I’m fighting for the Office of the Commissioner. Nobody, no matter how powerful, should be able to frighten it, scare it, or threaten it.”
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