No resolution in sight on Narvasa status as PBA leaves for US planning session
PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa's status remains up in the air as he and members of the league board leave for the US for their annual planning session. Jerome Ascano

HOPEFULLY, the cool California weather will help the PBA crisis simmer down a bit as members of the league board depart for Los Angeles on Friday night for its annual planning session.

Or will it really matter?

Expect tension the moment the group leaves on a Philippine Airlines flight for the 13-hour, especially after the board failed to resolve the issue surrounding the term of embattled commissioner Chito Narvasa during another round of talks held on Wednesday.

No compromise was reached by the two opposing groups in their last meeting as both sides remained steadfast in their respective stands as far as Narvasa’s term is concerned.

Seven board members from the MVP bloc (TnT, NLEX, and Meralco) and its allies (Phoenix, Rain or Shine, Alaska, and Blackwater) insist Narvasa’s term expired at the end of each season and needs at least a two-third vote (or eight votes in all) from the board to gain another term.

But five other members led by teams under the SMC umbrella, along with Globalport and KIA Picanto, are supporting Narvasa’s retention, maintaining that a similar two-thirds vote from the board is needed to oust or appoint a new commissioner.

Except for Alaska alternate board Dickie Bachmann, who is now in the US, all board members were in attendance during the last meeting, marking the first time the two warring groups sat together since the leadership impasse came about last week.

Former chairman Ricky Vargas was around to represent TnT Katropa in lieu of Patrick Gregorio.

Even then, nothing is guaranteed during the US trip.

A source related to that Narvasa will still join the trip while three members of the board had begged off at the last minute, namely Gregorio, Atty. Raymond Zorilla of Phoenix, and former chairman Atty. Mamerto Mondragon of Rain or Shine.


Already there is confusion on whether Narvasa should be allowed to preside over the meeting given the uncertainty of his status.

During past planning sessions, the commissioner usually makes a report on the just-concluded season and lays down his plans and programs for the coming playing calendar.

It’s also worth to note how the board will tackle the transfer of the chairmanship to Ramon Fernandez of NLEX from predecessor Mikee Romero of Globalport.

Fernandez was the one who presided over the meeting last week when the seven board members openly came out to oppose a renewal of term for Narvasa.  

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