GULLAS  LOOMS AS  CHIEF  OF  NEWLY-FORMED PBF;  CHITO  OUT

MANILA, July 23, 2005 
(STAR) By Abac Cordero - Chito Narvasa, the president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines, is not looking for another job.

The former PBA coach who was reportedly being groomed to become president of the newly-formed Philippine Basketball Federation yesterday said itís not even a possibility.

"Iím not interested in any (other) position," he declared.

However, the former Blue Eagle said the BCAP will be supportive of the PBF, which will take the place of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, and whoever is named president.

Only Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas remains a candidate and, barring any other nomination, should emerge as the first president of the PBF which holds its elections Monday at the Makati Sports Club.

Although his name may sound new, Gullas is actually an old face in Philippine basketball.

He has served the BAP, then under Gonzalo "Lito" Puyat, vice president for the Visayas and as such has made the University of Visayas, of which he is the president, a breeding ground for basketball superstars.

"In short, mahilig sa basketball. I think he deserves the post," said a sports official.

Once elected PBF president, all Gullas has to do, the sports official added, is to name an able secretary-general who will have to perform the bodyís day-to-day operations.

While the rest of the positions will be decided through voting, that of the secretary-general is the presidentís prerogative. Chino Trinidad looms as the perfect choice after Joey Romasanta, the former director of Project Gintong Alay, has begged off from accepting any position.

There are 15 trustees within the PBF. They are the PBL, UAAP, NCAA, Small Basketeers, BCAP, the representatives from Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, National Capital Region, Southern Luzon, Bicol, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Mindanao and an incorporator reportedly made up of senior sports officials.

For the elections to push through, a quorum of eight members is needed.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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