After 'tension-filled' meeting, PBA board vows to back Narvasa decision on Kia-SMB trade
PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa says he will make a decision on the controversial Kia-SMB trade proposal on Friday or Saturday at the latest. Jerome Ascano

THE PBA board has vowed to support whatever decision Commissioner Chito Narvasa comes up with regarding the controversial trade between San Miguel Beer and Kia.

The board convened on Thursday and discussed the deal, among other topics, that will see the Picanto sending the No. 1 overall pick in the rookie draft on Sunday to the Beermen for a bunch of role players.

Media bureau chief Willie Marcial, who spoke to a couple of reporters on behalf of Narvasa, said the commissioner is still talking with both sides and studying which players should be involved – or if the deal should push through in the first place.

“Susuportahan nila kung ano man ang decision ni commissioner, all-out support sila, so nagkasundo-sundo,” Marcial said after the five-hour meeting where all the board governors were present.

One board governor, who requested not to be named, did hint there was some tension during the discussion of the trade.  

“Seryoso (yung mood sa meeting)…tapos nagkapaliwanagan kung bakit ganun,” Marcial said after the meeting where Ginebra representative Alfrancis Chua, SMB's Robert Non, Meralco governor and concurrent league chairman Al Panlilio, NLEX's Mon Fernandez, TNt's Pato Gregorio, Phoenix's Raymond Zorilla, Rain or Shine's Mert Mondragon, Blackwater's Siliman Sy, Alaska's Dicky Bachmann, GlobalPort's Erick Arejola, and Kia's Bobby Rosales attended. “Tapos nag-executive session sila.”

“So pinag-aaralan na ni Kom kung papaano at kinakausap niya yung San Miguel, yung Kia, kung papaano ba talaga, kung bakit ganun,” he added.

Marcial said Narvasa will come out with a decision either on Friday or Saturday at the latest.

Apart from the trade, the board also talked about the budget as well as their plans for the next season.

“Konti lang yung discussion sa trade. Ang mahaba namin, meron kaming thirty slides kaya ganun ka-tagal,” Marcial said.

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