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SBP yields to BAP's demand

SBP to convene ‘unity’ congress
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 10/05/2006


The newly-organized Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas (SBP) will convene a "unity" congress on or before Oct. 10 even as the validation of the leagues and affiliates of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) is in progress to determine which to elevate for recognition by the unified governing body.

Lawyer Marievic Anonuevo of the SyCip, Salazar, Hernandez and Gatmaitan firm said the preference of the three-man panel, tasked to pave the way for SBP’s ascension, is to hold the congress while the member list is still being confirmed.

Anonuevo explained that there is no need to elect trustees during the congress since the interim board has already been named to serve until June 2008. The first regular Board of Trustees will be elected by eligible and validated SBP members in the 2008 congress to coincide with the Olympic calendar of 2008-2012.

"Under the transitory provisions of the By-Laws, it is the interim Board of Trustees that will elect the officers," said Anonuevo. "The present plan is to hold the congress and election of officers by the Board on the same day, hopefully on or before Oct. 10."

The congress is SBP’s highest policy-making body and has the final authority on all matters concerning organization such as membership, fiscal policies, programs and amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. It delegates to the Board the management and supervision of SBP, which was registered as a non-stock, non-profit corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission last Sept. 21.

Philippine Long Distance Tel. Co. chairman Manny Pangilinan, who serves in the three-man panel with BAP president Joey Lina and PB president Bernie Atienza, has agreed to become SBP chairman and president if he is given a free hand to choose his management team.

The interim Board of Trustees is made up of Raul Alcoseba, Boni Alentajan, Pedro Alfaro, Rey Baula, Elmer Cabahug, Fr. Paul de Vera, Tony Fabico, Graham Lim, Lina, Pangilinan and Daniel Soria from the geographical sector, Ely Capacio, Tony Chua, Noli Eala and Ricky Vargas from the professional sector, Atienza, Jun-Jun Capistrano, Fritz Gaston, Christian Tan and Wilson Young from the school-based sector, Lito Alvarez, Michel Lhuillier and Chino Trinidad from the commercial sector, Tisha Abundo from the women’s special sector and Nic Jorge from the youth special sector.

The officers to be elected are chairman, vice chairman, president, executive director, secretary and treasurer. After the election, the chairman will nominate the officers and members of the executive, finance, nomination and membership and audit and ethics committees for appointment by the Board.

The country’s major basketball stakeholders – the Philippine Basketball Association, the Philippine Basketball League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines – are openly backing up Pangilinan as SBP chairman and president.

Last Saturday, Anonuevo submitted a status report to update the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) on the work being done by the panel in compliance with the provisions of the Aug. 28 joint communiqué signed in Tokyo. Anonuevo said recognition by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and FIBA are the next steps in completing the panel’s mission.

A source said yesterday POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. is prepared to call for a special meeting to discuss SBP’s recognition as a National Sports Association (NSA).

"What the POC is waiting for is the SBP’s list of officers," said the source. "As far as Mr. Cojuangco is concerned, he supports Mr. Pangilinan all the way. For as long as Mr. Pangilinan is in charge, I don’t think there is a problem with POC recognition. At the moment, it is the PB that has provisional recognition from the POC General Assembly. For the POC to recognize another basketball organization as an NSA, it must be better than PB and I think SBP is because it is the unified body."

Another source said Lina is encountering difficulty within the BAP ranks to support Pangilinan as chairman and president. The source intimated that the BAP is inclined to support Pangilinan as chairman and Lina as president. It was rumored that Lina has offered to serve as president for six months, later reduced to three months.

But Atienza refused to comment on the BAP.

"There are rumors all over but we should not be distracted from what has to be done," he said. "We are setting aside personal ambitions and we are sacrificing for the country’s best interest. We are fortunate Mr. Pangilinan has agreed to lead us in the interim, to get us on the right track. The transitory Board has a job to do and there is so much to be done. Let’s forget politics and intrigue. Let’s just do what is best for basketball and our country."


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Leaders starts jockeying for positions

SBP shifts focus on key position
By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer 10/05/2006


AFTER A LONG-DRAWN courtship that ended with business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan opening himself to the possibility of serving as president and chair of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the new cage body has shifted its attention to another key position.

This time, the post of executive director is in the limelight as five names have reportedly been recommended to Pangilinan with the 25-man board of trustees of the SBP getting ready to elect its officers before convening the national congress on Oct. 10.

Sources said one side of the board of trustees is seeking a mutually acceptable agreement that will have Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina sit as vice chair and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) head Bernie Atienza as executive director.

However, a source in the SBP revealed that five other names were floated as executive director candidates.

The list is made up of Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines head Chito Narvasa, UAAP commissioner Elmer Yanga, Talk ‘N Text team manager Frankie Lim, former Ateneo de Manila University and Crispa standout Fritz Gaston and former Toyota stalwart Ed Cordero.

BAP deputy secretary general Lito Alvarez of Air21, reportedly the source of the list, clarified in an interview with the Inquirer that the names were floated because Pangi-linan’s trusted lieutenant, Ricky Vargas, wanted choices for a common candidate for executive director.

