LONGTIME Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (Paba) president Hector Navasero passed away on Tuesday due to a lingering illness. He was 79.
Navasero has served as Paba chief since 1986 after taking over the presidency from Dominador Pangilinan, father of telecommunications magnate Manny V. Pangilinan. Navasero was also an official for the Baseball Federation of Asia and an active official of the Philippine Jaycees.
Navasero spearheaded the national baseball team’s participation in international competitions including in 2005 where the Philippines won a gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Manila.
Under Navasero’s watch, the Philippines also participated in the 2012 World Baseball Classic qualifiers.
His term as Paba president, however, was not spared from criticism from the baseball community mainly because he was at the helm for nearly three decades.
But persons close to him said that Navasero funded the national team all by himself in the absence of sponsors.