ANDRES “Chito” Narvasa, Jr., the incumbent president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines was elected Commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) on Thursday.
Narvasa was voted unanimously by the 12 members of the board of governors in an election held at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City. He will succeed Chito Salud, who will become PBA president and chief executive officer (CEO).
Narvasa and Salud’s term will start at the end of the league’s 40th season.
Narvasa, son of late former Supreme Court Chief Justice Andres Narvasa Sr., is also currently the CEO of Citystate Bank but he will vacate the post on August 1.
He was a former coach of Formula Shell from 1995 to 1998 and Purefoods in 1998.
“We have done this in the last three months and we had four special board meetings, and we believe that we have chosen the right commissioner,” said PBA Chairman Patrick Gregorio.
“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.”
The former Ateneo Blue Eagles head coach Narvasa bested current PBA operations head Rickie Santos, former PBA player Vince Hizon and former ABC 5 executive Jay Adalem in the race for the position.
Meanwhile, Alaska Aces and Barako Bull will stake their unbeaten slate when they face separate foes today in the 40th PBA Governor’s Cup elimination round at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. Barako Energy Cola, with a 2-0 card, will face the also unbeaten Talk ‘N Text at 4:15 p.m. while Alaska with also 2-0 record will take on Rain or Shine at 7 p.m.
(Ynares Sports Center, Antipolo City)
4:15 p.m. – Talk ‘N Text vs. Barako Bull
7:00 p.m. – Alaska vs. Rain or Shine