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Agent 008
10-20-2005, 05:35 PM
Hi All. First time post-er in the house so be nice.

I hope this is not an off-limits topic in this forum....If it is then I guess I'll get a red flag from the site owner :-)

There was another attempt at a rally here in Makati earlier today by people not necessarily based here. It was rained out though but I think it was a group from Laguna. I'm not quite sure what they were wanting to "meet" about. But if it was again another political rally, I would (again) be one of the many, if not majority of Makati employees, who will say (yet again), "Uy rally ulit...another typical day of another typical week". It comes so often that it kind of lost its impact. HOWEVER, if it was a rally to once and for all solve the problem of our participation in the SEA Games Basketball Tourney then I would've been there on all fours shouting at the top of my lungs. Sino ba talaga ang dapat sagasaan para maayos na 'to? Kung merong rally para dito please let me know. I find this problem more pressing (but that's just me). Why is our national pride made to take a back seat to the whims and capriciousness of some self-centered individuals? Surely, with all the bad press that's been going around, a chance to get the pride back can only help the heavily damaged psyche of us everyday people.

gameface_one
10-20-2005, 06:43 PM
Welcome agent008. You're the first one to post about this topic cause if you notice, majority of the topics here concern UAAP,NCAA,FMC, and the other non-commercialized leagues.

I believe there has been to much politicking going on in the nationa basketball scene. The FIBA recognizes only the BAP to be the only body that truly represents the Philippines when it comes to International competitions. The problem with the BAP is it has been managed by politicians in the past specially during the regin of Puyat. If you notice, it was during the reign of Puyat that the Philippines experienced a downtrend in international competitions.

I think there is a little light at the end of the tunnel though. Because of public pressure, the top guys are getting their acts together at last to form the PBF. The PBF will replace the BAP as the official body. However, the current BAP has to make the ultimate sacrifice and wirte the FIBA formally that it is subjecting itself to this kind of condition for the FIBA to accept the PBF. This is easier said than done but I think Cojuangco and the rest are doing some headway. Hope we can have an entry in Basketball in the coming SEA games. It is indeed a source of National pride.

Agent 008
10-21-2005, 10:39 AM
hey gameface_one...thanks for the clarification...hindi pala psc yung kalaban ng bap.

one question...when you say public pressure...where is it coming from? the pba, pbl, from the same philippine basketball stakeholders? if indeed the bap is willing to submit to fiba that they have lost their mandate here then they would have done so long ago. i just don't believe (after clinging on to the fiba recognition all this time) that the bap is willing to do that. i also don't think the fiba will appreciate this move this late in the game (referring to the sea games) assuming the bap does raise the white flag and tell fiba they're out. it will appear to be another band aid solution. as edsa one has shown, if the world sees just how united we can be about something we are passionate about (like freedom and basketball) then maybe..just maybe..we can see our team in this year's sea games. what if all the uaap, ncaa, pba, pbl, fmc, etc with its supporters just band together in a public venue (you can call it a rally, a concert, a fundraiser, or anything you want) while these basketball leaders work night and day to push for the cause? we just might get some sanity and pride back.

chief
10-21-2005, 12:00 PM
I made an article on this one sa basketball tourney website namin here in our company. Anyway, FIBA made it clear that the only way RP can be reinstated once it has completed a lasting resolve on this issue. What are these:

1. Unite the 5 major stakeholders they mentioned: PBA, PBL, UAAP, and NCAA. The Fifth is in the persona of Sen. Lina, remember persona, not as BAP.

2. All of these major stakeholders must have a position in the new organization. The PBF under Moying Martelino will be disbanded (which Moying is in favor of) and a new basketball association will take its place.

3. All of this must be completed before March 2006.

At least those are the gist stipulated in the new MOA forged by POC and FIBA. Finally, Baumann has seen the light.

Do you know that there is a provision in the BAP that states the Secretary-General can recommend replacement of the BAP President? They placed Mr. Graham Lim there, who, officially is a non-Filipino (according to our law). Mr. Lim and Mr. Puyat has brought our basketball crazed country into shambles and worldwide embarassment, by fielding in players with lesser calibre, in which most of the time placed dismally in international tournaments. Hell, I can't even seem to remember when was the last time our RP basketball qualified for even the semifinal round of the FIBA-Asia (then ABC Tournament) 1986 maybe? Shish I was in Grade 1, and haven't played or knew anything about basketball during that time.

It is high time that POC took the responsibility of this issue... with BAP, we're in for another 50 or 60 years more or so of mediocrity. Can we as Filipinos live with that? Politics has brought us down, and it will also bring us up... Good Politicking I mean.

To me, que se hoda we don't have a basketball gold at SEA games. Everyone in South East Asia know they're not within the skill range of Filipinos when it comes to basketball. Even Indonesia is getting Filipino imports (segue: Congrats Rensy Bajar for winning the Best Import title in IBL, you make every Filipino, especially us Bedans even prouder) in their premier basketball league.

We need to resolve this, BAP is making a mockery of our national pride, and it would be a shameful act reinstating them one more time.

Agent 008
10-21-2005, 01:22 PM
Hey Chief...pretty informative...

It sure seems like there's nothing difficult about what the FIBA is asking from the stakeholders. A bunch of school kids in shorts can get ths done in ten minutes. I also read somewhere that getting all these items done and submitted even prior to the start of the SEA Games will not mean that the FIBA will lift the sanction for our team to play this year. I guess the POC and Mr. Cojuangco are already resigned to accept that this will be a Philippine-hosted SEA Games without Basketball (at least for the pinoys). I'm all for the lasting solution route but a gold in this year's games will, let's face it, still be quite uplifting. I just want to shake off the memory of us losing to Korea a couple of years ago at the free throw line. This may be the start of another topic but I fault the coach for not calling a time out after Racela was fouled. The guy obviously had so much adrenaline that needed to be released prior to taking the shots.

Btw, thanks for the info on Bajar at the Indonesian league. That's certainly good news.

chief
10-21-2005, 05:22 PM
thanks Agent 008, I'm glad you find it informative.... it is really a sad state for Philippine basketball. But we'll reach prominence in a few years time with the solid program of Coach Chot Reyes. As it is, NBA scouts are already impressed with Ren-ren Ritualo's game... we might find him the first Filipino to play in the NBA just in case.

Probably because of our national team prominence, we'll find a couple of players playing in the NBA.

Agent 008
10-25-2005, 01:38 PM
Hey Chief..

I agree with you that the future is bright and that at least Chot Reyes' program is the right one for us. I saw an interview just yesterday of a Japanese-American lady (Ms. Takahashi, I think) who is scouting the country for their short league (I think ABA) in the Bay Area. I saw a couple of ex-PBA players joining the tryouts. One thing that struck me during the interviews were the number of Indian-Filipinos who were active in getting our talent pushed for this ABA league. What's more, they seem to show more love for the country than some of the pure-bred guys I know. I've played with some Indian-Pinoys before and some of them got game. It was refreshing to see people talk good about Pinoys and our talent (at least in basketball) for once.

Wang-Bu
10-25-2005, 09:50 PM
Gusto nating umasenso basketball sa ating bansa?

Dissolve all sports agencies ng gubyerno, lalo na mga wala naman ng pinapanalo or hindi man lang nagco-compete sa mga international tournaments. Sayang lang ang pera ng gubyerno (at ng tao ultimately) sa mga walang silbing ahensiya na ito.

Ipaubaya na lang natin sa PBA ang basketball development sa bansa. Yaman rin lang lahat ng magagaling na player ang ambisyon mag-PBA, isa lang ang patutunguhan ng lahat ng talent sa bansa. So why have a PSC and/or BAP handling Philippine basketball?

Gawin nating developmental at integrated ang approach, parang school system, hindi ka aangat sa next level hangga't hindi mo pinasa ang previous levels. Umpisahan na kagad sa elementary, then high school, then college, then PBL, then PBA. At each step of the way dapat may international exposure ang outstanding players samantalang tuloy-tuloy lang ang skills training ng not so outstanding players. Malay natin hindi pa lang pumuputok ang skills ng mga 'yan. Tsaka dapat men's and women's 'yan.

Ang magandang start diyan mag-set aside ng pondo ang lahat ng PBL at PBA franchises ng seed money to get this program started. Sa yaman at lawak na lang ng network ng San Miguel ewan ko lang kung hindi maka-discover tayo ng sandamakmak na talented at malalaking player mula sa lahat ng sulok ng Pilipinas. GANYAN actually ang dapat ginagawa ng PSC / BAP pero hindi naman nila magawa ng maayos, ultimately schools and commercial companies din ang naghahanap ng players.

Ano pa silbi ng PSC / BAP?

Agent 008
10-26-2005, 11:07 AM
Hi Wang-bu...

Natutuwa ako sa contribution mo. If you will notice in one my posts, nag-suggest pa ko na imbes mag-rally sa Makati parati for other reasons ay dapat ipakita na ng taong bayan na ayaw na natin ang pinag-gagagawa ng mga tinatawag na basketball stakeholders dito sa bansa. Kahit tanggapin na natin na hindi tayo kasali sa SEA Games this year (masakit lalo dahil host pa tayo) basta kumilos at magbigay ang mga taong dapat magbitiw na sa kanilang official positions ay magandang simula na. Kahit papano meron na rin tayong makikitang light at the end of the tunnel. Sa mga nakita kong reply, mukhang pare-pareho naman ang paniniwala natin na hindi nila ginagawa ang trabaho nila. Gusto lang nila ay ang title at ang benefts ng puwesto pero ayaw namang magtrabaho. In the meantime, ilang taon at dekada na tayong kulelat. Hindi natin maipakita ang potential ng pinoy basketball athlete dahil lang sa politics. Don't you just hate where our tax money goes..but this is not the forum for this topic....Again, my opinion is maganda ang program na ginawa at sinusunod ni Chot dahil na rin sa suporta na rin ng private sector. The National Team is getting primed and ready for the coming years through this present system. So where do these PSC and BAP officers fit in? Are we forced to keep them just for the sake of conforming to a tradition? Mukhang sensible ang suggestion mo, Wang-bu.

Sam Miguel
10-27-2005, 06:43 PM
Gusto nating umasenso basketball sa ating bansa?

Dissolve all sports agencies ng gubyerno, lalo na mga wala naman ng pinapanalo or hindi man lang nagco-compete sa mga international tournaments. Sayang lang ang pera ng gubyerno (at ng tao ultimately) sa mga walang silbing ahensiya na ito.

Ipaubaya na lang natin sa PBA ang basketball development sa bansa. Yaman rin lang lahat ng magagaling na player ang ambisyon mag-PBA, isa lang ang patutunguhan ng lahat ng talent sa bansa. So why have a PSC and/or BAP handling Philippine basketball?

Gawin nating developmental at integrated ang approach, parang school system, hindi ka aangat sa next level hangga't hindi mo pinasa ang previous levels. Umpisahan na kagad sa elementary, then high school, then college, then PBL, then PBA. At each step of the way dapat may international exposure ang outstanding players samantalang tuloy-tuloy lang ang skills training ng not so outstanding players. Malay natin hindi pa lang pumuputok ang skills ng mga 'yan. Tsaka dapat men's and women's 'yan.

Ang magandang start diyan mag-set aside ng pondo ang lahat ng PBL at PBA franchises ng seed money to get this program started. Sa yaman at lawak na lang ng network ng San Miguel ewan ko lang kung hindi maka-discover tayo ng sandamakmak na talented at malalaking player mula sa lahat ng sulok ng Pilipinas. GANYAN actually ang dapat ginagawa ng PSC / BAP pero hindi naman nila magawa ng maayos, ultimately schools and commercial companies din ang naghahanap ng players.

Ano pa silbi ng PSC / BAP?


Indeed.

Another thing to point out: what exactly is the mission and vision of the BAP as an organization? I don't mean the usual load of bovine bowel products that litter the so-called charters of these government sports agencies. I mean, if I were to ask any official of the BAP right now "What exactly does the BAP do?" would I get a consistent answer across the board from the lot of them? Because I have this suspicion that even the BAP itself does not know what its purpose is as an organziation. How could they possibly make basketball as a sport and as a sports program develop and progress if they themselves as an organization do not know what they stand for and what they are supposed to do?

Agent 008
10-28-2005, 11:12 AM
Sam Miguel...

I agree with you. If they can't even take care of the most precious sport in the country, what can the other athletes of other disciplines expect? Nowadays, athletes almost beg from private individuals to support their "training". But even the word's usage doesn't fit in our country's case. What "training" actually means is support for supplements, transportation, uniforms and even sustenance (at times). What have these people done all these years???

Agent 008
11-02-2005, 07:14 PM
And now BAP will sue the PBF....

What is the logic and motivation behind this? Other than clinging to a position (which btw no longer exists nor is recognized), I don't see what it will accomplish for the country's sports program. It claims that this case will allow our basketball team to play in the SEA Games. However, if we are to follow the FIBA's earlier announcement, only a sound and permanent change in our program will accomplish this. So what is this claim about? Anyone with an inside track?

chief
11-03-2005, 08:34 AM
^ Actually BAP will sue the POC because they want to be reinstated and then coerce the POC to hold the SEA Games Basketball tourney... Clearly, I feel the BAP is trying to set us hostage.... the POC, and the basketball loving country of the Philippines.

They are crazy, why should they sue when they were expelled in the first place.... nakakaiintindi ba kaya ang mga tao doon? This I think will go down in history as one of those stupid moves. I think in all essence the courts should disapprove their petition or charges, because they do not have ground to begin with.

BTW, I heard they replaced Graham Lim (sa wakas!) but had the gall to replace him with Lito Alvarez.... I mean are these people crazy, para na silang opposition.... rebel without a cause maybe?

chief
11-21-2005, 09:10 AM
Eto ang mga tunay na bastardo ng Pilipinas! Pardon my words.... Now they're putting the whole country in jeopardy just for the sake of Basketball, paano na ang mga tracksters, taekwondo jins, swimmers, at ibang athletes who have been training hard everyday for the past year kapag sinuspend ng IOC ang Philippines from competing in other sports.

BAP just won the court battle against POC, that of course violates the Olympic charter of keeping out government and politics from sports! PATAY TAYO DIYAN PURO TALO NA IBINIGAY SA PILIPINAS NANDAMAY PA NG IBANG GOLD MEDAL POTENTIAL SPORTS! >:(

Agent 008
11-21-2005, 10:50 AM
BAP was not contented with destroying our basketball program (which is it has done so with great effectiveness for many, many years). It now wants to bring with it the entire sports program. You really have to wonder what motivates them. Why cling to this mad desire for this position? What else are they afraid of that will be discovered? This insanity is bringing the entire country down the tubes along with them and this is just the regional SEA Games with friendly, understanding (and patient) neighbours. I wonder how they will top this one when the next Olympics come in a couple of years...

Wang-Bu
12-02-2005, 06:30 PM
Ang galing naman, nangunguna tayo sa SEA Games medal tally! Big congratulations sa lahat ng ating mga atleta na pinapakitang astig talaga ang atletang Pinoy. Kahit na hindi masyadong popular lately, salamat kay First Gentleman Miguel Arroyo, kasi siya nakahanap ng mga "padrino" para sa iba't ibang atleta natin.

PERO...

Tang--- pa din ng BAP! Walang basketball, ang FAVORITE SPORT pa mandin ng mga Pinoy. Dahil sa inuna ang politika at pataasan ng ihi wala ang flagship sport ng Pinas sa SEA Games. Kahit ano pang sabihin nilang dahilan alam ng lahat ng matinong tao, kasalanan nila ang lahat. Anong credibilidad pa kaya ng isang so-called governing basketball body na nagpapadala ng mga latak na player sa international tournaments gaya nung Stankovic Cup last year? Tapos sila pa itong may ganang magdemanda sa POC dahil inechapwera sila sa basketball program ng bansa.

Hay naku... tagay na lang...

Agent 008
12-06-2005, 09:41 AM
Hindi rin ako makapaniwala na tayo ay SEA powerhouse na pero masayang-masaya ako dahil kailangan talaga ng bansa natin ng bagay na tunay nating maipagmalaki. Medyo unbelievable din ang pagka-"sore loser" ng Thailand kaya may konting kulay pa rin ang over-all championship natin but ganyan yata talaga ang buhay. Ganunpaman, malaking congratulations sa lahat ng mga atleta natin. Deserving sila ng isang nationwide parade.

Ngayong hindi na-highlight ang basketball ay hindi na tayo puwedeng i-hostage ng BAP at mas puwede na lalong itulak ang pagbabasura dito. Sana tuloy-tuloy na ang momentum ng POC/PSC na makuha ang accreditation ng FIBA para sa basketball para lalong ma-focus ang training ng ating mga national teams. Kailangan ng magkaron ng opisyal na organisasyon ang basketball program natin.

Wang-Bu
12-07-2005, 07:02 PM
Sang-ayon ako sa iyo Agent 008.

Sayang lang ang tinatrabaho nina Coach Chot Reyes basta't nariyan pang BAP at nanggugulo. Hindi ko mawari kung bakit hindi na lang kasi tanggapin ng mga hin--- na ito hindi na sila pinagkakatiwalaan ng tao pagdating sa basketball. We can only hope na matauhan ang BAP. They've had decades to try to get their act together, at nung magsawa ang mga tao sa kanila at sa kaestupiduhan nila, sila pa itong may ganang magalit at ipagpilitan ang kanilang gusto.

Sana ready na tayo for any major international tournaments for 2006-onwards. Naalala ko tuloy ang Global Hoops Summit na sinalihan nina Coach Chot. Ano kayang nangyari kung isa na namang BAP team ang pinadala dun?

Agent 008
12-08-2005, 09:33 AM
Wang-bu,

Talagang hindi ko maintindihan kung ano gusto nitong mga taga-BAP. Sabi mo na nga na ayaw na ng tao sa kanila. Bakit pinagpipilitan pa rin nila ang mga sarili nila? Tingin ko matindi ang mga basurang gustong itago kaya ayaw nilang merong ibang makakita. Pero kahit yon ay di na importante sa kin..yung performance (or complete lack off) na lang nila over the years ang tignan natin. Kung pulis na natutulog sa pansitan ay sinisibak na ngayon di mas lalong dapat yung mga matataas na opisyales na ilang taon ng nututulog.

chief
12-12-2005, 01:13 PM
Haay salamat naman at hindi pala ako nag-iisa sa panggigil sa BAP na walang kwenta.... mga taong iyon nagpapatakbo ng basketball, pero kung iisipin, dun sa mga major na posisyon ng organisasyon na iyon, ni wala man isa marunong or nakilala man sa paglalaro at pag-coach ng basketball...

Tama ang nangyari sa mga hung----! Sa basurahan na sila pupulutin... sayang ang mabangong pangalan ni Lina, nabahiran ng mga tang@ tulad nang hindi magaling mag-basketball na si Christian Tan, at hindi tunay na Pilipino na si Graham Lim... tantsa ko hindi rin ito tunay na pangalan niya....

AnthonyServinio
01-23-2006, 09:47 PM
The solution is easy . . . deport undesirable alien Graham Chua Lim and all his Chinese cohorts and make sure they stay away and leave the management of Philippine basketball to real Filipinos! >:(

chief
01-31-2006, 09:52 AM
Mga kapatid, parang nabasa ko sa isang dyaryo na they are making headway na raw. Lina is going to head the newly formed basketball association for the Philippines under the POC banner. The good thing is backed up by the PBL, NCAA, UAAP, and of course the PBA! Hay salamat naman at magkakaroon na tayo ng tunay na tagumpay sa larangan ng basketball.

oca
02-01-2006, 08:40 AM
Lito Puyat is a real Pinoy, yet it was during his watch that our decline all began. Not that I am defending Lim, but it wasn't the personalities that caused this shameful state we have now. It's the system and the manner the BAP was set-up that was wrong. The people running it just made it worse.

First theyshould institute changes in the election/selection process of officers that will run the "new NSA for basketball". They must correct the mistakes of the old BAP. Where the BAP officers are elected by the regional head, who in turn were actually appointed by the BAP President. Maling-maling* yun. It was the reason nagtagal ng ganoon si Puyat, at yun rin ang dahilan at nahalal yung mga bata niya.






The solution is easy . . . deport undesirable alien Graham Chua Lim and all his Chinese cohorts and make sure they stay away and leave the management of Philippine basketball to real Filipinos!* *>:(

Agent 008
02-02-2006, 03:14 PM
--- So now we're going for a new organization, the NSA, which is under the POC and Mr. Lina will head it. I am not against the man but is this the step in the right direction? Chief said that the PBA, PBL, UAAP and the NCAA support this new NSA. This is definitely a good start. But as Oca pointed out, the election and selection processes are what kept the old BAP from actually accomplishing any good for Philippine basketball. I really hope my hunch is wrong, but do you guys think with the way the NSA is being set-up that it will not be subject to the same old "checks and balances" (a.k.a. padrino system) and thus be another heartache to us basketball loving Filipinos?....

oca
02-03-2006, 09:08 AM
Tulad ng marami, isa ako sa walang tiwala kay Lina.

Pero umaasa ako na yung representatives ng ibang liga tulad ng PBA, PBL, NC' at UAAP ay maninindigan. That they come up with rules / by-laws that will provide for check and balances. One that will not breed the "bata-bata system". These were the malaise of the ol' BAP.

Kung sakaling may maupong t@r@ntado o mapagsamantala, the rules itself will provide for the means to have them replaced.

Basta walang puwang for someone to perpetuate himself in office, malaking bagay na iyon.

chocoks77
02-19-2006, 10:18 PM
Hay naku. Gawin na nating pangkalahatan. Kapag ang palakasan nahaluan ng pulitika, sa kangkungan pupulutin. Tignan niyo yung mga laro na halos wala o wala talagang bahid ng pulitika. Yung mga sinuportahan ng korporasyon ng San Miguel yun ang mga nagdala ng karangalan ng malaki sa bansa. Lipulin lahat ng pulitiko sa larangan ng palakasan at palitan ng mga tunay na nagmamahal sa kani kanilang sport at sila ang gumawa ng direksyon. Tutal sila naman ang nakakaalam kung ano ang nararapat gawin. Ngunit ang isa pang problema ay pondo. Nanggagaling pa rin sa gobyerno na malamang may bahid ng pulitika at pagkabuwaya (hingi lang ng dispensa sa mga hayop na buwaya sa gubat). Yun ang malaking problema, ang pondo ay nagmumula sa gobyerno. Si Eric Buhain nabahiran na din ng maduming pulitika yata. Kaya ayun...kulelat! Mapag-iiwanan na tayo ng Vietnam sa susunod. Baka manumbalik lang ang tino ng isip ng mga namumuno sa atin tungkol sa palakasan kung tatalunin pa tayo sa standings ng Timor Leste sa SEA Games. ::) :'(

Joescoundrel
03-01-2006, 02:10 PM
Chocoks puso mo, naka-thumb tack na lang 'yan...

AnthonyServinio
03-01-2006, 10:10 PM
The suspended BAP just named pawnshop king Michel Lhuillier as its new chairman, replacing Quinteliano "Tiny" Z. Literal who resigned due to health reasons. Literal was then named as chairman emeritus.

Lhuillier used to be the BAP's Vice President for the Visayas. Taking over as the new VP-Visayas is Cebu City South District Councilor Raul "Yayoy D. Alcoseba, the former BAP Regional Director for Central Visayas and concurrently the head coach of the multi-titled M. Lhuillier Jewelers. Coach Alcoseba's replacement will be named soon.

chief
03-02-2006, 09:18 AM
Rubbing it in.... Those guys just don't know when to stop. When the new organization steps in, all of the persons who are holding/held the positions for BAP will have to reliquish their post. Otherwise, FIBA will not recognize the new organization in place.

Chairman Emeritus my A@%! I doubt if he can even lift himself from bed, Bitaw na, what's the use of holding on to it?

gameface_one
03-11-2006, 12:40 PM
Basketball charter up in the air as FIBA deadline nears
Manila Bulletin Online
Mar. 11, 2006




FOUR DAYS before the deadline set by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), the country’s basketball stakeholders have yet to reach an agreement that would pave the way for the creation of a cage super body.


Despite regular meetings the past few weeks, the stakeholders have yet to come up with the revised constitution and by-laws that would be submitted to the POC for approval.

POC spokesman Joey Romasanta said one stumbling block remains the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), the former governing body expelled by the POC.

Without elaborating, Romasanta said BAP president Joey Lina is carrying a heavy baggage.

"Joey Lina simply could not get rid of the BAP and this is the reason why the stakeholders have been unable to reach an accord even though they’ve been meeting regularly the past few weeks," said Romasanta before boarding a Kuala Lumpur-bound plane at Clark Field yesterday.

Romasanta said the FIBA did not include the BAP as one of the parties that was given free hand to form a new cage body. The FIBA was specific that only Lina should be included among the stakeholders.

Apart from Lina, the other stakeholders named by the FIBA were the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Under the memorandum of agreement entered into by the POC and FIBA, the stakeholders were tasked to form a new cage body on or before March 31.

The POC gave the cage leaders until March 15 to draft the constitution and by-laws of the new body.

"If they (stakeholders) only stick with what’s written in the MOU signed by the FIBA and the POC, then it’s going to be easy to come up with a new set of by-laws because the pattern is also with them," said Romasanta.

The by-laws of the defunct Philippine Basketball Federation inc. (PBF) is being used as guide by the stakeholders. It was patterned after USA Basketball, the governing body for the sport in America.

The POC is hoping that the Philippines regains its slot in the FIBA so it could participate in the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, in December.

Under the Fiba calendar, the recognition of the Philippines can be given back in August, the same time Fiba is holding a World Congress in Saitama, Japan, site of the world championships.

gameface_one
03-14-2006, 08:26 AM
Cage body up for POC scrutiny

First posted 01:36am (Mla time) Mar 14, 2006
By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A19 of the March 14, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


CAN PHILIPPINE basketball make it to the Doha Asian Games in December?

The question lingered yesterday even after the country’s basketball stakeholders expressed optimism the draft of the constitution and by-laws of the new cage body will get the nod of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad said the stakeholders are confident of getting the approval of a separate committee tasked by the POC to scrutinize the charter of the group which will be simply called “Pilipinas Basketball.”

“It may not be perfect, but I’m sure everybody will be satisfied,” Trinidad said. “This is the result of two months of hard work.”

The stakeholders will submit the new charter tomorrow, just in time for the deadline set by the POC. The local Olympic body will then polish it to adhere to the conditions of the FIBA, the international basketball federation.

FIBA had given the Philippines until the end of this month to create a new body that will involve all the sport’s major stakeholders such as the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, National Collegiate Athletics Association and University Athletics Association of the Philippines.

However, POC spokesman Joey Romasanta said the copy of the by-laws will still have to be scrutinized by the executive council during its meeting tomorrow at the Cafe J in Makati City.

“I don’t want to make a comment,” Romasanta told the Inquirer in an overseas call from Malaysia. “I haven’t seen the draft of the constitution.”

The Basketball Association of the Philippines was expelled by the POC last year.

The POC-inspired Philippine Basketball Federation, however, failed to get the sanction of the FIBA and the country lost the right to host the sport during the 23rd Southeast Asian Games last December.

Unless the FIBA ban is lifted, the country cannot compete in all international events, including the Asiad this December.

gameface_one
03-14-2006, 08:30 AM
Cage body charter up for POC okay
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 03/14/2006

The country’s major stakeholders in basketball are all set to unveil a new association, which they hope will be acceptable to everyone and lead to the lifting of the FIBA suspension on the Philippines.

Commissioner Chino Trinidad of the Philippine Basketball League said the stakeholders have already prepared a draft of the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball, which is designed to replace the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

Trinidad, along with Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Noli Eala and representatives of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will present the documents to Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco today.

Former Sen. Joey Lina, president of the BAP, is also part of the new association while his fellow officers at the BAP, including those representing the country’s different regions, have been left out of the picture.

"This is what the stakeholders are waiting for. It may not be perfect but I’m sure everybody will be satisfied," said Trinidad, also hoping that it will mark the end of the problems that have hounded Philippine basketball over the last couple of years.

The POC will tackle the issue when it holds its executive board meeting tomorrow in Makati.

Once the POC stamps its approval on the new association, it will be presented to the International Basketball Federation or FIBA, which will then decide whether or not to recognize it. If it recognizes it, the suspension on the Philippines will be lifted.

The world governing body in basketball placed the Philippines under suspension last year, and the Filipinos were denied the chance to compete in three international tournaments, including the Southeast Asian Games held in Manila last December.

The Philippines was given by FIBA until March 31 to settle its basketball issues peacefully as it hopes to get the suspension lifted and get the chance to compete in the 15th Asian Games scheduled in Doha, Qatar on Dec. 1 to 15.

oca
03-15-2006, 08:50 AM
Reports in the Inquirer, date- 15March2006, tells us that this is far from being resolved...

Infact, there's a new twist.

While PBA Comm. Eala has been blabbering about the PBA's committment to support Philippine basketball, the PBA Board has a different idea of how that committment is to be fulfilled. Different from what Eala has projected to the general public.

gameface_one
03-15-2006, 09:12 AM
Lina questions cage body
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 03/15/2006

Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina yesterday insisted that the new cage body must fall under the umbrella of the BAP to expedite its recognition by the FIBA and pave the way for the reinstatement of the country in the world body’s roster.

A day after he was reported to have agreed to be part of the new basketball aggrupation, Lina turned his back on the stakeholders, including the PBA, PBL, UAAP and NCAA, which came up with a draft of constitution and by-laws of a new national basketball association to be presented to the Philippine Olympic Committee this afternoon.

