MANILA, Philippines — The tenure of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa has come to a close.
The embattled official, whose reign as the league’s chief caused a divide during the offseason, filed his resignation from the post, according to the new PBA chair Ricky Vargas, just before the opening ceremonies of the 43rd season kicked off, Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“This is all for the fans,” Vargas said. “We reached out to commissioner Narvasa and we made amends for the things that needed to be clarified and work out on his personal hurts on the process.”
“This morning, he submitted his resignation which was effective today,” Vargas added. “We thank him for all his contributions. However, the board, in a resolution passed today, asked Narvasa to stay until the end of the year (Dec. 31, 2017) to help us during the transition.”
Vargas, who took the place of Ramoncito Fernandez as the league’s new top honcho, went on to reveal that Media Bureau chief Willie Marcial will act as officer in charge.
“We’re stronger than ever, we’re stronger together and we’ll stay like that to begin the healing process of the PBA,” he closed.
Narvasa was put in the hot seat for figuring in many transactions that drew the ire of a handful of PBA governors. The drama reached fever pitch when the league reached an impasse during the offseason.
A former coach himself, Narvasa served the league as its commissioner for more than two years. He was the ninth commissioner in the PBA’s 43 years of operation.