Atienza had earlier described as “reasonable enough” the possible choice of Lina as vice chair and he as executive director.
Sources said the BAP had initiated the submission of a short list for executive director, who will be the group’s “work horse” and represent the SBP in the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The SBP’s constitution and by-laws have been approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission and is waiting for the national congress to convene to gain FIBA sanction. But Atienza admitted that selecting which member clubs are qualified for the national congress will take some time as BAP has far more accredited member leagues of 61 compared to PB’s 21.

This, said Atienza, has prompted the group to go through a transition period until April 2008 to sort things out. But for the meantime, he said, the 25-man board will run the SBP with the set of officers as implementers of plans of action.


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Panel to scrutinize members/affliates

Panel sifts through roster of members
By June Navarro
Inquirer 10/08/2006


THE three-man panel headed by business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan started yesterday the arduous task of sifting through the membership of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and the Pilipinas Basketball (PB) who will be accredited during the national congress of the country’s new federation for the sport.

Pangilinan met with BAP president Joey Lina and PB head Bernie Atienza last night to determine the status of the groups, particularly those aligned with the BAP, before the new federation, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), holds a national congress on Oct. 10.“We have to be meticulous in validating the members but the panel hopes to complete everything hopefully by Oct. 10,” said Atienza.

Fourteen of the 66 members of the BAP are under question while there are no reports of the PB-affiliated groups being under scrutiny.

The 14 BAP members under the microscope are the Basketball Association of Laguna, Bohol Professional Basketball League, Baguio-Benguet Amateur Basketball League, Air21 Express Basketball Club, Cavite State Collegiate Athletic Association, Cebu Sports Commission, Davao Inter-Church Basketball League, Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation, Private Inter-Schools Athletic Association, Southern Luzon Colleges and Universities Athletic Association, State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association, Tanduay Basketball Club, Women Basketball League-Davao and Women’s National Basketball League.Validating the members of both associations, including those outside of the national capital region, is expected to take some time.

The panel is reviewing the list based on an agreed set of criteria for membership it formulated. The time frame presents a problem for the SBP, which hopes to come up with a set of officers before the Oct. 10 deadline set by the Fiba.


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Lina resigned!!!

Lina resigns as BAP president
By Gerry Carpio
The Philippine Star 10/10/2006


Former Senator Joey Lina yesterday announced his resignation as president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines in a move that could end the longest feud to hit Philippine basketball and ensure the country’s immediate return to international cage competition.

In a press conference at the Manila Hotel, Lina made available to media a copy of his resignation letter to the BAP board of directors Sunday. A copy was furnished International Basketball Federation (FIBA) secretary general Patrick Baumann and Manuel V. Pangilinan, head of the three-man panel that formed the constitution and by-laws of the new cage body, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

"I have exhausted all possible ways and means to unify RP basketball but our efforts are not enough to convince the Philippine Olympic Committee," said Lina.

Lina’s resignation is expected to end BAP’s long-running confrontation with the POC, which had expelled the BAP and has played a direct role on how the SBP should be formed before it could confer its recognition.

His move was brought about by the hard-line decision of POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco who wanted "in no unmistakable terms" the exclusion of any BAP official from the unity ticket that will be voted upon by acclimation during the unity congress of the SBP on Oct. 20.

The list of officers is the final requirement the SBP has to fill to finally submit its application for membership in the POC and gain recognition as new member of FIBA, where the BAP remains as member with inactive status.

The only official acceptable to the POC so far is Pangilinan, who is in the unity ticket as chairman. He was also tapped to serve as president but the BAP indicated in its meeting with Pangilinan Friday that it was nominating Lina for president. Pangilinan said he would refer the matter to the POC.

"According to Mr. Pangilinan, the POC has declared that the SBP will not be accepted by the POC if certain personalities in the BAP, including myself, are in the SBP unity ticket or common slate," the letter said.

Although the exclusion of a BAP official in the common ticket would go against the agreement — fair representation by both the BP and BAP in the new cage body — Lina said the goal of seeking recognition in FIBA and ending the long-running feud in Philippine basketball is far more important than the objective of fighting for the rights of the 70-year-old BAP.

"This is no longer a unity ticket and the congress may not really be a unity congress without the participation of the BAP," said Lina. "The BAP objects POC’s undue interference in SBP‘s decision to choose its officers, but since the lifting of the FIBA suspension is primordial for the sake of the country, then we subordinate our BAP and SBP prerogative to comply with POC’s desire," he said.

Lina was elected BAP president two years ago at the height of a controversy that plunged Philippine basketball into a crisis that saw the Philippines suspended as country affiliate of the FIBA. The suspension prevented the country from hosting basketball competitions in the 2005 SEA Games and competing in FIBA-sanctioned international tournaments.

Lina will convene the BAP General Assembly tomorrow to announce his resignation and call for the election of a new president.

Although the BAP may still be represented in the panel, the BAP may no longer find the need to nominate any of its officials for president of the SBP because of the objection raised by the POC.

Lina referred to his move as a "Solomonic" decision, drawing from a biblical passage.

He said he had always fought for unity and for the legitimacy of the BAP as a basketball association after the BAP was dropped from the roster of POC members. "I have always fought for the BAP, but if we can’t compete in international competitions, what’s the use," he said. "A practical problem calls for a practical solution. We have shown to everyone that we have done our part."

