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typhoidterry
10-02-2007, 01:07 PM
Is BAP-SBP crumbling?


By Julius Manicad

10/02/2007

This, business tycoon Manny Pangilinan, MVP to many and regarded as savior of Philippine basketball, apparently doesn’t know.

The Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP), the merger Pangilinan nurtured after years of dormancy when it was still known as the Basketball Association of the Philippines, is again on the verge of collapse after three of its five-man core left the group in protest over the management style of executive director Patrick “Pato” Gregorio.

Two members of Gregorio’s core group have resigned due to what a source claimed as “Gregorio’s abusive impositions,” while the third, Alfonso “Dayong” Mendoza, son of newsman Al Mendoza, was fired over a disagreement on a working schedule.

Mendoza was given the pink slip after Noel Zarate and Edison Ching quit without receiving their salaries in full, which the source said never happens in any of the Pangilinan-owned companies.

“They’re a big loss to the BAP-SBP. But there has been an uneasy silence in the group since tension built up due to disagreements on Gregorio’s management style. Besides, they do not receive their salaries in full, how can they work without salaries?” the Tribune source asked.

Zarate, who quit his high-paying job with Solar Sports to join the BAP-SBP, was described by the source as the biggest loss to the group, having been the BAP-SBP’s business unit manager tasked by Gregorio to raise P90 million, an amount already lowered from the P150 million Gregorio originally set as target.

Ching, meanwhile, was tasked to help as a marketing associate, but not even his designation was clear as Gregorio was reportedly slow in putting up an office for the BAP-SBP and runs the association on his mobile phone and through a lady, who is also connected with a bus company, acting as his secretary.

Mendoza, meanwhile, was reportedly fired through short messaging system (SMS) in one of the reported outbursts of Gregorio, whom the source claimed as continuously flaunting his having received a Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award as his way to silence critics within the group.

“That’s his way of reminding his men who he is,” the source said. “But he runs the group through his phone and even fired one of his staff through text. Where can you find an official, a top one at that, who does things in the most unorganized manner? And it’s in his hands where the future of Philippine basketball lies, kawawa naman ang bayan.”

Mendoza’s only fault, according to the source, was his failure to join Gregorio in two hurriedly called appointments. Mendoza had to keep his job as a coach in Adamson University and at Purefoods which are his sources of steady income.

Gregorio, however, said: “We have no staff, only volunteers. When they have other jobs, they are free to work there and earn a living.”

Gregorio also admitted not having a permanent office for the BAP-SBP months after the merger was sealed last February.

“We don’t have an office yet, baka mid-October pa,” Gregorio said.

Their departure left the BAP-SBP with a big organizational vacuum as Gregorio is known to rely on his key people, whom he described only as “volunteers” during the first meeting he had with Pangilinan and the other stakeholders who made the merger possible.

Of his original group, only Nolan Bernardino, son of the late PBA Commissioner Jun Bernardino who was originally picked for Gregorio’s position, was left to serve as BAP-SBP workhorse. The younger Bernardino was recruited to the group by Ricky Vargas, Talk ‘N Text governor in the PBA and one of Pangilinan’s most trusted men.

Like the rest, Bernardino also served as a “volunteer” before their status was changed to “part-time retainers” while, according to the source, “Gregorio receives his salary in full six figures.”

The source, however, claimed Gregorio made the impression he was spending his own money whenever his staff ask for reimbursements on their expenses.

According to the source: “(Gregorio) often said ‘wala pang binibigay si boss (Pangilinan) e. I really doubted if that was true, but I know it’s quite impossible since MVP (Pangilinan) has funding specially allocated for the monthly expenses of the organization.”

batangueńo
10-02-2007, 01:31 PM
Gregorio na naman?! :o ::)

typhoidterry
10-03-2007, 09:36 AM
Gregorio doesn’t know his basketball’

By Aldrin Cardona
10/03/2007
It did not go unnoticed, that nudge Patrick Gregorio gave to one of his assistants to fire off the names of each basketball stakeholder attending the first board meeting of the newly formed merger between the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) last July 2 at the PLDT office in Makati.
Gregorio, also newly appointed as executive director of the group on the recommendation of former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala, apparently did not know many of the sport’s stakeholders, those who fought for years to gain leadership of the sport long wrecked by mismanagement and cult-like leadership until its suspension by the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) three years ago.
At one instance, Gregorio had to elbow one of his staff members to know the name of the next visitor, Eliezer “Eli” Capacio, he who does not wield the recognizable face of Sonny Jaworski or Alvin Patrimonio, but was a PBA player as well as a champion coach with Purefoods in the early 1990s.
It was a meeting Gregorio reportedly wanted to end in a jiffy, even allegedly telling his staff he wanted no less than a standing ovation from the board as soon as he declared the meeting ended. He did not get it, as the board raised more questions than answers to what he presented, mainly focused on the monetary side of the sport that has long reeled on the fringes of its international cousins because it lacked direction from its past and current leaders.
It also did not go unnoticed to some key provincial leaders how they were left out in the cold after engaging the BAP in a long, arduous struggle basically because of the same leadership style that Gregorio showed right in his first face-off with they key stakeholders nonetheless.
“(Gregorio) does not know his basketball,” a provincial leader, one of the key figures who fought against the BAP and its Chinese leader Graham Lim in the past, said. “We know he is a marketing man, but we need somebody who understands the game first, because we need to know where he will lead us. Not back towards the dark years of the BAP, but onward as the SBP has envisioned it. Sayang ang pagod dito ni MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan, president of the merger).”
Two more officials representing provincial leagues have also aired their concern over Gregorio’s projects, especially his grassroots training approach which he centralized by naming figures known to be close to him.
“Nawalan na kami ng saysay, kami pa naman yung umpisa pa lang, tumaya na sa basketball,” one of the provincial executives said.
The officials vowed to come out in the open as soon as they have firmed their ranks: “We will try to send our position to Mr. Pangilinan. Baka lang he will realize that it was a mistake to name a non-basketball person as his man-Friday in the BAP-SBP.”
Gregorio has been under tremendous fire lately.
He was pointed as responsible for pushing for the late inclusion of provincial journalist Lolito de los Reyes into the official Philippine delegation to the Tokushima, Japan Olympic qualifying. De los Reyes went missing in Japan as soon as he arrived with the all-professional RP squad that failed to win a ticket to the Beijing Olympics. Gregorio, a former tourism employee, reportedly has good connections with embassies, including Japan.
Two of his staff have also resigned in protest of his “management style.” He fired another one for not joining him in two appointments. The former BAP-SBP volunteers also complained of not receiving their salaries in full.


Yan ang masama kung if you rely on the "weather-weather principle"

Jose_wangbu
10-03-2007, 08:13 PM
That's* typical of the gregorios', and to think that he was yearning to change the basketball program of UP, Pwe!

UP_ikot
10-04-2007, 07:03 PM
BAP-SBP validates ‘imperial Manila’


By Julius Manicad

10/04/2007



Provincial basketball stakeholders yesterday lashed at the BAP-SBP’s (Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) seeming neglect of their participation in the new merger, with one official going as far as branding the federation as a “validation of imperial Manila” in protest of the centralized approach on projects taken by the group.