"The approach they took is different. They changed the rules when we’re about to come up with the draft," said Lina, who was conspicuously missing in the preliminary meeting between the POC and the cage group yesterday.

"The most expedient process is to go through the BAP but they (the stakeholders) wanted me to sign the death sentence on the BAP," Lina added.

Thus, the cage mess that has led to the suspension of the country from Fiba-sanctioned tournaments, including the last SEA Games, is far from being resolved with apparently no solution in sight to the Fiba ban.

This development also puts in peril the country’s chances to play in the 15th Asian Games slated in Doha, Qatar on Dec. 1-15.

The POC may recognize Pilipinas Basketball as the new cage body in the country when its executive committee convenes today. But the question is whether the Fiba would recognize the new group without the BAP concurrence.

Apparently, the stakeholders and the POC have reached a consensus.

Swimming’s Mark Joseph, a member of the POC special committee, said in a text message that the "stakeholders will be attending the POC excom meeting and a joint statement with POC will be released."

The POC and the Fiba agreed in September last year to complete the formation of a new RP cage federation not later than March 31 for the world cage body to reinstate the Philippines from indefinite suspension. A must in the memorandum of agreement, however, is the inclusion of the PBA, PBL, UAAP, NCAA and Lina in the group.

gameface_one
03-15-2006, 09:13 AM
Basketball stakeholders disagree on FIBA 'amendment'

First posted 02:57am (Mla time) Mar 15, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A31 of the Mar. 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE DIFFERENT interpretations of the memorandum signed between the international basketball federation (FIBA) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is stalling the unification of the sport's major stakeholders.

Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina said yesterday the stakeholders misunderstood the essence of the memorandum of understanding between the FIBA and the POC, a fact contested by two major proponents of the formation of the new group.

In essence, Lina said that the FIBA still has to suspend the BAP before any new federation is formed and the suspension of the country from international meets is lifted.

"The FIBA still recognizes the BAP, so how can the FIBA recognize a new body?" Lina said.

Simple, echoed both Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala and Philippine Basketball League (PBL) commissioner Chino Trinidad.

"The BAP doesn't have to be suspended for us to unify the major stakeholders in the country and form a new federation," said Eala, citing a provision in the memorandum which states that once the new federation is formed -- complete with new constitution and by-laws and a new set of officers -- it will take the place of the BAP.

"We can't just rely on the MoU per se," Lina said. "The MoU was amended and clarified by the FIBA."

Lina pointed out that in a letter sent by the FIBA late last year, it said that the lifting of the suspension can only be achieved by the "return to status quo" or by "the full suspension of BAP from FIBA and then the provisional recognition of the new entity by then already approved by the general assembly of the POC."

Eala said the letter was a "neither-here-nor-there type," one that is open to interpretation.

"The BAP explains it one way, the POC sees it another way," said Eala.

Trinidad said Lina "was just being too technical" about the clarificatory letter written by FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann, the same person who served as the FIBA signatory in the agreement with the POC.

"If you want to get technical about it, then there is no amendment in the first place," Trinidad said. "There is no way that an MoU can be amended unilaterally."

"Any amendment to the MoU will have to be agreed upon by all the parties who were signatories to that document," Eala added. "And the POC did not sign any amendment to the MoU."

gameface_one
03-15-2006, 09:15 AM
POC OK of Pilipinas Basketball seen
manila bulletin online
Mar. 15, 2006


By nick giongco

THE Philippine Olympic Committee is expected to approve the draft by-laws and constitution of Pilipinas Basketball in an executive committee meeting today hoping that this would finally put an end to the excruciating stalemate that has shamed the country’s national pastime over the past year.



Pilipinas Basketball was adopted as the new name of the organization that will be presented to the International Basketball Federation (known by its French acronym FIBA) which, if all goes smoothly, the country’s suspension from international basketball competitions will be lifted.

The POC will present the document to the FIBA during its Congress in Saitama, Japan in August where the members will hold its regular general assembly in conjunction with the World Basketball Championship.

Although the POC sees final FIBA approval, that optimism will probably be tempered by the withdrawal of Basketball Association of the Philippines President Joey Lina from the five-man stakeholders group which drafted and approved the new charter.

"It is not true that I agreed with final draft of the constitution," said Lina yesterday who was surprised by reports that he had affixed his approval on the new document.

Lina, who arrived from the Middle East two days ago, said his position remained unchanged and that he will not compromise the dissolution of the BAP which he said "is a 60-year-old institution."

According to Lina, the group was leaning towards retaining the BAP as the name of the organization, this being already recognized by the FIBA.

"They changed the rules when were about to come up with the draft of the amended by-laws of the BAP," said Lina, who came short of saying that even if the POC recognizes Pilipinas Basketball, it won’t be able to sway the FIBA.

"The approach they took is different and I told them (stakeholders) that the most expedient way is go through the BAP which will apply for reinstatement that conforms with the FIBA requirements," he said.

Philippine Basketball League Commissioner Chino Trinidad, one of the stakeholders, confirmed that was the case during the early meetings.

"But we realized that there may be more problems in the future if the BAP was retained as the lead organization, so we adopted Pilipinas Basketball," he said.

Trinidad said that when Lina realized that he could not have his way, he decided not to attend the succeeding meetings.

"But we appreciate his suggestions and recommendations and many of them were incorporated in the new charter," Trinidad said.

Despite the non-participation of Lina, Trinidad said the stakeholders and the POC have agreed to proceed with the presentation with the FIBA.

"One person does not make the whole federation," said Trinidad adding that they will just state their case, present a chronological order of what transpired and was discussed during the meetings and hopefully, "the FIBA will see the sincerity and the desire of the new group to move Philippine basketball forward."

Besides Trinidad, also giving approval to the new document were PBA Commissioner Noli Eala, UAAP representative Junjun Caspitrano and Fr. Vic Calvo of the NCAA.

Including Lina, they were the five stakeholders tasked by FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann to come up with a new organization and set of by-laws to govern Philippine basketball. Baumann set March 30 as deadline for completion of the document.

"They (stakeholders) will be attending the POC Executive Committee meeting tomorrow (today) and a joint statement with the POC will be released," said Mark Joseph, who met with the stakeholders yesterday along with POC legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco to dissect any flaw in the document. They gave it the thumbs up.

The stakeholders are scheduled to meet with the POC executive committee this afternoon at Milky Way in Makati, and, according to an official privy to the talks, they would all express their support to the creation of the new body despite the decision of Lina to distance himself from the pack.

Joseph said a meeting between PBA commissioner Noli Eala and Lina was being scheduled for last night in an eleventh hour effort to iron out the kinks.

gameface_one
03-15-2006, 09:20 AM
In Huddle : PBA ambivalent on cage group

First posted 03:11am (Mla time) Mar 15, 2006
By Beth Celis
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A31 of the March 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


PHILIPPINE Basketball Association governors got the impression that the entry of Welcoat in the pro league would be the main agenda during the emergency board meeting called by PBA commissioner Noli Eala last Monday.

As it turned out, however, it was the newly-formed Pilipinas Basketball that was tackled at length by the governors.

The word I got yesterday morning was that the PBA had put its foot down on the commissioner's commitment to join the other major basketball stakeholders in forming the new association.

This piece of info supposedly came from one of the governors who attended the meeting. The governor said the commissioner had not reported on the progress of his meetings with the stakeholders. This was the first time, he said, that Eala was making a report on the constitution and by-laws being drafted by the group.

This arduously prepared set of documents was "junked" by the board, my source quoted the governor as saying.

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my usual SOP, I got in touch with a number of governors to verify the info that accidentally came my way. As I write this, I still have to hear from two governors I had texted.

I decided to call the third.

The governor said the PBA commitment was definitely not junked. But it wasn't approved either.

"We just wanted to see if a third option was possible. If we can work out an arrangement that would not require total commitment to the new association. We wanted an arrangement similar to the one we previously had with the BAP [Basketball Association of the Philippine]. We would continue to lend our players, give our support for the sake of flag and country," explained the board member.

For the PBA, the next step was to communicate this proposal to FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann, who had required that the PBA be an integral part of the "new" BAP, if the Philippines is to regain its active status in the international basketball federation.

Meanwhile, I await word on the stakeholders meeting with the Philippine Olympic Committee to which they were scheduled to present the newly-drafted Pilipinas Basketball constitution and by-laws yesterday afternoon.

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I was told that Sta. Lucia Realty governor Buddy Encarnado was absent from the Monday meeting. Could his absence have anything to do with the post-game commotion that occurred at the Araneta Coliseum dugout last Sunday?

From what I gathered, Buddy was so disgusted and enraged with the officiating of their game against Barangay Ginebra.

gameface_one
03-15-2006, 10:10 AM
Lina denies part in cage body


By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent, Mar. 15, 2006

Joey Lina, the Basketball Association of the Philippines president, on Tuesday denied he took part in recent meetings to form a new RP caging body named "Pilipinas Basketball"—a revelation that could prolong the impasse that has kept the country suspended from international competitions.

Lina said he has not attended the meetings of a group commissioned by the Philippine Olympic Committee to draw up the by-laws of a new basketball group that would replace the BAP in the past two weeks.

The former senator and local governments secretary said he was just present during the so-called basketball stakeholders’ initial meetings, with the hope that POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. would be amenable to retaining the BAP, which the POC expelled from its ranks on June 30, 2005.

"At the start I thought it was just alright with them (stakeholders) to use the BAP, but they changed the rules when we were about to come up with the draft, so I left the group during the last two weeks," said Lina, also a former governor of Laguna.

Without Lina, officials of the Philippine Basketball Association, the Philippine Basketball League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines were left as stakeholders of the new federation, which the POC hopes would be recognized by the International Basketball Federation or FIBA which, in turn, would lift its suspension on the country.

But Lina said the "most expedient" way to have the FIBA suspension removed is to go through the BAP—meaning to retain it as the name of the new association, and not "Pilipinas Basketball."

"It seems they (stakeholders) wanted me to sign the death sentence of the BAP," he added.

The other four basketball stakeholders, led by PBA Commissioner Noli Eala and PBL chief Chino Trinidad, submitted Tuesday to the POC ad hoc basketball committee headed by lawyer Ding Tanjuatco and swimming association head Mark Joseph the draft of the new bylaws of Pilipinas Basketball, which was patterned after USA Basketball.

"The stakeholders have come up with the structure, and proposed new constitution and bylaws of the new basketball federation. They will be attending the POC executive committee meeting tomorrow (Wednesday), and a joint statement with the POC will be released," said Joseph after meeting with Eala and Trinidad at Cojuangco’s residence in Makati City.

The POC executive board meeting is expected to start discussion over the POC’s recognition of Pilipinas Basketball as the governing body for the sport in the country.

Last year, the POC approved and recognized the Philippine Basketball Federation headed by Moying Martelino.

The PBF, however, failed to get the FIBA’s nod even at the insistence of Cojuangco in a meeting with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann in Geneva, Switzerland, last September.

As a result, the Philippines remained suspended from any international tournament sanctioned by the FIBA, including the 23rd Southeast Asian Games where the country is the seven-time defending champion.

Baumann had clarified during Cojuangco’s visit that FIBA still recognized the BAP as the country’s basketball governing body, but signed a memorandum of understanding with the POC chief to form a new unified basketball body composed of officials of the UAAP, NCAA, PBL, PBA and Lina by March 30.

In a TV interview, Trinidad also said they will still try to convince Lina to join their group as part of the five stakeholders mentioned in the MOU with the FIBA.

"We are still hopeful Secretary Lina will join us," he stressed.

Without Lina, the new federation was "just another PBF," and hopes for the lifting of the FIBA suspension—so the Philippines could send a basketball team to the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar in December—remains dim, a sports official said.

MonL
03-15-2006, 10:52 AM
Lina, who arrived from the Middle East two days ago, said his position remained unchanged and that he will not compromise the dissolution of the BAP which he said "is a 60-year-old institution."




BAP was made for basketball, not basketball for BAP. Kung wala ka nang silbe as an organization, at humahadlang ka pa, TUMABI KA NA!!! By your words shall you be judged. Ulilyanin na ang organisasyong ito. O kaya, way way behind in thinking. Kaya hindi makaabante ang Busluang Pilipino. IIKA-IKANG PARANG SISENTA AñOS NA LOLO. Papahingahin na ninyo ito, and let the younger, forward thinking and SELFLESS people who love the sport take over.

gameface_one
03-16-2006, 08:09 AM
POC okays new cage federation’s constitution

First posted 02:56am (Mla time) Mar 16, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A21 of the Mar. 16, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


ARMED with the backing of the country’s biggest basketball leagues, a new Philippine Olympic Committee-backed federation is ready to submit to the international basketball federation (FIBA) the credentials that will serve as the sport’s new national association.

And it is ready to do so minus one crucial piece: The fifth stakeholder.

“I have been given full authority by the POC executive board to accept the application of the new organization,” POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco declared after yesterday’s expanded executive committee meeting, held at Cojuangco’s residence in Makati, approved the new federation’s constitution and by-laws.

Cojuangco will transmit to FIBA its approval of the new body before the March 31 deadline. The looming question is, will the FIBA finally lift its suspension of the country from international meets -- even if the group does not include the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)?

BAP president Joey Lina, in a statement faxed to media offices, continued to question the move designed to replace the 60-year-old sports body and has vowed to exclude himself from future stakeholders’ meetings.

“It would be unthinkable for me to attend meetings aimed at the destruction of the very organization I am president of,” said Lina, who still maintains that the best way to have the FIBA suspension lifted is to incorporate the major stakeholders -- the POC, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) -- into a restructured BAP.

But the stakeholders’ group, whom Lina accused of abandoning an earlier agreement to follow his process and of easing him out of the talks, is willing to wage a battle against the BAP all the way up to the Court of Arbitration for Sports to get a new federation in place before the end of March.

“Who is Lina for the four of us (stakeholders)?” asked Mark Joseph, who co-chairs the POC basketball committee with legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco. “The best way to protect basketball is to form a new federation which is what FIBA told us to do. Who will we follow, FIBA or BAP? We’ll take it to the Court of Arbitration if FIBA refuses to accept the new organization.”

In a press statement issued, Lina maintained that stakeholders can not form a new organization without the formal expulsion of the BAP.

The PBA, PBL, UAAP, NCAA and Lina were the five stakeholders named in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by POC and the FIBA last year.

“This organization is association-based and not personality-based,” said PBA commissioner Noli Eala. “We are not serving individual interests here but just to protect the interest of basketball in the country.”

Lina maintained that the “surest and fastest way to lift the suspension” is to amend only the BAP constitution and by-laws.

But Joseph said that Lina’s proposal was “rejected by the major stakeholders” since they did not want “to become liable for BAP’s mounting financial and legal accountabilities.”

He also questioned Lina’s capability to “persuade the 51 directors of BAP to amend the by-laws.”

Frank Elizalde, International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines, remained optimistic of the situation.

“We will leave the doors open to those who refuse to accept the reality of the situation,” said Elizalde.

“I want to make it very clear that Mr. Lina and us have the same intention and that is to unify Philippine basketball,” said Eala. “We just differed in the way we wanted to do it. In the end the stakeholders decided to comply strictly with the MoU.”

The PBA will occupy six board seats, the majority in the 15-man board of Pilipinas Basketball.

gameface_one
03-16-2006, 08:16 AM
POC approves new cage body
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 03/16/2006

The Philippine Olympic Committee, in principle, gave its approval on the application of Pilipinas Basketball as the new national association for basketball for inclusion in the POC roster despite strong opposition from BAP president Joey Lina.

"I’ll still review the draft of their by-laws and constitution, but more or less my answer would be yes," said POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. who was given by the POC executive board the sole authority to decide on the matter.

Cojuangco said he might suggest minor amendments in the proposed by-laws before making the formal announcement today.

The new cage body, composed of the PBA, PBL, UAAP and NCAA, presented to the POC its by-laws which the group claimed it crafted under strict compliance of the memorandum of understanding between the POC and the Fiba — except the non-participation of Lina.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala expressed optimism they can still convince Lina to join the group and help in their effort to lift the Philippines’ suspension by the Fiba.

"I want to make it clear that Mr. Lina and our group have the same intention. We just have different views on how to do it. Mr. Lina wanted to use the BAP model which initially, I must admit, was okay with us. But along the way, we saw more problems using that model," said Eala.

In the end, Eala, the lead facilitator of the group, said they opted to craft by-laws and constitution patterned after the USA Basketball.

Initially, Pilipinas Basketball will have a 15-man board from where its founding officials will come from. The PBA will have six seats while the PBL, UAAP and NCAA three each. Later on, they would admit associate or affiliate members for complete unification of the stakeholders in all levels of the sport.

On the possibility of their application for Fiba recognition being turned down, Eala said: "It’s now really up to them. At least, nobody would say we didn’t do our job."

For Lina, the surest and fastest way to lift the Fiba suspension is for the BAP to amend its constitution with direct participation of the PBA, PBL, UAAP and NCAA in preparation for necessary adjusments that will follow the Fiba guidelines, and then for the POC to reinstate the BAP as a member.

Lina cited what Fiba secretary-general Patrick Baumann said in a letter to Cojuangco that "should the POC wish to revisit its position on BAP, the MoU process is unnecessary and our ban can be lifted immediately."

Lina also said "the return to status quo or BAP return to POC process" had been the consensus reached by the group earlier.

"We met four times using this process. On the fifth meeting, which I was unable to attend as I was preparing for a foreign trip, another process was abruptly agreed upon. If media reports are correct, then I, would say, the other stakeholders drew a smaller circle that kept me out, using the MoU process which we did not agree on in the first place," said Lina.

During the POC executive board meeting, Philippine IOC representative Frank Elizalde expressed doubt the Fiba would lift its suspension of the Philippines without clear unity among its leaders.

Should Fiba refuse to reinstate the Philippines, special committee member Mark Joseph said they would elevate the case to IOC’s Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

"I think there’s no reason for Fiba not to reinstate the Philippines after the strict compliance of the MoU except the non participation of Mr. Lina. But who is Mr. Lina compared to these four groups who are really the major stakeholders in Philippine basketball. Mr. Lina is just one individual," said POC legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco.

gameface_one
03-16-2006, 08:20 AM
POC defers action on Pilipinas Basketball
Manila Bulletin On-line


By nick giongco

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) yesterday got its first look at the by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball, the new cage body formed for admission to the International Basketball Federation, but withheld its approval saying it needs time to study the provisions.


But people close to the POC said the approval of the document is practically a done deal, give or take a few minor revisions, because this is what they have strived for over the past year.

This developed even as Basketball Association of the Philippines President Joey Lina made a last-ditch bid to discredit the presentation saying the other stakeholders reneged on an earlier agreement making the BAP the lead organization for RP basketball.

The presentation, however, went on without a hitch as the four other stakeholders affixed their signatures on the by-laws which will be submitted to the FIBA office in Switzerland by March 30 and then to the FIBA Congress for approval during the World Basketball Championship in Japan in August.

The drafting of the by-laws and the creation of a new organization were some of the conditions laid down by FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann so the suspension of RP basketball can be lifted.

Signing the document were Philippine Baketball Association Commissioner Noli Eala, Philippine Basketball League Commissioner Chino Trinidad, Junjun Capistrano of the UAAP and Bernie Atienza of the NCAA.

Missing was Lina’s signature, one of the stakeholders named by the FIBA. Lina broke away from the group yesterday after it became apparent the BAP would not be a significant entity in the new organization.

POC Legal Counsel Ding Tanjuatco described the four major stakeholders that presented the by-laws to POC President Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. yesterday as the "backbone of Philippine basketball."

Although satisfied with the completion of the work which barely met the deadline he set, Cojuangco said he would still look at the document overnight and will issue a statement today about Pilipinas Basketball’s acceptance.

"I will review it and might even consult with a few people," said Cojuangco.

Under the new setup, the officers of the new body will be made up of 15 individuals with six coming from the PBA and three each from the PBL and the two collegiate leagues.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala said that "the PBA will not control but lead" when asked why the league was given six slots.

The election of a new set of officers will be done sometime next week.

"This should break the impasse. This addresses all the concerns and requirements presented in the MoU. We have made concrete steps towards unity (in basketball)," said Eala. "This is not an organization of individuals."

But Lina cautioned that getting the FIBA’s backing won’t be easy.

"The surest and fastest way to lift the suspension on Philippine participation in FIBA and IOC-sanctioned international basketball tournaments is for the BAP to amend its constitution and by-laws, with the direct participation of PBA, UAAP, NCAA and PBL in the preparation of the necessary amendments that will follow the FIBA guidelines and statutes, and then for the POC to approve the BAP reapplication as member. This is known as the "return to the status quo" or "Bap return to POC" process," said Lina in a statement yesterday.

Lina said the other stakeholders had earlier agreed that using the BAP as framework is the key towards the lifting of the suspension.

Lina cited a quote from Baumann, in a letter dated Oct. 27, 2005 to Cojuangco: "Should the POC wish to revisit its stand on BAP, the MoU process is unnecessary and our ban can be lifted immediatedly. In such an event, for the benefit of a long-term solution for basketball, we are at your disposal to continue to assist the POC and BAP in order to rapidly implement the necessary changes in the BAP constitution and organization, along the lines recommended in the MoU and the documents alreday provided by FIBA to (POC chairman Robert) Aventajado."

Lina said: "First, the BAP should first be expelled by FIBA because the BAP is an active member in good standing. Only when the BAP is expelled by FIBA that FIBA can recognize a new cage body in the Philippines. But the BAP can only be suspended or expelled by FIBA for cause. There exists no ground for FIBA to expel or even suspend the BAP. In fact, FIBA in deciding the application for membership of the POC-sponsored PBFI, declared that the BAP expulsion by the POC was "inappropriate and out of proportion…"

Lina said the other stakeholders "drew a small circle that kept (him) out" in reaction to reports that he was not around when they decided to alter the approach towards the creation of a new set of by-laws.

"I was preparing for a trip abroad," he said.

Meanwhile, the POC said it was ready to take new steps should the FIBA decide to turn down the application.

Mark Joseph, a member of the committee tasked by the POC to handle the basketball issue, said the POC will elevate the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

bchoter
03-16-2006, 09:47 AM
What have we done to deserve a Joey Lina?

gameface_one
03-17-2006, 11:39 AM
Pilipinas Basketball to widen scope

First posted 05:22am (Mla time) Mar 17, 2006
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A28 of the Mar. 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer



PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco yesterday offered suggestions to the proposed constitution and by-laws of the new basketball body, giving emphasis on the membership provision that would allow “legit” cage associations and leagues to get into the fold.

Mark Joseph, a member of the POC’s basketball task force, yesterday said Cojuangco has reviewed the new charter of the Pilipinas Basketball that was submitted last Wednesday which will then be forwarded to the international basketball federation (FIBA) by the end of the month.

According to a text message sent by Joseph, the membership of the new body must extend to women’s, street basketball and even children’s leagues.

“These suggestions have been forwarded to the stakeholders named in the MOU (memorandum of understanding), and verbal assurances have been given that these principles would be adhered to.” Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
03-17-2006, 11:43 AM
Pilipinas Basketball charter goes to FIBA
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 03/17/2006

The revised copy of the constitution and by-laws of the newly formed Pilipinas Basketball will be forwarded by the Philippine Olympic Committee to the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) as it tries to beat the March deadline imposed on their memorandum of understanding in its bid to have the FIBA suspension on the country lifted.

Mark Joseph and Ding Tanjuatco, who make up the POC basketball committee, met with POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. and PBA commissioner Noli Eala yesterday and all agreed to send Fiba a copy of the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball.

Pilipinas Basketball, which has the country’s top four basketball leagues-- PBA, UAAP, NCAA and PBL as stakeholders, presented its constitution and by-laws to the POC last Wednesday and did not receive any opposition, in effect making it as the new basketball association in the country.

"Within 24 hours we’ll send through fax all the details to Fiba," Joseph said.

POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco suggested some revisions, particularly the inclusion of more basketball bodies in the association. After his suggestion was followed, Cojuangco said everything is as good as done.

"I don’t see any reason why the Fiba would reject it, hindi ito ginawa individually. It was done in democratic way and fair," Cojuangco was quoted as saying.

"Mr. Cojuangco has reviewed the proposed structure and constitution of Pilipinas Basketball. A few suggestions have been made to strengthen the membership provisions allowing more legitimate basketball associations and leagues to become members in the very near future," said Joseph.

He added that these suggestions have been forwarded to the founding stakeholders and "verbal assurances have been given that these principles would be adhered to."

By September, the central board of the Fiba will have to decide whether or not it would recognize Pilipinas Basketball as the new basketball association in the Philippines.

Once it takes Pilipinas Basketball in, Fiba will have to automatically lift the suspension it imposed on the Philippines last year. The suspension was the result of the protracted squabble among RP basketball leaders.

The Philippines will then be allowed to see action in the 15th Asian Games set in Doha, Qatar in December. While on suspension, the Philippines missed a couple of tournaments last year, including the 15th SEA Games, which it hosted.

If Fiba decides against Pilipinas Basketball, then all the woes hounding Philippine basketball would remain or even worsen. A stint at the Asian Games, where the Filipinos wound up fourth in 2002, will also be seriously jeopardized.

gameface_one
03-17-2006, 11:46 AM
State of emergency
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 03/17/2006


Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina was quoted the other day as saying the decision of the game’s major stakeholders to form Pilipinas Basketball as the new National Sports Association (NSA) will prolong the agony of suspension that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has imposed on the country because of its leadership crisis.

Lina is partly right. Yes, the agony will be prolonged as it doesn’t look like FIBA will lift the country’s suspension unless the stakeholders identified in its memorandum of understanding with the POC are all on the same page. Those stakeholders are the Philippine Basketball Association, the Philippine Basketball League, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Lina as an individual.

But he’s wrong in blaming the stakeholders for the problem. The stakeholders did what they had to do in keeping with their commitment to abide by the conditions set in the memorandum of understanding.

Lina conveniently skirted the real issue–which is, by his refusal to back up Pilipinas Basketball, he denied a unanimous vote for the stakeholders to rally for the lifting of the country’s suspension.

If Lina joined the other stakeholders, there would be no agony to prolong and it would’ve paved the way for the lifting of the suspension.

Perhaps, the solution is for POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. to declare a state of emergency in Philippine basketball. That would give him the authority to set things right, to clamp down on selfish interests groups and to push forward.

No less than Lina himself said he can’t be considered a stakeholder. A source confided that Lina admitted he had no personality as an individual to claim the status of a stakeholder. He said he represents the BAP as an NSA in the stakeholders consortium. But doesn’t he know that the BAP has lost its status as an NSA? The POC stripped the BAP of NSA recognition and in fact, expelled it from the General Assembly. Without NSA status, the BAP is a lameduck and cannot be accepted as a country affiliate by FIBA.

Still, the reality is Lina was identified by FIBA as a stakeholder and whether you like it or not, it’s a fact that the POC must live with.

Why did Lina choose to withdraw from the stakeholders’ agreement?

It’s possible that Lina realized that he would’ve set himself up for the kill if he didn’t refuse.

Lina obviously serves at the pleasure of the BAP gods, whoever they are. If he’s no longer useful to them, he’s a goner. Was Lina even consulted when the BAP recently appointed several key officers?

For sure, if Lina signed the papers signifying his support for Pilipinas Basketball, he would’ve been deposed as BAP president. That’s the hole he dug himself into.

On the other hand, Lina could’ve become an overnight hero if he only agreed to join the other stakeholders instead of withdrawing. The BAP would’ve been powerless to avert it.

Lina’s signature would’ve cleared the way for FIBA to recognize Pilipinas Basketball as the new country affiliate and lift the suspension. Of course, there is the issue of expelling the BAP from the FIBA rolls as an initial step. That would’ve been a matter of course since the BAP no longer enjoys recognition from the POC as an NSA.

The Philippines is clearly the most problematic member in FIBA with its third suspension. No other country holds such a distinction. The first suspension came in 1962 when the Philippine government refused to allow the Yugoslavian team to enter the country to participate in the World Championships because of political reasons. That led to a suspension as FIBA was forced to find another host for the tournament. The second suspension came about five years ago at the height of the BAP leadership crisis involving Lito Puyat and Tiny Literal.

The third suspension is the most serious because there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight with Lina’s refusal to support Pilipinas Basketball.

Of course, FIBA could easily put its foot down, dismiss the BAP and recognize Pilipinas Basketball. After all, Pilipinas Basketball is recognized by the POC (its NSA status will be formalized before the end of the month) and the BAP is no longer relevant in the basketball equation.

The problem is FIBA may not want to take sides, one way or the other, realizing the political situation in the Philippines is extremely volatile. FIBA may not be inclined to lift the suspension if the BAP continues to remain at odds with the stakeholders and there is no peace in the horizon. The theory that FIBA will bend backwards for the Philippines because of the country’s passion for the game is unfounded. FIBA didn’t budge when the Philippines asked even for a temporary lifting of the suspension to host the basketball event in the recent Southeast Asian Games. FIBA didn’t budge when the Philippines was disqualified from competing in the Asian championships last year. In short, FIBA couldn’t care less if the Philippines is permanently suspended for being such a trouble-making brat.

Let’s not rely on FIBA to solve the country’s problem. The stakeholders are in a position to do something concrete and positive to make the lifting of the suspension a formality. But they’ve got to work as a team. It’s not enough that four of the five major stakeholders are singing the same tune. The country is hoping for a change of heart from Lina. He’s the key, not FIBA. If he joins the stakeholders in backing up Pilipinas Basketball, then FIBA shouldn’t find it difficult to lift the suspension once and for all.

gameface_one
03-17-2006, 11:47 AM
PBA deals last hand
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 03/17/2006

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala said yesterday the pro league will no longer lend its players to the national team if the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) insists on acting as a National Sports Association (NSA) in defiance of a decision made by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) expelling the organization from the General Assembly.