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Lina steps down as BAP head
By Roy Luarca
Inquirer 10/10/2006


THE BALL HAS become too hot to handle for Joey Lina. He has to pass it off to let the simmering basketball heat cool down.

Setting aside his personal interest to boost the country’s bid to regain international recognition for its favorite sport, the former senator yesterday tendered his resignation as president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

Lina’s decision to give up the position he had held since June last year was contained in a letter, dated Oct. 8, addressed to the BAP chair Michel J. Lhuilllier and the board of directors.

Lina also sent copies of his letter to Patrick Baumann, secretary general of the international basketball federation (FIBA) and business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan, head of the three-man panel mandated by the FIBA to steer the newly formed Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas toward a Philippine Olympic Committee recognition.


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Jingoy to replace Lina?

Jinggoy to take over as BAP head?
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 10/11/2006


The Basketball Association of the Philippines board of directors convenes today to vote for the position vacated by Joey Lina, who resigned as BAP president the other day in a development that could well impact on Philippine basketball amid fast-breaking events the last few days.

High on the list of candidates for the top BAP post are Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Richard Gordon, according to sources with former BAP president Lito Puyat, Tanduay’s Wilson Young and Air21 Express president Lito Alvarez, who is also the BAP‘s deputy secretary-general.

There were late reports that Estrada, whose passion for the sport had led him to form a team in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), has agreed to head the 70-year old body.

The meeting is set at 12 noon at the Aloha Hotel.

Meanwhile, Lina’s failure to assert his presidency within the ranks of the BAP may have forced the former senator to resign from his post, according to Philippine Olympic Committee deputy secretary-general Mark Joseph yesterday.

"Despite his good intentions since mid-2005, he never received any cooperation from BAP’s hardliners," Joseph said.

Joseph, head of the RP swimming association, said Lina’s failure to assert his BAP position prevented him from instituting changes in their "discredited" basketball league.

"The real issue from day one has been to reform basketball," said Joseph as he tried to recall the days when the country’s top basketball leaders tried to unite for the sake of the sport.

As a result of a bitter dispute between the BAP and the POC, the Philippines was suspended by the International Basketball Federation or FIBA early last year.

The suspension prevented the Philippines to compete in major international basketball competitions, including the Southeast East Games where it was then the defending champion.

The Philippines was also prevented from seeing action in the Asian Basketball Championship, which served as a qualifying for the recent World Championship won by Spain.

Efforts to unify the sport in the country were twice put into place, but on both occasions, including this one, were halted by major disagreements that came when everything seems or seemed okay.

The Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas was recently formed with businessman Manny Pangilinan at the helm of a three-man panel that included Lina and Pilipinas Basketball president Bernie Atienza.

Lina cited an alleged agreement that was forged over the last couple of weeks — that Pangilinan would assume the chairmanship of the SBP, and Lina the presidency.

But Lina, in announcing his resignation at Manila Hotel, said the set-up did not sit well with POC president Jose Cojuangco who apparently didn’t like the idea of Lina named SBP president.

"According to Mr. Pangilinan, the POC has declared that the SBP will not be accepted by the POC if certain personalities in the BAP, including myself, are in the SBP unity ticket or common slate," Lina said.

Joseph, along with POC membership committee vice chairman Buddy Andrada, said this was not the case.

"For the record, the POC has never received any communication from the SBP, much less anything that has to do with the supposed outcome of an election," said Joseph.

For his part, Andrada said it is not the habit of the POC to single out any person, especially in times of disputes concerning Philippine sports.

"In all my 20 years as a member of the POC we have never singled out any person. Maybe ex-Senator Joey Lina thinks he is that important to the POC that he should be singled out," said Andrada, the former chief of RP tennis.

"But the truth is he (Lina) isn’t," he said. "Our membership rules are applied equally to all applicants."


One particular name in SBP’s 25-man board of trustees that was also questioned by the POC, according to insiders, was that of Graham Lim, the BAP’s secretary-general.

"I have exhausted all possible ways and means to unify RP basketball but our efforts are not enough to convince the Philippine Olympic Committee," said Lina in his resignation letter.

"This is no longer a unity ticket and the congress may not really be a unity congress without the participation of the BAP," said Lina.

"The BAP objects POC’s undue interference in SBP‘s decision to choose its officers, but since the lifting of the FIBA suspension is primordial for the sake of the country, then we subordinate our BAP and SBP prerogative to comply with POC’s desire," he said.

Cojuangco has yet to issue his own statement on Lina’s resignation.


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Eala - "Lina's move is not earth-shaking"

RP hoops may return to dark ages
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 10/11/2006


Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala yesterday warned that the process to unify the country’s basketball landscape may turn into a wasteful political exercise, which could lead to a return to the "dark ages," if the sport’s stakeholders pursue a selfish agenda.

Eala described Joey Lina’s resignation as Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president as "not an earth-shaking event" and said it shouldn’t derail the unification process.

The BAP Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on Lina’s replacement in a meeting today. Rumored to be among the candidates are Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Richard Gordon, Lito Alvarez, Lito Puyat and Wilson Young.

Although Lina resigned as BAP president, he opted to keep his seat in the 25-man interim Board of Trustees formed to oversee the operations of the newly-organized Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas (SBP) until June 2008. He also resigned from the three-man panel tasked to draft SBP’s Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, validate member leagues and associations seeking membership in SBP and convene the first SBP National Congress.

