MOVE  TO  JUNK  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  OF  THE  PHILIPPINES  STARTS

MANILA, June 2, 2005 
(STAR) By Joey Villar - The "caretaker" committee tasked by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to run the countryís basketball affairs while the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) is under suspension has formed a body that would create a new charter aimed at rehabilitating the ailing sport.

Led by POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, the group designated Ret. PNP chief Edgar Aglipay of badminton as chairman of the newly-formed committee that would outline an honest-to-goodness national sports program and a new constitution and by-laws.

"We were tasked to incorporate a truly national program and a constitution and by-laws that will see to it that basketball in the country will flourish," Aglipay told The STAR in a phone interview yesterday after a two-hour meeting in Makati City.

Other members of the group are Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Noli Eala, Philippine Basketball League chief Chino Trinidad, POC spokesman Joey Romasanta, Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines head Chito Narvasa, National Collegiate Athletic Associationís Fr. Vic Calvo of Letran and Moying Martelino.

Aglipay said they will reach out to all concerned groups, from the far north, to Visayas, and all the way down to Mindanao, in a bid to consolidate all possible basketball stakeholders in the country.

"Iím inviting everyone concerned to make suggestions. Even the BAP can reach me anytime," said Aglipay.

Basketball aficionados view the formation of Aglipayís group as part of the plan to completely replace the controversy-ridden and ineffective BAP, which was suspended indefinitely by the POC General Assembly last week.

Expelling BAP from the POC family would need three-fourths vote or 30 of the 39 NSAs (national sports associations). To suspend the BAP, all that was needed was a two-thirds vote or 26 of 39. No objection was made when the BAP suspension was raised last week.

This possibility surfaced after FIBA-Asia president Sheikh Saud Bin Ali Al-Thani of Qatar, here in RP to grace the ongoing FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, hinted that the POC might remove the BAP from its official roster and instead form a new group to give the basketball association a fresh start.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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