Eala lamented BAP president Joey Lina’s refusal to join the PBA, the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in forging a stakeholders’ unity to form a new NSA, Pilipinas Basketball, that would pave the way for the lifting of the country’s International Basketball Federation (FIBA) suspension.

With Lina’s withdrawal, it is now not certain if FIBA will lift the suspension even as the POC is expected to welcome Pilipinas Basketball as a new NSA and member of the General Assembly.

Eala lashed out at the BAP for "stonewalling" the unity process by reneging on Lina’s commitment to cleanse the ranks preparatory to a major overhaul of its Constitution and By-Laws to conform to FIBA’s conditions of a federation that is national in scope and representative of the country’s major stakeholders.

Eala said the stakeholders and Lina share the same goal of lifting the country’s FIBA suspension but differ in their approach to do it.

"We looked at the possibility of using the BAP as an expedient way of immediately getting FIBA to lift the suspension," said Eala. "One of the stakeholders agreed to the approach only if there would be genuine changes in the BAP Constitution and By-Laws and a change in leadership. At the start, we were made to understand that we could make the necessary changes, including a total revamp of the leadership."

But Eala said the stakeholders began to doubt the BAP’s intentions when new officers were appointed as the negotiations were in progress.

"The stakeholders realized it would be risky to do the BAP approach because the BAP was in fact reorganizing by appointing new officers like Mr. Michel Lhuillier and Ms. Tisha Abundo," said Eala. "That was the breaking point. The condition was the BAP would change all its officers. It wasn’t likely that would happen, considering the recent developments."

Despite Lina’s resistance, Eala said the POC will submit the Constitution, By-Laws, organization and programs of Pilipinas Basketball as the new NSA to FIBA to formalize its application as a country affiliate in place of the BAP.

Eala said the PBA Board of Governors held an emergency meeting last Wednesday to discuss the ramifications of Pilipinas Basketball on the pro league.

"As far as the PBA is concerned, we did what we had to do for the sake of Philippine basketball," said Eala. "FIBA itself asked the PBA to take an active role in unifying the stakeholders and we did. We took the step forward. We tried our best to solve the problem. The stakeholders did what was stipulated in the memorandum of understanding between FIBA and the POC. I’m just wondering what the BAP has done to address the problem."

Because of the impasse, it’s possible that FIBA will extend the Philippines’ suspension indefinitely.

But PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad said he’s confident FIBA will accept Pilipinas Basketball as the major stakeholders are solidly behind it.

gameface_one
03-17-2006, 11:48 AM
POC confident of getting FIBA approval
mb.com.ph
Mar. 17, 2006



By nick giongco

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco yesterday expressed optimism that the World Basketball Federation (FIBA) will approve the proposed constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball, the new body tapped to replace the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines.


Cojuangco said the charter, save for minor changes, is on its way to FIBA’s Geneva headquarters and would reach the desk of FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann Friday morning (Swiss time) at the latest.

The POC chief is hopeful that FIBA will act favorably and recognize the country’s new governing body that would pave the way for the country’s readmission to the world basketball community.

"I don’t know of any reason why the FIBA will reject this application," said Cojuangco. "All the requirements have been met as far as the MoU (memorandum of agreement) is concerned."

The MOA, entered into by POC and FIBA last year, calls for the country’s basketball stakeholders to come up with a new body that would represent the Philippines in the world federation.

Baumann named five stakeholders, namely: the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Philippine Basketball League (PBL), Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and BAP president Joey Lina.

Except for Lina, all stakeholders gave their full backing to the new charter that was approved by the POC with some modifications.

"A few suggestions have been made to strengthen the membership provisions to allow more legitimate basketball organizations to become members in the near future. These have been forwarded to the founding stakeholders and verbal assurances have been given that these principles would be adhered to," said Mark Joseph, a member of the committee that studied the proposed charter.

Cojuangco is hoping to facilitate the Philippines’ recognition by FIBA in time for the Asian Games late this year in Doha, Qatar.

Lina, who had batted for BAP’s retention as the country’s governing body, does not share Cojuangco’s optimism, likening Pilipinas Basketball to the defunct Philippine Basketball Federation headed by Moying Martelino.

Lina originally participated in the talks mandated by the MOA, but backed out over major differences.

Still, Cojuangco believes the FIBA will not turn a blind eye on the POC’s sincere efforts to settle the problem.

The FIBA continues to recognize the BAP despite the fact that it has been expelled by the POC.

gameface_one
03-17-2006, 11:54 AM
POC: RP basketball will get FIBA’s nod
abs-cbnnews.com
Mar. 17, 2006

By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. on Thursday expressed confidence the International Basketball Federation or FIBA will approve the application for membership of the newly created Pilipinas Basketball, paving the way for the lifting of the suspension on the country from competing in overseas events.

After reviewing the constitution and bylaws of the caging group, Cojuangco instructed POC ad hoc basketball committee co-chairman Mark Joseph to transmit within 24 hours to FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann the application for FIBA membership of the new national sports association.

Pilipinas Basketball, formed by four of the five stakeholders mentioned in the Memorandum of Understanding forged by the POC and FIBA last September, formally got the green light as member of the country’s Olympic body on Wednesday.

"I can’t see any reason why they (FIBA officials) will reject the new basketball organization. This is not individually done. This is done in a very democratic and fair manner," said Cojuangco, who was given full authority by the POC expanded executive board on Wednesday to accept the association.

Joseph, also president of the Philippine Amateur Swimming Association, said they have revised some provisions in the bylaws to pave way for the inclusion of more legitimate stakeholders into the association.

"Some revisions have been made to strengthen the membership by allowing more legitimate associations and leagues to become members in the very near future," said Joseph.

Among those eyed for inclusion are women’s, children’s and street basketball groups, according to Joseph.

He said the suggestions have been forwarded to the founding stakeholders, who gave their assurances to adhere to the revisions.

"Verbal assurances have been given that these principles would be adhered to," added Joseph.

Besides the Philippine Basketball Association, led by commissioner Noli Eala, other stakeholders mentioned in the MOU were the University Athletic Association of the Philippines represented by Jun-Jun Capistrano, the National Collegiate Athletic Association represented by Bernie Atienza and the Philippine Basketball League headed by commissioner Chino Trinidad.

The fifth stakeholder, former senator and Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina, did not join the new basketball body, opting to remain with the BAP, which still enjoys the recognition of the FIBA.

Lina warned Wednesday that the FIBA would not accept Pilipinas Basketball because the world governing body has no cause to expel the BAP from its ranks—which the POC did June 30 last year over a disagreement in the formation of the national team to the Southeast Asian Games.

As a result of the POC’s withdrawal of recognition of the BAP, the FIBA suspended the Philippines from competing in international tournaments it sanctions, including the SEA Games and the Southeast Asian Basketball Championships. The RP five was defending champion in both events.

"Only when the BAP is expelled by FIBA that it can recognize a new cage body in the Philippines. But the BAP can only be suspended or expelled by FIBA for cause. There exists no ground for FIBA to expel or even suspend the BAP," Lina said.

Still, Cojuangco said: "In principle this [Pilipinas Basketball] is already a good basketball association. One that really puts the interest of the country rather than personal interests."

He also cited the approval by the PBA Board of Governors of the bylaws, which he said is clear proof that it is really for the good of basketball in the country, where the sport is most popular.

In the by-laws, the PBA has been allotted six seats, while the NCAA, UAAP and the PBL were given three seats each in the 15-man board of directors.

Cojuangco said that as soon as the FIBA will give due recognition to Pilipinas Basketball, the POC will invite Baumann or a representative from the world governing body to witness the election of officers of the group, whose framework is pattered after that of USA Basketball.

If given positive action by Baumann, the FIBA General Assembly will then grant official status during its scheduled meeting in September in Saitama, Japan, which will coincide with the staging of the 2006 World Championship.

"As soon as FIBA gives conformity, I will request them to send a representative to observe the election here," Cojuangco stressed.

Kid Cubao
03-17-2006, 12:09 PM
you can see from the way the PBA and other local basketball bodies went out of their way to ensure all the necessary documents and agreements were coordinated, collated, and duly submitted to the FIBA headquarters that it's not them who's the source of all this mess.

Agent 008
03-17-2006, 02:14 PM
Now it is crystal clear that Mr. Lina is the problem. Okay, we knew this even before this thread even started, but I wonder who are pulling his strings that he would allow his good name to be tarnished this late in his game? The justification he gave for his not signing is the non-use of the name "BAP because it has a 60 year tradition"...just boggles my mind.

I hate to use inappropriate words to describe this kind of reasoning so I won't...but what the hell does that have to do with the interest of our basketball program? THAT is why he chooses to hold us all hostage? (BOOM...and that is the sound of my head exploding).

I hope the former senator comes to his senses soon as everybody in this basketball-crazy nation will remember his legacy only for its senile and desperate ramblings.

AnthonyServinio
03-18-2006, 10:48 AM
I hope the former senator comes to his senses soon as everybody in this basketball-crazy nation will remember his legacy only for its senile and desperate ramblings.
What is the greatest achievement of Joey Lina as a Senator?

He authored the very stupid "Lina Law" which states that squatters cannot be ejected without getting paid first!* *>:(

Applying the very law that carries his name, then the BAP as squatters should be paid first before they get ejected? Hell no!

gameface_one
03-18-2006, 01:39 PM
Fate of cage body in FIBA hands
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 03/18/2006

Steve Hontiveros, secretary-general of the Philippine Olympic Committee, yesterday expressed high hopes that the world basketball federation (FIBA) would recognize Pilipinas Basketball as the new and rightful basketball association in the country.

"We’ve done everything that’s needed with no vested interest or hidden agenda," said Hontiveros of the POC’s latest move to finally solve the problems that have hounded Philippine basketball.

The POC is all set to furnish FIBA, the world governing body for the sport, a copy of the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball, which is poised to take over the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

The suspension imposed by FIBA on the Philippines last year will also be lifted once it accepts Pilipinas Basketball as its newest member. The lifting of the suspension will give the Philippines the chance to play in this year’s Asian Games.

Hontiveros said POC president Jose Cojuangco would make the proper communication with FIBA, which is based in Switzerland. Once the Pilipinas Basketball charter reaches FIBA, it will have to be studied for further action.

"Let’s just wait for the FIBA decision. And let’s not pre-empt anything. We have complied (with FIBA’s instructions) to the best of our abilities," added Hontiveros, the president of the international bowling federation.

"Our goal was to have the strongest possible RP team," he added.

The Philippines failed to compete in at least three international tournaments last year because of the suspension. But it can no longer afford to miss the next one–the Asian Games because it serves as a qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Hontiveros also said the POC is in control of the situation.

"It’s not magulo as others would like to portray it," he said.

The POC was in a very similar situation last year when it recognized the Philippine Basketball Federation, and not the BAP, as the rightful basketball association in the Philippines.

But it failed to get the nod of FIBA, which continued to recognize the BAP. A memorandum of understanding, however, was reached by FIBA and the POC regarding the formation of a new group, and the possible lifting of the suspension.

gameface_one
03-18-2006, 01:41 PM
Fate of RP basketball now up to Fiba

First posted 00:37am (Mla time) Mar 18, 2006
By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the March 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


BEFORE the month ends, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco will formally submit the structure of the country’s new cage body to the international basketball federation (Fiba).

Whether or not this latest POC-initiated effort will be enough to free the country from the shackles that bar it from competing internationally will now be entirely up to Fiba’s scrutiny.

“As soon as Fiba gives its conformity, I will request Fiba for a representative to observe the election that will be held here,” said Cojuangco.

“We have tried to comply to the best of our ability,” said POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros, referring to the memorandum of understanding signed by the POC and the Fiba, wherein the latter listed down the requirements needed for a new body to be recognized.

“We’ve done everything that’s needed with no vested interest and no hidden agenda.”

Actually, there will be something missing in the documents Cojuangco will be carrying with him to Switzerland, where he will forward the new association’s constitution and by-laws to Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann.

And that’s the signature of Joey Lina, the president of the controversial Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) that the POC is trying to supplant with its new federation -- Pilipinas Basketball.

“Lina was invited to be part of the new group, but he’s the one who decided not to join,” said Hontiveros, the concurrent bowling chief.

To explain Lina’s missing signature, the POC will also submit the minutes of the meetings held by the stakeholders to show that the former senator was part of the talks until he backed out.

“We will submit the chronology of events to Fiba for them to know that everyone acted in good faith,” said Mark Joseph, who co-chairs the POC basketball panel with legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco.

“We will also enclose the minutes of the meeting so they would know that Mr. Lina attended several meetings before quitting,” said Hontiveros.

“I am still hoping that Mr. Lina will see the light that this is not just the organization that we’re looking at but [we’re doing this] for the country,” said Cojuangco.

gameface_one
03-19-2006, 06:44 PM
POC: Lina still best route to Fiba

First posted 02:17am (Mla time) Mar 19, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A28 of the March 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


SAYING there’s still time to work together, the Philippine Olympic Committee basketball task force sought the cooperation of Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina “as the best route to getting our national team in international competition.”

But Lina, who quit the original group of five stakeholders tasked by the world basketball body (Fiba) to form a new basketball body, said he would cooperate once POC stops peddling “repeated half-truths and lies.”

“My message to them is to present the complete story and not paint a bad picture of BAP. I will sit down with them if they present the true story,” added Lina.

Mark Joseph, co-chair of the POC basketball task force, said in a statement yesterday that “there is still time to work together as the process of cooperation and coordination between POC and Fiba is just about to begin.”

Despite POC’s expulsion of the BAP and PBA’s withdrawal of support from the controversial amateur cage body, Joseph noted that “the best route to getting our national team in international competition is by Mr. Lina helping the majority.”

The PBA, PBL, UAAP and the NCAA had earlier backed the formation of Pilipinas Basketball to replace BAP. Under a previous agreement, the structure of the new cage body will be presented by POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco to Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann for approval late this month.

Joseph said Lina is welcome to rejoin the unified cage body any time as it seeks the lifting of the Fiba suspension on the country following the POC expulsion of the BAP last June.

“We are keeping the doors and windows open to Mr. Lina whom we still believe has the best interest of Philippine basketball at heart,” he said.

However, he said Lina should be willing and open to working with the majority’s valid concerns as they were open-minded to his suggestions as well.

Yet Lina maintained that his refusal to leave the group was not unfounded.

“If I don’t sign, I’m coming out as the kontrabida (spoil sport),” said Lina. “But all these are repeated half-truths and lies.”
Lina said the POC and the five stakeholders had already agreed after four meetings that BAP be readmitted but “with radically amended by-laws.”

But on the fifth meeting which Lina failed to attend, “another process was abruptly agreed upon” by the group.

gameface_one
03-19-2006, 06:48 PM
Lina not confident of FIBA okay
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 03/19/2006


Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina said yesterday the approach of foisting a new National Sports Association (NSA) called Pilipinas Basketball as affiliate of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will not pave the way for the lifting of the country’s suspension.

"I’m afraid we will remain suspended because not all the stakeholders support Pilipinas Basketball," lamented Lina. "This will not solve the problem and only prolong the agony. We are being chastised by FIBA for not getting along. We should resolve our differences ourselves and not rely on FIBA to do it for us."

Lina said he refused to back up the option of using Pilipinas Basketball because it would’ve meant disintegrating the BAP.

Lina was one of five stakeholders identified by FIBA in a memorandum of understanding with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to be included in the formation of a new NSA assuming the dissolution of the BAP. The others were the Philippine Basketball Association, the Philippine Basketball League, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The other four stakeholders agreed to support Pilipinas Basketball.

"The option of using the BAP is the most practical, expedient and reasonable solution because it would mean the automatic lifting of our suspension," said Lina. "All the stakeholders agreed to it at the start but they changed their mind when the POC refused to accept it because it would’ve meant the BAP’s reinstatement as an NSA. I never changed my position. The other stakeholders did."

Lina explained that despite the suspension, the BAP remains a FIBA member in good standing and for Pilipinas Basketball to be recognized as a country affiliate, it will require the prior expulsion of the BAP.

"How can Pilipinas Basketball be recognized as an affiliate of FIBA when the BAP is a member in good standing," continued Lina. "On what grounds will the BAP be expelled? FIBA itself has declared, in writing, that the BAP’s expulsion by the POC was inappropriate and out of proportion. If the BAP is to be expelled, we will defend our position. There will be due process and I expect a lot of debate."

Lina quoted FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann as describing the accreditation of a new affiliate as "long and tedious" because "this process does not seem to be as peaceful as desired."

Lina said he is open to resume talks with the other stakeholders in finding a solution to the impasse.

"I’m prepared to go back to the table and search for the appropriate solution," said Lina. "All I’m asking is to be given the chance to exercise my leadership in the BAP based on my mandate. The BAP is a nationwide organization and cannot be underestimated. We are an umbrella of over 50 school, community and other sports associations. One of our affiliates, the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association, for instance, has 115 member schools. I shouldn’t be prejudged. I have no personal interest in this matter. We, in the BAP, are prepared to let go if that is stipulated by the amended Constitution and By-Laws."

Lina said the recent appointments of Michel Lhuillier and Tisha Abundo to key BAP positions should not be taken to mean as a sign of defiance to the POC and the stakeholders.

"Of course, I was consulted on the appointments but we are all willing to bow out and sacrifice for the sake of Philippine basketball with justice and dignity," he said. "We made the appointments because we continue to operate. Our programs are in progress. But we are prepared to support a revitalized BAP with a radically different Constitution and By-Laws to reflect transparency, a national scope, relevance and a true representation of stakeholders. We have humbled ourselves."

Lina said the BAP approach was shot down by the stakeholders even before the process was finalized.

"I’m the one representing the BAP in the stakeholders meeting," said Lina. "Take my word for it, I’m doing this for the sake of the sport we all love. Once the new Constitution and By-Laws are in place, there will be no room for personalities in the BAP, only institutions. I promise radical changes in the BAP. If I fail, then we will take another approach. But at least, I should be given a chance to push the option that is the fastest way to lift our suspension."

Kid Cubao
03-19-2006, 07:05 PM
what is it with the BAP organization that changes supposedly reasonable and sober personalities into a bunch of shitferbrains retards? mr joey lina, why are you allowing yourself to be the evil mouthpiece of illegal alien graham lim and his gaggle of no-goods?

gameface_one
03-20-2006, 09:45 AM
Lina sticks to his guns on Fiba suspension

First posted 00:07am (Mla time) Mar 20, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on Page A30 of the March 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


BASKETBALL Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina reiterated his belief yesterday that the international basketball federation (Fiba) will not lift the suspension on the country even with a new basketball federation already created.

"Forming a new body while [the] BAP remains Fiba's member in good standing will not achieve the goal of lifting Fiba's suspension," said Lina, who lamented that people were trying to discredit him.

"It seems that I'm being unreasonable because I'm not joining their group," he said.

Swimming president Mark Joseph, who heads the Philippine Olympic Committee basketball task force, said his group has no plans to woo Lina just to be able to fully satisfy the requirements set forth by the Fiba for the lifting of the country's suspension from international meets.

"Mr. Lina's refusal to cooperate will not change anything," said Joseph.

"My opinion (last Saturday) urging Mr. Lina to reconsider his decision to break fellowship with the major stakeholders for the sake of unity in basketball, was mine alone. I do not presume to speak for the POC at all," he further clarified.

Lina has accused the POC and its task force of keeping him away from unification talks. He added that "without even conferring" with him, the POC and the other stakeholders decided to form Pilipinas Basketball to replace the BAP.

"Mr. Lina's accusation that the POC has not been honest and transparent is uncalled for," said Joseph.

Joseph stressed that the group is simply abiding by the memorandum of understanding between the Fiba and the POC that tasked the five stakeholders to form a new basketball federation in the country.

Lina insisted that the best way to lift the Fiba suspension is to incorporate the major stakeholders into a restructured BAP. The POC and the stakeholders, he added, already agreed upon this process after four meetings. But another process-the formation of a new federation-was "abruptly agreed upon" during the fifth meeting, which Lina failed to attend.

Backed by the PBA, PBL, UAAP and the NCAA, the structure of Pilipinas Basketball will be presented by POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco to Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann for approval this month.

Unless the suspension is lifted, the country cannot compete in all international events, including the Asian Games this December.

bchoter
03-20-2006, 10:43 AM
Teamwork is not among BAP's virtues.

gameface_one
03-20-2006, 11:05 AM
Lina insists on BAP reinstatement at POC
manila bulletin on-line
Mar. 20, 2006




BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION of the Philippines (BAP) President Joey Lina yesterday said that the basketball stakeholaders failed to follow the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) forged last year by the POC and the FIBA as a condition for lifting the suspension of the Philippines.


Lina, a former senator and former Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, reiterated that the only way for the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) to lift the suspension is to reinstate the 60-year-old BAP to the regular membership of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

He cited a letter from FIBA secretary-general Partick Baumann dated Oct. 27, 2005, barely a month after POC head Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. and Baumann forged the MoU, that said if the POC will restore the membership of the country’s basketball body, the MoU process is unnecessary.

"Should the POC wish to re-visit its position on BAP, the MoU process is unnecessary and our ban can be lifted immediatelty," Lina quoted Baumann in his letter.

The former Governor of Laguna also said that there is no need to create a new national sports association for basketball because what Baumann suggested is just to amend the constitution of the BAP and implement necessary changes along the lines of the MoU.

"In such event, for the benefit of a long term solution for basketball, we are at your disposal to continue to assist the POC and BAP in order to rapidly implement the necessary changes in the BAP constitution and organization along the lines recommended in the MoU," Baumman added in his letter.

The POC expelled the BAP by unanimous votes in a general assembly on June 30, 2005, due to misunderstanding on who will form and coach the RP national team to the 23rd Southeast Asian Games, which the country hosted last Nov. 27 to Dec. 5.

The BAP’s expulsion resulted in the suspension on the Philippines from participation in any sanction tournament by the FIBA, but Baumann told Cojuangco that the world governing body continues to recognize BAP as the country’s basketball authority.

Lina said that the said approach was the common understanding by the four other stakeholders mentioned in the MoU in the initial meeting in Janauary at the Makati residence of Cojuangco.

Aside from Lina, other stakeholders were the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines, the Philippine Basketball Association and the Philippine Basketball League.

PBA Commissioner Noli Eala later began to adhere to the wishes of the Olympic body and formed the Pilipinas Basketball, which the POC admitted on Wednesday and sent to the FIBA the following day.

Lina said that the only way FIBA will accept a new member is to expel first the BAP, which is impossible because there is no cause to it.

"The BAP remains an active member in good standing. The BAP can only be expelled by FIBA for a cause. There exists no ground for FIBA to expel or even suspend the BAP," he said.

gameface_one
03-21-2006, 10:34 AM
BAP seeks arbitration of Switzerland court

First posted 10:21pm (Mla time) Mar 20, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A17 of the March 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer



UNABLE to regain membership in the Philippine Olympic Committee, the beleaguered Basketball Association of the Philippines has decided to file a case against the local Olympic body in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this month.

“We’ve exhausted all avenues to be readmitted to the POC because readmission is the sure-fire formula to immediately lift the (Fiba) suspension on the Philippines,” said BAP president Joey Lina in a press conference yesterday.

“We have no choice now but to go outside and file a case at CAS.”

Lina, who came out of nowhere last year to take over the BAP presidency from the ailing Quitellano “Tiny” Literal, said international basketball federation (Fiba) secretary general Patrick Baumann has already been notified of BAP’s next action.

“It’s an option we have been discussing with him,” said Lina. “He won’t be surprised.

“Our documents are ready. We have to substantiate our complaint (to CAS) that we were illegally expelled by POC.”

The CAS is an international court that settles sports-related disputes. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, it is independent of any sports organization and has nearly 300 arbitrators from 87 countries.

Lina’s move came as the POC prepared to seek Fiba’s recognition of Pilipinas Basketball, the new cage federation backed by four of five major stakeholders of the sport -- Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, University Athletics Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletics Association.

The BAP is the fifth member of the group. Lina maintained that the “expedient and practical” way to lift the Fiba suspension is to incorporate the major stakeholders into a restructured BAP. The POC and the stakeholders, he stressed, have already agreed on this process in previous meetings.

“We were already holding the draft of the amended by-laws of BAP,” said Lina, who later quit the stakeholders’ group following its decision to form a new body that would replace the BAP.

During the press conference, Lina presented Fiba documents that he said clarified the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the POC and the Fiba last Sept. 29.

“The POC is not showing these documents,” said Lina of the two letters signed by Baumann dated Oct. 5 and Oct. 27, 2005. “The POC continues to take the MoU as the absolute document, but the MoU was clarified by Fiba.”

He said the POC interpreted the MoU as calling for the new organization (Pilipinas Basketball) to replace the BAP.

“But the MoU process, as clarified, says that before forming a new federation, the BAP must be expelled from Fiba,” he stressed.

Unhappy with the way amateur basketball was being run, the POC general assembly expelled the BAP by unanimous vote last June.

The Fiba, once headed by former BAP president Gonzalo “Lito” Puyat, responded by banning the country from all international competitions.

Lina said filing a case in the CAS is no guarantee that the Fiba suspension will be lifted in time for the Asian Games this December.

gameface_one
03-21-2006, 10:39 AM
Lina will elevate BAP case to CAS
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/21/2006

Left with no other option, Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina yesterday said he would elevate the BAP case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in a last-ditch effort to have the expelled cage association reinstated as member of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

"After exhausting practically all avenues, we still have not succeeded. We will be forced to seek temporary relief from the CAS," said Lina in a media briefing yesterday.

"We will have to get lawyers who are knowledgeable in handling cases concerning the CAS," added Lina, referring to counsels based in Lausanne, Switzerland, which is also the headquarters of the CAS.

Lina stressed the reason they are bringing their case to the CAS is for the BAP to be re-admitted to the POC, which he believes is the best, reasonable solution because it would mean the automatic lifting of the Fiba suspension on the country.

But Mark Joseph, the swimming chief who chairs the POC’s basketball task force, called the move unethical.

"Having a legal action on one hand while seeking arbitration seems like a devious way of doing things. I don’t think it’s ethical, to say the least," said Joseph.

BAP also filed a court case late last year to have BAP reinstated in the POC. The case is still pending, according to Joseph.

"The surest and fastest way to lift the FIBA suspension is to reinstate the BAP to the POC since we’re still the NSA (national sports association) for basketball recognized by FIBA," Lina said.

He was referring to the clarification letter he received from FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann last Oct. 5 and was sent a few days later to POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr.

"FIBA will continue to recognize the BAP as a member of FIBA for the time being but FIBA’s suspension of Philippines from international basketball remains in place," stated FIBA in the letter.

Filing a case at CAS is a tedious process and it may take time to resolve it.

There is actually another option — the Memorandum of Understanding reached by both FIBA and POC last Sept. 29 in Geneva, Switzerland regarding the formation of a new group.

Fiba identified five stakeholders in the MoU, namely the PBA, the PBL, the UAAP, the NCAA and Lina. But while the first four agreed to put up Pilipinas Basketball as new NSA for basketball, Lina turned his back on the group since using Pilipinas Basketball would’ve meant disintegrating the discredited BAP altogether.

"I’m afraid we will remain suspended because not all the stakeholders support Pilipinas Basketball," said Lina in an earlier interview with The STAR.

"Despite all these, there’s still a window of opportunity for us," said Lina.

The deadline set by FIBA for the MoU is on March 31, or less than a month before the FIBA Central Board convenes. If it concerns membership issues, the FIBA is expected to decide on it in August in Japan during the World Championships.

gameface_one
03-22-2006, 07:47 PM
BAP reinstatement not an option--POC

First posted 11:04pm (Mla time) Mar 21, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A29 of the March 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE Basketball Association of the Philippines’ demand for reinstatement is an “old issue being rehashed” and the Philippine Olympic Committee insists it isn’t going to give in.

The reaction came yesterday on the heels of the BAP announcement Monday that it will file a case against the local Olympic body in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this month.

“We are no longer talking about reinstatement,” said POC media bureau chief Joey Romasanta. “This issue has already been overtaken by events. It has already been overtaken by the formation of a new federation.”

BAP president Joey Lina’s claims that the POC illegally expelled the 60-year-old cage body disappointed POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Romasanta said.

“I talked to him and he is dismayed that an old issue is being rehashed,” said Romasanta. “Mr. Lina already started talking with the stakeholders. He already talked about forming a new [federation]. He was actively participating, he was not talking about reinstatement anymore.”

Romasanta said the BAP “can go wherever they want.”

The POC expelled the BAP June last year.

In a statement released yesterday, the BAP claimed that its bid to regain membership is an issue the POC hasn’t dealt with for months.

Lina said the POC has yet to follow a November ruling by a regional trial court that ordered the reinstatement of the BAP.

“The POC did not comply with the order,” the statement read. “Had the POC complied with the court order, then the suspension on the Philippines could have been lifted by Fiba, thus enabling the Philippines to participate in Fiba-sanctioned tournaments.”

The POC is already prepared to seek Fiba’s recognition of Pilipinas Basketball, the new federation backed by four of the five stakeholders -- the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, University Athletics Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletics Association. Lina, the fifth stakeholder, quit the group.

“Mr. Lina was almost given a freehand by POC to draft the constitution and by-laws,” noted Romasanta. “As far as the POC is concerned, [the group has] to comply with the requirements and the timeline stipulated in the MoU.”

The Memorandum of Understanding outlined the conditions under which the Fiba suspension will be lifted.

