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04:40 PM May 14, 2015


The commissionership of the oldest league in Asia just went from one Chito to another.


Chito Narvasa has been appointed as the ninth league commissioner on Thursday at the conclusion of the fourth special meeting of the PBA Board of Governors.

“We believe that we have chosen the right commissioner. We want the PBA to grow and we want to focus on what we can still accomplish as a league. We have arrived at an unprecedented and historic decision, which is unanimous, 12-0 in favor of Chito Narvasa,” announced PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio.


Narvasa formerly called the shots for Shell and Purefoods from 1995 to 1998, and has also held commissioner posts in the NCAA (2007) and in the UAAP (2008).

He is also currently the CEO of Citystate Bank, but will step down and will just act as a director after being given the commissionership post.

The son of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Andres Narvasa is also the president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP).

After a tedious three-month process which saw the Board of Governors form a search committee and enlist a headhunter, collate a list of 20 possible contenders and then trim it down to four, Narvasa has been given the duty to take care of all the game-related concerns for the PBA and the PBA D-League.

Gregorio bared that the final meeting was just a speedy one given that they already deciphered each of the contestant’s assets.

“It’s a very quick meeting because we were able to analyze the process in the last few meetings and we were able to address all the issues. Today, we know that we cleared this with our respective owners so we’re happy to announce that it is a unanimous, united, and solid decision by the Board,” he said.

“Three months of going through this tedious process, nahimay na ng nahimay. We just came here to formalize and make a decision as a group, as a united Board.”


Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua added, “We looked at each other at alam na namin.”

Outgoing PBA commissioner Chito Salud told Narvasa immediately of the decision, and the new commissioner said, “I’m very happy. I’m excited and very thankful for the Board.”

Salud expressed his satisfaction with the outcome, saying, “(Narvasa) is a perfect choice for the job. I’m especially happy that the Board is unanimous with their decision.”

Narvasa edged current PBA operations chief Rickie Santos, SBP finance chair Ernesto Jay Adalem, FBA commissioner Vince Hizon for the post.

As the commissioner and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Narvasa will handle all issues and concerns relating to the games and conduct, from trades, sanctions, scheduling, venue selection, tournament format, and the like.

Santos, meanwhile, will continue his duties as the league’s operations director.

He said, “It’s an honor to have been considered for the post, and to have made it this far in the process. It’s a validation of the hard work and dedication I’ve given the PBA for the past 19 years. I’m ready to work with the new Commissioner.”

Narvasa is slated to assume the position immediately after the 40th season, and will formally succeed Salud, who will now act as the league’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), on August 23, during the Rookie Draft.

He is expected to be an “on-the-job trainee,” working alongside Salud at the games, for him to be acquainted to the needs of the post. (RL)

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