The other members of the panel are Philippine Long Distance Tel. Co. chairman Manny Pangilinan and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) president Bernie Atienza.

BAP secretary-general Graham Lim is reportedly resigning from the SBP interim Board to give way to Lina’s replacement.

But Eala, a lawyer, said a vacancy in the Board is not filled by succession.

"A Trustee who resigns his position is not entitled to name his replacement," said Eala. "At the same time, Joey’s resignation from the three-man panel does not mean he can name a replacement. Besides, the panel’s work is almost over so I don’t think a replacement is necessary."

The three-man panel initially set a Sept. 30 deadline to complete its tasks with the provision that once accomplished, the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) will lift the country’s suspension. The panel later moved the deadline to Oct. 10. Now, it appears the National Congress will be held on Oct. 21, the panel’s third self-imposed deadline.

Eala suggested inviting FIBA president Bob Elphinston, secretary-general Patrick Baumann and FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock to attend the National Congress so they can witness the dynamics of assembling the sport’s stakeholders.

PBA chairman Ricky Vargas said he would bring up Eala’s suggestion to Pangilinan.

"It would be good for the FIBA officials to come over and see for themselves the kind of people who are behind SBP," said a source. "While the POC has nothing to do with the Congress, I’m sure it would be a welcome development if Pere Miro, whom IOC (International Olympic Committee) president Dr. Jacques Rogge assigned to monitor the resolution of the Philippines’ suspension, and FIBA secretary-general emeritus Borislav Stankovic could join the visiting delegation."

Eala said it was unfair for Lina to blame the POC for prompting his resignation.

Lina claimed Cojuangco rejected his nomination as SBP president in a supposed unity ticket with Pangilinan as chairman and cited the POC’s alleged interference as the reason for his resignation.

But a POC source flatly denied Lina’s claim. Vargas also said a so-called unity ticket was never taken up with Pangilinan and no such discussion took place in a meeting last Tuesday, as claimed by Lina. The minutes of the Tuesday meeting, written by lawyer Marievic Anonuevo, do not verify Lina’s claim.

"I find it hard to believe that Mr. Pangilinan would support Lina as president after he issued a statement agreeing to become chairman and president," said a source.


Eala said only FIBA’s continuing recognition is what is keeping the BAP alive.

"As far as the POC is concerned, the BAP is a non-entity," said Eala. "Once FIBA withdraws recognition, it’s over for the BAP. If you look at what makes up the BAP, you will see that it has no real constituency. If FIBA is able to appreciate that the BAP stands for nothing, then maybe we can proceed."

Eala said under the terms of the joint communiqué signed in Tokyo last August, the BAP and PB will be collapsed for SBP to emerge as the unifying body.

"Lina was one of those who invited Mr. Pangilinan to join the three-man panel as the unifying force then he went against him," said a source. "We should be grateful to Mr. Panglinan for agreeing to sacrifice for the good of the country and the sport we all love."


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POC denies meddling with SBP

POC: No meddling with SBP
By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times 10-11-2006


The Philippine Olympic Committee on Tuesday denied having interfered in the affairs of the newly formed Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, which led to the resignation of former senator Jose Lina Jr. as president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

POC deputy secretary-general Mark Joseph and retired colonel Buddy Andrada, vice chairman of the POC committee on membership, said they have not even received any formal communication with the SBP since its formation last month.

"For the record, the POC has never received any communication from SBP, much less that we have had something to do with the supposed outcome of an election," said Joseph and Andrada in a joint statement released to the media.


Lina, also a former local government secretary, quit on Monday as head of the BAP and as a member of the three-man panel that formed and wrote the constitution and by-laws of the SBP. In a letter to the BAP board, Lina said his resignation would help pave the way for the SBP to gain recognition with the POC.

Citing communications mogul Manny V. Pangilinan, Lina said the POC, in particular its president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr., found it "unacceptable" that the BAP chief would head a "unity ticket" of officers for the SBP.

Besides Lina, the other members of the three-man panel tasked by the International Basketball Federation or FIBA to unity the sport’s local stakeholders are Pangilinan and Pilipinas Basketball president Bernie Atienza.

Graham Lim, the controversial BAP secretary general, followed Lina’s lead and also resigned Tuesday as an SBP board member, saying the new basketball body "can move forward better without me."

At the same time, Lim said he will ask the BAP National Congress, which convenes Wednesday at the Aloha Hotel, to persuade Lina to reconsider his decision of leaving the BAP.

"For all of its ups and downs, triumphs and shortcomings, the BAP was willing to sacrifice its 70-year-old tradition to give way to the higher cause of bringing basketball back to life," Lim said.

"But it doesn’t end with the willingness. Some sacrifices have to be made, and this is one of them," he added in the resignation letter he submitted to Pangilinan, the SBP’s chairman.

Cojuango was also reported to be opposed to Lim’s inclusion on the SBP unity ticket, since the POC’s misunderstanding with the BAP under Lim’s direction over forming the national team led to the cage body’s expulsion from the Olympic group in June last year.

Owing to the POC’s withdrawal of recognition of the BAP as the national association for basketball in the country, the FIBA suspended the Philippines from all international events starting July 2005.

Andrada, however, said the POC and its membership committee has always been fair to all who seek recognition.