“The general assembly will not agree to reinstate the BAP,” said Romasanta. “For POC to accept or expel a new member, you need two-thirds of the vote. When BAP was expelled, it was not a unilateral decision.”

The CAS is an international institution that settles sports-related disputes. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, it is independent of any sports organization composed of 300 arbitrators from 87 countries.

gameface_one
03-22-2006, 07:53 PM
POC muddling issue, says Lina; sports body unfazed
abs-cbnnews.com
Mar. 22, 2006


By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Joey Lina, Basketball Association of the Philippines president, on Tuesday said the Philippine Olympic Committee is again muddling the issue concerning the problems besetting the most popular sport in the country.

The former senator added that even in the point of view of the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), the BAP was illegally expelled by the POC General Assembly in June last year.

"The POC is muddling the issue. If POC did not illegally expel the BAP, then the Philippines would not have been suspended by FIBA and the Sea Games and SEABA basketball crowns would have been retained," said Lina in a press statement.

However, POC media bureau chief Joey Romasanta said that the Olympic body is unfazed by the move of Lina to elevate the BAP’s expulsion case to the International Olympic Committee’s Court of Arbitration for Sports.

"The CAS is just for arbitration. That is if the other party agrees to be mediated. But in the case of the BAP expulsion, it was a decision by the General Assembly," said Romasanta.

Romasanta added that POC head Jose Cojuangco Jr. can’t reinstate the BAP because all members of the General Assembly refused to do so and wanted to remain firm on their decision.

Lina also told swimming president Mark Joseph to mind his own business and stop pointing a finger at him.

"Mark Joseph belongs to swimming. Even his association is mired in deep trouble. He should mind his own business," Lina stated.

Joseph, who was appointed by Cojuangco to co-chair the POC basketball committee along with lawyer Ding Tanjuatco, criticized Lina for backing out in the move to establish the Pilipinas Basketball, the POC-supported body which they submitted to the FIBA for recognition last week.

Lina, also a former governor of Laguna, said he remained confident that the problem can be resolved by the CAS in the most opportune time so that the FIBA can already lift the suspension on the Philippines.

gameface_one
03-23-2006, 11:36 AM
‘A fresh start’ for basketball
Peping slams door on BAP


First posted 00:37am (Mla time) Mar 23, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the March 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco appealed yesterday to basketball leaders to dismiss attempts by the Basketball Association of the Philippines to regain membership in the local Olympic body to avoid returning to the “dolorous state” of the sport.

Cojuangco said in a press statement that the country is in a “position to initiate a fresh start” and basketball officials must “discard any attempt by anyone to return the country to an erstwhile deplorable state.”

Cojuangco also asked cage leaders to “focus more on new ideas and reforms that would redeem the country from the embarrassing output of poor leadership.”

The BAP had announced on Monday that it will file a case against POC at the Court of Arbitration for Sport this month for illegally expelling the 60-year-old cage body.

The expulsion led to the country’s suspension from all international competitions of the world basketball federation (Fiba).

BAP president Joey Lina also maintained that the best way to lift the Fiba suspension is to incorporate the major stakeholders into a restructured BAP based on a Memorandum of Understanding forged between the POC and the world cage body last year.

But Cojuangco said the requirements of the MoU were sufficiently fulfilled with the creation of a new cage group known as Pilipinas Basketball.

“We have diligently complied with these requirements and it appears that our sacrifices will bear fruit,” said Cojuangco, adding that local basketball “will be in good hands” behind the new group since it will “derive its direction from organizations rather than individuals.”

He said the basketball community should “not dwell on past events that resulted in the dolorous state of the sports” and focus its energies in supporting Pilipinas Basketball -- the new federation backed by the PBA, PBL, UAAP and NCAA.

gameface_one
03-23-2006, 11:42 AM
‘BAP appeal will only delay FIBA nod’
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/23/2006


PBA commissioner Noli Eala yesterday said the Basketball Association of the Philippines’ (BAP) move to elevate the basketball issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) is but a delaying tactic and will only compound the dilemma plaguing Philippine basketball.

"It’s the BAP’s prerogative, but legally it has no basis," Eala told The STAR. "They’re just trying to stall and delay the processing of the application of the new group."

Eala, a lawyer, was referring to Pilipinas Basketball, the new association formed recently by the major stakeholders to replace the BAP, which has been expelled by the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Eala was reacting to the statement of BAP president Joey Lina last Monday that they would seek redress from the CAS in a last-ditch effort to have the discredited cage association reinstated as member of the POC.

"After exhausting practically all avenues, we still have not succeeded. We will be forced to seek temporary relief from the CAS," Lina said.

Lina has been insisting that a BAP reinstatement is the most expedient way for the country to regain its affiliate status in the FIBA, the sports world governing body.

But top POC officials said BAP’s reinstatement is no longer possible.

"What we had submitted to FIBA conforms to the agreement we made and assures necessary reforms that seem to be ignored by some parties professing concern for RP basketball," said POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. "We find ourselves in this difficult situation because of leadership problems that we failed to resolve during critical times."

He added that they have diligently complied with the FIBA requirements and believes that the stakeholders’ sacrifices will bear fruit.

Eala said the decision of the majority of the stakeholders, composed of the PBA, the PBL and collegiate leagues UAAP and NCAA, and Lina, should be respected.

"I really think the BAP should heed the call of the greater majority, feel the pulse of the majority stakeholders," Eala said.

"We should think for the good of basketball, everything else is secondary. Ego and politics should have no place here," he added.

Eala, meanwhile, said the national team has been practicing once a week although there looms a possibility that the country may remain suspended by the FIBA with the CAS intervention.

Filing a case at CAS is a tedious process and it may take time and money to resolve it, he added.

The Philippines was suspended by FIBA last June after local officials failed to settle the basketball controversy.

As a result of the suspension, the Philippines was barred from competing in at least three tournaments, including the Southeast Asian Games where it was the reigning champion.

The Philippines was given until March 31 by FIBA to form a new association whose constitution and by-laws will be acceptable to everyone.

Or the suspension stays.

gameface_one
03-23-2006, 11:44 AM
RP 5 qualified for Asiad
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 03/23/2006


Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Asian Games task force head Go Teng Kok said yesterday the national cage team is qualified to play in Doha late this year and the only stumbling block is the suspension by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

Go was recently in Doha with former Asian Basketball Confederation secretary-general Moying Martelino and Tats Suzara to confer with the Asian Games organizing committee on procedural matters.

"Because our basketball team finished fourth in the last Asian Games, we are automatically seeded in Doha," said Go. "But since we’re suspended, we couldn’t accept the entry form for basketball."

Go reported that several influential Asian sports officials offered to assist the POC in convincing FIBA to lift the country’s suspension. He singled out China’s Wei Ji Zhong, chairman of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sports Commission and president of Asian volleyball, as particularly sympathetic to the Philippine cause.

"It was Mr. Wei who advised us to just proceed with what we’re doing," related Go. "Mr. Wei even asked to be briefed on the chronology of events that led to the suspension and how the POC is handling the problem."

Wei told Go there is no reason why FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann will deny POC’s endorsement of Pilipinas Basketball as the country’s new affiliate to FIBA in place of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) which has been expelled by the General Assembly.

"The basketball stakeholders strictly followed the conditions set by the memorandum of understanding signed by FIBA and the POC," said Go.

The only hitch is BAP president Joey Lina’s refusal to support Pilipinas Basketball. One of Bauman’s conditions to the POC is the unanimous approval from the five major stakeholders–the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippine Basketball League, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Lina–of Pilipinas Basketball. Lina has declined to support the new organization and is insisting on retaining the BAP in a "revitalized" form.

Go said more than the BAP, Baumann is aware that the PBA holds the key to the success or failure of the basketball NSA.

"Mr. Baumann knows the best players in the country are in the PBA and it is in FIBA’s interest for every country member to play its best in international competitions," continued Go. "We all know the PBA is the best Filipino league and its support is crucial for the national team to succeed. The PBA will no longer lend its players to the BAP and is committed to Pilipinas Basketball."

Go said the results of the coming FIBA-Asia elections will also impact on the Philippines’ fate. The voting is scheduled May in Kuwait with secretary-general Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia, a known BAP ally, trying to fend off the challenge of Middle Asia secretary-general Harih Sharma of India.

Lina said if FIBA expels the BAP as country affiliate to pave the way for Pilipinas Basketball’s recognition, it will send a danger signal to all NSAs that they may be unfairly killed by a National Olympic Committee.

Lina said in a letter dated last Aug. 30, Baumann said the POC’s expulsion of the BAP as an NSA was "inappropriate" and "out of proportion." He argued that on the basis of Baumann’s conclusion, the BAP has a strong case to present before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

But Go said Baumann was subsequently enlightened by the POC, which explained the expulsion was the result of due process and strict compliance of procedures. FIBA and the POC, in fact, signed a memorandum of understanding last Sept. 29 to dispel the earlier notion that the expulsion was "inappropriate."

Lina said he is committing to make radical changes in the BAP’s constitution, by-laws and leadership structure and assured the other stakeholders they will not compromise themselves by taking the BAP approach in resolving the impasse.

"Inheriting past liabilities should not be a cause for concern," said Lina. "The BAP officials can always sign an undertaking to assume the liabilities. And as far as cases in court are concerned, the BAP is still around so that’s not a problem either. It’s been over eight years since the BAP was sued by another group called the BAPI (Basketball Association of the Philippines, Inc.) but that hasn’t stopped us from operating."

Lina mentioned that the BAP went to court last year to force its reinstatement as an NSA in order to keep basketball in the Southeast Asian Games calendar.

"We won the case but the POC refused to accept the decision," said Lina. "We filed a case for contempt but that’s now academic since the Games are over. All we wanted was even just a temporary reinstatement to play basketball then the POC can remove us again after the Games."

Reinstating the BAP as an NSA is not an option for the POC because the General Assembly has spoken. Without NSA status, the BAP cannot continue to be accepted as a country affiliate by FIBA. That is a rule which not even the CAS can override or dismiss. The BAP’s expulsion as country affiliate is therefore inevitable.

Sacrifice is necessary to push Philippine basketball forward. Now is the time for the country’s sports leaders to show their patriotism, selflessness and commitment to what is in the best interest of the majority.

gameface_one
03-23-2006, 11:47 AM
We followed FIBA instructions — POC
Manila Bulletin On-line
Mar. 23, 2006




MAJOR reforms in basketball are forthcoming and the national association for the sport will now derive its direction from organizations rather than individuals.


Breaking his self-imposed silence on the basketball dilemma, Philippine Olympic Committee President Jose Cojuangco Jr. said in a press statement that the proposed constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball submitted to the international basketball federation (FIBA) provide strong foundations that will allow the Philippines to regain competitive form.

Noting that the Philippines is in position to initiate a fresh start, Cojuangco called on basketball leaders to discard any attempt by anyone to return the country to an erstwhile deplorable state ostensibly through the reinstatement of the former national sports association with FIBA.

"What we had submitted to FIBA conforms to the agreement we made and assures necessary reforms that seem to be ignored by some parties professing concern for Philippine basketball,’’ Cojuangco stressed.

The POC chief also expressed guarded optimism on the unofficial short list of candidates that have been floated by the four stakeholders – PBA, PBL, NCAA and UAAP – to head the new federation saying that "it appears that Pilipinas Basketball will be in good hands.’’

Cojuangco advised the basketball community not to dwell on past events that resulted into the dolorous state of the sport but focus more on new ideas and reforms that would redeem the country from the embarrassing output of poor leadership.

"We find ourselves in this difficult situation because of leadership problems that we failed to resolve during critical times,’’ he pointed out.

The Philippines was suspended by the FIBA prior to the Southeast Asian Basketball Association league in Malaysia and required reforms in its organization through a Memorandum of Understanding jointly crafted by Cojuangco, POC chairman Robert Aventajado and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann in Switzerland in September last year.

In the MoU, the Philippines was required to create a new federation, draft a new constitution and submit the same before March 31 for review of the FIBA.

"We have diligently complied with these requirements and it appears that our sacrifices will bear fruit,’’ Cojuangco said.

With the constitution and by-laws already under FIBA review, the Philippines will await the decision of the FIBA Central Committee and if approved, the suspension shall be lifted and the new federations shall be recognized as the NSA from the Philippines.

gameface_one
03-23-2006, 11:54 AM
RP Basketball a ‘catalyst’
abs-cbnnews.com
Mar. 23, 2006

By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Jose Cojuangco Jr., Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president, said on Wednesday that he sees Pilipinas Basketball getting the nod of the International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, and that the newly formed association would be the "catalyst for major reforms" in the local caging scene.

"We have diligently complied with these requirements [set by the FIBA], and it appears that our sacrifices will bear fruit," said Cojuangco, whose POC is trying to beat a March 31 deadline set by the world governing body to form a new group that would replace the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

The former Tarlac lawmaker said the proposed constitution and bylaws of Pilipinas Basketball, which was patterned after USA Basketball, provides a strong foundation that will enable the country to regain competitive form in any international competition.

"What we had submitted to FIBA conforms to the agreement we made, and assures necessary reforms that seem to be ignored by some parties professing concern for Philippine basketball," Cojuangco said, referring to the BAP leadership.

He also put his "trust and confidence" in the four so-called basketball stakeholders who formulated the bylaws, which he said would put the most popular sport in the country "in good hands."

Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner Noli Eala, Philippine Basketball League Commissioner Chino Trinidad, Father Vic Calvo, representing the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and Jun-Jun Capistrano of the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines worked on the bylaws of the new cage body, which replaced the earlier POC-backed Philippine Basketball Federation Inc.

The POC withdrew its recognition of the BAP as the national association for the sport in the country last June after leaders of both groups clashed on who should form the national team to the Southeast Asian Games and other international competitions.

The BAP-formed national team’s loss to the Parañaque Jets squad of the National Basketball Conference days before the country hosted the SEA Games prompted the POC to expel the cage group from its ranks through a two-thirds vote of its general assembly.

However, that made the FIBA suspend the Philippines from all international tournaments it sanctions, with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann noting that the POC’s move on the BAP was "inappropriate."

Still, Baumann and a POC panel, represented by Cojuangco, Robert Aventajado and Ding Tanjuatco, signed a memorandum of agreement last September that urged the creation of a new association to replace the BAP, provided it drew its members from a group of stakeholders that represented all sectors of the local basketball scene.

Cojuangco said the constitution of Pilipinas Basketball, which the POC submitted to the FIBA last week, followed the MOU as a "necessary requirement" for reforms in the local basketball scene.

They await the decision of the FIBA Central Committee, and if approved, the suspension can be lifted and the new federation can be recognized as a national sports association in the Philippines, he said.

paralusi
03-23-2006, 12:07 PM
the BAP should just fold up and die. joey lina should start reading the papers and realize that the best ballers in the country are in the PBA.

Agent 008
03-23-2006, 01:09 PM
Lina insists that reinstating BAP as an NSA will be the fastest way to have the suspension lifted. If he really believes this why is he going for arbitration with the CAS? Does he think that going through that process will be faster than simply accepting Pilipinas Basketball as the new NSA?

I pray that Baumann soon realizes that these attempts are purely insider politics...And that he is being used by BAP to hostage an entire nation. FIBA should come here and see for themselves what the real score is. They've identified the 5 big stakeholders..that's a good thing. Now they should wake up and accept that the BAP does not even deserve to be part of that list and just go on ahead and approve the PB. Done..case closed.

Why do people have such a knack of complicating the simplest of things...

Kid Cubao
03-23-2006, 03:28 PM
whereas it is said that for every problem, there is a solution, some people insist however that for every solution, there is a problem. and the problem was, is, and shall always be the BAP.

gameface_one
03-24-2006, 01:32 PM
POC, stakeholders eye talks with Baumann
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/24/2006

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. will attend the 15th Association of National Olympic Committee General Assembly and the International Olympic Committee Executive Board meeting in South Korea next month and hopefully discuss further the local basketball issue with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann.

The FIBA official is also scheduled to attend the congress set April 1-2 and, by then, shall have received a copy of the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball, the newly formed cage aggrupation, which has replaced the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP).

Cojuangco will be with four of the five officials of the country’s basketball stakeholders in the Korea meet, including those of the PBA, the PBL, the UAAP and NCAA. BAP president Joey Lina is the other stakeholder named by FIBA but who subsequently turned his back on the group in protest to the formation of Pilipinas Basketball.

"They will be flying there in full force and Mr. Baumann too, but nothing is scheduled yet," said POC spokesman Joey Romasanta, referring to Cojuangco and company.

"I’m sure FIBA and Mr. Baumann are fully aware and adequately informed of what’s happening in basketball in our country," he added.

Romasanta, however, said Baumann, who will be coming from Australia to grace the Commonwealth Games on March 31 before heading to Korea, might come up with a reaction to the formation of Pilipinas Basketball next week.

"There will be no more surprises, we’re just actually waiting for a word from FIBA about Pilipinas Basketball next week," Romasanta said. "So more or less, the Korea meeting will just be a courtesy call."

Baumann may also comment on BAP’s plan to elevate the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports in a last-ditch effort to have BAP reinstated as member of the POC.

It was BAP president Joey Lina who floated the idea Monday saying that BAP’s reinstatement would mean automatic lifting of the country’s suspension from FIBA.

Cojuangco said it’s no longer possible.

"What we had submitted to FIBA conforms to the agreement we made and assures necessary reforms that seem to be ignored by some parties professing concern for RP basketball," said the former Tarlac congressman in an earlier statement.

The Philippines was suspended by FIBA last June after local officials failed to settle the basketball controversy.

The FIBA has given the Philippines until March 31 to comply with FIBA requirements.

gameface_one
03-24-2006, 01:34 PM
POC, stakeholders to meet FIBA chief
Manila Bulletin On-line
Mar. 24, 2006


By nick giongco

A MEETING between the country’s basketball stakeholders and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann is being arranged next week in Seoul, South Korea in a bid to fast-track the country’s readmission to the world basketball federation.


This was disclosed yesterday by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose "Peping" Cojuangco who will attend the 15th Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) general assembly and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board meeting slated March 31-April 7 at the Coex Convention Center.

Cojuangco has invited the country’s top basketball leaders to join him in the trip to Seoul where they hope to meet Baumann.

The FIBA executive, who is now in Melbourne, Australia for the ongoing Commonwealth Games, will drop by at the IOC event on the way home to Geneva, Switzerland.

Cojuangco said they would use the occasion to inform Baumann that a new cage body to be known as Pilipinas Basketball has already been formed with the participation of four of the five stakehodlers he mentioned in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the POC and the FIBA last September.

"This is an opportune time and I will be ready to answer anything regarding basketball," said Cojuangco, who will also be accompanied by POC Vice President Rep. Monico Puentevella, Secretary General Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco.

Cojuangco has also invited the representatives of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and collegiate leagues Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to meet with Baumann to show him that unity has already been achieved.

Cojuangco said he would also meet with IOC president Jacques Rogge and brief him with the country’s current basketball affairs.

POC spokesman Joey Romasanta said the travel documents of Noli Eala of the PBA, Chino Trinidad of the PBL, Junjun Capistrano of the UAAP and Fr. Vic Calvo of the NCAA are being processed.

"This is the chance for the stakeholders to meet Mr. Baumann," said Romasanta, noting that the by-laws and constitution have already been forwarded to the FIBA headquarters in Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Cojuangco urged Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina, to support and join Pilipinas Basketball.

The POC chief said Lina should not allow himself to be used by some BAP officials wanting to cling on to their positions.

Lina’s decision to reject the new cage body is unfortunate, according to Cojuangco who remains steadfast in his belief that Philippine basketball is well represented by the four stakeholders.

"These are not individuals like the ones that make up the BAP," added Cojuangco.

Despite its expulsion from the POC, the BAP continues to enjoy FIBA recognition.

gameface_one
03-24-2006, 01:39 PM
Clean Living : BAP should stop fighting a 'lost cause'

First posted 11:21pm (Mla time) Mar 23, 2006
By Manolo Iñigo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the March 24, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


FOR THE sake of the country and the Filipino youth, officials of the Basketball Association of the Philippines headed by former Sen. Joey Lina should stop fighting a "lost cause." Instead, they should accept the fact that their organization is no longer recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee and that another group, Pilipinas Basketball, is set to take its place.

The BAP on Monday said it would file a case against the POC at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, an independent but powerful body that settles sports disputes within national Olympic committees. Lina said they were seeking from CAS not only the BAP's reinstatement in the POC but also a "temporary relief so we can participate in the Asian Games in Doha."

Many did not buy the ploy, saying there are rules in sports that must be followed to ensure peace, fairness and sportsmanship. Respect for decisions of officials or those duly authorized to execute these rules must at all times be shown. Otherwise, there will be conflict and confusion.

It is on record that the BAP had neglected its duty to promote and develop the dash-and-dribble sport in recent years. Horrible performances by BAP-organized teams in local and international tournaments recently have offended millions of Filipinos and created a cause for its expulsion from the POC. BAP has no reason to complain after its expulsion nor put the blame on POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. The POC merely implemented the rules governing its authority and mandate under the Olympic Charter. If the BAP was expelled, it was through its own fault.

As a result of the BAP's expulsion, the international basketball federation (Fiba) suspended the Philippines from all Fiba-sanctioned events, including the Southeast Asian Games, the Olympics and the Asian Games.

I have not seen Cojuangco in months, but I agree with him when he batted for a "fresh start" and asked cage officials to "focus more on new ideas and reforms that would redeem the country from the embarrassing output of poor leadership." He added that the POC had met the requirements detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding forged between the POC and the Fiba, represented by its secretary general Patrick Baumann.

The MoU named five stakeholders (PBA, PBL, UAAP, NCAA and Lina) to form a new basketball organization before the end of this month. Four of the five stakeholders have given their go-signal to form the new organization, which they called Pilipinas Basketball, except for Lina who refused to follow the majority.

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03-28-2006, 02:15 PM
Court defers BAP sec-gen deportation
By James Mananghaya
The Philippine Star 03/28/2006

A temporary restraining order has been issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) stopping the Bureau of Immigration (BI) from deporting Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) secretary general Graham Lim.

In a two-page resolution, the appellate court’s Seventh Division through Associate Justice Rodrigo Cosico said it supports Lim’s application for injunctive writ, where he claimed that his "deportation would cause him grave and irreparable injury." He was earlier arrested and detained as an illegall alien.

The CA decision temporarily prevents the BI from implementing its April 12, 2005 deportation order as affirmed by the Office of the President.

The order enjoins and restrains respondent and its authorized representatives from implementing the deportation order against Lim.

It would be effective for 60 days from date of issuance. Associate Justice Regaladao Maambong and Lucenito Tagle concurred with the ruling.

gameface_one
03-28-2006, 02:16 PM
Stakeholders bewail Lina’s position in BAP-PB row

The Philippine Star 03/28/2006

The representatives of four of the five stakeholders tasked by a Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the international basketball federation (FIBA) and the Philippine Olympic Committee decided to break their silence following recent attacks in the media by Joey Lina, president of the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP).

The representatives of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Philippine Basketball League (PBL), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) lamented Lina’s tactics and positions, which they said might delay and ultimately derail the country’s re-entry into the sport’s international arena.

"It is not true that we never listened to Joey Lina’s concerns and suggestions," said PBA commissioner Noli Eala." It’s just that the more the move back towards the BAP was being considered, the less it made sense given the extremely negative baggage the group has had the past several years."

"Besides, putting up a new and truly representative NSA for basketball was what the MOU called for, so we merely followed its dictates to the letter," added Eala.

"The sooner the new constitution and by-laws pass with the FIBA, we shall be inviting other leagues to join us as we forge ahead with Pilipinas Basketball," said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, spokesman of the group. "The goal of the new NSA is to become a truly democratic and working body with one goal in mind — to enable the country to regain its lofty international standing in the sport we all love."

Junjun Capistrano of the UAAP admitted that they did consider forming everything under a re-constituted BAP, but this was merely discussed as one of the options but it was "not the only path we were committed to undertake."

gameface_one
03-28-2006, 02:18 PM
Basketball in RP: Like a telenovela
SPORTS FOR ALL By Philip Ella Juico
The Philippine Star 03/28/2006

I tried calling last Sunday by cell phone beleaguered Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) secretary general Graham Lim who is now detained in Camp Bagong Diwa. Lim was arrested by agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) last Friday and is awaiting deportation as an illegal alien.

The BI claims that Lim, despite having been born in the Philippines, is a Taiwanese citizen. The BI, citing reports from other government agencies, insists that Lim acquired his Philippine passport under fraudulent circumstances.

From his detention center, where his companions include other aliens facing deportation, Lim emphasizes that he has a pending appeal with the Court of Appeals. I am told that he has posted bail of about P55,000 for his temporary liberty while he fights for his rights.

I was not able to talk to Lim since cell phones are not allowed in the detention center. I was however able to talk to his secretary, Nett Mendoza, who told me that Lim is in high spirits despite everything.

A number of people had visited Lim since he was locked up in jail Friday afternoon. One of them was Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAF) president Go Teng Kok. Go, who was a long time ally and supporter of Lim until the latter, in the words of Go, became hard headed and stubborn, advised Lim to lie low and refrain from making statements while in jail.

Go said he had tried to knock some sense into Lim when the former was assigned the task of mediating between the BAP and other basketball stakeholders including the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) so that the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) could recognize the body to take care of basketball affairs in the country.

Go recalled that he checked with the BI the status of Lim’s case and if there was a legal way to correct whatever deficiencies there may be in Lim’s citizenship papers. In the end, in spite of his good intentions, he and Lim became bitter enemies, much to his regret.

Perhaps, a lot of Lim’s troubles can also be traced to people who egged him on to "fight the good fight." Basketball being such a popular sport in the country and a springboard for almost anything, from politics to show business, attracts all sorts of characters including those who have visions of becoming power centers in Philippine sports and the larger community.

The question now is where are these people who emboldened Lim to fight it out when it was quite obvious that the crusade he was waging was short of quixotic? Shouldn’t they now come out in the open with the same degree of enthusiasm to lend a helping hand to Lim who is now languishing in jail?

For the moment, it seems that the battle that the BAP is waging for recognition as the legitimate National Sports Association for basketball is headed nowhere. Already, the POC, headed by its president, former Congressman Jose Cojuangco Jr., is all set to meet with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board on April 3 in Seoul, Korea.

In that meeting, Cojuangco will bring with him the other stakeholders of Philippine basketball that will form the nucleus of the new umbrella NSA, Pilipinas Basketball. These are the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

All these stakeholders shall show the Memorandum of Understanding that they have signed in compliance with the approach formulated by the FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann.

It is heartening to note that all major stakeholders will be present because, we are told that, for a while, Baumann was under the false impression that the PBA was the only game in town. He had failed to realize that under the pyramid structure of Philippine sports, including basketball, the pro ranks, represented by the PBA, was at the apex of the pyramid with the developmental leagues like the UAAP, NCAA and the PBL serving as indispensable links in the ladder-like pyramid.

Sharing the apex with the PBA is participation in Olympic basketball which should be the lifelong dream of any basketball player just as becoming Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is the dream of lawyers.

The attention given by Baumann to the PBA is a shot in the arm for the latter since the pro league now needs, more than ever, to be globally recognized in line with its continuing product development and enhancement. And for it to attain true global status, it needs to be associated with the Olympics, the Asian Games, the Asian basketball championships and the world basketball championship.

Participation by the Philippines in such prestigious international tournaments, with the PBA at the forefront, will help stabilize what some see as erratic live audience numbers in PBA games (at least in Metro Manila) and TV ratings. PBA therefore has a stake in ensuring that the basketball community is united so that its goal of enhancing global exposure is promoted and free from controversy.

Insofar as Lim is concerned, he will just have to fight and win this ongoing battle, alone if need be. The Philippines is the only home he knows and the outcome of this battle will definitely affect his and family’s life chances.

gameface_one
03-28-2006, 02:23 PM
Each His Own Way
BLEACHER TALK By Rico S. Navarro
The Freeman 03/28/2006

It happened. We had predicted it would happen, but we also wished it didn't happen, but it did (happen). Get it? The wedge that has split the basketball family into two has gotten so deep and wide, and it doesn't look like a quick solution is around the corner. It sure looks like each is going his own way.

On one side is the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), the erstwhile national sports association (NSA) that was disowned by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

On the other side is the group called "Pilipinas Basketball" (PB). It's the brand new NSA recognized by the POC. It was developed to put all basketball stakeholders under one roof, but BAP President Joey Lina didn't want any part of it. Its major players are the PBA, PBL, UAAP and NCAA.

With this as a scenario, what will the year of basketball be like? Whose basketball program will be respected? Which side has a legitimate program to develop the sport in the country? Of the two, whose activities will be followed by this country's basketball crazy fans? The BAP or Pilipinas Basketball? I guess the bottom line question is, "Which group is capable of developing an honest-to-goodness basketball program that will be respected and followed by the country?

Let's assume for now the impasse won't be broken. Another assumption is that neither the BAP nor PB will be accredited by the FIBA. The Philippines will thus remain suspended. On the side, we're still hopeful that the suspension will be lifted.

Life will definitely go on for both sides and a FIBA suspension isn't going to stop this. The major players of Pilipinas Basketball will go on with its activities. The PBA just started its All Filipino Conference. This will last all the way to June or July. The PBA's off-season (July-October) will be booked for pros to represent the country in international tournaments.

The PBL started its summer tournament last Saturday. This will end around the end of May or first week of June. The UAAP and NCAA will then take over from July to October while the PBL takes a break. UAAP champ FEU will be defending its title as national collegiate champ in an inter-league tournament of the country's collegiate leagues led by the UAAP and NCAA. The PBA will come back with an import-laced tournament around October together just as the PBL holds another tournament. For Cebu, my guess is that the CESAFI is favoring to work with PB in the same way that they worked together at the Philippine Basketball Federation.

