PBA OIC tasks committee to decide on trades, creates CSR option for settling fines
PBA OIC Willie Marcial is set to lead a five-man committee that will pore over - and eventually vote on - trade proposals sent by teams. Jerome Ascano

IN one of his first acts in charge of the PBA, Willie Marcial has formed a committee that will pore over - and vote on - trade proposals and created a CSR (corporate social responsibility) option for settling fines meted by the Commissioner's Office.

Marcial formally assumed the leadership of the 43-year-old pro league at the turn of the year replacing Chito Narvasa, who resigned as commissioner in the face of a giant storm over his decision to approve a trade that many felt was terribly one-sided.

As officer in charge, Marcial tasked a five-man team to look into trade proposals - and vote on whether to approve these or not in the event of an impasse.

In the past, the approval of trades was the sole discretion of the commissioner.

"From now on, we'll be discussing these trades as a group and each one will have a say," said Marcial, who has been with the PBA since the time of former commissioner Noli Eala and has was its longtime media bureau chief. "Kung may tabla sa botohan, ako ang magbe-break ng tie."

Aside from Marcial, also set to be part of the committee are PBA legal counsel Melvin Mendoza, technical team members Junior Bengua and Roscelle Fabie Teotico, and Eric Castro, who Marcial has appointed as the league's new technical director.

As technical director, Castro will be in charge of the referees, table officials and stats team while deputy commissioner Rickie Santos is on leave.

Marcial has also launched the league's new CSR programs and gave its players the option to do community work instead of paying fines meted by the Commissioner's Office.

The PBA caretaker said he will give players the chance to write off minor fines through appearances in basketball courts in and around Metro Manila.

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