"In all my 20 years as a member of the POC, we have never singled out any person. Maybe former Senator Lina thinks he is that important to the POC that he should be singled out—but the truth is he is not. Our membership rules are applied equally to all applicants," the longtime tennis chief said.

Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad, another SBP board member, said the effort to unite all basketball stakeholders in the country will continue with the body’s national congress scheduled October 21.

"It’s just too bad. It seemed like we only needed a stamp of approval [from the POC]. But still we have to continue with our unity effort even without Joey Lina," said Trinidad.

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POC: We're not meddling with SBP affairs
By Christine Moncada, Malaya Online Edition
October 11, 2006


The Philippine Olympic Committee yesterday denied "encroaching" in the affairs of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, especially in the newly-formed group's selection of personalities to occupy key positions.

In a phone interview, POC spokesman Joey Romasanta said any intrusion by the POC in the SBP affairs would be promptly confronted and dealt with by no less than business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan, a member of the three-man panel that drafted the new group's constitution and by-laws.

Former Sen. Joey Lina resigned as BAP president yesterday after receiving information over the weekend that POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. rejected an SBP plan to have Lina elected as the new group's president during a National Congress set on Oct. 21.

"That's not possible. MVP cannot be dictated upon. Iba ang stature ni MVP, kung merong unang aangal kung makikialam ang POC sa SBP matter, it would be him," Romasanta pointed out.

"Ever since, Mr. Cojuangco's instruction is to distance ourselves (from the SBP). He wants us to keep a safe distance from the basketball issue, para walang masabi ang lahat ng parties involved," Romasanta added.

To begin with, he also said, the POC is not aware of any commitment made by Pangilinan with Lina.

"The POC has no knowledge of whatever the supposed commitment Mr. Pangilinan made with Mr. Lina. We are not privy to it," Romasanta stressed. In his resignation letter, Lina said Pangilinan quoted Cojuangco as saying the choice of Lina as SBP president is "unacceptable."

On Lina's resignation as BAP president, Romasanta said "it was a matter internal to the BAP."


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Peping in Lina's move: "Walang Impact yan"

Lina's move has no impact, says Peping
By Edwin Rollon, Manila Standard Today
October 11, 2006


Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco yesterday said the resignation of former Senator Joey Lina as president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines and the withdrawal of support of controversial cage leader Graham Lim from the unified Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas Inc. will not deter the POC from pushing through the reforms it wanted done in basketball.

"Walang impact 'yan sa nais nating reporma sa basketball. Bakit importante ba sina [Joey] Lina at Graham [Lim] sa basketball?" asked Cojuangco during a chance interview before he met with officials of the Asian Games Task Force, led by Moying Martelino in its office at the Philippine Sports Commission building.

Also, Cojuangco vehemently denied that the POC has something to do with the decision of the two sports officials, which some basketball leaders claim would affect the country's bid to have the sanction imposed by the International Basketball Federation lifted.


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The truth behind Lina's Resignation

Lina resigns as BAP president
By Julius Manicad
The Tribune October 10, 2006


Stacked against tremendous pressure all week-long, Joey Lina resigned as president of the beleaguered Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) yesterday.

Lina claimed his decision to quit was a result of a recent statement made by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, who has made known Lina would be “unacceptable” if he insists on claiming the presidency of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the merger between the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball his former group wants to control.

What Lina did not say was the pressure he was getting from the BAP, whose officials have also made known their desire to boot Lina out after the former Laguna governor earned their ire for affixing his signature in the constitution and by-laws of the newly formed Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) which does not call for an election in the forthcoming National Congress to give way to a transitory body.

Contrary to the earlier agreement among members of the three-man panel that gave both the presidency and chairmanship to business tycoon Manny Pangilinan — which Cojuangco also overwhelmingly approved earlier — Lina batted for the SBP presidency.

Under the Lina formula, Pangilinan will act as chairman and Pilipinas Basketball president Bernie Atienza as executive director of the SBP.
In a press statement, Lina claimed Pangilinan has “already agreed” to hand him the presidency but the idea was immediately “shot down” by Cojuangco and the POC.

“Therefore, to ensure SBP’s acceptance by the POC, and thus facilitate the lifting of the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) suspension of the Philippines, I am hereby relinquishing my position as BAP president to provide the BAP with a leeway to nominate other BAP officers for SPB president who would be more acceptable to the POC to be part of the unity ticket,” Lina said.

Lina’s resignation did not come as a surprise to SBP, especially to Pangilinan.

According to a reliable source, the three-man panel met over the weekend to validate the members of the troubled BAP. But the purported convention deteriorated into a confrontation after Lina strongly insisted that he should be the president, no longer honoring the pact he made with Pangilinan, who was thrice offered to become the sport’s biggest patron before accepting the dual SBP posts.

The meeting, thus, ended with the defeated Lina walking out of Pangilinan’s office only to announce his resignation from the BAP two days later.


But Atienza said with or without Lina, SBP will still carry out its plans and programs including the National Congress, which is supposedly set today if not for Lina’s sudden resignation.


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Pangilinan actually turned down Lina's proposal

Pangilinan nixes Lina overture on SBP presidency
By Aldrin Cardona
The Tribune 10/11/2006


What led to Joey Lina’s resignation from the beleaguered Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) may have stemmed from business tycoon Manny Pangilinan’s firm stand to protect their gains from other leaders’ self-interest and the possible revival of disputes and squabbles that have sidelined the sport for years.

