January 24, 2018, 3:52 am
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Narvasa quits; search for new commish on

COMMISSIONER Chito Narvasa tendered his resignation yesterday morning but will stay on until the end of the year to help in the transition period.

This was announced by Ricky Vargas, TNT’s representative to the PBA Board, before the league opened its 43rd season at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“We reached out to Commissioner Narvasa and made amends to whatever needed to be clarified, worked out for his personal hurt throughout this ordeal,” Vargas said.

Media Bureau chief Willie Marcial has been named officer-in-charge while the search for a new commissioner is going on.

Vargas also announced that TNT and NLEX have reached an agreement in which they would swap their turn at the PBA chairmanship, adding that NLEX has agreed to relinquish its turn this season.

As a result, Vargas, who served as chairman seven years ago, will assume the chair anew in lieu of Patrick Gregorio.

“We’re back together, stronger than ever,” Vargas said. “We’re looking forward to a very fruitful 43rd season of the PBA.

“I’d like to thank all those who stuck together, made us stronger and never gave up throughout this crisis,” added Vargas, who declined from fielding any question.

Vargas thanked the governors who he said were “always there” throughout the crisis that started when seven governors, led by TNT, Meralco and NLEX, voted not to renew Narvasa’s term as commissioner in the wake of Narvasa’s approval of the deal that sent Kia’s top pick to San Miguel Beer days before the rookie draft.

Five teams, led by San Miguel Beer, Ginebra and Star (now Magnolia), countered by saying that under league rules, eight votes are needed to either retain or oust Narvasa, resulting in an impasse that dragged on.

Sources told Malaya-Business Insight that the agreement, at least in principle, was arrived at Saturday night after back channel negotiations and ironed out by all the governors in a meeting yesterday afternoon.

During the same meeting, elections were held and paved the way for Vargas’ assuming the chairmanship anew.

“When Mr. Vargas said ‘amends’ that means a package worthy of his years of service to the PBA,” said a governor.
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