PBA employees demoralized after being told to undergo lie-detector tests in probe into Montreal 'leak'
PBA chairman Robert Non, pictured right with Commissioner Chito Narvasa, has defended the board's controversial decision to rehire marketing head Rhose Montreal. Jerome Ascano

PBA employees have been left 'demoralized' as league officials tapped the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe office leaks which it blamed for the controversy over marketing director Rhose Montreal's falsified school records.

A couple of employees in the PBA Commissioner's Office have vented their frustrations over the last couple of days as the board tries to get to the bottom of the expose on social media over spurious school documents allegedly submitted by Montreal when she applied for the marketing head position.

Confronted with the issue, Montreal tendered her resignation which the board accepted in a special meeting, only to re-hire her for 'humanitarian reasons, exemplary performance' last March 7.

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The board has since staunchly defended its controversial decision to reinstate Montreal amid a hail of criticism from fans, team owners and former league officials. Montreal resumed her duties on Monday.

But that apparently isn't the end of the story.

Tapping the help of the NBI, the league board has now trained its guns on employees in the Commissioner's Office who they suspect of leaking the documents that started the controversy.

The most damning documents were a copy of Montreal's application form where she claimed to have graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines - as well as a diploma to prove it.

The UP Registrar's Office said the claim was spurious.

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According to insiders, employees of the PBA Commissioner's Office are being ordered to go in batches to the NBI office as part of the investigation.

A couple of employees have already gone to the NBI office in Manila where they were made to sign documents expressing their willingness to undergo lie-detector tests, the source added.


Another source claimed phones and phone records of some employees are also being examined in the probe which one insider bared was ordered not by Commissioner Chito Narvasa but by the league board.

The probe, another employee said, hasn't helped the morale of a league staff who feel they are being targeted in a 'witch hunt.'

"Maraming masama ang loob, and you can't blame them," said one employee who asked to remain anonymous. "Parang witch hunt ang nangyayari sa opisina ngayon."

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