“We’re seeing the same signs of the cancer that we’ve fought against when basketball was still under the BAP,” the official who comes from the South said. “Pero ngayon inbred na pala sa SBP. It is lamentable that we are again being taken for granted, after all our contributions to rectify the past mistakes of the BAP, sayang!”

The emerging group of provincial basketball stakeholders also said it plans to seek audience with BAP-SBP president Manny Pangilinan to appraise the business tycoon of the goings-on in the group even as its officials lambasted the “divisive management style” of BAP-SBP executive director Patrick “Pato” Gregorio, whom they earlier called as “a basketball official who does not know his basketball.”

“Now we are also beginning to suspect his management acumen. Imagine, since we were formed in February, hanggang ngayon wala pa kaming opisina. Pato runs the association through his cellular phone, and by way of his secretary who has her own main job to look after,” the Tribune source said.

Gregorio, in a message to the Tribune, claimed the BAP-SBP office will be ready by middle of this month.

He, however, called the Tribune reports unfair, saying: “I thought na-clarify ko na yan partner. I need your help. The Tribune write-up was unfair.”

Gregorio was referring to a Tribune exclusive report claiming two of his staff have resigned while a third, Alfonso “Dayong” Mendoza was fired over a conflict in schedule.

What transpired in his backyard, however, are not the only issues Gregorio is facing. He is also being pointed as responsible for the sudden disappearance of journalist Lolito de los Reyes in Japan. Gregorio endorsed his travel with the national team that failed to win a ticket to the Beijing Olympics recently before De los Reyes was feared to have gone illegal.

And then there’s the issue of his recent appointments of veteran collegiate champion coach Franz Pumaren and Fritz Gaston, which did not sit well with the provincial stakeholders.

Gregorio is now also being accused of “putting prominence above expertise and qualification” for what the stakeholders claimed was his apparent snub of “more qualified candidates” to national coaching positions.

The stakeholders were referring to San Beda coach Ato Badolato, a many-time mentor of champion junior squads, whom the source claimed “was overlooked” when Gregorio named Pumaren to the post.

And then, according to the same source, there was former lady cager now coach Emilia Vega, who was reportedly by-passed in favor of Gaston.

“Maybe (Gregorio) is convinced prominence far outweighs expertise and experience in these fields,” the source said.

According to the source, although Pumaren is also a champion coach, his expertise is not with junior cagers but with youth players. He was reportedly chosen because he is a prominent Quezon City councilor and for the glamor his La Salle team had brought him in their classic battles against Ateneo.

Vega, meanwhile, was snubbed “simply because Pato said she doesn’t look good being interviewed on television.”

UP_ikot
10-04-2007, 07:18 PM
Now it can be said, the true colors of the Gregorio bloodline has surfaced.

To think that Tycoon Manny Pangilinan reportedly pays this guy Php250,000.00 a month as Executive Director of the SBP. Wow! 250K and he decides to do all business on his celfone.

The problem started when Manny Pangilinan listened to the advice of Noli Eala, a Pato Gregorio business associate to place him as Executive Director of the SBP. Now why would anyone put a hotel guy or a marketing guy in a tough position like that. Fine, so he has some marketing savvy, but when you are dealing with the basketball powers in the provinces, well no fine tuned english will ever impress these people. The people in the provinces want a solid basketball program.

Pato Gregorio does not have the stature, the wisdom, clout and credibility to deal with basketball people in the provinces. They want a sincere and honest guy to lead the development of the sport in the province.

The guy is condescending, you could read it in the papers by the way he dealt with the people in the provinces and the way he spoke about Vega, the current coach of the Lady Falcons.

Hindi pwedeng bola ka lang ng bola ng mga tao sa probinsya.

It was also obvious that Pato Gregorio tried to appease all the former BAP officials by putting them in positions that will make them quiet. Now these same BAP officials that we were all disgusted with are making waves in provinces probably trying to consolidate their position for the upcoming elections in April. Whoever wins this election will stand to rule the SBP till the 2012 London Olympics.

If the BAP people get the reins of power, then this will be all of Pato Gregorios fault. The guy is so stupid he missed the last bus towards improving the sport that Filipinos love.

Jose_wangbu
10-05-2007, 08:08 AM
It’s very astonishing that Pato is*arrogantly bragging his TOYM Award.* It is better to deserve* honors and not to have them than to have them and not deserve them.* When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.

These are all based on truth and stated facts, again, I would just like to reiterate I'm not one those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts!* :D

pachador
10-06-2007, 08:21 AM
well the good news so far assuming that the articles about gregorio if true is that, so far, the problem is confined to him and not to the SBP as an organization. Better fix the problem before it gets bigger and while its early.

Jose_wangbu
10-06-2007, 09:45 AM
Martin to the rescue!!!!! The same thing he did to appease the Gatchalians' to "WATERFRONTGATE". How many millions were involved?

amdgc82
04-09-2008, 12:08 AM
Resigning in mind of* ‘tired’ exec.-dir. Gregorio (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04092008/sports04.html)
By Dominic Menor
Subeditor
www.businessmirror.com.ph
*
Patrick Gregorio, the first to be named executive director of the powerful Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP), is contemplating stepping down from his post, a source said.

It was also revealed that Gregorio will sit down with BAP-SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan Wednesday to discuss the matter.

The development comes at the heels of the recent Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup in Indonesia, where the Philippine team, backed by Harbour Centre, lost its title in controversial fashion.

Gregorio flew to Jakarta primarily to settle the eligibility of Sam Ekwe, who was barred by organizers from playing. Ekwe’s absence was taken as a major reason why Harbour Centre, lost its crown.

Seaba officials blocked Ekwe’s stint because he failed to present a player’s clearance certificate, which was to come from his home country Nigeria and which was supposed to be secured by the BAP-SBP.

Gregorio reiterated that the federation had attempted several times to secure the document from Nigeria, but the BAP-SBP’s counterparts in the African nation did not comply.

In the aftermath of the missing documents, Gregorio lamented he was blamed heavily for Ekwe’s ban and essentially Harbour Centre’s loss.

During the awarding ceremonies of the Seaba, in which the RP 5 settled for runner-up, Gregorio told the BusinessMirror, “I’m tired.”

When the BAP-SBP was formed last year, the position of executive director was left vacant for weeks after the merger, as the federation sought what it considered “a most credible man” for the job. Gregorio, a marketing man, will complete his first full year as executive director next month.

amdgc82
04-09-2008, 12:17 AM
Gregorio resigns after Champs Cup debacle (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=2008040876)
By Nelson Beltran
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
http://philstar.com

Patrick Gregorio is resigning as executive director of the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on the heels of the Harbour Center-RP team’s debacle in the recently concluded SEABA Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“I’m praying for discernment. I think one year of committed advocacy work is enough. I’m tired and I’m sad,” said a very reliable source quoting Gregorio as saying.

The source said the Sam Ekwe issue in the Jakarta joust led to his decision to leave SBP ironically at a time when many things are still to be settled, including memberships of the national basketball federation.

Gregorio took the blame as Ekwe, a Nigerian, wasn’t able to play in the Champions Cup, minus the needed clearance from his mother national association.

