AS San Miguel Corp. keeps everyone guessing on its next move, PLDT top honcho Manny V. Pangilinan has no tinge of doubt on the future of his own ballclubs.
The business tycoon said on Wednesday his two franchises are committed to staying in the PBA regardless the result of rival San Miguel Corp.'s 're-evaluation' of its participation in the pro league in the wake of the Renaldo Balkman controversy.
“That’s our intention, we’re committed to the PBA, so we’re staying,” Pangilinan told Spin.ph on a night when he witnessed his two PBA clubs, Talk 'N Text and Meralco, pull off wins in a double-header at the Big Dome.
Pangilinan, whose own personal rivalry with SMC big boss Ramon S. Ang has been played up in the media, was reluctant to talk about San Miguel's reaction to the league's decision to hit Balkman with a lifetime ban, saying "whatever happens, happens."
“I don’t know whether we should prepare for it or what, let’s just wait how the events pan out," he added.
But the sportsman-businessman said he believes teams come and go but fans will always be there to support the league and the game.
“Basketball is still the Filipinos greatest love,” Pangilinan said.
Asked if there is another league that could rival the PBA, Pangilinan simply replied: “Is their one? Is there one? Wala naman, di ba?”
The ABL, a regional tournament where SMC also maintains a team, cannot be compared to the PBA, he added.
"Different set-up 'yon," Pangilinan said.