Communications mogul Pangilinan, president and chairman of the newly-formed Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), last week turned down Lina’s overtures to claim the SBP presidency “in exchange for some other concessions.”

Part of the “concessions” would retain Pangilinan as chairman and give him the right to pick his executive director. That would have been better than what a source claimed as “Lina’s bait” to bar any of the three-man panel tasked by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to work the merger between the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball.

But Pangilinan simply did not bite.


“Both (proposals) did not work,” the Tribune source claimed, adding they may have put more pressure on Lina, who was being urged by his group to take a more dominant approach in his handling of the merger so that the BAP could gain control of the SBP.

More influential officials of the BAP also threatened to expel Lina from the group, but Lina surprised them by severing ties yesterday.


Lina will still remain part of the SBP, being a founding member. But Lina’s non-affiliated status will not change the stand of other SBP officials, including the 12 Pilipinas Basketball nominees and Pangilinan, himself.

For one, majority of the SBP executives does not buy Lina’s resignation from the BAP hook, line and sinker, with one official, claiming: “You can’t take it away from us if our initial reaction to it is that it’s a ploy. Who knows?”

Another official also claims he suspects something’s amiss in the new BAP saga. “You cannot have Joey Lina quitting and yet, Lito Alvarez, who works for Lina’s brother, is the one calling for his head. It doesn’t make sense for now, but I’m hoping there’ll be peace in the BAP so we can all proceed and put Philippine basketball back on track.”

But how?

The BAP, itself, isn’t sure where to go...or at least willing to work with the other stakeholders.


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There was actually confrontation erupted bet. Lina and Pangilinan

In qutting the BAP, ‘Cojuangco is Lina’s scapegoat’
By Aldrin Cardona
The Daily Tribune 10/11/2006


Former Laguna Governor Joey Lina may have looked the wrong way when he resigned as president of the beleaguered Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) when, on Monday, he accused Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco of not giving him a fair fight in his quest to lead the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Lina, who used to be a senator under the wings of Cojuangco’s party, the PDP-Laban and later on Lakas ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) when Cojuangco’s sister, Cory Aquino, was still President, blamed the POC leader for his decision to quit, saying Cojuangco’s rejection of certain personalities in the BAP, including himself, would never lead to a unity ticket in the SBP.

Several POC officials, however, claimed Lina’s resignation is part of the BAP’s calculated move after Lina had failed to convince (some say force) Cojuangco and communications mogul Manny Pangilinan to hand him the leadership of the new federation despite an earlier agreement Pangilinan would serve as president and chairman of the SBP in an interim basis.

Pangilinan leads the three-man panel tasked by both the POC and the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) to work the merger between the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball. Aside from Pangilinan and Lina, Bernie Atienza sits as panel’s third member representing Pilipinas Basketball.

The BAP has long been declared an illegitimate association by the Court of Appeals and was booted out of the POC family last year for its continued failure to institute reforms in its much-maligned programs. Experts claim Philippine basketball had deteriorated in the 1990s, due mostly to mismanagement and internal squabbles.

A ranking POC official also slammed Lina for “not being man enough to honor the gentleman’s agreement” among members of the panel, which earlier agreed to name Pangilinan as concurrent president and chairman of the SBP with the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball having 12 nominees each in the 25-man board.

“That was the agreement and (Lina) was never endorsed by Mr. Pangilinan for the SBP presidency as they have been claiming since last week,” the POC executive said. “It was (Lina) who turned his back on the gentleman’s agreement and I do not know what kind of politics was that. No gentleman would do it, gentlemen honor their words.”

Another official also revealed Lina has been seeking a dialogue with Cojuangco since two weeks ago. It never transpired since they were overcame by Typhoon “Milenyo” and a crucial confrontation between Lina and Pangilinan last Saturday.

“Lina was forcing himself to become SBP president,” the Tribune source said. “I don’t know why, but he has been seeking a dialogue with Mr. Cojuangco, bumagyo lang kaya di natuloy. And besides, Mr. Cojuangco was in Tarlac at that time.”


Without much chance of talking to Cojuangco, Lina sought a meeting with Pangilinan and Atienza on Saturday. A disagreement between Pangilinan and Lina transpired when the former BAP president insisted on the composition of his BAP group, whose members include merely individuals and corporate clubs, not legitimate leagues compared with the Pilipinas Basketball roster.

A confrontation erupted when Lina refused to budge, prompting Pangilinan to berate him for not sticking with their agreement. Lina was later sent out of Pangilinan’s room.

Then, on Monday, Lina announced he is quitting the BAP.


“Mr. Cojuangco has become the scapegoat in this latest BAP caper,” the Tribune source claimed. “We do not know, maybe (Lina) could not measure up to Mr. Pangilinan that he is pointing the wrong way just to clear his side.”

“But for the record, we have never endorsed any person, for that matter, to lead the SBP. Although we gave our nod to Mr. Pangilinan, being the neutral personality in the three-man panel and SBP. We also never dipped our fingers in their affairs,” the source said.