The SBP actually made an appeal but it wasn’t taken up by the Southeast Asian Basketball Association headed by Indonesia’s Eric Toehir as president and Malaysia’s Dato Yeoh Choh Hock as secretary general.

SBP president Manny Pangilinan himself on Sunday sent a communication to Dato Yeoh to no avail.

Pangilinan explained their efforts to communicate with the Nigerian basketball federation while also stressing that Ekwe is just a student and not a professional player.

The STAR source said Gregorio, returning from Jakarta yesterday, will inform Pangilinan of his decision today.

Gregorio, a former TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men) awardee, was formally named SBP executive director right after the SEABA men’s championship in Ratchaburi, Thailand where he represented Pangilinan.

He was running the day-to-day operation of the association when the RP team placed fourth in the 2007 FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran and ninth in the 2007 FIBA Asia Olympic qualifier in Tokushima, Japan.

He played a key role as SBP struck an agreement with Tao Corp. and Nokia for a long-term partnership for the RP youth.

Meanwhile, the board has yet to complete the membership screening process that would pave the way for the first national congress and elections of officers.

In a meeting Friday, the board only announced an initial batch of 15 associations granted active and voting membership status. These are the UAAP, NCAA, NCAA-South, PBA, PBL, Cebu School Athletic Foundation, Inc (CESAFI), NAASCU, SBPI, NCRAA, WNCAA, Cagayan De Oro Schools Athletic Association (COSAA), El Federacion Basketbolista de Zamboanga, Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL), Pinoy Basketball, Inc. and Cagayan De Oro Basketball Federation (CDOBF).

amdgc82
04-09-2008, 12:30 AM
‘Pato’ mulls quitting SBP (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080409spo1.html)
By Julius Manicad
04/09/2008
www.tribune.net.ph

Patrick “Pato” Gregorio may resign as executive director of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP).

An unimpeachable source yesterday claimed Gregorio is mulling resignation after Harbour Centre-RP took a fatal blow in its defense of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Club Championship in Jakarta last week, mainly due to his negligence that resulted in the hosts’ denial of Nigerian import Sam Ekwe to play with the Nationals.

Gregorio was said to have informed BAP-SBP president Manny Pangilinan of his decision. He also intimated his plan to Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero before the Nationals flew back to Manila as bridesmaids in the short but tough tournament.

Indonesia won the crown via a sweep of the four-nation meet, but not without Gregorio accusing the organizing Fiba-Asia of conspiring to deny the Philippines a fair chance at keeping the crown.

Gregorio is set to arrive today from Jakarta. Another source claimed Gregorio will formally submit his resignation letter to Pangilinan also today.

amdgc82
04-09-2008, 05:52 AM
SBP exec to step down? (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080409121445.html)
By REY C. LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph

Patrick Gregorio is reportedly stepping down as executive director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas after some quarters have reportedly blamed him for the fiasco that left a Philippine player out of the lineup in the SEABA Cup in Jakarta resulting in the team’s defeat against Indonesia.

Gregorio, a reliable source said, plans to submit his resignation letter to SBP President Manny V. Pangilinan today.

"He wants to keep his sanity that’s why he plans to step down," the source said.

Gregorio was scheduled to arrive from Indonesia late yesterday.

When reached for comment, Gregorio refused to confirm or deny that he’s stepping down from his post.

"I’m tired and sad, I’m still praying for discernment," Gregorio said in a short text message before boarding his flight.

Gregorio was being singled out as the culprit for failing to secure a player clearance certificate for Nigerian Sam Ekwe, the San Beda center who was a member of the Harbour Centre-RP team.

Ekwe was barred by tournament organizers for failing to produce a document from either the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) or their home country’s federation to determine that they don’t have existing contracts with other clubs.

In Ekwe’s case, it should come from his home country of Nigeria.

Gregorio said he wrote the Nigerian basketball association twice – the first time on March 26 and the second on April 3, both times the Nigerian federation did not reply.

Gregorio and Harbour Centre team manager Erick Arejola tried to appeal Ekwe’s case to SEABA Secretary-General Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock but Yeoh was mysteriously absent during the vital showdown between the Philippines and Indonesia.

Yeoh, a Malaysian, showed up only during the opening day and during the second half of the game between the Philippines and Malaysia.

The Nationals beat the Malaysians, 89-79, to finish second.

"Without Sam, everything went wrong with the team. Sam was part and parcel of the team," said Harbour Team owner Mikee Romero. "But it was just a temporary setback, we’re going to bounce back."

Meantime, Pangilinan wrote the organizing committee regarding its decision to disqualify the 6-foot-7 Ekwe.

In his letter addressed to Yeoh, Pangilinan said: "There was no answer to our call when we tried calling their telephone numbers as well which we found in the FIBA website. Please rest assured that Sam (Ekwe) is a student of the San Beda which I graduated from and has not played for the Nigerian national federation or for any other national federations for that matter."

"Ekwe is an integral member of the RP team and our loss against Indonesia was maybe the result of him not being allowed to play," added Pangilinan.

amdgc82
04-09-2008, 06:09 AM
Official who failed to get Ekwe clearance resigning? (http://sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20080409-129214/Official-who-failed-to-get-Ekwe-clearance-resigning)
By Romina Austria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:12:00 04/09/2008

A basketball official pointed to as partly responsible for the second-place finish of Harbour Centre-Philippine Team in the 7th Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup is reportedly contemplating on giving up his post at the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

A reliable source, who asked not to be named to avoid conflict with the BAP-SBP, bared that he personally talked to BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio after Harbour-RP’s debacle in Jakarta on Sunday night.

SM Britama-Indonesia, runner-up to the Philippines last year, bagged the Seaba title via a three-game sweep.

“He said he is thinking of resigning,” the Inquirer’s source claimed. “And it’s not just because of the Seaba but for many other reasons as well. But he wouldn’t talk about those other reasons.”

Sought for comment, Gregorio did not confirm nor deny the rumor.

“Right now, I am tired and I am sad,” Gregorio replied through a text message. “I am praying for discernment.”

What Gregorio confirmed is a letter by SBP president Manny Pangilinan faxed to Seaba secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock in Jakarta on Sunday night lamenting the decision on Ekwe.

“Sam Ekwe is an integral part of the Philippine team and our loss against Indonesia may be the result of him not being allowed to play,” Pangilinan wrote Dato.

The Filipinos’ loss is being blamed on the failure of 6-foot-8 Nigerian import Sam Ekwe to play due to the absence of a clearance certificate, a standard requirement that should have been secured by the SBP-BAP prior to the start of the three-day contest. The clearance is a FIBA (International Basketball Association) safeguard against imports who may have ran away from live contracts.

FIBA commissioner Lee Kak Kwan said the Philippines should be aware of the requirement, being a regular participant of several FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.

Gregorio had insisted he requested clearance from the Nigerian Basketball Association as early as March 26 but did not get any reply. On March 13, he also secured a clearance from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that Ekwe is a bonafide player of San Beda College.

Any communication not answered after seven days is considered approved, Gregorio explained, hence SBP-BAP’s decision to allow Ekwe to join the Seaba squad despite the absence of a clearance.