The BAP will also go its own way with its regular calendar of activities. What are these? Your guess is as good as mine. In the south, the MVBA is a tournament organized by BAP Chairman Michel Lhuillier and Lhuillier Coach Yayoy Alcoseba. The BAP recently had an Interclub tournament won by Wang's Ballclub and a national inter collegiate tournament won by WestNegrosCollege. Other talks that came out via press releases were a planned national grassroots program anchored on the local government units (LGUs) of the country.

I'm not sure under what program the National Basketball Conference is playing. Or are they another group also on its own?

If and when both sides will have to send a team to international tournaments to represent the country, Pilipinas Basketball will be leaning on the national training pool of players composed of the best of the PBA and the young upstarts of the PBL, UAAP and NCAA, with Chot Reyes as head coach. The BAP's national team players will naturally come from its member leagues. But ever since the Cebuana Lhuillier's national training team was disbanded, we haven't heard of a pool of players training for the BAP's program.

I did forget to mention that the FIBA also plays a crucial role in all this mess as it also goes on its own way. I find it amusing that they continue to recognize the BAP as the country's NSA even if this has been banished by the POC. I guess they see that it's for the good of local basketball that we send our weakest national teams to international tournaments. The FIBA most likely also believes that our country's basketball body doesn't need a PBA, PBL, UAAP or NCAA.

I only wonder why they can't do a United Nations (UN), keep their hands off our internal problems, and respect the changes that have come our way. After all, didn't the UN keep their hands off when Tita Cory replaced Marcos? Did they tell us to keep Erap in office when GMA came in? If the FIBA is genuinely concerned with what's happening in local basketball, have they done their homework and intelligence work to get the real basketball pulse of the country? Do they really believe that the BAP is the savior of Philippine basketball?

Isn't it sad that each has to go is own way?

gameface_one
03-28-2006, 02:34 PM
Cage stakeholders, Lina continue to trade barbs

First posted 03:41am (Mla time) Mar 28, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A19 of the March 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE FOUR major stakeholders which crafted Pilipinas Basketball as the new cage body yesterday criticized moves that aim to “delay and ultimately deny” the group’s bid to seek recognition from the world basketball federation (FIBA).

But Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina, the fifth stakeholder named by FIBA in its memorandum of understanding forged with the Philippine Olympic Committee last year, said the group is merely looking for a “scapegoat.”

In a joint statement, the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, University Athletics Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletics Association “lamented Lina’s tactics and positions,” which they said may “ultimately deny the country’s re-entry into the sport’s international arena.”

“It is not true that we never listened to Joey Lina’s concerns and suggestions,” said PBA commissioner Noli Eala.

Lina maintained that the five stakeholders had already agreed upon a restructured BAP in four previous meetings. But another process -- the formation of a new cage body -- was “abruptly agreed upon” during the fifth meeting, which Lina failed to attend.

Eala, however, said that the readmission of a restructured BAP to the POC no longer “made sense” because of the “extremely negative baggage the group has had the past several years.”

“That’s a flimsy excuse, this negative baggage only exists in their minds,” answered Lina. “Don’t make me a scapegoat if FIBA rejects this new federation.”

UAAP representative Junjun Capistrano said that the readmission of the BAP was “merely discussed as one of the options.”

Capistrano noted that it was “not the only path” they discussed to lift the FIBA suspension.

“We talked about it since Joey Lina promised a thorough revamp and restructuring of the BAP,” said NCAA representative Fr. Vic Calvo. “But he never even worked towards this.”

“It was possible for us to keep the shell of the old BAP and just populate it with new people representing all the stakeholders, but this was not really what the MoU called for.”

Lina recently presented FIBA documents that clarified the MoU last Sept. 29. The two letters, signed by FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann, noted that BAP must be expelled first from FIBA before a new federation can be formed.

“I have explained to them for the nth time that the MoU was clarified by Baumann,” said Lina.

The stakeholders, however, remain optimistic that Pilipinas Basketball will earn FIBA’s approval.

“The sooner the new constitution and by-laws pass muster with the FIBA, we shall be inviting other leagues to join us as we forge ahead with Pilipinas Basketball,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad.

gameface_one
03-29-2006, 11:06 AM
Stakeholders confident RP to be reinstated
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 03/29/2006

Pilipinas Basketball top proponents Noli Eala and Chino Trinidad expressed confidence their meeting with Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann next week in Seoul, Korea would pave the way for the reinstatement of the country in the Fiba rolls.

Eala said they have received confirmation of their conference with Baumann on April 4 through a communication from Baumann’s office they received Monday.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. sought the meeting with the Fiba sec-gen coinciding with the 15th Association of National Olympic Committee General Assembly and the International Olympic Committee Executive Board meeting in Seoul. Baumann is coming in from Australia where he observed the conduct of the basketball competition in the Commonwealth Games.

The POC president is bringing along major stakeholders in Philippine basketball in the meeting. The PBA, for one, will come in full force, counting the presence of league board chairman Ely Capacio, vice chairman Ricky Vargas and Eala.

"I don’t think Mr. Baumann is unreasonable. He’ll see through the realities no matter what the other side says. As they say truth shall set you free. We’ll be vindicated," said Eala during yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila.

"We’ve followed everything asked of us by the Fiba from crafting a new constitution and by-laws with the tenets invoked by Fiba in its memorandum of understanding with the POC to putting a constitution that is more than they’ve asked for," Eala added.

Trinidad, meanwhile, said that the absence of BAP president Joey Lina, who had abandoned the stakeholders in the meeting, will not work against their mission to seek reinstatement for the country. "We’re confident Mr. Baumann will see through all this, that one man doesn’t make an entire federation."

On the possibility of their application for Fiba membership being turned down, Eala and Trinidad said blame should not be put on them.

"We’ve done our part. . We’re asked to come together, we came together. We’re asked to put up an organization, we put that organization. We’re asked to follow basic democratic principles, and we followed that. What has the BAP done? They even admitted, their constitution is flawed and that’s saying it mildly," said Eala.

Meanwhile, PBA governor Lito Alvarez, representing Air21, yesterday warned Eala of the implications of his active participation in Pilipinas Basketball.

"I have made it clear with the PBA board that this is a very sensitive issue, which the PBA as an organization, should not dip its hands into," said Alvarez, BAP spokesman and deputy secretary-general.

gameface_one
03-29-2006, 11:08 AM
Cage body needs Fiba nod — POC
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 03/29/2006

Pilipinas Basketball must first earn the nod of the International Basketball Federation or FIBA before it becomes an official member of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Pilipinas Basketball is poised to take the place of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, which was expelled by the POC in the middle of last year.

The POC executive committee recently accepted and approved the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball.

But during yesterday’s POC General Assembly, it was clarified that Pilipinas Basketball, which is represented by the country’s four major stakeholders in the sport, must first get the approval of FIBA.

The POC has already transmitted to FIBA the constitution and by-laws of Pilpinas Basketball as agreed upon and stated under a previous memorandum of understanding between the POC and FIBA.

Jose Cojuangco, the POC president, is confident that Pilipinas Basketball will be recognized by FIBA since they have complied with everything written under the MOU.

Once FIBA recognizes Pilipinas Basketball, it becomes an official member of the POC. At the same time, the FIBA suspension on the Philippines will be lifted in time for the Asian Games in December.

Also during the General Assembly held at the Cojuangco residence in Makati, sepak takraw president Mario Tanchangco was named deputy chef-de-mission of the RP team to the Asian Games.

Manny Lopez of boxing was also named POC second vice-president. He takes the place of judo‚s Rey Jaylo who recently resigned from the POC.

The final composition of the RP team to the Doha, Qatar Asian Games was withheld after the POC noticed some flaws in the selection guidelines set by a task force headed by Go Teng Kok.

"We reviewed the list thoroughly and we noticed that there are some athletes who are supposed to be on the list are not on the list," said Cojuangco.

paralusi
03-29-2006, 11:12 AM
mon tulfo should really try sportswriting, and write about joey lina and the all the other idiots at the BAP.

gameface_one
03-29-2006, 11:13 AM
POC assembly accepts Pilipinas Basketball

First posted 03:32am (Mla time) Mar 29, 2006
By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A28 of the March 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee welcomed to its fold Pilipinas Basketball during yesterday's general assembly -- but with a condition.

The formal acceptance of Pilipinas Basketball, which is being penciled to supplant the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines, will still hinge on a positive result from a trip to Korea that representatives of the country's four major basketball stakeholders will make on April 4.

The condition stands on shaky ground because a fifth stakeholder -- required by the international basketball federation (FIBA) as one of the prerequisites for the lifting of a 10-month-old ban keeping the country out of international meets -- continues to hold out from the group.

BAP president Joey Lina, named as the other stakeholder along with the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, University Athletics Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletics Association, continues to vouch for the legitimacy of his association.

"We will be in Seoul [South Korea] not only to present the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball but also the sentiment of the basketball stakeholders in the country," said PBA commissioner Noli Eala, who will make the trip along with PBA chair Ely Capacio.

But not all PBA governors are on his side. Air21 representative Lito Alvarez is calling on Eala to rethink his participation in the new association.

"I am reminding Commissioner Eala to first clear with the PBA Board any statement/s related to Pilipinas Basketball," said Alvarez in a statement in reaction to the former sports broadcaster.

PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad is confident that the FIBA will finally relent because the new cage body abided by the conditions embodied in the memorandum of understanding forged by the POC and the FIBA -- except for the signature of Lina.

Also yesterday, Manny Lopez was named POC second vice president, replacing Reynaldo Jaylo, who stepped down. Sepak takraw's Mario Tanchangco was elected deputy chief of mission as the POC reserved the position of the head of delegation for First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo.

gameface_one
03-29-2006, 11:15 AM
Clean Living : Who will head Pilipinas Basketball?

First posted 01:47am (Mla time) Mar 27, 2006
By Manolo Iñigo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published of Page A32 of the March 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


SAYING IT IS A SOUND suggestion, many are batting for former Sen. Robert Jaworski to head Pilipinas Basketball, the new and unified cage organization that is seeking to regain the country's membership in the international basketball federation (Fiba.)

"Millions of sports-loving Filipinos will surely be proud to see Jaworski lead the country not on the playing court but in the halls of Fiba."

Fiba suspended the Philippines last year after the Philippine Olympic Committee expelled the Fiba-recognized Basketball Association of the Philippines. However, Fiba said the Philippines could return to its fold following a Memorandum of Understanding forged between the POC and Fiba which calls for five major stakeholders (PBA, PBL, UAAP, NCAA and former Sen. Joey Lina, president of the BAP) to form a new organization, in this case, Pilipinas Basketball. The group is set to be admitted as the newest member of the local Olympic family during the POC general assembly meeting tomorrow.

Jaworski, who turned 60 last March 8, is popularly known as the "Living Legend" of Philippine basketball. He owns a remarkable basketball record playing in the now-defunct Manila Industrial Commercial Athletic Association (Micaa) and the Philippine Basketball Association for more than three decades.

He quit the PBA when he was already 52 years old, "the oldest man ever," according to tireless contributor Paul Mortel, "to play pro basketball anywhere in the world."

He was not only a popular player (particularly for crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra) but a topnotch coach as well, winning four titles in the PBA and a silver medal for the Philippine team in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing.

Other rumored possible Pilipinas Basketball heads are PBA moguls Manny Pangilinan, Henry Cojuangco, George Chua, Wilfred Uytengsu, Bert Lina and Buddy Encarnado. Earlier mentioned was Jun Bernardino, the first PBA commissioner who rose from the ranks.

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NOT AN ALL-TIME GREAT: I'm sorry to Mrs. Laura Elorde, the Elorde clan, including Liza Elorde, for not being able to join them during Saturday's Elorde Awards Night. A previous commitment prevented me from going.

Manny Pacquiao is a good boxer, but an all-time great he is not. How can you call Pacquiao an "all-time great" when he is not even a legitimate champion of the World Boxing Council, the World Boxing Association or the International Boxing Federation?

Besides, he lacks moral values as a heavy bettor in cockfighting and billiards. Pacquiao is also facing a complaint filed in court by an alleged former lover, Joanna Rose Bacosa, who is seeking support for a 2-year-old son he allegedly fathered. Pacquiao neither confirmed nor denied that he is the father of the child. The boxer also declined to comment on his alleged romantic relationship with the woman, who had charged Pacquiao with violating the law protecting women and children from violence.

Pacquiao is not a role model to the Filipino youth. He's a hype created by the overwhelming majority of media, notably those boxing apologists in print. Pacquiao made boxing history after he beat Mexican legends Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. But he has yet to prove his true worth. If Pacquiao goes on to win a legitimate boxing title, then people will have no choice but to change their opinion and crown him as the greatest Filipino boxer of all time.

gameface_one
03-29-2006, 11:16 AM
POC confident FIBA will lift suspension
Manila Bulletin On-line, Mar. 29, 2006



By Nick Giongco

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. is so confident that Pilipinas Basketball will be accepted by the international basketball federation (FIBA) that coming up with Plan B did not cross his mind.



Cojuangco paused for a brief moment and laughed when asked the possibility of a rejection from FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann who he will meet on April 4 in Seoul, site of the 15th Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly and International Olympic Committee Executive Board.

"I am confident that now that we have done everything that was in the Memorandum of Understanding (that the POC and the FIBA signed in Geneva last year)," said Cojuangco after presiding over the POC General Assembly at his ancestral home yesterday afternoon in Dasmariñas Village in Makati.

"And what infused my level of confidence is why (former Sen. Joey) Lina announced his decision to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sports. In other words, the conclusion is, more than likely, he (Lina) must have told Baumann about this: There’s nothing more that I can do about this.

"Because he always appealed with Baumann, di ba? In the past, it’s always Baumann. So how come now he doesn’t appeal to Baumann?"

Cojuangco said he’s not sure if the FIBA will have to wait for its World Congress in August in Saitama, Japan, before issuing a ruling, hinting that a decision could be made right there in Seoul.

"It’s in the MoU that once a new federation is formed, we can participate in (Fiba-sanctioned) tournaments," said Cojuangco as he recalled a conversation with the FIBA legal team last year in Geneva.

Cojuangco will be joined in the trip by POC first vice president Monico Puentevella, secretary general Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco.

Representatives from the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League and the collegiate leagues, UAAP and NCAA, are also flying to the Korean capital.

Meanwhile, PBA Commissioner Noli Eala, who will join the trip to Seoul, drew under fire from Lito Alvarez, representative of FedEx to the PBA board.

"I am reminding Commissioner Eala to first clear with the PBA Board any statement related to Pilipinas Basketball," said Alvarez.

Alvarez, president of Airfreight 2100, was reacting to a joint statement made by Pilipinas Basketball criticizing the position made by Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina.

"I have made it very clear with the PBA Board that this is a very sensitive issue, which the PBA as an organization, hopefully should not dip its hands into," said Alvarez. "While I was initially for the active participation of the PBA in the solution to the impasse, I came to realize that the position of Chairman Ely Capacio for the PBA to veer away from the politics of the POC-BAP problem makes a lot of sense."

Alvarez, who is also the BAP deputy secretary-general, clarified that mandate given by the PBA Board to Eala was only to act as a facilitator in the meetings that were conducted by the basketball stakeholders, specifically in the Memorandum of Understanding between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the POC.

Besides Eala, however, the PBA will be represented in the Seoul trip by Capacio and incoming PBA chairman Ricky Vargas of Talk ‘N Text.

gameface_one
03-29-2006, 11:19 AM
RP basketball gets nod as POC member, but. . .
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By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

The general assembly of the Philippine Olympic Committee on Tuesday ratified a resolution conditionally accepting the newly formed Pilipinas Basketball as the national association for the sport.

However, POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. said the approval by the 46-member assembly is dependent on the body’s application for recognition with the International Basketball Federation, or FIBA.

"But I have no doubt of its chances before the FIBA. I’m confident the FIBA will give due recognition to the Pilipinas Basketball," said Cojuangco after the meeting at his posh residence in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City.

The POC’s conditional approval was also extended to the now-defunct Philippine Basketball Federation Inc., headed by Moying Martelino, in August last year, but was later denied recognition by the FIBA in September.

Cojuangco said Pilipinas Basketball is composed of stakeholders who are not mere individuals but institutions that have contributed to the development of the sport in the country.

Representatives of Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines formed Pilipinas Basketball.

Its application for membership in the Geneva, Switzerland-based world governing body was already sent to the FIBA two weeks ago, according to POC legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco.

Meanwhile, a member of the PBA board called on Commissioner Noli Eala to "hold it" as far as his participation in Pilipinas Basketball is concerned.

PBA governor Lito Alvarez, representing the Bert-Lina owned Air21 Express Team, reminded Eala to "first clear with the PBA Board any statements related to Pilipinas Basketball."

Alvarez, the president of Airfreight 2100, noted that the commissioner was only given permission to act as a facilitator of the group that formed the new caging body’s constitution and bylaws.

which owns the Air21 Express franchise in the pro league, said he was reacting to the joint statement issued Monday by Eala, PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad, the NCAA’s Father Vic Calvo and the UAAP’s Jun Jun Capistrano bewailing BAP president Joey Lina’s position against the new caging body.

The PBF was formed to replace the Basketball Association of the Philippines, which the POC expelled from its ranks last June 30, 2005, owing to a disagreement over the formation of the national team.

That action prompted the FIBA to suspend the Philippines from all international competitions it sanctions, including the Southeast Asian Games last December.

However, the world governing body gave the POC a March 31 deadline to form a new organization that would represent all major stakeholders of the sport in the country and replace the BAP as a FIBA member.

paralusi
03-30-2006, 02:28 PM
Think of the country, please

Ed Picson

The current impasse in Philippine basketball has taken so many twists and turns that in compassion, Danny Florencio’s undergoal acrobatics would have looked like ordinary lay-ups.

continue... (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT2006033060110.html)

MonL
03-30-2006, 03:26 PM
Think of the country, please

Ed Picson

The current impasse in Philippine basketball has taken so many twists and turns that in compassion, Danny Florencio’s undergoal acrobatics would have looked like ordinary lay-ups.

continue... (http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT2006033060110.html)


But the effect is like a Rudy Distrito or Arnie Tuadles flagrant foul.....baldado ang Philippine Basketball.....malungkot.

gameface_one
03-31-2006, 09:54 AM
BAP defers filing arbitration case vs POC

First posted 02:41am (Mla time) Mar 31, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A35 of the March 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


SAYING IT'S an "organizational move," the Basketball Association of the Philippines yesterday deferred filing a case against the Philippine Olympic Committee at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

BAP president Joey Lina said he has decided to wait for the outcome of the meeting between POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco and world basketball federation (FIBA) secretary general Patrick Baumann on April 4.

"Everything is ready but we have decided to wait for (the results of) their meeting," said Lina. "It's an organizational move. We do not want to speculate. We'll just think about it later and refer the case (based) on the outcome of their meeting."

Lina added that the BAP has already tapped a Swiss-based lawyer.

Led by Cojuangco, several POC officials and representatives of the country's four major basketball stakeholders will meet with Baumann in Seoul, South Korea on April 4.

Although the by-laws and constitution of Pilipinas Basketball has already been sent to the FIBA headquarters in Switzerland, Cojuangco decided to take the opportunity to personally inform Baumann that the new cage body designed to replace the BAP is backed by four of the five stakeholders -- the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, University Athletics Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletics Association.

Lina, the fifth stakeholder, quit the group when the four stakeholders picked Pilipinas Basketball as the name of the new cage body.

Saying that the BAP had "exhausted all avenues," Lina announced in a press conference recently that the BAP will seek readmission into the POC by elevating the case to the CAS this month.

"As found out by FIBA, our expulsion is illegal and inappropriate," said Lina.

The CAS is an international institution that settles sports-related disputes. Created in 1984, it is independent of any sports organization and has nearly 300 arbitrators from 87 countries.

gameface_one
04-01-2006, 09:24 AM
Lina insists POC violates Fiba pact
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 04/01/2006

Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina yesterday cited certain violations by the Philippine Olympic Committee on the memorandum of understanding, which the latter signed with FIBA last September, and led to the formation of Pilipinas Basketball.

Pilipinas Basketball is poised to take over the BAP as the rightful basketball association in the country..

During the SCOOP sa Kamayan forum, the BAP president said the POC erred in insisting that the BAP no longer exists when in fact FIBA continues to recognize the group as its active member in good standing.

"The POC insists that the BAP no longer exists and will only deal with Mr. Joey Lina as an individual. No significance whatsoever was accorded to the BAP when in fact it is an indispensable party to solve the problem of basketball in the Philippines," said Lina in a letter he sent to FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann yesterday.

Under the MOU, which was supposed to help end the basketball impasse in the country, a new basketball federation in the Philippines must include "at least" the following as major stakeholders: PBA, PBL, UAAP, NCAA and Joey Lina.

"I am not a major stakeholder in Philippine basketball as an individual. But as BAP president, I am representing the oldest and biggest basketball constituency nationwide. To exclude the BAP from the very start of the unity talks goes against the very letter and spirit of the MOU, which calls for a policy inclusion rather than exclusion," Lina said.

The MOU, Lina added, also states that there has to be "a balanced and countrywide representation from all levels of the sport (including grassroots). This, too, has been brazenly violated by the POC as it formed a new federation (Pilipinas Basketball) of four major stakeholders concentrated only in one region of the Philippines, a country which consists of 17 regions."

Lina said the stakeholders, including himself, met four times and worked on the premise that POC and BAP should work out necessary changes in the BAP Charter, as it reapplies with the POC.

The stakeholders agreed that this is the easiest way out of the problem as compared to the first option of forming a new federation.

"After four working meetings using the second option, the POC leadership informed PBA commissioner Noli Eala that the second option was unacceptable. In the fifth meeting, which I failed to attend, the other four stakeholders had a change of heart and adopted the first option," Lina explained.

"The other stakeholders can change their mind but I cannot be a traitor to (the) BAP," Lina stressed.

Officials of the POC and representatives of the four major stakeholders will fly to Seoul, Korea on Monday to meet Baumann, and hopefully convince the latter that Pilipinas Basketball was formed under the conditions stated in the MOU.

Lina said the FIBA should therefore consider setting aside and rescinding the MOU "as soon as possible."

"We must not allow a National Olympic Committee to control and dictate on the life and movement of a FIBA member in good standing," said Lina who also reminded FIBA that the BAP now has 50 school, community and commercial organizations from all over the country as members.

"We are actively and smoothly implementing our grassroots basketball program," said Lina who also asked FIBA to consider lifting the suspension on the Philippines.

gameface_one
04-01-2006, 09:26 AM
Junk MoU, BAP head asks Fiba

First posted 00:01am (Mla time) April 01, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A26 of the April 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


BASKETBALL Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina requested the international basketball federation (Fiba) yesterday "to set aside or rescind" its Memorandum of Understanding with the Philippine Olympic Committee and lift the suspension barring the country from international meets.

In a letter addressed to Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann, Lina said the POC had "brazenly violated" the MoU, thus "justifiable grounds" exist to nullify the agreement.

The POC and Fiba forged the MoU last Sept. 29. It outlined the conditions under which the Fiba suspension would be lifted to allow the Philippines to compete again in international tournaments.

"This is to give Fiba a chance to react to this new development, and we'll take it from there," said Lina.

Lina stressed that the best way to lift the Fiba suspension is for the BAP to "work out necessary changes" in its constitution and by-laws, then apply for reinstatement in the POC.

"Maybe we can still work on the readmission of the BAP, maybe we can still work something out with the POC," said Lina.

On April 4, POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco and representatives of the country's four major leagues will meet with Baumann in Seoul, South Korea.

The group will inform Baumann about Pilipinas Basketball, the new cage body designed to replace the BAP.

In a separate statement, former POC president Lt. Col Julian Malonso asked the stakeholders who crafted Pilipinas Basketball-the PBA, PBL, UAAP and NCAA-to just "wait for the decision" since Lina has appealed his case to the Fiba arbitrary office.

gameface_one
04-01-2006, 09:29 AM
Lim: BAP woes POC’s fault
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By BONG PEDRALVEZ, The Manila Times Subeditor

Despite being held at the Bureau of Immigration detention center in Bicutan, Taguig City, for a week, Graham Lim, the controversial Basketball Association of the Philippines secretary-general, was in a fighting mood.

"They made a mockery of sports. They used it for politics. Binaboy nila ang sports (They cheapened sports)," Lim told Sports Times Friday in an exclusive interview.

They, Lim said, were no other than the Philippine Olympic Committee leadership, which instigated the move that led to the basketball association’s expulsion from the country’s highest amateur sports body on June 30, 2005.

The POC cited the basketball group’s failure to abide with an agreement over the forming of the national team for international competitions—which included the 2005 Southeast Asian Games—in withdrawing recognition from the 60-year-old basketball institution.

As a consequence of the decision, the International Basketball Federation suspended the country from all of the world governing basketball body’s sanctioned events—the equivalent of basketball limbo.

The biggest casualty of the FIBA ban was the failure of the Filipinos to defend the SEA Games men’s basketball championship for possibly the eighth straight time. Retaining the men’s cage crown would have been icing on the cake in the country’s successful quest to capture the sportsfest’s overall title.

Wearing a light-pink shirt with floral prints, Lim, 50, reiterated it was the POC that violated its own rules in expelling the basketball association.

"The POC’s charter is very clear. A national sports association can only be expelled for three reasons: Failure to pay POC dues, if the association is no longer recognized by its international federation, and if the association decides to disband itself," he said.

"We have not committed any of these. So who committed the violation?" Lim asked.

He cited the fact that the Olympic committee also defied a mandatory court order issued by a Manila regional trial court in November demanding it to reinstate the basketball group.

Abiding by the court ruling would have saved the SEA basketball games, he said.

Lim also pointed out that the POC also ignored a Senate resolution in August urging the committee to restore the basketball association’s membership.

"The BAP has been a victim of black propaganda, falsehoods and misrepresentations," said Lim.

He reminded Noli Eala, the Philippine Basketball Association commissioner, that FIBA might not be inclined to bestow its recognition on Pilipinas Basketball, the newest group that is meant to replace the BAP, because of what Eala failed to do for the FIBA-Asia Cup that was held in the country in 2005.

Lim claimed that the BAP handed Eala, one of Pilipinas Basketball’s proponents, exclusive marketing rights of the event in advance. The tournament was held May 29 to June 5 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

"Because PBA players would be involved, the BAP decided to award the marketing rights to Eala’s group. He even talked to FIBA-Asia marketing chief Hajop Khajiran as early as January," Lim said.

But Eala pulled out barely a week before the tournament, leaving the basketball association to scramble for sponsors and funds to salvage the situation, he added.

"Eala had gone over to the other [POC] side," said Lim of the PBA commissioner’s sudden turnaround.

He explained that one of reasons why FIBA might not recognize the newest POC-endorsed basketball group was it did not comply with the conditions of the memorandum of understanding the two parties jointly signed.

Lim said contrary to the claims to the proponents of the Pilipinas Basketball, the memo calls for a "consensus or agreement of all the five parties mentioned in the MOU. It is not just the majority, but all.

"So how can it be said that the conditions of the MOU were complied with when our BAP president, Joey Lina, was not a party to the formation of the group?"

gameface_one
04-01-2006, 09:30 AM
Revoke pact with POC, BAP’s Lina urges FIBA
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By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

The Basketball Association of the Philippines on Friday asked the International Basketball Federation or FIBA to revoke the memorandum of understanding it entered into with the Philippine Olympic Committee and lift the suspension on the Philippines.

BAP president Joey Lina, a former senator, said he had written FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann citing three important violations that the POC committed as far as the MOU forged by both Baumann and POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. in Geneva, Switzerland in September last year.

He said the FIBA, being an international federation, should not allow a national Olympic committee to control and dictate on the life and movement of the BAP, a FIBA member in good standing.

Lina, also a former local government secretary, cautioned the FIBA that favoring the POC over the BAP in the particular case would create a very dangerous precedent to any member of the FIBA throughout the world.

"The POC-BAP case should be the first and last case of this nature, or it could set a very dangerous precedent. Therefore, kindly lift the suspension on the Philippines and rescind the MOU soonest," said Lina in his letter to Baumann dated March 30.

The former governor of Laguna stressed that even as the MOU clearly manifested FIBA’s continued recognition on the BAP, the POC kept insisting that the latter no longer exists and will only deal with Lina as a person, not as association president.

"No significance whatsoever was accorded to the BAP by the POC when in fact it is an indispensable party to solve the problem of basketball in the Philippines," Lina said during Friday’s SCOOP forum at the Kamayan Restaurant in Padre Faura, Malate.

Other violations of the POC in the MOU, Lina said, were the failure of the newly formed Pilipinas Basketball to include major stakeholders of basketball throughout the country and to elect a set of officers before presenting it to the FIBA for recognition.

He also cited the POC’s granting conditional approval to the new basketball body without first dissolving the previously approved Philippine Basketball Federation Inc. headed by Moying Martelino.

The POC gave conditional approval to Pilipinas Basketball in its general assembly on Tuesday at Cojuangco’s plush residence in Makati City, since it only had the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines as members.

"I am not a major stakeholder of Philippine basketball as an individual. But as BAP president, I am representing the oldest and biggest basketball constituency nationwide. To exclude the BAP from the very start of the unity talks goes against the very letter and spirit of the MOU, which calls for a policy of inclusion rather than exclusion," Lina pointed out.

