PBA  EXECUTIVE  BOARD: NOMINEES  FOR  OFFICER-IN-CHARGE (OIC)  DOWN  TO 5

MANILA, AUGUST 10, 2007
(STAR) By Nelson Beltran - Former Sen. Freddie Webb and long-time PBA executive direct the league’s officer-in-charge (OIC) following the exit of former commissioner Noli Eala. UAAP commissioner Ed Cordero, women’s national coach Fritz Gaston and corporate man Lambert Ramos were the three others nominated by the PBA executive board in a meeting at the PLDT office in Makati yesterday.

The entire PBA board will make the choice in another meeting at the New World Hotel also in Makati Monday.

PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas said almost 20 names were submitted for the position but only the five officials were considered after a thorough deliberation of the executive board, including incoming chairman Tony Chua, incoming vice-chair Joaqui Trillo and treasurer Lito Alvarez.

The executive body put accent on the qualifications and stature of the nominees for the OIC who will serve on an interim basis until a full-time commissioner shall have been appointed.

The OIC will also help in a more in-depth deliberation in the selection of the new commissioner although he himself could be considered for the post depending on his performance in the transition period.

Among those nominated for the position but didn’t make the final list were PBA operations chief Rickie Santos, coach Chot Reyes, former board members Elmer Yanga and Bert Manlapit, PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, NCAA commissioner Chito Narvasa, Hall of Famer Philip Cezar and Chito Salud, son of former PBA commissioner Rudy.

But Vargas said some could be considered for the permanent post.

The executive board maintained that the man who would run the day-to-day affairs and carry out a viable program to ensure the continuing success of the country’s pro loop will be someone with integrity, financial and management expertise, independent-minded and a true enthusiast of the game.

In the same meeting, the executive board appointed PBA finance chief Jimmy Sunglao as office manager.

Vargas noted he has found himself with heavy loads in the PBA a few days before the term as league chairman ends. He’s to be succeeded by Chua next week.

One of the nominees, Barrios, who is familiar with the operations of the league as its former executive director, said he’s already tied with another commitment.

“I’m honored they’re still thinking of me. I thought I am already part of the past in the PBA. But as much as I want to help, my current situation may not allow me to accept it,” said Barrios.

He said he’s set to leave for the United States to pursue a project there.

Cordero, Gaston and Ramos appear all available for the job.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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