Gregorio may, however, have misinterpreted a FIBA international rule that states “if there is no response within the seven day period, the requesting national member federation shall immediately notify FIBA. This communication must be accompanied by a copy of the first letter requesting clearance addressed to the national member federation concerned and a copy of the passport of the player in question. FIBA will authorize the granting of the license without a letter of clearance, unless there are exceptional circumstances as approved by the Secretary General of FIBA.”

Gregorio arrived in Jakarta on Friday night and up until the opening buzzer of the RP-Indonesia game, tried to convince organizers to let Ekwe play.

Harbour-RP bowed to the Indonesians, 93-85, as Michael Le Blanc, a last-minute addition to back up Ekwe, was simply outplayed by his counterparts. The Filipinos wound up their campaign at 2-1 for second place behind unbeaten Indonesia.

Pangilinan likewise affirmed in his letter to Dato that SBP repeatedly sent communications via fax and e-mail to Nigeria but did not get any response.

Harbour team owner Mikee Romero is not blaming the SBP-BAP for his team’s defeat but is hoping the incident would not happen again.

LION
04-09-2008, 08:15 AM
Two things management overlooked:

1. They didn't get a visa for Sam Ekwe. Sam is not a Filipino and he therefore needs a visa to enter ASEAN member countries, in the same way he is required to have a student visa here in the Philippines. Nothing would have stopped the Indonesian authorities from deporting Sam back to the Philippines.

2. They also failed to get the clearance certificate from Nigerian authorities. They realized this too late and time was already against the RP side.

Bottomline is, management clearly did not do their homework. In a corporate setting, people would have been terminated or they are lucky, just expatriated to timbuktu.

GHRanger
04-09-2008, 09:11 AM
^ Agreed -- Hopefully, lessons learned.
I'm not sure though that resigning is the right course of action right now especially with the Pichay and Villafuerte thing looming. Resigning at a low point in a person's career isn't a good thing as well.

Schortsanitis
04-09-2008, 10:34 AM
The key for the SBP-BAP, is for them to find somebody who is not only a good basketball person, but somebody w/ political savvy as well.

Graham Lim & company is all politics, & based on Yeoh's actions, I think they had the upper hand then.

The_Big_Cat
04-09-2008, 11:26 AM
Gregorio has done a fabulous job as executive director. He deserves another shot after the Harbour stint. He's the right man for the job.

Sam Miguel
04-10-2008, 03:21 AM
Why not get Jacques Rubie as the new SBP Executive Director? He was VP Marketing (or its equivalent) for the PBA and the league then enjoyed bounteous marketing and financial success. He would be the best of both worlds: a management / marketing guy with solid business connections AND a basketball guy who loves the sport.

Noli Eala, venerable stooge of San Miguel in the PBA, the initiator of "legit" PBA gambling, and erstwhile lawyer, is hardly the man to listen to when it comes to making choices for top executives.

Or how about Lambert Ramos? If he was good enough to get serious consideration for the PBA Commissioner's post then perhaps he can be SBP executive director as well.

If anything let this be a lesson to Pato Gregorio that what truly matters in the end is not the "good intentions", neither is it the "marketing savvy", but more so how you deal with people. If all those horror stories are true then perhaps the last and most honorable thing to do really is to resign.

I'm just a little curious, how exactly did he get the final nod of MVP for this job anyway?

As for the salary, P250,000 buys a lot of cold ones...

amdgc82
04-10-2008, 06:13 AM
Pato, MVP meet, but SBP under fire (http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080410spo2.html)
04/10/2008
www.tribune.net.ph

Patrick “Pato” Gregorio, the embattled executive director of the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, reportedly sought a meeting with BAP-SBP president Manny Pangilinan last night with a plan to submit his resignation over his failure to secure a clearance for Sam Ekwe for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Club Championships in Jakarta last week.

No information was revealed about the meeting and Gregorio begged off from issuing a statement.

Gregorio is under fire after his failure to secure necessary permits for Ekwe to play as one of two imports for the Harbour Centre-RP Team in the Seaba meet. The result was disastrous for the Nationals as they settled for second place behind Indonesia in the short but tought tournament.

Efforts to secure a statement from Pangilinan’s camp proved futile, although sources close to the business tycoon confirmed Pangilinan is weighing down options, including the possibility of accepting Gregorio’s resignation.

The source also claimed Pangilinan may start hunt for Gregorio’s replacement. But the source said Pangilinan may no longer look beyond his trusted team before he names a new executive director.

Gregorio also refused to provide a definite statement, but he confirmed his dinner meeting with Pangilinan.

“I have no statement for the meantime,” Gregorio said. “But I will talk to MVP (Pangilinan) in a dinner meeting later.”

amdgc82
04-10-2008, 06:35 AM
Could MVP be far behind? (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04102008/sports03.html)
By Dominic Menor
Subeditor
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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SPECULATION has risen that communications mogul Manny V. Pangilinan may consider leaving his post as president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP).

The leadership of the powerful but wobbly alliance of basketball stakeholders was shaken recently after executive director Patrick Gregorio expressed his intention to resign.

A source said Gregorio, who earlier cited fatigue as one of the reasons why he is stepping down, may not be the only person worn out by matters within the federation and, in effect, uninterested about being at the helm of the BAP-SBP anymore.

“If Patrick feels tired, [Mr. Pangilinan] certainly feels the same way. Maybe even more,” the source lamented.

Gregorio was to meet Pangilinan Wednesday night to talk about his decision. He said he was thinking about stepping down as recent as only three weeks ago and that the debacle in an Indonesian tournament in the weekend was what clinched his resolve.

Gregorio said the meeting with Pangilinan would be about the federation’s immediate plans and how he would fit in.

“I want to have a clear understanding of what is going to happen within the organization and I want to know if I could still play a part in it,” Gregorio said.

Under Gregorio, the national basketball program saw a frenetic activity in the sport not seen in recent memory, with the men’s, youth and even women’s sides given ample attention by the BAP-SBP. A nationwide collegiate tournament and a women’s league were also being considered.

Pangilinan took over the federation presidency early last year, ending an 18-month suspension meted by Fiba. Basketball stakeholders throughout the country lauded the ascension of Pangilinan, one of the most powerful corporate leaders in the country, hoping a corporate man could weed out presumed undesirable elements within the federation.

Gregorio, a marketing man by profession and also brought up most of his life under a corporate environment, said if Pangilinan accepts his resignation, he will leave the federation without any regrets.

“I believe I’ve done my job,” Gregorio said. “We proved to everyone that we were capable of coming up with these programs within a very short period of time. We got the trust of the corporate sector. We got them to invest. We had a vision starting from scratch and we were able to parlay most of it into reality.”

Meanwhile, Gregorio’s resignation reverberated across local basketball.

“If his so-called resignation is an offshoot of what happened in the Seaba [Southeast Asia Basketball Association Champions Cup], then that’s commendable because that is his responsibility,” Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad told the BusinessMirror Wednesday.

Trinidad added that Gregorio “means well to the organization” although his successor will have a gigantic task at hand, especially with dealing with the other members of the federation.

“The next executive director must be ready to wage a long-drawn battle with the powers that be of the unsinkable BAP,” said Trinidad, referring to the predecessor of the BAP-SBP merger.

Bernie Atienza, one of the trustees in the schools sector of the BAP-SBP, said that if Gregorio has indeed decided to leave his post, “he would be a big loss to the federation.”

