PBA suspends staffer accused of leaking fake academic records of marketing head Montreal
The PBA board of governors accepted the resignation of marketing head Rhose Montreal, only to re-hire her weeks later for 'humanitarian reasons, exemplary performance.'

AFTER months of investigation, the PBA has meted a 30-day preventive suspension on a staffer accused of releasing the documents that led to the discovery of the falsified credentials of one of its top officials.

Sources told SPIN.ph that Meng Cruz, an administrative assistant at the PBA Commissioner's Office, has been pinpointed as the source of the leaked documents following an investigation done by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents since February.

Aside from Cruz, the PBA also required other members of the Commissioner's Office staff to undergo questioning at the NBI office during the months-long probe.

The documents showed that PBA marketing director Rhose Montreal used fraudulent documents to back up her claim that she graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines when she applied for the position.

The UP Registrar's Office has since declared that Montreal studied at State U but did not graduate.

[See PBA board accepts Montreal resignation, then rehires her for 'humanitarian reason']

Summoned for an internal investigation by the PBA board of governors, Montreal admitted her academic documents were indeed fake and promptly tendered her resignation.

However, she was taken back by the PBA board after re-applying for the position, a strange move that drew flak from some team owners, notably Alaska's Wilfred Uytengsu.

While Cruz is serving her suspension, Montreal is back in her role as marketing director, supervising events like the coming PBA Al-Stars, tentatively set in Dubai in July, the PBA women's league and 'Run with the Fans' activity.

Another source bared Cruz will likely be terminated or asked to resign by Commissioner Chito Narvasa, who is also concurrently the league CEO. 

[See Uytengsu rues 'disappointing' PBA decision to rehire marketing head]

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