A MAJORITY in the PBA board urged Chito Narvasa to ‘make the supreme sacrifice of voluntarily stepping down’ from his post as commissioner to prevent a crisis that could lead to a halt in the league’s operations.
In a statement, the seven members of the PBA board who moved to decline an extension of Narvasa’s term called for the embattled commissioner's resignation.
“Regrettably, Narvasa in clinging to the position is using the current situation to divide the board to the detriment of the PBA and the public," the group said.
"It is unfortunate that some are providing misleading statements in order to vainly justify the continued stay of a very unpopular Commissioner who, for reasons known only to him, stays in spite of the public clamor against him due to performance and continued drop year on year on PBA figures.
"With his continued defiance, there will be a situation that the PBA will not be able to operate since any act of the commissioner needs the affirmative support of a majority of the board which he regrettably doesn’t have,” the statement said.
The seven governors — composed of TNT’s Patrick Gregorio, Alaska’s Dickie Bachmann, Rain or Shine’s Atty. Mamerto Mondragon, Blackwater’s Silliman Sy, NLEX’s Mon Fernandez, Meralco’s Al Panlilio and Phoenix’s Atty. Raymond Zorilla — also clarified that they did not move to oust Narvasa in a special board meeting on Thursday but merely said they won't support a renewal of his contract.
This is in response to Narvasa saying the move didn't follow the league rules.
“Mr. Narvasa clearly knows that his term is on a yearly basis as this is contained in the Minutes of The Meeting of the Board as well as when he assumed the post of COO which has a term limit of one year,” read the statement.
“The action of the seven governors in supporting the non-extension of his term is precisely to prevent the futile exercise of one proposing his reappointment which needs eight affirmative votes which obviously Narvasa will not get given the non-support of a greater majority,” they added.
"If the commissioner really loves the PBA and the public as he conveniently espouses, he may make the supreme sacrifice of voluntarily stepping down to prevent a division of the board and stalled basketball operations. Maybe with his ultimate sacrifice the public will forget the past and give honor to his act of leaving the post."