Graham Lim, who was the secretary-general of the BAP before the merger, said the next executive director should be “carefully chosen.”

“Whether he thinks his resignation is the right thing to do [or not], it’s up to him to assess his own work. I don’t want to say anything against him. Whoever the SBP chooses to replace him should be chosen carefully first,” Lim said.

Meanwhile, the BAP-SBP granted voting rights recently to 15 basketball organizations. The final number was culled from 96 applications. These groups are given voting powers in the coming National Congress and Elections set on May 31.

The 15 basketball organizations are the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), NCAA-South, Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, Cebu School Athletic Foundation Inc., National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities, Small Basketeers of the Philippines Inc., and National Capital Region Athletic Association.

Also included are the Women’s NCAA, Cagayan de Oro Schools Athletic Association, El Federacion Basketbolista de Zamboanga, Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League, Pinoy Basketball Inc. and Cagayan de Oro Basketball Federation. (With Joel Orellana)

Schortsanitis
04-10-2008, 08:53 AM
I'm starting to get the feeling that the SBP-BAP is starting to fall apart. This is very sad for Philippine basketball, especially when you start thinking of that those guys over at the BAP will get the last laugh if that happens.

The_Big_Cat
04-10-2008, 10:46 AM
Patrick Gregorio should not quit. He should hold his head up high and just move on.

And as for Pangilinan. He's no quitter. He's the "Captain" of that boat.

erichubert
04-10-2008, 11:38 AM
Quitting right now is not the right thing to do. The organization is wobbly and the BAP clowns are ready to pounce and get back the leadership of Philippine basketball and we all know that would be disastrous. Gregorio did a fairly good job, he was bold with his ideas and energetic. If anything, he was a whiff of fresh air after years of Graham Lim and other politicians leading the BAP. Let this be a lesson learned, next time we will be more prepared.

thadzonline
04-10-2008, 02:45 PM
I hope the merger wouldnt crumble with all the goings-on right now

amdgc82
04-10-2008, 09:30 PM
BAP-SBP chief quits after RP cagers lose SEABA title (http://www.gmanews.tv/story/88713/BAP-SBP-chief-quits-after-RP-cagers-lose-SEABA-title)
04/10/2008 | 07:06 PM
www.gmanews.tv

Patrick Gregorio, the executive director of the Basketball Association of the Philippines - Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP), has resigned in the wake of the failure of Philippine national team to retain its crown in the Southeast Asian Basketball (SEABA) Championshiop Cup held last week in Indonesia.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Gregorio said resignation would be effective on May 31.

"I have accomplished what was required of me in the span of time given me," he said. "Federation work is all about advocacy and commitment. In my own little way, I will help the development of Philippine Basketball even without an official positions."

Gregorio noted that BAP-SBP already has long-term programs of in place, among them programs for the formation of men's, women's, and youth national teams.

Several tournaments are also in place to help sustain the programs of the organization.

and yet Gregorio was sad about the state of basketball in the Philippines, saying: "Philippine basketball remains fragmented. Why is politics always getting in the way of what is good for the country, for sports? This is a major obstacle that I am not in a position to solve without the support of basketball stakeholders."

The Philippines suffered its only defeat at the hands of the Indonesians in the 2008 SEABA tournament, paving the way for the host country to bag the title.

Observers said that the biggest obstacle faced by Harbour Centre-led national team was the failure of Nigerian import Sam Ekwe to suit up for the squad.

Ekwe was forced out of the tournament because he lacked the clearance from either the FIBA (Federation International de Basketball Amateur) and the national basketball association from Nigeria.

Harbour Centre only managed a runner-up finish in the tournament.

There are reports that disbarred lawyer and former PBA commissioner Noli Eala is being sought to replace Gregorio. - GMANews.TV

Sam Miguel
04-10-2008, 10:23 PM
Hmm... on second thought, why do I get that conspiracy theory feeling that the f---ing trapos over at the BAP led by Pichay and Villafuerte are somehow behind this movement to get rid of Gregorio and MVP?

All of this talk after we come in second in some stupid import-laden neighborhood tournament seems to be making mountains out of molehills. And the only people who like doing that are the trapos.

The old ass----s stayed on and got us suspended after sending f---ing PCCr to a major FIBA Asia tournament like the Stankovic Cup and none of these trapo shitheads so much as exhaled a syllable about it. Now we have this?

Gregorio may or may not be the best man for this job but I know sure as day that Pichay, Villafuerte, Graham Lim and their ilk would be even worse. Its like comparing a spoiled brat to the devil himself, it'll be that bad.

And the timing is impeccable, in a year when we are preparing for several upcoming tournaments coming one after the other over the next eight or nine months.

Classic trapo black ops...

boyd
04-10-2008, 10:50 PM
its official, pato quits as sbp sec-gen...

PATRICK Gregorio tendered his resignation as executive director of the BAP-Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas yesterday in the wake of the Harbour-RP Team’s failure to defend the crown in the recent South East Asian Basketball Association championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

In his resignation letter that takes effect on May 31, 2008, Gregorio did not indicate the reason for his decision but said he firmly believes he has fulfilled his responsibility in the organization.

SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan reportedly accepted Gregorio’s resignation last night although this could not be confirmed as of press time.

"I have accomplished what was required of me in a span of time given to me. Federation work is all about advocacy and commitment. In my own little way, I will help in the development of Philippine basketball even without an official position," said Gregorio, who was appointed to the sensitive position last year by SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan after the two-year suspension on the country was lifted by the International Basketball Federation.

Reacting to Gregorio’s resignation, Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero said: "I hope politicking in Philippine basketball will end. Ang kalaban natin ibang bansa, hindi tayo-tayo."

The Harbour-RP Team went to Jakarta with high hopes of retaining the title but one of the squad’s import, NCAA and San Beda College star Sam Ekwe, was not allowed to play by the organizers due to Ekwe’s failure to present a certificate attested by the FIBA allowing him to play, a glitch that surprised the team.

It turned out organizers had long informed the SBP of this requirement that somehow was not addressed by the team and Gregorio. He flew to Jakarta in the midst of the tourney but failed to convince organizers to let Ekwe play, leaving the team with just one ineffective reinforcement in Michael LeBlanc.

In his resignation letter, Gregorio cited the long term development programs he put in place such as the formation of national team from youth to elite.

"Sad to say, Philippine basketball remains fragmented. Why is politics always getting in the way of what is good for the country….for sports?

This is a major obstacle that I’m not in the position to solve without the support of basketball stakeholders," Gregorio said.

joelex
04-10-2008, 11:35 PM
Noli Eala and Bernie Atienza are looming as possible candidates for the vacated post of Pato...

stonecold316
04-11-2008, 12:50 AM
BAP-SBP chief quits after RP cagers lose SEABA title
04/10/2008 | 07:06 PM
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Patrick Gregorio, the executive director of the Basketball Association of the Philippines - Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP), has resigned in the wake of the failure of Philippine national team to retain its crown in the Southeast Asian Basketball (SEABA) Championshiop Cup held last week in Indonesia.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Gregorio said resignation would be effective on May 31.

