Commissioner Narvasa: Let’s be a league of rules, not of men

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“Just follow the procedures and stick to the rules. Let’s be a league of rules and not of men.” — Commissioner Narvasa.

Things in the PBA just got a bit more complicated.

Just hours after Rickie Santos was appointed as the league’s officer-in-charge, it appears that Chito Narvasa will still end up as Commissioner for the time being.

And in a separate press conference Thursday afternoon, Narvasa maintains his position and will not resign from his post.

“I’m willing to resign, wala namang problema. But if it’s for principle, then I must stay,” the Commissioner said.

Narvasa says that as long as he’s in position, he will fight for the PBA and the Commissioner’s office, noting that the Commissioner will not be bullied into submission by those who have power.

“I was talking to some of my advisers also, a close friend of mine said I should stay,” Narvasa said Monday at the PBA office in Libis.

“Why? Tama na to, I can always leave, I’ll be okay. Ayaw ko may kaaway, ayaw ko makipagaway. Gusto ko masaya ang tao sa PBA,” Narvasa answered. “Sabi nila ‘Chito that’s not it.’ If they can bully the a Commissioner, force him to resign at something they do not like, then the office of the Commissioner will weaken and will always be subject to whoever is most powerful among the team owners.

“Yun lang ang pakiusap ko. I hope the people will understand. I hope they understand the principle behind it, I’m fighting for the Office of the Commissioner. Nobody, no matter how powerful, should be able to frighten it, scare it, or threaten it,” Narvasa added.

After what has been a rather stressful day for the league, status quo remains in the fact that Narvasa is still Commissioner.

However, clear battle lines have been drawn with regards to the PBA board.

On one side, seven teams have made it known that they want Narvasa out, with their board of representatives filing a resolution not to extend Narvasa’s term as Commissioner.

Those teams include TNT, Meralco, NLEX, Alaska, Rain or Shine, Blackwater and Phoenix.

On the other side, there’s the five teams that urged Narvasa to stay put. The teams are San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, Globalport, and Kia.

In order for Narvasa’s term to not be extended, the PBA Board needs 2/3 of the majority to vote for it. That accounts for eight teams.

Ultimately, Narvasa says that he will accept his fate at the hands of the PBA Board. However, he just hopes that the proper procedure will be followed before arriving at such decision.

“I’m just doing a job here. I know who my bosses are, if 8 of the 12 tell me to leave, then I will leave. No problem, I will follow eh. But who will I follow?” Narvasa said.

“Just follow the procedures and stick to the rules. Let’s be a league of rules and not of men,” the Commissioner added.

 


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