Salvador “Buddy” Andrada, vice chairman of POC membership committee, meanwhile, said: “In all my 20 years as a member of the POC, we have never singled out any person. Maybe ex-Senator Lina thinks he is that important to the poc that he should be singled out. But the truth is, he is not. Our membership rules are applied equally to all participants.”

Former national swimmer Mark Joseph, POC deputy secretary general, also said: “The real issue from day one has been to reform basketball. Despite Joey’s good intentions, he never received cooperation from BAP’s hardliners to institute changes necessary in their discredited organization.”


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MVP regretted Lina's move but said unity congress will proceed

MVP maintains Lina still member of panel
By Dante Navarro
The Philippine Star 10/12/2006


PLDT/Smart Communications chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, the chair of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said yesterday he regretted former Senator Joey Lina’s decision to resign from the BasketballAssociation of the Philippines but maintained that he still considered him as member of the three-man panel.

He also said Lina remains a trustee of SBP since these positions are not coterminous with his position as BAP president.

Pangilinan also expressed hopes that the panel’s work will be completed as scheduled since significant progress has been substantially, and independently, achieved in meeting the objectives of the recent Tokyo communiqué.

In a letter sent to FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann yesterday, the three-man panel said that once the Unity Congress is convened on Oct. 21 and the officers of SBP elected by the Board of Trustees on the same day, it will have completed its task of forging unity in Philippine basketball as set out in the Tokyo pact.

Thereafter, the SBP will seek the accreditation of the POC and officially seek FIBA’s consent to lift the suspension of the Philippines.

The panel is now in the final phase of its preparations for the holding of a Unity Congress where all of the BAP and PB members recognized as probationary SBP members would be invited.

During the Unity Congress, the panel also plans to hold an organizational meeting of the board of trustees of SBP to elect its officers, including the chairman, president, executive director, corporate secretary and treasurer.

To facilitate the conduct of an orderly and peaceful election of officers, the panel has consulted the BAP, PB and the other sectors involved in Philippine basketball to draw up a list of acceptable candidates. These include the country’s major stakeholders such as the PB, PBA, PBL, NCAA and the UAAP, which have all expressed support for the election of MVP as concurrent chairman and president of SBP.[/img]


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This time it is Estrada being pushed by the BAP to become SBP prexy

Estrada son takes over as BAP president
By June Navarro
Inquirer 10/12/2006


AFTER TAKING over the leadership of the Basketball Association of the Philippines unopposed, Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s first official act was to ask the Philippine Sports Commission to honor its old status as a national sports association.

Estrada, who replaced former senator Joey Lina as president during the BAP national congress yesterday, immediately requested PSC chair Butch Ramirez to unlock the BAP offices at the Rizal Memorial Sports Center and restore the funding it used to enjoy with the government.

“I told him (Ramirez) that if ever I accepted the post of BAP president, I will request that the PSC open the offices of the BAP,” said Estrada. “I also requested that the funding for the organization be restored.”

According to Estrada, Ramirez granted his first wish but didn’t commit on the second request due to the current situation of the BAP with the Philippine Olympic Committee.

“He told me to fix the problem of the BAP (with the POC) so we could work together for the good of the sport,” added Estrada.

The vice-chairman of the Senate committee on sports replaced Lina, who stepped down after unification talks with the three-man panel of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas bogged down over the weekend.

Lina said Manny V. Pangilinan and the BAP executive board have earlier agreed to install Lina as SBP president with the Smart Communications and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. big boss to sit as chairman.

But reports said POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco had considered Lina’s taking over the SBP presidency as unacceptable, which reportedly got the ire of Lina in return.

“I don’t have any quarrel with Mr. Pangilinan and with Mr. Cojuangco so I hope we could work together smoothly for the sake of basketball,” said Estrada. One hundred fifty-five members of the BAP attended the national congress.

Estrada pointed out that in traditional corporate practice, a chairman cannot function as president at the same time, referring to the posts to be handled by Pangilinan at SBP.

“You cannot simultaneously function as chairman and president. If ever that setup happens, there will be no check and balance in the organization,” said Estrada.

“Between the officials of the PB (Pilipinas Basketball) and BAP, I suggest that the presidency of the SBP should be given to a more experienced organization like the BAP,” he added.


Before accepting the post, Estrada consulted his parents, former president Joseph Estrada and Senator Luisa “Loi” Estrada, who advised him that meddling into the affairs of the organization could get him into trouble.

“But because of my passion for basketball, I accepted the challenge just the same,” said the 43-year-old actor-turned-politician.

“I’m assuring everybody that I will not use my position


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Questions, questions
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 10/13/2006


The election of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada as Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president in place of Joey Lina raises a lot of questions that beg to be answered in light of initiatives taken to unify the country’s cage landscape.

Estrada, who plays the game himself and put up the San Juan Knights in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association, is no doubt a lover of the sport. But his emergence "to fight for the BAP’s rights" may be a little too late considering it has been decided that the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) will die a natural death to make way for the Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas (SBP) as the country’s sole governing body for the sport.

To talk about the BAP’s 70-year history and tradition is irrelevant at this point. The situation calls for a move forward, not a step backward. The BAP was a proud institution when it began but in the last 30 years, the organization was reduced to a fraternity of underachievers who perpetuated themselves in power at the expense of the sport.