He also belied a statement from PBA Commissioner Noli Eala that the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sports has no jurisdiction over the dispute involving a national sports association (NSA) and a national Olympic committee (NOC).

"It’s not true. The CAS can even sanction an NOC and can issue temporary relief and can even impose damages. He (Eala) should study [CAS laws] more before making a statement," he said.

Lina said the BAP is deferring the charges they have to file against the POC before the CAS until the return of Cojuangco and the Pilipinas Basketball stakeholders, who are set to meet Baumann on April 4 in Seoul, South Korea.

gameface_one
04-01-2006, 09:31 AM
Lina calls stakeholders traitors
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By eddie alinea

Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) President Joey Lina has asked the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to rescind the memorandum of understanding with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), lift the country’s suspension and allow the BAP to sort out its problems at home.


In a letter to FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann, a copy of which was furnished the media, Lina accused the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the so-called basketball stakeholders of treachery and falsehood and cited three violations of the MOU.

One, the POC and the other stakeholders refused to recognize the BAP as the governing body of basketball in the country;

Two, the MOU mandates the parties to arrive at a general consensus or agreement and not to decide matter based on majority decision; and

Three, the new federation has been formed with only four major stakeholders based in Metro Manila, contrary to the MOU that states that there has to be "a balanced and countrywide representation from all levels of the sport."

Lina made the announcement during the SCOOP sa Kamayan sessions sponsored by Accel at the Kamayan Restaurant.

Two options, according to Lina, were considered to settle the controversy that followed BAP’s expulsion from the POC.

The first was the formation of a new basketball federation and the second was for the POC and BAP to work out "necessary changes in the BAP constitution and organization" and reapply with the POC.

Lina claimed that the stakeholders agreed to take the second option as the most expedient, equitable, reasonable and practical process to follow.

After four working meetings, the group came up with the proposed amended charter of the BAP, a copy of which was sent to the POC.

Lina said that when the group was told that the second option was unacceptable, the four stakeholders had a change of heart during the fifth meeting and adopted the first option.

"Treachery has no place in sports. The other stakeholders can change their mind, but I cannot be a traitor to BAP," Lina asserted.

The BAP chief also lashed at the four stakeholders for making it appear in media that he was with them in the drafting of the constitution and bylaws of the new federation.

"Falsehood also has no place in sports," he declared.

Lina said the POC, in doggedly insisting that the BAP no longer exists, betrays its true intention, "i.e. the total destruction of the BAP, for reasons that can only be speculated upon."

He said the POC must not be allowed to control and dictate on the life and movement of a FIBA member in good standing.

"The POC-BAP case should be the first and last case of this nature, or it could set a very dangerous precedent," he said.

gameface_one
04-01-2006, 09:35 AM
Saturday, April 01, 2006
BAP to Fiba: Cancel MOU, lift suspension
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MANILA – The Basketball Association of the Philippines yesterday asked the Federation Internationale de Basketball (Fiba) to revoke the memorandum of understanding it entered into with the Philippine Olympic Committee and lift the suspension on the Philippines.

BAP president Joey Lina said that he wrote Fiba secretary-general Patrick Baumann citing three alleged violations the POC committed in the MOU forged by Baumann and POC president Jose Cojuangco in Geneva, Switzerland last September.

He said Fiba, being an international federation, should not allow a national Olympic committee to control and dictate BAP, a Fiba member in good standing.

“The POC-BAP case should be the first and last case of this nature, or it could set a very dangerous precedent. Therefore, kindly lift the suspension on the Philippines and rescind the MOU soonest,” Lina’s letter to Baumann dated March 30, 2006 states.

Lina said that even as the MOU clearly manifests Fiba’s continued recognition of BAP, the POC keeps on insisting BAP no longer exists and will only deal with Lina.

“No significance whatsoever was accorded to the BAP by the POC when in fact it is an indispensable party to solve the problem of basketball in the Philippines,” Lina said during yesterday’s Scoop forum.

Other violations of the POC in the MOU according to Lina are the failure of the newly-formed Pilipinas Basketball to include major stakeholders of basketball throughout the country, and to elect a set of officers before presenting it to the Fiba for recognition as well as granting conditional approval to the new basketball body without first dissolving the previously approved Philippine Basketball Federation Inc. headed by Moying Martelino.

The POC gave conditional approval to the PB in its general assembly last Tuesday at the residence of Cojuangco with only the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Philippine Basketball League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines as affiliate members.

“I am not a major stakeholder in Philippine Basketball as an individual. But as BAP president, I am representing the oldest and biggest basketball constituency nationwide. To exclude the BAP from the very start of the unity talk goes against the very letter and spirit of the MOU, which calls for a policy of inclusion rather than exclusion,” Lina said. (FCC)

gameface_one
04-02-2006, 04:59 PM
POC group leaves for Seoul meet
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 04/02/2006

A Philippine Olympic Committee delegation left yesterday for Seoul to attend the Association of National Olympic Committee (ANOC) meeting presided by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge and take up the country’s Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) suspension with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel.

The POC group was made up of POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella, secretary-general Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco

IOC representative to the Philippines Frank Elizalde arranged the Tuesday early evening session with Baumann who is in Seoul for the SportsAccord convention as FIBA representative.

The POC delegation will ask Baumann what are the next steps to take in paving the way for the lifting of the country’s suspension. The first step was the submission of the proposed Constitution and By-Laws of the new federation, Pilipinas Basketball, to FIBA for approval two weeks ago, beating the March 31 deadline.

Representatives of four of the sport’s major stakeholders will fly to Seoul on Tuesday to attend the meeting with Baumann. They are Philippine Basketball Association chairman Ely Capacio, vice chairman Ricky Vargas and commissioner Noli Eala, Philippine Basketball League (PBL) commissioner Chino Trinidad, University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) representative Jun-Jun Capistrano of Ateneo and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) representative Bernie Atienza of St. Benilde.

POC spokesman Joey Romasanta said yesterday Cojuangco has high hopes that the FIBA reaction to the formation of Pilipinas Basketball will be positive because the stakeholders complied strictly with the conditions set by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the POC and FIBA last September in Geneva.

Romasanta pointed to Provision 5 in the MOU as the key condition of compliance, quoting "If and when a structure and Constitution and By-Laws acceptable to FIBA and POC are in place and the election of officers has taken place, then the new federation will be recognized by FIBA in place of BAP (Basketball Association of the Philippines) and the suspension of the Philippines from international basketball will be lifted."

While Pilipinas Basketball has identified the makeup of the 15-man Board, no election of officers has been held. The Board will be composed of six representatives from the PBA and three each from the PBL, UAAP and NCAA.

Trinidad said the membership may be expanded to 25 depending on the criteria set to accept regular, affiliate and associate members.

"We are optimistic of a favorable reaction from FIBA," said Romasanta. "It was Mr. Baumann himself who asked for a permanent solution to our leadership problem."

"We’re hoping Mr. Baumann will be convinced that our approach is the best for Philippine basketball," said Romasanta. "No one person should stand in the way of an organization to get better. The BAP may be 60 years old but if it has done nothing to deserve continuing to exist, then we should do away with it."

Romasanta said BAP president Joey Lina should realize his campaign to fight the stakeholders is a disservice to the country and a losing battle.

"Lina is threatening to go to the Council of Arbitration for Sports," said Romasanta. "Mahabang usapin ‘yan. It’s a long and expensive process. Besides, it will need two disputing parties to seek arbitration. He is asking FIBA to rescind the MOU but who is he to ask it? He represents an expelled NSA. To top it all, the major stakeholders don’t need the BAP to operate."

Romasanta cautioned Lina to desist from name-calling. "He is claiming he was deceived by the shareholders, meaning he is accusing them of deception," said Romasanta. "Does that mean the former Senator allowed himself to be fooled? Does it mean he is accusing the prominent businessmen behind the PBA and PBL and the respected educators and academicians behind the UAAP and NCAA of deception? I think despite this squabbling, there is still nobility in sports."

"Lina is crying for the BAP’s reinstatement into the POC but that’s no longer an option," said Romasanta. "Lina is a lawyer. He should know what he got himself into when he agreed to the MOU approach. Now that things are not working out for him, he wants to back out. If he stands on solid ground, the people will understand what he’s fighting for. For him to claim he was deceived doesn’t speak well of a former senator and cabinet secretary."

gameface_one
04-02-2006, 05:05 PM
The Seoul sessions
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 04/02/2006

Steve Hontiveros took off for Seoul yesterday afternoon to attend a series of meetings related to his positions as Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) secretary-general and Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) president.

The morning of his departure, Hontiveros served at the 6 a.m. Mass in the St. Joseph’s Convent of the Pink Sisters on Hemady and 11th Street, New Manila, and the 7 a.m. Mass in the Out Lady of Mount Carmel Church off Aurora Boulevard. He has been a sacristan since his La Salle school days.

Hontiveros, a devout Catholic, prayed hard for guidance from the Lord in facing the challenges ahead. He returns home Friday then leaves the next day to attend the Southeast Asian Games Federation meeting in Bangkok starting Sunday. Hontiveros is also booked to attend the organizational meeting of the Indoor Asian Games as coordinator appointed by the Olympic Council of Asia in Macau on April 19-20.

With Hontiveros on the flight to Seoul were POC president Jose Cojuangco, Jr., POC first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella and POC legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco.

Hontiveros is attending the Association of National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the General Association of International Sports Federations (ISFs), the Association of the Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the World Games meetings.

There will be over 200 heads of NOCs from all over the world assembling for the association meeting to be presided by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge of Belgium. About 100 presidents of ISFs will convene for their association get-together. It will be Hontiveros? third meeting as FIQ (world bowling) president after Lausanne in 2004 and Berlin last year since his election by acclamation in Kuala Lumpur in 2003. Representatives from both the NOCs and ISFs are expected to join the ASOIF and World Games meetings.

Hontiveros said the World Games are held every four years, featuring events not in the Olympic calendar.

But beyond the official conventions in Hontiveros’ schedule, what he’s looking forward to is the meeting with Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) secretary-general Patrick Baumann at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel.

IOC representative to the Philippines Frank Elizalde arranged the meeting for Baumann to be briefed by Cojuangco, Puentevella, Hontiveros and Tanjuatco on the steps they?ve taken in complying with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by the POC and FIBA, preparatory to the lifting of the country’s suspension from participating in FIBA-sanctioned competitions.

"It’s a special meeting out of the regular schedule," said Hontiveros. "But I think in the eyes of millions of Filipino sports fans, it’s the most important meeting we’re attending in Seoul."

In the balance is the fate of Philippine basketball. And the POC is doing everything possible to convince FIBA that the suspension is no longer necessary as a new organization, Pilipinas Basketball, has been formed to represent the major stakeholders in the sport and take over from the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) as the National Sports Association (NSA) recognized by the POC General Assembly.

"We’ve complied with all the conditions of the MOU," said Hontiveros, referring to the Sept. 29, 2005, memorandum signed by Cojuangco, Baumann and POC chairman Robert Aventajado in Geneva.

"We hope to explain to Mr. Baumann that what we?ve done is for the good of the sport. The major stakeholders are in agreement. Their intentions are transparent. They have no hidden agendas or vested interests. We are optimistic that our suspension will be lifted soon because we’ve done everything to comply with the requirements of the MOU. We’re hoping and praying for the best."

Hontiveros said he hopes the presence of representatives of the sport’s major stakeholders in Seoul will deliver a clear message to Baumann that the Philippines is now ready to play in international competitions behind a solid NSA.

Joining the POC delegation in Seoul are Philippine Basketball Association chairman Ely Capacio, vice chairman Ricky Vargas and commissioner Noli Eala, Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad, University Athletic Association of the Philippines official Jun-Jun Capistrano and National Collegiate Athletic Association representative Bernie Atienza. They leave Tuesday afternoon, attend the meeting with Baumann that night and return home the next day.

"After I served Mass at Mount Carmel, I asked for two priests to pray over me," said Hontiveros. "It wasn’t for myself but for Philippine sports."

The dissension that has wreaked havoc in the affairs of Philippine basketball for decades is unfortunate.

In an effort to arrest the deterioration, the sport’s major stakeholders got together and isolated the BAP as the root of the problem. From the BAP’s ashes has now risen Pilipinas Basketballto bring life back to the national cause. Only FIBA’s approval is missing before Pilipinas Basketball finally takes center stage in the crusade to restore the respectability and credibility that Filipino cagers deserve in the international arena.

Postscript: POC basketball task force head Mark Joseph sent this text the other day: "Cito Dayrit gave a speech at the relaunch of the Philippine Sports Institute and said in his opinion,"after all the long history of BAP, the FIBA ruling will go in favor of the entity that can form a strong national team. Since BAP never had that and the stakeholders have pulled out completely from it, then it’s just a matter of time before BAP expires" Joseph also noted in the Senate hearing resolution about basketball, there is a provision that calls for the formation of a new federation the name of which was for the stakeholders to decide.

gameface_one
04-03-2006, 09:22 AM
Rogge to attend POC meeting with Fiba exec?
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 04/03/2006

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella of Bacolod City confirmed the other day a letter of request has been sent to International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge for an appointment to meet the POC delegation during a break in the Association of National Olympic Committee (ANOC) convention in Seoul.

POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., Puentevella, secretary-general Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco left for Seoul last Saturday to attend the ANOC meeting and take up the country’s Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) suspension with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann in a private session at the Grand InterContinental Hotel tomorrow night.

"If Mr. Rogge agrees to our request for a courtesy call, we hope to explain to him the approach we’ve taken in complying with the conditions of FIBA for the lifting of our suspension," said Puentevella. "If Mr. Baumann agrees, we could invite Mr. Rogge to attend our private session as the third party to mediate, like an outsider looking in. If we reach a stalemate, perhaps Mr. Rogge could step in to interfere or intervene, if necessary. He could be the key to solve our problem."

But Puentevella said he expects smooth sailing in dealing with Baumann.

"I’m hoping that with or without the stakeholders attending the meeting, we’ll be able to convince Mr. Baumann that we’re on the right track, that we’re doing this for the country and 80 million basketball-loving Filipinos," said Puentevella.

"I haven’t met Baumann. I know he’s an intelligent Swiss lawyer who was Borislav Stankovic’ deputy secretary-general for seven years before he became secretary-general in 2002. I hope he listens to us. I know he’ll listen to reason. We’ve complied with the conditions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the POC and FIBA in Geneva last year. I see no reason why we can’t move forward."

Puentevella accused the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) of stalling the POC’s efforts to lift the suspension at the country’s expense. He said BAP president Joey Lina should understand it is pointless to push for the reinstatement of the BAP as a National Sports Association after it was expelled by the POC.

"I’ve been silent about Joey’s pronouncements in media," said Puentevella. "Joey’s a friend and I respect him. But there is no way we will allow a few to impose their agenda on the majority to the detriment of Philippine basketball. This is a battle between the republic of the Philippines against Joey and company. The whole country is being held hostage by a few."

Puentevella said if the process of lifting the country’s suspension continues to be hampered by Lina, he vowed to go on a rampage.

"If it appears that Joey has FIBA by the neck, I’m going against him as a traitor of Philippine basketball," he continued. "The BAP is desperately trying to survive because of pride and ego. Joey came into the picture after Sen. (Dick) Gordon backtracked from being appointed a BAP official. Joey never had anything to do with basketball and I’m not sure if he ever played the game. Now, he declares that nothing will happen in the POC’s efforts to lift the suspension."

Puentevella said during an expanded POC Executive Board meeting three weeks ago, he suggested bringing the issue of suspension to Rogge’s attention and meeting Baumann in Seoul.

Regarding the BAP’s threat to elevate the dispute to the Council of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), Puentevella said it will not only prolong the agony but also betray the Filipino people’s trust.

"That’s baloney," he said, referring to the BAP’s threat to seek arbitration. "It would be an act of treason. We are a small country yet we can’t seem to solve this basketball problem by ourselves because of a few people who are ego-tripping. It would be humiliating to bring this internal problem to the high court of sports. I think it’s crazy. The Filipino people would laugh at us because the only thing that the BAP is fighting for is pride. It’s like a life or death issue for the BAP and this is only basketball but the tragedy is the country is suffering because of a few misguided people."

Representatives of four of the sport’s major stakeholders–the Philippine Basketball Association, the Philippine Basketball League, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association–are leaving for Seoul tomorrow to join the POC delegation in meeting Baumann early evening.

gameface_one
04-03-2006, 09:26 AM
This is a fight for the Filipinos – Lina
manila bulletin on-line


By eddie alinea

Is basketball worth fighting for?





This question kept on bugging Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina’s mind from the time the battle to bring back the BAP to the graces of the Philippine Olympic Committee and, in the process, lift the suspension the International Basketball Federation imposed on the country.

"You know, I really was about to quit. Iniwan ko na nga ang magulo at ma-intrigang mundo ng pulitika at bumalik sa private sector para maasikaso ko naman ang pamilya ko na matagal ko nang nakakaligtaan. Mas masalimuot pala itong napuntahan ko. Pati mga dati kong kaibigan nagagalit sa akin," the former senator and Cabinet member said.

"Tama ba itong aking ginagawa? Kasalukuyan noong matindi ang labanan para masama ang basketball sa SEA (Southeast Asian) Games at marami ang nagsasabi sa akin na isang gold medal lang naman ang basketball bakit ako magpapakamatay," he said.

Lina, also a former Provincial Governor of Laguna and the major sponsor of Rep. Act. 6847, the law that created the Philippine Sports Commission, however, was told by a close associates to think of the 84 million Filipinos who treasure the sport most and wanted, at that time, to see their national team defend the title the country had won 13 times in 14 Games staging since 1977.

"Of course, for reason beyond the BAP, we did not succeed. But there and then, I decided to pursue the fight to the end, especially when the rich tradition Philippine basketball has in the international sporting scene came to mind. When the thought of the Philippines missing the Asian Games for the first time since its inception in 1951," Lina, now the president of the Manila Hotel, recalled.

This, according to him, is no longer a fight of Joe Lina. This is already a fight for the millions of Filipinos who love basketball more than any other sports.

"Kung ang BAP na siyang naging responsible sa makasaysayang relasyon ng bansa sa FIBA, FIBA-Asia, SEABA at maging sa IOC, Olympic Council of Asia at SEA Games Federation, ay siya mismong susuko, sino pa ang lalaban para ma-mentena natin ang relasyong ito? Sino pa ang magbabalik sa Pilipinas sa Olympic Games kundi ang BAP na siyang kinikilalang lehitimong NSA mula pa noong una?" he asked.

"In other words, I am doing all these in the interest of hundreds, maybe thousands of Filipino men and women responsible why basketball has been the nation’s favorite pastime. Like the members of the Philippine teams that finished fifth in the 1936 Olympic Games and that which ended up third in the 1954 world championship. These are accomplishments no other Asian country has so far matched," Lina stressed.

He said he is also dedicating the fight to the memory of the Filipino founding fathers of the Asian Basketball Confederation, particularly then BAP president, the late Sen. Ambrosio Padilla, who also became the first president of the ABC, and Chito Calvo, secretary general.

"Not only that, isn’t it a fact that the first and only Asian to become president of FIBA is a Filipino, the revered Gonzalo "Lito" Puyat II, who assumed the post not only for a term but twice. And Mr. Puyat did it as president of the BAP," Lina reminisced.

And speaking of history, Lina said the Philippines as a member of FIBA in good standing has been awarded the hosting of the world championship, not only once but twice, which, again, no other Asian country has done.

"There are many more contributions the BAP has contributed to the growth of basketball, not only in Asia but in the entire world. Hindi ba’t tayo ang nag-tsampyon sa Asian Games nang apat na sunod mula noong 1951. Limang beses din tayong nanalo sa ABC," he said.

"Now, tell me, what national sports association can approximate what the BAP has done in bringing honors to the country and the word Filipino? Bagsak daw ang basketball sa bansa. Eh kung bagsak bakit minsan lang tayo natalo sa SEA Games mula noong 1977?

Agent 008
04-03-2006, 09:41 AM
One question...

Since I posted this thread, has anybody ever taken the same position as that of Mr. Lina's?

Maybe Gameface should reach out to the 150 or so basketball organizations that are apparently with the BAP. What do you say, gentlemen? ;D

gameface_one
04-03-2006, 09:44 AM
One question...

Since I posted this thread, has anybody ever taken the same position as that of Mr. Lina's?

Maybe Gameface should reach out to the 150 or so basketball organizations that are apparently with the BAP. What do you say, gentlemen?* ;D


Gameface has been in contact with some of the organizations but for purposes of media coverage only.

Agent 008
04-03-2006, 09:51 AM
Thank you Gameface One,

I hope some of them join this site so we can start hearing about their side of the story. It's just so funny that I have not come across anyone (in this site, in the streets nor in print) who is batting for the BAP option. Yet, Mr. Lina continues to defiantly proclaim that his org is THE basketball nsa and has effectively held our entire international basketball program hostage.

yungha
04-03-2006, 10:56 AM
This is a fight for the Filipinos – Lina
manila bulletin on-line


By eddie alinea

Is basketball worth fighting for?

...Joey Lina...

"Now, tell me, what national sports association can approximate what the BAP has done in bringing honors to the country and the word Filipino? Bagsak daw ang basketball sa bansa. Eh kung bagsak bakit minsan lang tayo natalo sa SEA Games mula noong 1977?


we dominate SEAG basketball because it's a low-level tournament. in 2005 we could have sent feu, la salle or letran to defend the SEAG basketball championship and any of of them could have handily won the gold. what higher purpose would it serve philippine basketball to keep focusing on winning the SEAG, and how would winning contribute to phil basketball development.

if we allow the BAP to have its way, the end-all and be-all of our int'l basketball participation would be winning the SEA Games. we'd keep sending power-packed lineups composed of danny capobres, danny aying, woodrow enriquez, chris cantonjos, dennis madrid, etc. nothing against these guys but even with year-round training they'll never even crack the top 8 in FIBA-Asia. and considering that they're mostly 25-30 year-olds, this is probably as good as they'll ever get.

contrast this to chot's program, which calls for giving maximum exposure to the country's best 22-25 year-olds like renren, enrico, kirby, thoss, james yap, etc, in order for them to peak in time for possible qualification to the 2008 Olympics or 2007 Worlds. at least here there's a clear direction and a tangible goal. ok lang if we fall short, as long as we keep trying to make ourselves better, and stop being content being mere SEA Games champs.

Agent 008
04-03-2006, 01:12 PM
Dear Yungha,

Thank you for your post and for quoting the ludicrous reasoning being given by the ex-senator. Gagawa na lang sila ng positive spin ay sobrang labo pa.

Going back to my previous post, no one seems to be talking louder than Mr. Lina for the BAP's case...in fact, nobody else is talking on behalf of the BAP..period.

Kid Cubao
04-03-2006, 02:50 PM
no one else is taking the cudgels for the BAP because it has irretrievably lost its clout as an organization. the ones who do all the talking in its behalf are joey lina and graham lim--while in detention. nararapat na imbestigahan ng basketball pilipinas yung mga kasunduan na ipinasok nina graham lim and co. with FIBA. medyo kahina-hinala na yung reluctance ni patrick baumann sa pagkilala sa bagong organisasyon na itinaguyod ng mga non-BAP stakeholders.

gameface_one
04-04-2006, 08:45 AM
POC, stakeholders meet Baumann tonite
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 04/04/2006

SEOUL — A high-powered Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) delegation and representatives of four major cage stakeholders will brief Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) secretary-general Patrick Baumann on the progress of their compliance with conditions set for the lifting of the country’s suspension in a private session at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel here early tonight.

POC president Jose Cojuangco, Jr., first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella of Bacolod City, secretary-general Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco comprise the POC delegation that arrived here Saturday to attend a series of Olympic-related meetings.

Representing the stakeholders are Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) chairman Ely Capacio of San Miguel Corp., vice chairman Ricky Vargas of Talk ‘N’ Text and commissioner Noli Eala, Philippine Basketball League (PBL) commissioner Chino Trinidad, member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Board of Trustees Jun-Jun Capistrano and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) vice chairman Paul Supan of Jose Rizal University.

The stakeholder representatives, except for Vargas, are arriving here late this afternoon and will motor straight to the Grand Intercontinental Hotel for the meeting with Baumann. Vargas flew in earlier from Singapore on a business trip.

Eala said he is optimistic that Baumann, a Swiss lawyer, will not ignore the efforts of Pilipinas Basketball, the new cage federation endorsed by the POC as the National Sports Association (NSA) and FIBA country affiliate, to end the leadership impasse that led to the suspension.

"It will be an injustice to the country if the efforts are ignored," said Eala. "The suspension is bad enough. We hope Mr. Baumann heeds the call of the majority to put our basketball house in order and that he is reasonable, logical and sensible in appreciating the signs of the times."

Eala said the presence of the stakeholders in the meeting will allow Baumann the opportunity to get to know the representatives personally.

"We don’t intend to press Mr. Baumann to make any kind of decision," continued Eala. "We only wish to show him how serious the stakeholders are and to brief him on what we’ve done and what we’re willing to do for Philippines basketball."

Eala said the stakeholders are prepared to commit their resources for the strongest possible national team to represent the country in FIBA competitions.

"In the past, the BAP (Basketball Association of the Philippines) was unable to send the best players from the UAAP and NCAA to represent the country but now, all the stakeholders are making a solid commitment to Pilipinas Basketball for this purpose,’ said Eala. "This commitment is enshrined in the proposed constitution and by-laws we submitted to FIBA for approval two weeks before the March 31 deadline."

Eala said the major stakeholders are also committed to expand the base of Pilipinas Basketball to involve other stakeholders.

"We’ve begun the process of enlisting other stakeholders," said Eala. "So far, we’ve received positive feedback from leagues such as the NAASCU, Negros Basketball Association, NOCSEA and others. We’ve got individual assignments to reach out to more stakeholders and the response has been very encouraging."

Eala said once the FIBA suspension order is lifted, the country will be ready to field a competitive team to the Asian Games in Doha late this year.

"While there is no definite commitment from the PBA or PBL as to the national team composition, we’re all working together under an umbrella organization and since the national program with coach Chot Reyes is in place, it’s not far-fetched to imagine we’ll send a championship contender to the Asian Games,"said Eala.

Eala described the BAP’s attempt to discredit Pilipinas Basketball’s efforts as "pathetic, selfish and divisive."

"The BAP is trying to muddle the issue," he said. "But the truth is only one group is holding us back and that’s the BAP."

Trinidad said he is confident something positive will come out of the meeting tonight.

"Mr. Baumann knows what’s going on in Philippine basketball," said Trinidad. "He does his homework. He’s logical and he’s intelligent. I remember he once objected to the BAP’s constitution and by-laws which provide for perpetuity in power.

We believe the major stakeholders have taken a step in the right direction for the lifting of our suspension. Now that we’ve submitted our proposed constitution and by-laws for FIBA approval, we’re waiting for Mr. Baumann to advise us what to do next."

Trinidad said BAP president Joey Lina’s refusal to align with the major stakeholders should not be a hindrance to the process of lifting the country’s suspension.

"One man does not make a federation," said Trinidad. "The entire country is being held hostage by one person representing an expelled NSA. We’re sure Mr. Baumann will see that because in FIBA’s own website, there is a quote from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stating, "One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team but one man cannot make a team."

Trinidad lauded the PBA for taking the lead in the effort to solve the crisis.

"The top brass of the PBA flying to Seoul tells you something," he said. "You can’t doubt their intentions and commitment. The PBA has taken the boldest step. This may not happen again and the country can’t pass this chance up. The BAP is asking for more time but they’ve run out of time. The BAP is a thing of the past and we’re now moving forward in the best interest of Philippine basketball."

gameface_one
04-04-2006, 08:46 AM
Loyzaga rues cage impasse
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/04/2006

Carlos "Caloy" Loyzaga, probably the greatest Filipino basketball player, rued the current controversies besetting Philippine basketball and urged the leaders to settle their differences for the sake of the country’s national pastime.

Loyzaga, presently based in Sydney, Australia, was an interested spectator in last Sunday’s PBA games at the Araneta Coliseum. He is on a holiday to witness the graduation rites of one of his grandchildren.

"Instead of fighting, they should help each other and put their act together to get the Philippines back in good status in the Fiba (International Basketball Federation)," said Loyzaga, now 76.

He was reacting to the current impasse in the local basketball scene that led to the suspension of the country in all Fiba-sanctioned tournaments, including the Doha Asian Games in December.

"It’s a pity because the people that suffer the most are the players, not these squabbling officials," Loyzaga added.

The man who played under the monicker "The Great Difference" and chosen by the Philippine Sportswriters Association as one of the greatest Filipino athletes of all time said he hoped the meeting between the POC and the four cage stakeholders and Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann could lead to the lifting of the suspension and pave the way for the return of the country in the Fiba rolls.

"I’ve been out of the country for 20 years now so I am not well versed with what’s happening in local sports but as far as the game is concerned, I would say our talents are very good. The problem is that players from other countries are getting bigger and taller and they can really move," Loyzaga pointed out.

To keep abreast with the improvement of international basketball, Loyzaga said the answer is to continuously let the RP team play overseas.

"We have to learn to play our bigger, taller and better rivals. We can’t just form a team, bring them out and expect to win. That will never happen," said Loyzaga.

"If you want to learn to play somebody that is better than you, expect to be beaten every week, maybe twice on Sundays. In six months, he won’t be able to do the same thing anymore. You will learn something. Sa susunod na mga laro makakasingit ka na minsan. That’s the only way to improve in all sports — playing somebody that’s better than you," Loyzaga added.