"I have accomplished what was required of me in the span of time given me," he said. "Federation work is all about advocacy and commitment. In my own little way, I will help the development of Philippine Basketball even without an official positions."

Gregorio noted that BAP-SBP already has long-term programs of in place, among them programs for the formation of men's, women's, and youth national teams.

Several tournaments are also in place to help sustain the programs of the organization.

and yet Gregorio was sad about the state of basketball in the Philippines, saying: "Philippine basketball remains fragmented. Why is politics always getting in the way of what is good for the country, for sports? This is a major obstacle that I am not in a position to solve without the support of basketball stakeholders."

The Philippines suffered its only defeat at the hands of the Indonesians in the 2008 SEABA tournament, paving the way for the host country to bag the title.

Observers said that the biggest obstacle faced by Harbour Centre-led national team was the failure of Nigerian import Sam Ekwe to suit up for the squad.

Ekwe was forced out of the tournament because he lacked the clearance from either the FIBA (Federation International de Basketball Amateur) and the national basketball association from Nigeria.

Harbour Centre only managed a runner-up finish in the tournament.

There are reports that disbarred lawyer and former PBA commissioner Noli Eala is being sought to replace Gregorio. - GMANews.TV

amdgc82
04-11-2008, 04:53 AM
'Pato' quits (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-11&sec=7&aid=55726)
April 11, 2008 07:17 PM Friday
www.journal.com.ph

CONTROVERSIES and politics in sports got the better of Patrick ‘Pato’ Gregorio, forcing him to resign as executive director of the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas effective May 31 of this year.
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Gregorio submitted his resignation letter dated April 10 to BAP-SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan, indirectly blaming politics which he said, “always get in the way of what is good for the country... for sports.”
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“Sad to say Philippine basketball remains fragmented,” said Gregorio, older brother of basketball coaches Allan and Ryan in his short, five-paragraph letter. “This is a major obstacle that I am not in the position to solve without the support of basketball stakeholders.”
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While several issues marred Gregorio’s one-year stint as day-to-day operation officer of the country’s sole governing body, his failure to facilitate the playing clearance of San Beda’s Sam Ekwe as import of the Harbour Centre-RP team in the recent South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Club Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia proved to be the final straw for him to finally consider resigning from his post.
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Believing he already accomplished the things required of him in his short stay, Gregorio ended his letter by saying, “It’s time to go.”
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Pangilinan has yet made an official statement whether to accept or not Gregorio’s resignation.*

amdgc82
04-11-2008, 05:07 AM
Gregorio resigns SBP post* (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080411121625.html)
By WAYLON GALVEZ
www.mb.com.ph

Patrick Gregorio has resigned as executive director Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SMB), saying he was fed up with the vicious politicking within the sport that has kept Philippine basketball "fragmented."

SBP president Manny Pangilinan, who handpicked the former hotel executive to run the day-to-day affairs of the SBP after it got approval from the FIBA as the country’s duly recognized federation, accepted Gregorio’s resignation and wished him well.

In a one-page press statement, Gregorio said his resignation will be effective May 31 and said he was quitting because of politicking by several personalities.

"Sad to say, Philippine basketball remains fragmented," he said.

In his letter, he blamed the continued resistance of some people to accept the new federation.

"Why is politics always getting in the way of what is good for the country… for sports? This is a major obstacle that I am not in the position to solve without the support of basketball stakeholders," he said.

No official replacement has been announced but some of those being considered include former ABC (FIBA-Asia) secretary-general Moying Martelino, one-time NCAA Management Committee and current SBP trustee Bernie Atienza, San Beda College (SBC) head coach Frankie Lim and former PBA commissioner Noli Eala.

Gregorio will continue to run the affairs of the SBP until May 31 and he will be around when the Philippines competes in the 19th FIBA-Asia Champions Cup on May 8 to 16 in Kuwait.

Gregorio’s resignation was reportedly triggered by the country’s failure to win the SEABA Cup, a small tournament featuring club champions where each team was allowed to use two imports.

But one of the RP team’s imports, Sam Ekwe, a Nigerian player from SanBeda, was disallowed by the organizers to play because he had no permission from his home federation.

Gregorio was blamed for this fiasco although the SBP executive said he twice wrote the Nigerian federation to allow Ekwe to play but got no response.

Officials of Harbour Centre, which represented the Philippines, and Gregorio tried to appeal Ekwe’s case to SEABA Secretary-General Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock, but Hock could not be found although he attended the opening.

Some SBP officials said that Hock deliberately did not make himself available so the Philippines would be at a disadvantage when it played Indonesia which was hosting the event. Indonesia went on to beat the Philippines which settled for second.

Hock allegedly has close ties with some Filipinos who are reportedly bent on sabotaging the SBP by derailing its unification efforts.

Asked why his resignation did not take effect immediately, Gregorio said he just want to show the people that "hindi naman ako bigla-bigla na lang mawawala, na goodbye na agad.

"We’ll do it in a professional way."

According to Gregorio, his meeting with Pangilinan was "very light" and that MVP thanked him and wished him "good luck."

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero criticized those behind the vicious demolition job against Gregorio and appealed for unity.

"I hope politicking in Philippine basketball would end. Ang kalaban natin ibang bansa hindi tayo-tayo," Romero said.

amdgc82
04-11-2008, 10:02 AM
‘Politics, obstacle I couldn’t solve’ (http://businessmirror.com.ph/0411&122008/sports03.html)
By Dominic Menor
Subeditor
http://businessmirror.com.ph
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THE executive director of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) said he finds it difficult to sew together the factions within the federation, apparently one of the reasons why he is stepping down.

Patrick Gregorio tendered his resignation to BAP-SBP president Manny Pangilinan Wednesday, which will take effect on May 31.

In a faxed statement, Gregorio bemoaned the fractured situation within the federation. “This is a major obstacle that I am not in a position to solve without the support of basketball stakeholders,” he said.

For the first time since the merger of the BAP and the SBP, a high-ranking official from the federation revealed there is a crack on what on the surface looks like a unified stand among basketball stakeholders.

“Why is politics always getting in the way of what is good for the country and for sports?” Gregorio added. “Sad to say, Philippine basketball remains fragmented.”

The day Gregorio’s resignation takes effect is the same day the federation will hold its elections. The May 31 conclave has already been marred by the politics Gregorio explicitly condemned, with the two sides advancing their own affairs in order to gain sufficient advantage when the elections come around.

A veteran basketball insider said it’s hard to figure out the ramifications of Gregorio’s resignation, if there are any.

“A lot of things can still happen but, basically, it boils down to the elections. I mean, you don’t know which side is going to win and how the side that loses will take the loss,” the insider said. “So if you ask me if the resignation per se means anything, I’d say it doesn’t mean anything because there’s still an election that’s coming up.”

One of the immediate concerns with Gregorio’s resignation is the continuity of his projects. During his term, he put up coaching clinics and solidified the national youth and women’s teams, among others. Gregorio said he will make time to speak with those concerned with the projects before his term ends.

The fragmented nature of the federation doesn’t only involve the long-drawn battle between the BAP and the anti-BAP parties that eventually formed Pilipinas Basketbol (PB). It also includes disgruntled parties within the PB side which claim to have been disregarded when the federation was finally merged into the BAP-SBP.