At the BAP National Congress last Tuesday, Estrada said he was assured by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Butch Ramirez that the BAP office would be reopened at the Rizal Memorial Complex. He said he would also work on restoring the BAP’s ability to receive financial assistance from the PSC.

But why was the BAP’s office padlocked in the first place? Were there legitimate grounds to padlock the office? Why was the BAP prevented from receiving financial assistance from the PSC?

Wasn’t the BAP expelled as a National Sports Association (NSA) by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) General Assembly? Without NSA status, does the BAP have the right to office space at the Rizal Memorial Complex which is operated by the PSC? Isn’t the PSC authorized to give financial assistance only to NSAs which are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)? Is the BAP registered with the SEC?

Estrada reportedly said he will represent the BAP in the three-man panel formed to pave the way for the lifting of the country’s suspension by FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball).

Lina resigned as BAP president and member of the three-man panel whose other members are Philippine Long Distance Tel. Co. chairman Manny Pangilinan and PB president Bernie Atienza. But Pangilinan issued a statement the other day saying Lina remains a member of the panel. Does this mean Estrada will not be welcome to join the panel? What if Lina insists he has resigned from the panel and will no longer participate in its deliberations? Will the panel continue to work with just two members? Isn’t the panel’s work almost done anyway?

The composition of the panel was approved by FIBA and a vacancy is not filled by succession. The members were handpicked to represent themselves as individuals, not as representatives of organizations. There was never an understanding that only the BAP president or the PB president could be members of the panel.

What had been agreed on by the three-man panel cannot be undone. So it’s useless for the BAP or anyone to insist on an election of Trustees when the panel had previously agreed to install an interim 25-man Board to serve up to June 2008.

Estrada said he will not support Pangilinan as SBP chairman and president. But what if the interim Board votes for Pangilinan as chairman and president? Will Estrada support the decision of the majority? Will he insist on his position since he’s making himself available to serve as SBP president?

The validation process of the leagues and associations to make up the SBP will be a bloody exercise and it appears the BAP’s roster will be severely scrutinized, if not depleted. If the BAP’s membership is decimated, will Estrada come to the rescue or will he allow the SBP Validation Committee to wield the axe?

BAP secretary-general Graham Lim has resigned from his position as SBP Trustee and is recommending Estrada to take his place. But does Lim have the authority to name his replacement? The interim Board was constituted by name and formed by the three-man panel so if Lim is to be replaced, the new Trustee must be approved by the panel.

Last Wednesday night, Estrada and his chief-of-staff Simeon Garcia met with POC president Jose Cojuangco, Jr., POC spokesman Joey Romasanta and POC legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

Estrada was informed that it’s not legally feasible for the POC to allow office space at the Rizal Memorial Complex for a group that is not registered with the SEC and not an NSA and therefore not recognized by the POC. He was also advised that there are instances where a chairman and president of a corporation may be one and the same and in the SBP case, it is recommended for a non-stock, non-profit organization under a transitory phase.

Cojuangco said reinstating the BAP as an NSA is beyond recall because the POC General Assembly has voted on its expulsion. Besides, the BAP will in effect cease to exist once the SBP is fully operational.

It was explained that Pangilinan was invited to join the panel as the unifying element and he agreed because of his love for the sport.

Apparently, Estrada was not thoroughly briefed on the previous agreements made by the three-man panel. Garcia was instructed to contact lawyer Marievic Anonuevo for a compilation of the minutes of meetings and binding communiqués.

At the end of the meeting, it wasn’t certain if Estrada realized he might have made a mistake in getting involved in a murky situation which could even hurt his political career.


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POC says there is nothing wrong for MVP to have dual positions


Nothing wrong with MVP as head, chair
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 10/13/2006


Officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee yesterday said that PLDT/Smart Communications chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan could hold dual position as chair and president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in a meeting with newly-elected Basketball Association of the Philippines Jinggoy Estrada.

Estrada, who announced he would seek the position of president in the unity ticket of the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball, met with POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco and legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco after his election as BAP head.

POC spokesman Joey Romasanta said Estrada also inquired about other issues that have remained unresolved to-date in a cordial meeting at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

The POC officials told Estrada that there are instances where a chairman and a president of an association may be one and the same and such set-up is recommended for a non-stock, non-profit organization under transitory phase.

"It was clear that the Senator was inadequately informed about the matter and that he was somehow enlightened after Mr. Cojuangco aired the POC side as far as Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the current state of the BAP are concerned," said Romasanta.

"Sen. Estrada had heard only one side of the story. The meeting with Mr. Cojuangco may have cleared up a lot of things regarding the SBP and the expulsion of the BAP from the POC," Romasanta added.

Romasanta said Estrada initially asked for BAP’s reinstatement as POC member but Cojuangco explained that everything has gone beyond the POC.

Meanwhile, Cojuangco denied in a radio interview claims by resigned BAP presidenet Joey Lina that he’s interfering with SBP’s decision to choose its officers.

"The only mistake I made was when I commented on the composition of members submitted by both organizations (BAP and Pilipinas Basketball) to the SBP. Ang sabi ko lang siguraduhin sana yung membership," said Cojuangco.

On Estrada’s request for the reopening of the BAP office at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Cojuangco said: "If Jinggoy wants to have an office at Rizal, why not. But not the BAP."


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