He has undergone a quadruple heart by-pass operation but, except for little hearing problem, Loyzaga looks in good physical shape and strong for his age.

gameface_one
04-04-2006, 08:48 AM
End to RP woes in sight?
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 04/04/2006

SEOUL — Whether or not Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) secretary-general Patrick Baumann approves of the steps taken by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) in paving the way for the lifting of the country’s suspension will be known in a meeting at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel here early this evening.

Baumann’s secretary Fiya Kaenin confirmed the 6 p.m. meeting with POC officials and representatives of four major cage stakeholders convening to brief the FIBA secretary-general of their compliance of the conditions stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the POC and FIBA in Geneva last September.

FIBA suspended the Philippines from participating in the governing body’s sanctioned international competitions last year when the POC stripped the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), a country affiliate, of its status as a National Sports Association (NSA). The POC then approved the application of the Philippine Basketball Federation Inc. (PBFI) to take over as the NSA.

FIBA, however, refused to recognize the PBFI as its new country affiliate and in a letter dated last Aug. 30 addressed to POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., Baumann chastised Filipino cage officials for their endless squabbling.

"It is quite obvious that the basketball family in the Philippines is divided in several groups or stakeholders, all bearing, unfortunately, different interests and abusing the popularity of our sport in your country," wrote Baumann. "FIBA’s opinion is that it is inappropriate to use basketball as a sport-political game between opposing sides."

"A satisfactory solution can only be the result of a domestic process where all basketball leaders participate, including BAP (and) PBA–who has already a standing memorandum of agreement with BAP–and all others that you have mentioned as stakeholders in our sport. Given the importance of the sport in your country, such a process could certainly be led and coordinated by the POC and may result in either integrating everyone into the existing federative structure of the BAP and modifying it as needed or creating a new one, as appropriate."

Subsequently, POC chairman Robert Aventajado, Cojuangco and legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco flew to Geneva to craft with Baumann and other FIBA officials an MOU to detail the steps to take in lifting the country’s suspension.

The MOU authorized the POC "to lead and coordinate the process to form a new national basketball federation" to include as major stakeholders the Philippine Basketball Association, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Philippine Basketball League and Joey Lina who is BAP president.

In a letter dated last Oct. 27, Baumann suggested two options for the POC to consider in resolving the impasse–first, a return to the status quo, meaning BAP’s reinstatement as an NSA, and second, the MOU approach of forming a new federation. Since reinstatement is out of the question as the POC General Assembly has voted on the BAP’s expulsion, the MOU approach was adopted.

Lina sought a reconsideration of FIBA’s suspension order but in a letter dated last Oct. 31, Baumann denied the appeal, saying "the POC expulsion of BAP remains an insurmountable obstacle at this stage." For the BAP to remain a FIBA country affiliate, it must enjoy recognition by the POC as an NSA. Without NSA status, the BAP has no claim to legitimacy as a FIBA country affiliate.

Baumann is no stranger to the country’s basketball problems. In 2001, he flew to Manila to supervise a special election for the BAP presidency. Baumann was then FIBA secretary-general Borislav Stankovic’s deputy. Tiny Literal was elected president in a poll that was preceded by tumultuous events. The BAP’s leadership problem caused the country’s suspension by FIBA. Two years later, Literal’s election was put to question by a court ruling instigated by former BAP secretary-general Nic Jorge.

I met Baumann during the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles in 2004 and asked him what he thought of the BAP. Baumann was at the Omni Hotel to attend the formal announcement of the NBA preseason games in China. He sat at a table with NBA commissioner David Stern and FIBA president Carl Ching Men-Ky of Hong Kong.

Baumann rued the crisis and declined to express support for either Literal or Jorge. He was agitated when pressed to comment on the BAP mess.

"I don’t want to say anything about it," said Baumann. "All I know is the Philippines should unite for basketball. The leaders must get together and agree to do things without fighting. The Philippines can be a strong power in basketball but it’s unfortunate that its leaders don’t seem to get along."

Baumann, a Swiss lawyer who speaks five languages, joined FIBA in 1994 and was appointed deputy secretary-general a year later. He was a player, coach and referee in Switzerland and Italy. Baumann earned a Master’s degree in business administration at the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in sports administration management at the University of Lyon in France, a law degree at the University of Lausanne and A-level examinations in San Remo, Italy.

Baumann’s term as secretary-general began in January 2003. He was a member of the Evaluation Committee for the 2008 Olympics and was recently named as member of the Coordination Commission for the 2012 Olympics. Baumann was a former legal assistant of the Swiss Bank Corp. and lawyer of the Cantonal Authorities in Vaud, Switzerland.

Aware of the ugly BAP crisis that arose in 2001, Baumann must realize the Philippines needs a permanent–not a stop-gap–solution to the basketball problem. To take the BAP option, or the status quo, would be like flogging a dead horse. The MOU approach of organizing a new federation is the only way out for a lasting solution.

gameface_one
04-04-2006, 08:58 AM
Who will head Pilipinas Basketball?

First posted 01:47am (Mla time) Mar 27, 2006
By Manolo Iñigo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published of Page A32 of the March 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


SAYING IT IS A SOUND suggestion, many are batting for former Sen. Robert Jaworski to head Pilipinas Basketball, the new and unified cage organization that is seeking to regain the country's membership in the international basketball federation (Fiba.)

"Millions of sports-loving Filipinos will surely be proud to see Jaworski lead the country not on the playing court but in the halls of Fiba."

Fiba suspended the Philippines last year after the Philippine Olympic Committee expelled the Fiba-recognized Basketball Association of the Philippines. However, Fiba said the Philippines could return to its fold following a Memorandum of Understanding forged between the POC and Fiba which calls for five major stakeholders (PBA, PBL, UAAP, NCAA and former Sen. Joey Lina, president of the BAP) to form a new organization, in this case, Pilipinas Basketball. The group is set to be admitted as the newest member of the local Olympic family during the POC general assembly meeting tomorrow.

Jaworski, who turned 60 last March 8, is popularly known as the "Living Legend" of Philippine basketball. He owns a remarkable basketball record playing in the now-defunct Manila Industrial Commercial Athletic Association (Micaa) and the Philippine Basketball Association for more than three decades.

He quit the PBA when he was already 52 years old, "the oldest man ever," according to tireless contributor Paul Mortel, "to play pro basketball anywhere in the world."

He was not only a popular player (particularly for crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra) but a topnotch coach as well, winning four titles in the PBA and a silver medal for the Philippine team in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing.

Other rumored possible Pilipinas Basketball heads are PBA moguls Manny Pangilinan, Henry Cojuangco, George Chua, Wilfred Uytengsu, Bert Lina and Buddy Encarnado. Earlier mentioned was Jun Bernardino, the first PBA commissioner who rose from the ranks.

gameface_one
04-04-2006, 09:00 AM
Now or never for basketball
Manila Bulletin Online


POC to meet FIBA chief to show compliance with MoU



SEOUL, South Korea - The future of Philippine basketball may well be at stake when a Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) delegation meet with Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Secretary General Patrick Baumann at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel here early Tuesday night.


The POC delegation, which will include the major stakeholders which Baumann mentioned in his Memorandum of Understanding with the POC last year, will brief the FIBA chief on the progress of their compliance with the conditions he set for the lifting of the country’s suspension from international competitions.

POC President Jose Cojuangco, Jr., first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella of Bacolod City, secretary-general Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco comprise the POC delegation that arrived here Saturday to attend a series of Olympic-related meetings.

Representing the stakeholders are Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Chairman Ely Capacio of San Miguel Corp., vice chairman Ricky Vargas of Talk ‘N’ Text and Commissioner Noli Eala, Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Commissioner Chino Trinidad, member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Board of Trustees Jun-Jun Capistrano and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) vice chairman Paul Supan of Jose Rizal University.

Eala said he is optimistic that Baumann will not ignore the efforts of Pilipinas Basketball, the new cage federation endorsed by the POC as the National Sports Association (NSA) and FIBA country affiliate, to end the leadership impasse that led to the suspension.

"It will be an injustice to the country if the efforts are ignored," said Eala. "The suspension is bad enough. We hope Mr. Baumann heeds the call of the majority to put our basketball house in order."

Eala said the presence of the stakeholders in the meeting will allow Baumann the opportunity to get to know the representatives personally.

"We don’t intend to press Mr. Baumann to make any kind of decision," said Eala. "We only wish to show him how serious the stakeholders are and to brief him on what we’ve done and what we’re willing to do for Philippines basketball."

Eala said the stakeholders are prepared to commit their resources for the strongest possible national team to represent the country in FIBA competitions.

"In the past, the BAP (Basketball Association of the Philippines) was unable to send the best players from the UAAP and NCAA to represent the country but now, all the stakeholders are making a solid commitment to Pilipinas Basketball for this purpose," said Eala. "This commitment is enshrined in the proposed Constitution and By-Laws we submitted to FIBA for approval two weeks before the March 31 deadline."

Eala said the major stakeholders are also committed to expand the base of Pilipinas Basketball to involve other stakeholders.

"We’ve begun the process of enlisting other stakeholders," said Eala. "So far, we’ve received positive feedback from leagues such as the NAASCU, Negros Basketball Assoication, NOCSEA and others. We’ve got individual assignments to reach out to more stakeholders and the response has been very encouraging."

Eala said once the FIBA suspension order is lifted, the country will be ready to field a competitive team to the Asian Games in Doha late this year.

"While there is no definite commitment from the PBA or PBL as to the national team composition, we’re all working together under an umbrella organization and since the national program with coach Chot Reyes is in place, it’s not far-fetched to imagine we’ll send a championship contender to the Asian Games," said Eala.

Trinidad said he is confident something positive will come out of the meeting tonight.

"Mr. Baumann knows what’s going on in Philippine basketball," said Trinidad. "He does his homework. He’s logical and he’s intelligent. I remember he once objected to the BAP’s Constitution and By-Laws which provide for perpetuity in power. We believe the major stakeholders have taken a step in the right direction for the lifting of our suspension. Now that we’ve submitted our proposed Constitution and By-Laws for FIBA approval, we’re waiting for Mr. Baumann to advise us what to do next."

Trinidad said BAP president Joey Lina’s refusal to align with the major stakeholders should not be a hindrance to the process of lifting the country’s suspension.

"One man does not make a federation," said Trinidad. "The entire country is being held hostage by one person representing an expelled NSA. We’re sure Mr. Baumann will see that because in FIBA’s own website, there is a quote from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stating, ‘One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team but one man cannot make a team.’"

Trinidad lauded the PBA for taking the lead in the effort to solve the crisis.

"The top brass of the PBA flying to Seoul tells you something," he said. "You can’t doubt their intentions and commitment. The PBA has taken the boldest step. This may not happen again and the country can’t pass this chance up. The BAP is asking for more time but they’ve run out of time. The BAP is a thing of the past and we’re now moving forward in the best interest of Philippine basketball."

Lucas Palaka
04-04-2006, 10:03 AM
ang hirap sa pamunuan ng BAP ay wala silang malasakit sa mga manlalaro. tama si lolo caloy sa obserbasyon nya. hetong sina joey lina at graham lim, ewan ko lang kung sino sa kanila ang nakapaglaro na ng intercolor sa barangay nila. dapat mga dating mga manlalaro, kung maaari yung mga naglaro sa national team, ang nandyan sa BAP. mas mabuti, buwagin na nila ang BAP. meron nang basketball pilipinas.

Agent 008
04-04-2006, 05:01 PM
It may go down to a battle of ex-senators. If Jawo does assume the PB helm and Lina continues to be a roadblock, this thread will spill into the streets of the barangay. This might just be the recipe for the right type of coup :D

Personally, I would pick the Big Difference Loyzaga over the Living Legend as PB head but he is already enjoying his retirement in Australia. However, I do agree that the Big J is the more appropriate head to place than the other names I've heard so far (Pangilinan, Uytengsu, Lina, Cojuangco, et al). This is Pilipinas Basketball. It is not just another pet project these business types should take on for a ride.

Stay in the boardroom and leave the game to those who know how to play it.

gameface_one
04-05-2006, 08:18 AM
Rogge pledges all-out support
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 04/05/2006

SEOUL — In an unconditional gesture of support, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge of Belgium said yesterday he is 100 percent behind the efforts of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) in lifting the country’s suspension by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).

POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella of Bacolod City, secretary-general Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco welcomed Rogge’s support during a 45-minute meeting in a private room on the Second Floor of the COEX Intercontinental Hotel here.

The meeting was arranged by IOC representative of the Philippines Frank Elizalde.

Rogge met the Philippine delegation from 12:15 to 1 p.m., in between other meetings in his tight schedule. He was accompanied by IOC Solidarity director Pere Miro.

"Dr. Rogge was extremely friendly and expressed support for what we’re doing in the POC for the development of Philippine sports," said Cojuangco. "I met him for the first time the other day but only informally. This was the first time we sat down to talk for an extended period."

Cojuangco took the opportunity to brief Rogge on the POC’s campaign to lift the country’s FIBA suspension.

"Dr. Rogge was well-versed on the issues," continued Cojuangco. "It seemed like he was thoroughly briefed by Mr. Miro who is aware of our situation. Dr. Rogge assured us that when it comes to Olympic qualifying competitions, the IOC takes precedence over an ISF (International Sports Federation)."

Puentevella told Rogge that in the last Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the suspension deprived millions of Filipinos of the opportunity to watch the country’s most popular sport.

"We’ve suffered enough," said Puentevella. "I mentioned that taking away basketball from Filipinos in the SEA Games which we hosted is like taking away football from the French, Dr. Rogge commented that he understood what I meant, saying it’s like taking away taekwondo from the Koreans."

According to Puentevella, Rogge said he hopes the POC delegation will find the solution to its problem before leaving here for home.

Instead of Rogge, Miro will attend the stakeholders meeting with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel set last night.

Cojuangco invited Rogge to visit Manila for the National Games in June.

"The first thing I’ll do when I get back home is to check with the NSAs (National Sports Associations) and LGU (local government units) as to their preparations for the National Games," said Cojuangco. "If Dr. Rogge’s schedule will permit, we’d like him to be our guest during the Games so he can experience Filipino hospitality and see for himself how we love sports."

gameface_one
04-05-2006, 08:18 AM
Olympic chief backs POC stand against BAP
Assures Cojuangco of IOC support


First posted 02:25am (Mla time) April 05, 2006
By Ernesto Gonzales
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A25 of the April 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


SEOUL -- The president of the International Olympic Committee yesterday assured the Philippine Olympic Committee of his support in its protracted dispute with the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

The assurance came during a 45-minute meeting where POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco recounted to IOC chief Jacques Rogge the events that led to the expulsion of the BAP through a unanimous vote by the POC general assembly last June.

The POC move did not sit well with the international basketball federation (FIBA), which banned the Philippines from international caging last year.

With Cojuangco during the meeting were POC vice president and Bacolod Representative Monico Puentevella, POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco. It was held on the sidelines of the Association of National Olympic Committee 15th general assembly meeting at the Hotel Intercontinental Grand Ballroom here.

Cojuangco said Rogge virtually upheld the right of an NOC to discipline and punish a member in backing the POC in its row with the BAP.

To help solve the problem, Cojuangco said Rogge had tapped his right-hand man, Pere Miro, to look into the issue, which the IOC head said he had already heard about.

"I hope we can find a solution (to the basketball controversy) here," said Cojuangco.

Still, a lot depended on a meeting between Cojuangco's group and FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann later in the day which would tackle the approval of the new basketball group, called Pilipinas Basketball, which four of the five FIBA-mandated major stakeholders had crafted.

Another meeting with representatives of the four stakeholders from the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, University Athletics Association of the Philippines, and National Collegiate Athletics Association is scheduled later in the day.

gameface_one
04-05-2006, 08:19 AM
Monico says pressure on to lift suspension

The Philippine Star 04/05/2006

SEOUL — Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella took the floor to deliver a strong message that no National Olympic Committee (NOC) should ever allow itself to be pressured or controlled by an International Sports Federation (ISF) during the General Assembly meeting of the 203-nation Association of NOCs at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel here the other day.

Puentevella said with POC president Jose Cojuangco, Jr.’s go-signal, he spoke out in an effort to define the relationship between an ISF and an NOC. He never mentioned as a case in point, the country’s suspension by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), stemming from the POC’s expulsion of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) as a National Sports Association (NSA), but it was clear his comments were meant to assert an NOC’s authority.

Puentevella noted his remarks will likely trigger an ANOC resolution to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), denouncing the "abuse of power" of some ISFs. It could lead to a major policy statement.

"I told the General Assembly that when we hosted the last Southeast Asian Games, we could not even play our No. 1 sport," continued Puentevella. "How ironic, I explained, that an autonomous and independent body can be regulated by an ISF."

Puentevella said he was careful not to identify basketball as the sport in question to avoid embarrassment to any person or organization.

With regard to FIBA’s order, Puentevella said the pressure is on as more IOC officials are now aware of the BAP’s attempts to stonewall the POC’s campaign to lift the suspension at the country’s expense.

Puentevella singled out ANOC secretary-general Gunila Lindberg of Sweden and IOC director of the Solidarity Movement Pere Miro as influential officials sympathetic to the POC’s plight.

Puentevella said the POC officials flew here "to get action" and it appears the signs are positive that the POC is on the right track in pushing for a new cage NSA, Pilipinas Basketball, to be accredited by FIBA as a country affiliate.

"Mr. Miro understands our situation," said POC legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco, referring to IOC president Jacques Rogge’s close associate who manages the high-budget Solidarity Movement. "He knows about our basketball problem. He agrees that an NOC should have leeway and flexibility in exercising its functions without being regulated by an ISF."

Miro confirmed his attendance in the meeting involving the POC officials, representatives of four major cage stakeholders and FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann scheduled last night. Miro has received copies of Baumann’s recent letters to Cojuangco and BAP president Joey Lina related to the basketball crisis.

"We expect to cover a lot of ground with Mr. Baumann," said Tanjuatco. "First, we hope to get his response on the proposed Constitution and By-Laws of Pilipinas Basketball that we submitted to FIBA. That hues closely to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the POC and FIBA. Then, we’ll discuss the details of accrediting Pilipinas Basketball as a FIBA country affiliate. This will be a working session with nitty-gritty details to take up."

Tanjuatco said in light of recent developments, Lina’s pronouncements in media calling for arbitration and reinstatement into the POC appear to be more and more irrelevant.

gameface_one
04-05-2006, 08:21 AM
Seoul survivors
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 04/05/2006

SEOUL — If you ask Al Mendoza of the Inquirer, he’d rather call us the Fab Four because of his loyalty to the Beatles. If you ask Nick Giongco of the Bulletin, he’ll probably say we’re the Four Gladiators because of his love for boxing. If you ask Ernie Gonzales of the Inquirer, he’ll definitely insist we’re just four parbusters on the same flight because of his passion for golf.

As for me, we’re the Soulmates in Seoul.

Last Monday afternoon, the four of us took a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from Manila to this South Korean capital to be on hand for the meeting involving the top brass of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), representatives of four of the country’s major cage stakeholders and Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) secretary-general Patrick Baumann.

The meeting with Baumann was set at the COEX Intercontinental Hotel last night.

We were invited to see for ourselves whether or not the POC was gaining ground in its efforts to convince FIBA to lift the country’s suspension.

POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella of Bacolod City, secretary-general Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco arrived here Saturday night to attend a series of Olympic-related meetings, including the crucial get-together with Baumann.

Also flying in from Manila were representatives of four hoop stakeholders-Philippine Basketball Association chairman Ely Capacio, vice chairman Ricky Vargas and commissioner Noli Eala, Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad, University Athletic Association of the Philippines Board of Trustees member Jose Capistrano and National Collegiate Athletic Association vice chairman Paul Supan. They arrived late yesterday afternoon in time for the 6 p.m. meeting with Baumann.

We were informed about this trip only a week ago. Luckily, the Korean Embassy took just a few days to issue our visas.

Al, Nick, Ernie and I met up at the airport for the 2:25 p.m. flight. Looking like a dashing jetsetter, Ernie had nothing to check in and walked into the terminal carrying only a sling Nike golf bag. Al, Nick and I checked in our little trolleys. Nick had his laptop tucked inside a backpack while mine was in a brief case.

There was a slight delay in our departure because a passenger who had checked in his stuff decided not to leave at the last minute and the ground staff took some time to fish out the luggage. Then, we had to wait a few more minutes as the plane was on standby before being cleared for take-off.

As usual, the PAL flight was smooth and comfortable and the service was excellent. We were served a hot meal during the 3 1/2 hour flight. The only distasteful part of the trip was my seatmate, a Korean in a coat and tie, took off his shoes and socks and sat all the way through in his bare feet. At least, he had the decency to keep his exposed feet away from me.

Before we knew it, the plane had already landed at the Incheon International Airport.

We went through immigration in a jiffy and our trolleys were first off the carousel. At the airport Shinhan Bank, we exchanged $100 each for 94,000 Korean won then boarded the bus for Hamilton Hotel in the Itaewon district. The bus ticket cost $13. The ride was about 1 1/2 hours and we reached our destination after five stops along the way, dropping off passengers.

Because our cells don’t work here, Al rented a phone from an airport booth at the rate of $1.30 a day. He inserted his SIM card in the rented phone to preserve his Philippine number.

We arrived at the 155-room, nine-storey Hamilton Hotel close to 9 p.m. (Korea is an hour ahead of Manila). Al and I got a room together while Nick and Ernie took the other room. As soon as we dumped our stuff in our rooms, we went out for dinner. Restaurants are next to each other on both sides of the Itaewon strip where our hotel is strategically located. Al and I had steakhouse burgers at Burger King while Nick and Ernie went to Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The weather was cool and nippy, about 12 degrees Celsius. Al described it as jacket-weather.

After dinner, we went back to the hotel and quickly got on the phone with Puentevella and Tanjuatco for the lowdown on what’s been going on.

Will there be good news to report? We hope so. When we return home, maybe we’ll be called the Seoul Survivors.

gameface_one
04-05-2006, 08:23 AM
IOC backs move for RP’s return to FIBA
Manila Bulletin On-line


By nick giongco

SEOUL — The Philippines made great inroads in its affiliation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), whose president Jacques Rogge expressed full support to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) during a courtesy call made by Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. on Tuesday afternoon at the COEX Intercontinental Hotel.


Joined by POC First Vice President Monico Puentevella, Secretary General Steve Hontiveros and Legal Counsel Igmedio Tanjuatco, Cojuangco emerged from a 30-minute meeting behind closed doors with Rogge smiling from ear-to-ear.

Rogge, an obstetric and orthopedic surgeon who has a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine at the University of Ghent, assured Cojuangco of the IOC’s support in efforts to resolve the basketball crisis after hearing from the former Tarlac Congressman the details of the expulsion of the Basketball Association of the Philippines by the POC.

Tanjuatco said Rogge is willing to lend a hand in settling the issue as the Philippines is bidding to be reinstated so it could send a team to the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.

Because of the suspension, the Philippines was prevented by the FIBA from holding games during the 23rd Southeast Asian Games in Manila apart from participating in the Southeast Asia Basketball Championship in Malaysia.

"The IOC knows about the basketball situation in the country and Pere Miro, the director of the Olympic Solidarity Movement, has been tapped to help us out in this problem," said Hontiveros.

Cojuangco and representatives from the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, UAAP and NCAA, which formed the so-called basketball stakeholders despite the decision of former Sen. Joey Lina to exclude his name, were scheduled to meet with FIBA Secretary-General Patrick Baumann late Tuesday night.

Regardless of the outcome of the meeting with FIBA, Cojuangco expressed satisfaction over the events that have taken place here the past few days.

"We have been given an audience by key people and this is the main thrust of this trip," said Cojuangco, who arrived here on Saturday to take part in the 15th Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly and SportAccord.

Rogge, a member of the Belgian sailing team in the 1968 (Mexico), 1972 (Munich) and 1976 (Montreal) Olympics, succeeded Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain in 2001.

Taking advantage of the opportunity, Cojuangco personally invited Rogge to make a visit to the Philippines sometime in June.

"The IOC president has accepted the invitation but Mr. Rogge will look at his schedule and plan his visit," said Hontiveros.

Agent 008
04-05-2006, 05:25 PM
Has anyone heard anything about the Baumann meeting?

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 01:17 PM
BAP not throwing in towel yet
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By BONG PEDRALVEZ, The Manila Times Subeditor

The Basketball Association of the Philippines is not about to throw in the towel yet, BAP secretary-general Graham Lim said Wednesday.

"It might be a long and bloody battle," said Lim in an interview at the Metropolitan Hospital in Tondo, Manila, where he had a checkup for stress-related high-blood pressure.

"FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann can’t act on the fate of the the BAP alone, it has to be decided by the FIBA central board," said Lim a day after a powerhouse sports delegation, led by Philippine Olympic Committee Jose Cojuangco Jr., met with the top International Basketball Federation official in Seoul, South Korea.

Cojuangco took with him some of local basketball’s stakeholders, including commissioners Noli Eala and Chino Trinidad of the Philippine Basketball Association and the Philippine Basketball League, respectively.

The group was expected to brief Baumann on Pilipinas Basketball.

Pilipinas Basketball is the newest basketball association endorsed by the POC, which claims it fulfills the memorandum of understanding Cojuangco and Baumann signed at the FIBA headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, in September.

Should the new organization get the world governing body’s blessings, the POC is hopeful the FIBA’s ban on the country will also be lifted.

Lim said although Bauman exercises a lot of influence in FIBA, he alone cannot decide on the Philippine basketball issue.

"This is a matter that will have to be taken up by the FIBA central board, which rules on the membership of its associations. Baumann can only make recommendations," Lim said.

Lim said the FIBA central board comprises 21 members—three members each from FIBA-Asia, FIBA-America, FIBA-Africa, FIBA-Oceania and FIBA-Europe.

Baumann, FIBA president Carl Ching Menky, FIBA honorary president Borislav Stankovic plus three other officers sit on the board.

Lim explained that the FIBA board makes the policies and decides on the major issues involving the organization, including the acceptance of new members and the expulsion of old ones.

Lim disclosed that the FIBA central board met in Hong Kong two weeks ago "and Baumann could have briefed its members of his [impending] meeting with the POC in Korea."

He also pointed out that for FIBA to accept a new member from the Philippines "it would first have to expel the BAP. But remember the BAP remains a FIBA member of good standing."

Whatever Baumann’s recommendation on the issue after the meeting in Korea, Lim said, he expected it to be in keeping with Baumann’s previous statements that the POC’s expulsion of the BAP on June 30, 2005, was "inappropriate and out of proportion."

"Baumann’s recommendation will also still have to be acted upon by the FIBA Central Board," he said.

In the event the central board decides to boot out the BAP and accept Pilipinas Basketball, Lim said, the "final reckoning" will be at the FIBA World Congress set in August in Japan.

"The BAP will present its case to the entire membership at the FIBA World Congress in Japan, which will then decide on the matter once and for all," Lim said.

"That is why I believe this issue is not yet over. But the POC has not been informing the public about the long process needed for FIBA membership," he said. "The BAP reinstatement [by the POC] is still the fastest way we can return to international basketball competition."

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 01:44 PM
FIBA’s Baumann to Eala: 'Stay the course' in cage row
Pilipinas Basketball fails to get approval
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First posted 02:55am (Mla time) April 06, 2006
By Ernesto Gonzales
Inquirer


Editor's Note: Published on page A23 of the April 6, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


SEOUL, South Korea -- The key to ousting the Basketball Association of the Philippines from the world basketball federation (FIBA) is to prove it no longer has the membership and the authority to run the sport in the country.

"Stay the course," FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann told the six representatives of the four major stakeholders yesterday during a meeting where he finally acknowledged their efforts to put up a new cage group to replace BAP.

"You just have to be persistent (in pursuing your case)," added Baumann after he was briefed for the second time in the day of the general disenchantment with the BAP that led to the association's expulsion from the Philippine Olympic Committee last year.

The expulsion led to a FIBA ban on the participation of the Philippines in international tournaments except in the Jones Cup in Taiwan and, hopefully, the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, since the Asiad is under the jurisdiction of the Olympic Council of Asia.

Baumann, accompanied by FIBA secretary general emeritus Borislav Stankovic, acted like a spoiled brat during a meeting with top POC officials led by president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, insisting that the POC recommendation for a new cage body did not have the approval of the fifth stakeholder, BAP president Joey Lina.

But Baumann, a young lawyer from Switzerland, was not only civil, but responsive as well, when he came face to face for the first time with Philippine Basketball Association chair Ely Capacio, commissioner Noli Eala and governor Ricky Vargas, Philippines Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad, Jose Capistrano Jr. of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines and Paul Supan of the National Collegiate Athletics Association.

POC officials couldn't help but point to an earlier meeting by Cojuangco with International Olympic Committee president Joaquin Rogge as reason for Baumann's quick change of attitude.

In that meeting, Rogge promised full support to the POC in its campaign to uphold its right to sack a recalcitrant national sports association.

While the four stakeholders failed to get immediate approval from Baumann to have their "baby" Pilipinas Basketball as replacement for BAP, Eala said the group was satisfied that the problem was laid out before Baumann.

He said efforts will be made to muster nationwide support for Pilipinas Basketball from all leagues and organizations throughout the country and leave BAP worthless and without any clout.

Baumann said unless the BAP is expelled from the FIBA, the world cage body cannot accept a replacement.

At the same time, Cojuangco said he would ask the Philippine Sports Commission to withdraw all support for the BAP and have the association vacate its office at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

For his part, POC vice president Monico Puentevella said he would also request Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita to declare BAP as an illegitimate body.