When asked who the best person to replace Gregorio was, the insider was terse. “I want the right people governing there.”

“The situation of basketball in the country has not changed because the people at the helm have little or no experience at all in this type of field” the insider added. “It looks like we’re almost back to where we started.”

Sam Miguel
04-11-2008, 10:14 AM
If it is true that either disbarred lawyer Noli Eala or ambitious knucklehead and Presidential fetus Mikey Arroyo are angling for the SBP post then Philippine basketball is truly f---ed. Eala may have basketball management experience having been PBA Commissioner, but his personal affinities have proven - to put it kindly - to be a distraction. Mikey Arroyo has not inherited the brains and savvy of his mother nor his father. The only thing he has so far proven is that he is a bad actor and a 24-karat numbskull with more ambition than functioning synapses especially during his heavy-handed foremanship of removing Joe De Venecia as Speaker of the House.

Then over at BAP we have f---ing trapos Pichay and Villafuerte.

Gee, while we're at it why don't we ask MVP to resign from PLDT as well and hand the company over to Graham Lim.

I am not at all surprised that so many serpents want to control the basketball program of the country. Its become so high profile that win or lose it cold make at least a Senator out of somebody in 2010. There are plenty of opportunities to see and be seen, glad-hand, back-pat, etc - etc...

gameface_one
04-11-2008, 10:17 AM
Sam, I think the tsismis is pertaining to Mikey Romero and not Mikety Arroyo. :)

The_Big_Cat
04-11-2008, 12:19 PM
I llike Bernie Atienza. Frankie Lim is already pre-occupied with San Beda and TNT.

Schortsanitis
04-11-2008, 12:50 PM
I think Noli is okay, based on those I am relatively familiar with, of course.

He's definitely not perfect, but I think he's done quite a number of positive things over at the PBA.

pio_valenz
04-11-2008, 04:17 PM
^Eala was the main reason Pato was appointed in the first place, if I'm not mistaken. When he was forced to resign as PBA commissioner, no one was watching Pato's back anymore.

amdgc82
04-12-2008, 05:06 AM
Laykdatan: Dahil kay Ekwe (http://www.abante-tonite.com/issue/apr1208/sports_layk.htm)
Zaldy Perez
www.abante-tonite.com
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Natapos din sa wakas ang lahat ng espekulasyon tungkol sa gagawing pagbibitiw ni Patrick ‘Pato’ Gregorio bilang SBP executive director matapos maghain siya ng resignation kamakalawa.

Magte-take effect ang nasabing resignation sa May 31, pero nakapagtatakang walang lumalabas na pahayag sa tanggapan ni SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan, tungkol sa resignation ni Gregorio na mismong siya ang pumili.

Nangangahulugan kaya ito na tinatanggap niya ang pagbibitiw ng kanyang ayudante na itinalaga niya bilang executive director sa mga ganito ring buwan nang nakaraang taon.

Ang isa pang nakapagtataka, bakit parang biglang-bigla ang ginawang pagbibitiw ni Gregorio gayong kung ang mga achievement niya na nagawa sa loob lamang ng isang taon ay isang matibay na pundasyon para manatili sa puwesto.

May mga nagsasabi na ang issue ni Sam Ekwe na hindi nakalaro sa 7th Seaba Champions Cup dahil sa walang clearance ay isang patunay na kulang ang kaalaman ni Gregorio sa ruling ng international tournament.

Puwede ring sabihin na hindi lamang si Gregorio ang walang alam kundi ang buong pamunuan ng SBP kaya lang dahil siya ang namamalakad sa pang-araw-araw na affairs ng asosasyon ay sa kanya lahat ang bagsak ng sisi.

Haay naku, siguro’y ang Ekwe issue ang isa lamang sa maraming kamalian ni Pato bilang SBP exe*cutive director at ng mabigo siyang maresolba o mapag*laro ang 6’8 na Nigerian ay napilitan na siyang magbitiw sa tungkulin.

Sayang si Gregorio dahil nakikita naman natin ang pagiging hardworking niya, pero sabi nga niya sa kanyang statement na ipinadala sa mga sportswriters na pulitika ang laging sagabal sa pag-usad natin.

Ito kaya ang pamamaraan ni Gregorio, hindi man deretsahan na kanyang sinabi ang dahilan kung bakit siya nag-resign.

Anyway, nariyan na iyan at balitang tila may inaasinta na si Pangilinan na ipapalit kay Gregorio, pero sana naman, pag-aralan niyang mabuti o dobleng background check ang gawin kung anong uri ng tao ang kanyang ipapalit.

full battle gear
04-17-2008, 09:06 AM
Advocacy and commitment
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Thursday, April 17, 2008
www.philstar.com


Patrick Gregorio has tendered his courtesy resignation as BAP-SBP executive director but said yesterday he will never turn his back on Philippine basketball because it’s his advocacy and commitment.

When Gregorio was appointed executive director last year (May 24, to be exact), he saw the work ahead not as a job but as a vehicle for his personal passion. Basketball is in the Gregorio blood. His brother Ryan is Purefoods head coach in the PBA and another brother Allan calls the shots for Burger King in the PBL. Their father Martin, a retired University of the Philippines vice president, has long been in love with the sport.

Now that he has served the BAP-SBP for almost a year, Gregorio said it’s time to move on.

It must be pointed out that Gregorio informed PLDT chairman and BAP-SBP president Manny Pangilinan of his decision two weeks before the recent SEABA Champions Cup where the Philippines was denied its right to play Nigeria’s Sam Ekwe because of a technicality. The Philippines wound up second in the tournament. The consensus was the title would’ve been in the bag if only Ekwe played.

Gregorio’s resignation had nothing to do with the gaffe.

Ekwe would’ve been declared eligible with FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock’s clearance. But Dato Yeoh conveniently made himself scarce when Gregorio frantically tried to contact him for his go-signal. Dato Yeoh, who is based in Kuala Lumpur, was in Jakarta for the tournament. He never returned Gregorio’s calls and was incommunicado when the eligibility issue was raised at the managers’ meeting before the start of hostilities.

Gregorio said he had no difficulty securing authorization for the Philippines’ other import Michael LeBlanc but Ekwe was a unique case because strictly speaking, he is not a professional player or import. Ekwe is a student on a scholarship at San Beda College and has lived in Manila the last three years.

* * * *

Dato Yeoh’s mysterious disappearance was an indication there is no sympathy for the Philippines in FIBA-Asia because of its ability to dominate SEABA. Besides, Dato Yeoh is perceived to be a close ally of BAP officials who are now waging war against the BAP-SBP leadership.

Gregorio said his exit will allow him to pursue corporate options, study opportunities in sports marketing and from a vantage point, formulate a strategy to create a paradigm shift in making a National Sports Association (NSA) like the BAP-SBP relevant to the times.

Gregorio, 40, was the chief marketing officer of the Hyatt group’s Microtel chain for which the Phinma Group is the franchisee, a consultant of the Lopez Group for the North expressway and the president and general manager of the Waterfront Hotel before joining the BAP-SBP. He was a TOYM awardee for tourism in 2003.

Gregorio said he will continue to be deeply involved in BAP-SBP affairs until May 31, his day of resignation and also the day when the active associations are determined to be the legitimate stakeholders with the right to vote in the new 25-man Board of Trustees.

