DON'T look now, but it appears Alfrancis Chua has the inside track on the top post of the Philippine Sports Commission.
Sources from inside the camp of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte bared the former PBA coach turned basketball executive has been picked for the PSC chairmanship over other high-profile candidates.
Chua, currently the basketball director of San Miguel Corp., has been seen in Davao in the company of GlobalPort owner Mikee Romero in the days after Duterte's landslide victory in the May elections.
Once the appointment becomes official, Chua, a former coach of Ginebra, Tanduay and Sta. Lucia in the PBA, will beat out candidates like basketball legend Mon Fernandez and current PSC executive director Guilllermo Iroy.
Fernandez, in fact, was reportedly informed by the Duterte camp that the chairmanship was no longer vacant, pushing the 16-time PBA champion to just re-focus on his businesses in Cebu.
"Mon did not apply for the position. He was waiting for an offer, but he made sure he had a ready program in case a call comes. Sadly, there was already somebody else named to the post," said a person close to the four-time PBA MVP.
Even some PBA governors confirmed Chua's upcoming appointment, saying it was already relayed to them by the outspoken Barangay Ginebra official.
Chua, who played college basketball for University of Santo Tomas, is currently the head of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Spin.ph tried to contact Duterte's chief of staff Bong Go, but he was still attending to some matters for the incoming president.