In a press conference to open the 43rd season of the PBA, the league’s board of governors stood united at the podium of the SMART-Araneta Coliseum’s press room. In the middle was TNT’s Ricky Vargas, the new chairman of the league.
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“We’re back together, stronger than ever.
“This is the PBA board of govs that will serve its term in the forty-third season,” Vargas claimed.
Vargas, on behalf of the board, disclosed that Chito Narvasa, who has been under fire for the last two months, has submitted his resignation Sunday morning and the board has accepted the resignation.
“We reached out to Commissioner Narvasa. We made amends for the things that needed to be clarified and work out on his personal hurts on the process,” Vargas explained.
“As a result of that, this morning, he submitted his resignation which was effective today.”
Narvasa was named as the league’s ninth commissioner on May 14, 2015. Under his watch, the league shook down on officiating while making its debut in the state-of-the-art Philippine Arena.
“We thank him also for all his contributions to the PBA,” said TNT’s new governor.
Narvasa will stay in office until December 31, 2017. After that, PBA Communication and External Affairs director Willie Marcial will serve as the league’s officer-in-charge.
“However The PBA board in a resolution passed today asked Chito Narvasa to stay until the end of the year, whi is December 31, 2017 to help us during the transition,” the MVP group executive furthered.
“At that stage, in the process, the board also appointed an OIC, Willie Marcial.”
With this, the league begins its process of rebuilding public confidence in them.
“We’re stronger than ever and we will stay like that as we begin the healing process,” he closed.