The BAP, which used to be the NSA for basketball until its expulsion by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), is expected to dispute the findings of the BAP-SBP membership committee chaired by former pro and San Miguel Corp. executive Ely Capacio. The BAP claims a roster of 66 associations but only a handful seems to be legitimately active, according to sources. The BAP itself is a nebulous body because it has outlived its usefulness and is no longer recognized as a distinct organization by the POC or even FIBA.

The POC will monitor the coming elections.

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With Pangilinan expected to yield the presidency, there is speculation former PBA commissioner Noli Eala will take over the position. Eala is a member of the current 25-man Board and the lead convenor of Liga Pilipinas which debuts with 16 teams in May.

Since the president appoints the executive director, it is entirely possible Eala – if he is voted in and accepts – could designate Gregorio for a new term because of their previous working relationship.

Gregorio, however, said he’s not thinking specifics beyond May 31.

In his year-long tenure, Gregorio said the difficult part of conceptualization and funding were addressed. He cited as some of his achievements the formation of national teams from youth to elite and the establishment of national basketball training centers, the national youth championships of the Philippine Olympic Festival, the Philippine collegiate championships and the Liga Pilipinas.

Gregorio said there must be a conscious effort to rid sports of interfering politicians with no respect, love or passion for the game. “Why is politics always getting in the way of what is good for the country?” he wondered. “I appeal to everyone to please make a stand. You know what is good for Philippine basketball. If my resignation will pave the way for people to realize that the vision of Mr. Pangilinan must continue, then I will be at peace. I have done my job. And maybe, I have done it well.”

Joescoundrel
04-18-2008, 12:06 AM
DAVE DUALAN for SBP Executive Director! 8)

insulares
05-25-2008, 02:49 AM
SBP stakeholders uneasy over Gregorio’s stay

By Julius Manicad
05/25/2008

All major roadblocks have been removed but things remain shaky within the BAP-Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) camp, especially with its executive director Patrick Gregorio reportedly eyeing another extension that is sending majority of the stakeholders uneasy over prolonging his stay.

A highly-placed Tribune source yesterday revealed majority of the newly-formed board of trustees is at odds with the controversial Gregorio, constantly having differences over simple work-related matters and on issues that require more brains working, like in plotting the merger’s future which Gregorio was said to have put in jeopardy with the numerous defeats suffered by the various national teams recently.

A prominent basketball personality, for one, backed off from being a member of the 25-man board, apparently to detach himself from Gregorio.

The source, however, claimed Gregorio is working to convince SBP president Manny Pangilinan to extend his term should the telecommunications tycoon wins another four-year term in the SBP elections on June 12.

If it happens, it would be the second time for Gregorio to ask to be retained in his job. Last month, Gregorio tendered his courtesy resignation over big organizational lapse, among them for failing to field in Nigerian import Samuel Ekwe in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Club Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The boo-boo forced the Harbour Centre-backed RP squad to play with only one, untested import, and lose its chance to win the championship.

Gregorio drew flak from several quarters, leading to his decision to quit for good. His resignation should have been effective at the end of the month, but since the SBP deferred its election to June 12, he asked for an extension to “settle some unfinished business.”

Though Pangilinan decided to extend his term to June 12 during the formal announcement of the newly-recognized basketball bodies, the source said: “Pato has agreed to work without pay until June 12.” Gregorio is reportedly receiving a significant salary from Pangilinan to run the day-to-day affairs of the SBP.

http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080525spo10.html

bluescion
05-27-2008, 10:19 AM
I think Pato should be back..the SBP-BAP team have good basketball program for the grassroots and nationally too. It's better them leading the pack than know-it-all- politicians.

D_I_A
05-27-2008, 11:55 PM
I think Pato should be back..the SBP-BAP team have good basketball program for the grassroots and nationally too. It's better them leading the pack than know-it-all- politicians.


i think he did great, but if he stay's long baka mag away nanaman ang mga stakeholders..pero kung talagang magresign na sya, sana si Noli Eala ang ipalit

thadzonline
05-28-2008, 03:50 PM
I doubt about Noli's appointment considering MVP is a PBA stakeholder(im not sure though is he is among the PBA stakeholders who are not in the best terms with Eala)

erichubert
05-28-2008, 05:54 PM
Sayang si Noli Eala, I think what the organization needs is a young bold leader like Noli, someone who is not afraid to innovate and think outside of the box. Kaya okay na din si Pato, he is also young and his first projects with SBP were good, what he lacked was experience.

Out_Of_The_Blue
05-29-2008, 12:59 AM
^^^Ano ba ang nagawa ni Noli sa PBA? Except for advocating lending pro players to the National team, wala akong maisip na kahindik-hindik. Insiders say that his leadership style is suspect. Ask those who worked under him and 99% of them will not say anything good about his leadership and management style. But one good thing about him is that he is a good politician and he can maneuver things accordingly when needed. He was a known San Miguel boy and promoted San Miguel's interest in the league.

Pato should stay. He's been doing wonders to the Federation. What we don't need is another politician who'll run the basketball affairs of the country. Pato and MVP form a good team. If MVP decides to step down, his deputy, Ricky Vargas, can be a good replacement as President.

Schortsanitis
05-29-2008, 08:43 PM
What I liked about Eala, is that he always has been receptive to what the fans want, & to try to improve the level of basketball in the PBA. Among the things I remember that could be pointed out as his "accomplishments" would be:

- Hiring a foreign referee to improve the refereeing in the PBA. More importantly, that same official I think took a look at how the games in the PBA differ to that of the international game, & made suggestions to change some rules. Those rule changes took effect this season, hence we see the PBA game move a little bit closer to the international game;

- Cut down the no. of conferences from 3 to 2, doing away w/ a redundant 3rd conference.

He is a bit "maangas", sa itsura pa lang,' so I would imagine that would be one reason why he isn't very popular, even among the people working for him.

D_I_A
05-30-2008, 11:42 PM
^^^Ano ba ang nagawa ni Noli sa PBA? Except for advocating lending pro players to the National team, wala akong maisip na kahindik-hindik. Insiders say that his leadership style is suspect. Ask those who worked under him and 99% of them will not say anything good about his leadership and management style. But one good thing about him is that he is a good politician and he can maneuver things accordingly when needed. He was a known San Miguel boy and promoted San Miguel's interest in the league.

Pato should stay. He's been doing wonders to the Federation. What we don't need is another politician who'll run the basketball affairs of the country. Pato and MVP form a good team. If MVP decides to step down, his deputy, Ricky Vargas, can be a good replacement as President.



siguro kahit sino na innovative, bold and has the compassion in promoting our country's basketball interests basta wag lang sa kampo ng BAP

Liga Pilipinas
05-31-2008, 01:57 PM
Patrick Gregorio is part of the group of investors behind the Baguio Victory basketball team of Liga Pilipinas.

gameface_one
06-12-2008, 12:55 PM
In the SBP Basketball Congress today, it was announced that Pato will now head Smart Sports.

D_I_A
06-12-2008, 01:11 PM
In the SBP Basketball Congress today, it was announced that Pato will now head Smart Sports.



good luck to him!!! ;)