MANILA, Philippines — In a complete reversal from an earlier statement issued by the PBA, teams from the San Miguel Corp. have issued their unequivocal support for embattled commissioner Chito Narvasa.
Robert Non, San Miguel’s team governor, said Thursday that the actions of the officials of seven other teams are “not in accordance with our by-laws and constitution.”
“All five teams – San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, Kia and Globalport – stand behind Commissioner Narvasa. He enjoys our full support and we have prevailed upon him to stay and do what is right,” Non said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, a majority of the PBA board passed a resolution deciding not to support the extension of Narvasa’s term, effectively ending his stint as commissioner.
However, Non said the move is unauthorized and not binding.
“These officials do not constitute the majority needed to remove or appoint the commissioner and thereafter, make any changes in the PBA structure,” said Non.
Under the PBA rules, a majority in board is two-thirds of its current membership, which is eight of the current 12 members. In this context, only a majority vote of two-thirds of the league board membership is required by its by-laws and constitution to remove Narvasa.
San Miguel, Star, Ginebra, GlobalPort and Kia representatives were unable to attend yesterday’s unathorized meeting as the notice was only given last October 30, a violation of the seven-day rule for such.
“So without this clear majority, all changes being made by these renegade members are not allowed, including the appointment of Rickie Santos as officer-in-charge, and would not be binding on the whole board membership,” Non said.
(READ: Rickie Santos takes over Narvasa as PBA OIC)
“This includes as well the misrepresentation of NLEX board member Ramon Fernandez as PBA chairman, when in fact, the sitting chairman is still Globalport’s Mikee Romero,” he added.
Narvasa attended the meeting on the belief that it was only with Fernandez to discuss PBA’s planning session, but when he arrived at the venue, four other board members – Dioceldo Sy (Blackwater), Mert Mondragon (Rain of Shine), Raymund Zorilla (Phoenix), and Dickie Bachmann (Alaska) – were also there to discuss his removal from his post as commissioner.
“This move does not sit well with the rest of us board members. Any move should be made in the proper forum and must be covered the league’s rules and regulations. Any move beyond this is definitely not allowed,” Non said.
Non cited that the group backing the move to remove Narvasa has the habit of changing commissioners at a whim, citing the decisions to remove Noli Eala and Sonny Barrios in the past.
“If we allow that to happen, then this will weaken the Commissioner’s Office and turn it into a puppet of whoever is the most powerful among the team owners,” Non said.
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