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 01:47 PM
FIBA sec-gen receptive to lifting suspension
news.inq7.net

First posted 02:59am (Mla time) April 06, 2006
By Al S. Mendoza
Inquirer


Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the April 6, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


SEOUL, South Korea -- “Stay the course."

Almost emphatically, three times Patrick Baumann told Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Noli Eala that on Tuesday night at the COEX Intercontinental Hotel here.

The youthful Baumann, the secretary general of the world basketball federation (FIBA), told Eala and three other basketball stakeholders in the Philippines he was now receptive to lifting the country's basketball suspension "in due time."

Eala motored direct from the airport to the closed-door meeting with Baumann in the company of fellow basketball stakeholders Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad, University Athletics Association of the Philippines’ Jun Jun Capistrano and National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Paul Supan. They were backstopped by Ding Tanjuatco, the legal counsel of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The delegation that exerted gargantuan efforts to make Baumann lift the FIBA's basketball suspension of the Philippines included PBA chair Ely Capacio and PBA vice chair Ricky Vargas of Talk 'N Text.

There was a marked softening of stand exhibited by Baumann during his meeting with Eala's delegation, historic indeed for its sheer impact on a nation whose favorite pastime for more than half a century has been basketball.

About six hours earlier, Baumann had adopted an almost unbending position when the Philippines pleaded its case to the FIBA through Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr.

With Cojuangco were POC first vice president Monico Puentevella, POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros and Tanjuatco in the noontime meeting with Baumann that also included FIBA hall of famer Boris Stankovic, Baumann's predecessor.

"Just keep pursuing your process of reorganizing Philippine basketball," Baumann told Eala. "We are now studying all angles. But it's really up to you to work it all out so that the Philippines can return to the graces of FIBA. We'd love to see that happen in the shortest possible time."

He said the "fastest way really" to have the Philippines back in good standing with the FIBA is to have "Mr. Joey Lina sign the statutes" for the creation of a new basketball association, the Pilipinas Basketball.

Cojuangco stayed out of the first-ever encounter between Baumann and Eala, electing to wait by a table just outside the door of the closed-door meeting, eating two scoops of strawberry ice cream midway into the wait in the company of Hontiveros and Iggy Vitales, the POC president's chief sports ally in America.

"I have said everything that needed to be said in our meeting with Baumann," said Cojuangco. "I am hopeful Baumann's meeting with our four major stakeholders would produce positive results."

Eala said he was impressed with Baumann, who is a lawyer like him.

"He is very young and yet, he exudes near-flawless confidence and a conviction of a seasoned leader," said Eala, who invited Baumann to be the guest of honor in the Oct. 1 opening of the next PBA season. "He said he was honored to be invited and I assured him the PBA and our millions of Filipino basketball fans will surely be delighted to see him come."

Newly elected FIBA president Bob Elphinston of Australia was with Baumann during the meeting with Eala & Co.

"It's a step in the right direction," said Elphinston of the meeting between Baumann and Eala's group. "We in Australia, and of course in the FIBA as a whole, would want the Philippines back into the FIBA fold. I'm optimistic it would happen soon. The Philippines is such a very popular country for its distinct love affair with basketball."

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 01:54 PM
RP’s FIBA bid suffers a blow
mb.com.ph


By nick giongco

SEOUL, South Korea — The Philippine Olympic Committee’s bid to have FIBA lift the country’s basketball suspension suffered a major blow Tuesday night when Patrick Baumann, the federation’s secretary general, rejected the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball and said the FIBA can’t act on the matter unless the Basketball Association of the Philippines is made part of the equation.

The rejection was a big disappointment for the high-powered POC delegation which left the country over the weekend brimming with confidence and returned last night wondering what else it would need to do to convince Baumann that the BAP no longer existed.

Baumann, according to one insider who requested anonymity, was unhappy that BAP President Joey Lina did not sign the charter of the new organization and reminded the group headed by POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr. that to facilitate the lifting of the suspension, the POC must work to bring the BAP into the negotiation table.

"We tried to tell him that the BAP does not exist anymore and that Pilipinas Basketball is the new federation formed by the biggest and most influential leagues in the country," said Chino Trinidad, commissioner of the Philippine Basketball League, who was among four stakeholders who joined the trip to Seoul.

Trinidad said Baumann’s offer to include the BAP into the new organization "was unacceptable (to the POC)," and because of this, he sees a long and difficult time ahead for Philippine basketball especially in light of the forthcoming Asian Games in Doha in December.

Even the presence of PBA Commissioner Noli Eala and representatives of the NCAA and the UAAP, failed to move Baumann to change his position.

One member of the delegation also described Baumann’s attitude towards the POC as "hostile."

Later, however, Baumann apparently softened and told the delegation that "it was moving in the right direction."

"He even offered a window of opportunity which we could use to participate in the Asian Games without having to secure FIBA blessing," said Trinidad.

Though Trinidad did not elaborate, another source said this window could be the Olympic Council of Asia, the organization that runs the Asian Games, which could invite the Philippine basketball team to participate.

"Sa kanya (Baumann) nanggaling and suggestion na ito," Trinidad said.

Baumann also told Eala after a two-hour meeting at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel to "stay the course."

Eala was joined in the meeting by PBA Chairman Ely Capacio and Talk ’N Text representative Ricky Vargas, UAAP’s Jose Capistrano Jr., NCAA’s Paul Supan and Trinidad.

Baumann, on the other hand, brought with him incoming FIBA President Bob Elphinston, who will assume the post during the FIBA World Congress in August in Japan. The POC was represented in the first phase of the meeting by Cojuangco, First Vice President Monico Puentevella, Legal Counsel Ding Tanjuatco and Secretary General Steve Hontiveros.

Despite FIBA’s decision to maintain the status quo (meaning the BAP remains the recognized RP basketball body), Eala thought the trip was a breakthrough.

"This was a successful trip," said Eala. "This certainly strengthened our case with the FIBA."

Baumann told Eala "to be persistent" in the bid to gain entry into the FIBA as he advised him to work on the case upon their return.

Hontiveros said he will check with the Olympic Council of Asia if the Philippines could indeed play in the Asian Games from Dec. 1 to 15 even without the FIBA’s approval.

Cojuangco met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge at a little past 12 noon, just before the first meeting with Baumann, and the Belgian leader expressed his all-out support to the POC’s leadership and programs.

Elphinston said he is looking forward to the resolution of the basketball problem in the Philippines "so you could play in the Asian Games as basketball is truly your No. 1 sport."

fraternizer
04-06-2006, 02:13 PM
Monico says pressure on to lift suspension
philstar.com

The Philippine Star 04/05/2006

SEOUL — Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella took the floor to deliver a strong message that no National Olympic Committee (NOC) should ever allow itself to be pressured or controlled by an International Sports Federation (ISF) during the General Assembly meeting of the 203-nation Association of NOCs at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel here the other day.

Puentevella said with POC president Jose Cojuangco, Jr.’s go-signal, he spoke out in an effort to define the relationship between an ISF and an NOC. He never mentioned as a case in point, the country’s suspension by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), stemming from the POC’s expulsion of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) as a National Sports Association (NSA), but it was clear his comments were meant to assert an NOC’s authority.

Puentevella noted his remarks will likely trigger an ANOC resolution to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), denouncing the "abuse of power" of some ISFs. It could lead to a major policy statement.

"I told the General Assembly that when we hosted the last Southeast Asian Games, we could not even play our No. 1 sport," continued Puentevella. "How ironic, I explained, that an autonomous and independent body can be regulated by an ISF."

Puentevella said he was careful not to identify basketball as the sport in question to avoid embarrassment to any person or organization.

With regard to FIBA’s order, Puentevella said the pressure is on as more IOC officials are now aware of the BAP’s attempts to stonewall the POC’s campaign to lift the suspension at the country’s expense.

Puentevella singled out ANOC secretary-general Gunila Lindberg of Sweden and IOC director of the Solidarity Movement Pere Miro as influential officials sympathetic to the POC’s plight.

Puentevella said the POC officials flew here "to get action" and it appears the signs are positive that the POC is on the right track in pushing for a new cage NSA, Pilipinas Basketball, to be accredited by FIBA as a country affiliate.

"Mr. Miro understands our situation," said POC legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco, referring to IOC president Jacques Rogge’s close associate who manages the high-budget Solidarity Movement. "He knows about our basketball problem. He agrees that an NOC should have leeway and flexibility in exercising its functions without being regulated by an ISF."

Miro confirmed his attendance in the meeting involving the POC officials, representatives of four major cage stakeholders and FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann scheduled last night. Miro has received copies of Baumann’s recent letters to Cojuangco and BAP president Joey Lina related to the basketball crisis.

"We expect to cover a lot of ground with Mr. Baumann," said Tanjuatco. "First, we hope to get his response on the proposed Constitution and By-Laws of Pilipinas Basketball that we submitted to FIBA. That hues closely to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the POC and FIBA. Then, we’ll discuss the details of accrediting Pilipinas Basketball as a FIBA country affiliate. This will be a working session with nitty-gritty details to take up."

Tanjuatco said in light of recent developments, Lina’s pronouncements in media calling for arbitration and reinstatement into the POC appear to be more and more irrelevant.

AnthonyServinio
04-07-2006, 10:39 AM
Here's a suggested solution . . .

. . . keep the juridical person called the BAP but get rid of personalities who have polluted and bastardized Philippine basketball led by Chinamen Graham Lim and Johny Tam and keep them away from basketball for good. >:(

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:20 PM
Lina happy BAP was 'vindicated'

April 07, 2006
Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer

THE BASKETBALL Association of the Philippines will seek advice from the international basketball federation (FIBA) after Pilipinas Basketball, the new cage body backed by the Philippine Olympic Committee, failed to get the nod of FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann.

"I'm happy that the BAP [has been] vindicated," BAP president Joey Lina said yesterday. "But I'm also going to seek clarification from the (FIBA) central board on what concrete steps to take."

Lina said the BAP would continue to work on its readmission in the local Olympic body.

"I will continue to knock at POC's door until my knuckles hurt," he said. "But while we are seeking readmission to the POC, we are further accelerating efforts to lift the suspension."

In a meeting in Seoul, South Korea, Baumann pointed out to top POC officials led by president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco that Pilipinas Basketball did not have the approval of Lina, the fifth stakeholder.

Thus, without the consensus of the five stakeholders, FIBA cannot accept Pilipinas Basketball as the replacement of BAP.

Even a separate meeting with the four stakeholders -- representatives from the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, University Athletics Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletics Association -- did not change Baumann's position.

In a statement yesterday, the BAP stressed that the "majority decision is not what FIBA is asking but a consensus of all."

"I plan to get an appointment again (with Cojuangco)," said Lina.

"The BAP hopes that the POC will reconsider the expulsion and welcome back BAP into its fold, just as a father accepts even a prodigal son," the BAP president said.

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:21 PM
FIBA: Lina still key to cage row

April 07, 2006
Al S. Mendoza
Inquirer

WHAT IS the fastest way to bring Philippine basketball back to the FIBA fold?

The answer comes no less from Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of the international basketball federation (FIBA).

"Make Mr. Joey Lina sign the statutes (of the new basketball body) and it's all over," said Baumann. "The FIBA just cannot disown its own member because that will set a bad precedent in the world basketball community."

Baumann made the statement during the breakthrough April 4 meeting he had with Philippine Olympic Committee officials headed by president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco in Seoul, South Korea.

"The fastest way to do it is for you to convince Mr. Lina to rejoin your group," Baumann told the high-powered delegation that also included POC vice president Monico Puentevella, secretary general Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco.

Also present during the meeting were FIBA secretary general emeritus Borislav Stankovic and outgoing FIBA president Dr. Carl Ching Meng-ky.

'I believe him'

"I may not necessarily agree with him but, nonetheless, I believe him," said Cojuangco of Baumann's position. "Really, Mr. Lina is the key to solving our basketball problem. I sincerely hope Mr. Lina would listen to Mr. Baumann."

Puentevella, who is set to file a resolution in Congress "to end the suffering of our 50 million basketball fans," also agreed with Baumann.

"Despite his stubbornness and stern stance, I am thanking Mr. Baumann for his advice," said Puentevella, who will fly to Bangkok tomorrow for a crucial Southeast Asian Games meeting among the region's top Games brass.

"We will heed Mr. Baumann's position and I am now looking for a win-win formula to win over Lina to our side for the sake of national unity in basketball."

The creation of a new basketball body, in this case, Pilipinas Basketball, was the chief provision in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Baumann and Cojuangco to reinstate the Philippines to the FIBA.

As per Baumann's interpretation of the MOU, however, its most vital requirement was for Lina to be a signatory to the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball.

"Mr. Lina's signature is a key element to the reinstatement of the Philippines to FIBA," said Baumann, who had also met with Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Noli Eala, Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad, the University Athletics Association of the Philippines' Jun Jun Capistrano, the National Collegiate Athletics Association's Paul Supan, PBA chair Ely Capacio and PBA vice chair Ricky Vargas.

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:22 PM
Lina is key to lifting of suspension
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 04/07/2006

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose Cojuangco Jr. said yesterday the country’s suspension will be immediately lifted by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) once Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina agrees to join the four major cage stakeholders in the newly-formed umbrella organization Pilipinas Basketball.

FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told Cojuangco during two meetings in Seoul last Tuesday the suspension will end if Lina affixes his signature on the documents of Pilipinas Basketball’s Constitution and By-Laws endorsed by the POC in compliance with the conditions of the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with FIBA in Geneva last September.

Lina has refused to support Pilipinas Basketball because it would mean betraying the BAP whose members, he claimed, are in the thousands all over the country. The BAP lost its National Sports Association (NSA) status when it was expelled by the POC General Assembly last year. The expulsion led to the BAP’s suspension as a country affiliate by FIBA, which requires a member association to be recognized as an NSA by its National Olympic Committee. Because of the BAP’s suspension, the country is unable to participate in FIBA-sanctioned competitions.

"In Mr. Baumann’s own words, once Joey signs up, the suspension is lifted and the problem is over," said Cojuangco. "All he has to do is to sign the papers of the Constitution and By-Laws." His signature will allow the Philippines to play again in the Asian championships, the Southeast Asian Games, the World Championships and the Olympics.

Cojuangco said Lina should not be hindered by the apprehension of being a traitor to his organization but encouraged by the prospect that he could be a hero to the country and millions of basketball-loving Filipinos.

POC first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella of Bacolod City said the issue is no longer whether the BAP is wrong or right in insisting on its authority as a FIBA country affiliate even as a suspended member.

"The issue is doing what is best for the country, setting aside all other interests," said Puentevella. "It’s time to move on for the sake of our country. Four major stakeholders are moving forward. We’re all waiting for the BAP to join in so we can end this national embarrassment of our suspension once and for all."

Puentevella said the country has suffered enough by not being able to host the basketball event in the last Southeast Asian Games and the prolonged suspension will cause only more disappointment among Filipino fans.

"Why should Joey be loyal to an organization that has lost its legitimacy and has nothing to speak of?" continued Puentevella. "If we are looking for the fastest way to end our suspension, Mr. Baumann has suggested it. Now, it’s up to Joey to accept the challenge and prove his patriotism. That’s all it will take to lift the suspension–Joey’s signature."

Puentevella said he will consult Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita on why the BAP continues to occupy office space at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex when it has lost its NSA status.

Cojuangco said it has been over a year since Lina promised to institute reforms and amendments in the BAP Constitution and By-Laws which provide for perpetuity in power.

"Joey asked for time to exercise his leadership but while he was talking to the major stakeholders about instituting electoral reforms, the BAP appointed a new chairman and other new officials," said Cojuangco.

"An organization can’t be holding elections every two months or appointing new officers just as often. The BAP claims to be represented by about 300,000 members but who and where are they? It’s important that leagues, not just associations, are part of the umbrella organization and they should be active the last three years."

POC legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco said contrary to some reports, FIBA did not reject Pilipinas Basketball’s Constitution and By-Laws during last Tuesday’s meetings.

"We were encouraged by the fact that FIBA indefinitely extended the March 31 deadline to get Pilipinas Basketball on track for accreditation by FIBA," said Tanjuatco. "That surely was not a sign of rejection. Our meetings in Seoul were just an opening. We never expected an immediate decision. We made a lot of headway in this trip because firstly, we got the 100 percent support of the IOC (International Olympic Committee) through Mr. (Jacques) Rogge, the president, and secondly, Mr. Baumann was able to meet the major stakeholders and learn where they’re coming from. We’ve strengthened our foundations."

Baumann repeatedly told Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala in the second meeting to "stay the course," indicating his recognition of the pro league as a key factor in finding a permanent solution to the problem.

Eala previously said the PBA would no longer lend players to the national team if Pilipinas Basketball, or the NSA approved by the POC, is not in charge of the program. The statement meant the PBA has withdrawn its commitment to a Memorandum of Agreement to support national teams sanctioned by the BAP.

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:23 PM
BAP chief: Reinstate us and end impasse
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/07/2006

The Basketball Association of the Philippines said yesterday that it would again seek reconsideration of its expulsion by the Philippine Olympic Committee after the POC-stakeholders delegation failed to get a decision from the FIBA to lift the country’s suspension in their Seoul meeting.

"The crisis of basketball that is hampering the development of the sport cannot be ended by means of expulsion and isolation. Consensus and unity are the keys to ending the impasse that stops the Philippines from competing in international basketball events," BAP president Joey Lina said in a statement.

"Basketball is a national interest, and the division we continue to experience only causes disappointment and disdain from our countrymen, who long to see the Philippines play basketball against the best teams in the world," Lina added.

Lina made the statement even as POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. has said he now sees the light at the end of the tunnel after their meeting with the Fiba top brass in Seoul, Korea Tuesday.

"The meetings opened FIBA’s eyes to the reality of basketball in the Philippines," said Cojuangco. "Our goal was to fully explain the facts that led to the expulsion of the BAP by the POC. We also wanted to find out the next steps to take in complying with the conditions of our Memorandum of Understanding with FIBA leading to the lifting of our suspension."

"The POC cannot and should not continuously ignore the BAP and its 50 member-organizations which has a constituency and a population that is larger than the PBA, PBL, NCAA and UAAP combined," said Lina.

He maintained that the last four organizations, though more popular are concentrated only in Metro Manila. "The BAP, on the other hand, has members not only in Metro Manila, but in all regions of the country," he said.

The BAP said it will convene all its member-organizations nationwide after the Holy Week to map out the moves to fast track the lifting of the Fiba suspension.

In its plan to seek reconsideration of POC’s expulsion, the BAP said, this time, it would be backed by an amended constitution and by-laws, similar to what the original five stakeholders had agreed upon.

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:23 PM
One signature for freedom
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 04/07/2006

Despite expulsion by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) General Assembly, the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) is hanging on to dear life with recognition as a country affiliate by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) its only hope for survival.

FIBA referred to the BAP as a "suspended member" in its Memorandum of Understanding, which the POC co-signed in Geneva last Sept. 29. But in a letter sent to BAP president Joey Lina a few days later, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann clarified that it is the Philippines, not the BAP, that was suspended.

"FIBA will continue to recognize the BAP as a member of FIBA for the time being but FIBA’s suspension of (the) Philippines from international basketball remains in place," wrote Baumann to Lina.

In a subsequent letter to POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., Baumann said, "it is impossible for FIBA to lift the ban for the Philippines ‘as long as BAP remains expelled from the POC.’ He reiterated his position in a separate letter to Lina, saying, "the POC expulsion of BAP remains an insurmountable obstacle" because a FIBA country affiliate must be a National Sports Association (NSA) recognized by its National Olympic Committee (NOC).

When Baumann met POC officials and representatives of the four major cage stakeholders in Seoul last Tuesday, he confirmed the BAP’s suspension–verbally.

For FIBA to recognize Pilipinas Basketball–endorsed by the POC and four major cage stakeholders–as country affiliate, it must first expel the BAP.

Suspending the BAP is one thing. Expelling it is another.

In the Olympic family, it is unheard of for an International Federation (IF) to expel a National Federation (NF) or NSA. So that if FIBA expels the BAP, it will set a precedent that Baumann may not be willing to initiate. It may be easy for FIBA to suspend an NF, like the BAP, but expulsion has frightening implications that the Olympic family may not be ready to accept.

As in any large organization, there is a lot of politics in the Olympic family, particularly with regard to the relations among the International Olympic Committee (IOC), NOCs, IFs and NFs. An IF likes to flaunt its autonomy and will forever resist pressure from the NOC or the IOC in any form on a debatable issue. An IF also holds sacred its link to the NFs because an IF is nothing without the support of its country affiliates.

The BAP issue has created a stir in the Olympic family because of the possibility that it could lead to a situation of an NF expulsion by an IF. That’s why Baumann is careful not to ruffle the BAP’s feathers too much. That’s why he issued a clarificatory letter to Lina saying it is the country, not the BAP, that was suspended by FIBA. For millions of Filipino hoop fans, the distinction is irrelevant because it’s the same difference.
FIBA is in a dilemma.
In 2001, Baumann was in Manila to supervise the BAP elections, which seemed to be the solution to a leadership crisis that led to a prior FIBA suspension. Obviously, the solution wasn’t permanent because the BAP is once more suspended and facing a life-threatening crisis.

For sure, FIBA is sick and tired of the BAP’s bickering. And for sure, it wants to find a lasting solution to the recurring problems. But FIBA’s dilemma is it just can’t expel the BAP because of the repercussions to the Olympic family.

In last Tuesday’s meeting, Baumann asked to be provided a solid basis for the BAP’s expulsion from FIBA. It was like his left hand was tied and his right hand reached out.

Obviously, FIBA is not prepared to choose between the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball. It previously rejected Philippine Basketball Federation as an applicant to replace the BAP as country affiliate. Pilipinas Basketball has not officially applied to replace the BAP as country affiliate so FIBA has nothing to reject for the moment. If FIBA was inclined to bury Pilipinas Basketball, it would’ve already done so months ago.

The bottom line is FIBA wants the Philippines to fix its own mess. It’s not likely to step in to resolve an internal dispute. And if it does, it will be to preserve the status quo because that is the traditional Olympic way. However, FIBA may be hesitant to go with the status quo because it would mean continuing to recognize the BAP and prolonging the country’s suspension.

By suspending the BAP or the country (does it make a difference?), FIBA is sending a signal that it wants something to be done to restore the Philippines’ integrity as a basketball country.

Because neither the BAP nor the POC will back down, the suspension stays.

In the end, national interest must be the primordial consideration for the opposing parties to resolve this impasse. Sacrifice is necessary as a compromise appears to be an impossible dream.

In practical terms, the majority should rule and four of the five major cage stakeholders identified by both the POC and FIBA to rule the sport should be more than enough to establish a firm foundation for a credible umbrella organization. It’s easier to convince one to join four than four to join one.

Besides, Baumann himself said all it will take for FIBA to lift the country’s suspension is Lina signing the documents of the Constitution and By-Laws, signifying his support for Pilipinas Basketball.

One signature for the liberation of Philippine basketball. Is that too much to ask from anyone?

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:25 PM
BAP asks POC: Re-admit us
By eddie alinea
www.mb.com.ph

JOEY LINA, president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, is once again knocking at the door of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The door has been slammed in his face many times but Lina, buoyed by FIBA’s upholding of BAP as the recognized basketball body for the Philippines, is taking the route of a biblical story to get his foot in.

"Like a father," Lina said he hopes the POC will welcome the BAP back in the fold "like a prodigal son."

Lina intends to arm himself with potent documents when he makes another pitch at the POC.

"For the nth time, the BAP will seek a reconsideration of POC’s expulsion of BAP, but this time backed up by an amended constitution and by-laws, similar to what the original five stakeholders (PBA, PBL, UAAP, NCAA and BAP) had agreed upon until the four stakeholders changed their minds and organized a new and separate basketball federation," he said.

Reacting to a recent FIBA decision maintaining its recognition of the BAP as the legitimate governing body for basketball in the country, Lina reiterated the FIBA finding that the expulsion of BAP was done "inappropriately and out of proportion."

He also stressed that the reversal of POC’s expulsion order is the "fastest" and "most expedient way" to lift the FIBA suspension of the Philippines.

Calling out to BAP’s fellow stakeholders, Lina said: "Let us sit down and talk, and not leave the table of dialogue until we have reached a consensus and are united to pursue a common goal. Majority decision is not what FIBA is asking for but a consensus of all."

Last Wednesday in Seoul, FIBA, through its Secretary General Patrick Baumann, rejected a POC lobby to replace the BAP with Pilipinas Basketball, an association formed by the PBA, PBL, NCAA and UAAP.

The big lobby group that attended the meeting was composed of POC President Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, First Vice President, Rep. Monico Puentevella, Secretary-General Steve Hontiveros, PBA Chairman Ely Capacio, PBA Commissioner Noli Eala, PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad, POC legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco, Ricky Vargas of Talk ’N Text, Jose Capistrano Jr. of the UAAP and Paul Supan of the NCAA.

Lina said he believes the BAP deserves consideration.

"The POC cannot and should not continuously ignore the BAP and its 50 member groups," he said in a statement released to media.

The former lawmaker, Cabinet member and provincial governor, now president of the historic Manila Hotel, noted that despite the polarity of these four organizations, their main concentration is only in Manila.

The continued impasse, Lina noted, is hurting a vast majority of the populace.

"Basketball is a national interest, and the division we continue to experience only causes disappointment and disdain from our countrymen who long to see the Philippines play basketball against the best teams in the world.

"Peace for the sake of understanding, solidarity leading to trust, openness leading to truthfulness: These are the traits that we must all espouse and embrace, for these will bring us closer to a consensus and to unity," he said. "Let us all be one, not for our sakes, but for the sake of all basketball-loving Filipinos."

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:26 PM
Basketball still a mess
by Ed Picson
www.mb.com.ph

SO THE delegation to South Korea is back, and the Philippines remains suspended by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Reports that came out from Seoul were hopeful and optimistic, but the reality is we have not really gotten what was hoped for: that of being given the blessing of the international basketball body.

Patrick Baumann, the powerful FIBA Secretary General has promised to look deeper into the Philippine case and urged basketball stakeholders led by PBA Commissioner Noli Eala, PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, UAAP’s Jun-Jun Capistrano and the NCAA’s Paul Supan to "stay the course". In other words, "do what you have to do and we’ll see". Not much there.

He then reiterated that the easiest way to break the impasse would be if they got BAP President Joey Lina to sign the constitution and by-laws they presented.

So why doesn’t Joey Lina sign the thing and get this embarrassing situation over with? Well, he insists that the BAP should still be the body that should run basketball in the country. But the BAP has been expelled by the General Assembly of the POC, led by former Rep. Jose ‘Peping" Cojuangco, who has been quoted as saying he would resign if the BAP is reinstated. And therein lies the problem.

We have posited in this column that the quickest solution really is for Cojuangco and Lina to get together and settle the issue between the two of them. After all, they are both savvy politicians and who better to work at a possible compromise? However, we gather that the rift between the two sports leaders has become so deep that getting them together may take a minor miracle. Still, we hope that the two gentlemen would put national interest over and above whatever animosity there is between them.

I spoke to PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad and he makes another suggestion that merits consideration. Since Lina has been talking about the 51 member associations of the BAP, why not get them together and the other major basketball stakeholders and hear what they have to say about the issue? It would be interesting to know how they appreciate the problem and see if they have their own ideas on how to solve it.

At this juncture anything that can move us closer to a resolution to this ugly mess should be explored. I say go for it.

full battle gear
04-07-2006, 12:38 PM
BAP calls for reinstatement
By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
www.abs-cbnnews.com


Excluding and isolating the Basketball Association of the Philippines is not the way to end the country’s basketball crisis, Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina said on Thursday.

While the BAP remains recognized by the International Basketball Federation, Lina said reinstatement of the 60-year-old organization by the Philippine Olympic Committee is still the best way to resolve the controversy.

With the BAP back in the POC fold, Lina added the FIBA will easily lift the ban on the country so national teams can once again compete in international competitions.

"The crises of basketball that is hampering the development of the sport cannot be ended by means of exclusion. Consensus and unity are the keys to ending the impasse that stops the Philippines from competing in international basketball events," said Lina in a press statement.

His call came after FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann on Tuesday declined to make a decision when the POC presented Pilipinas Basketball, the newest basketball group it endorsed to replace the BAP, in a meeting in Seoul, South Korea.

The BAP president thanked FIBA and Baumann "for maintaining the BAP as its member and the acknowledged governing body for basketball in the country."

Lina noted that the FIBA kept its objectivity "despite a powerhouse POC-led delegation."

The world governing basketball body "has maintained its stand that the POC expulsion of the BAP was done ‘inappropriately and out of proportion,’" he added.

In asking for POC reinstatement, the BAP, Lina said, was now armed with an amended constitution and by-laws.

"This [constitution] is similar to what the original five stakeholders had agreed upon, until the four stakeholders changed their mind and organized a new and separate basketball federation," he said.

"Objectively, the reversal of the POC’s expulsion of the BAP is the fastest and most expedient way to lift the FIBA suspension on the Philippines," he added.

Despite the claims of some sports quarters that the BAP is composed of a minority of basketball groups, Lina said the POC should not ignore "[the BAP’s] 50 member organizations, which has a population that is larger than the PBA, PBL, NCAA and UAAP combined.

"Moreover, these last four organizations, though more popular, are concentrated only in Metro Manila. The BAP has members not only in Metro Manila but in all regions of the country."

bchoter
04-07-2006, 02:07 PM
Reinstate BAP and give the old hands an opening to wreck havoc

paralusi
04-07-2006, 05:21 PM
Reinstate BAP and give the old hands an opening to wreck havoc


the BAP is holding RP basketball hostage. i say, we let the abu sayyaf or any other kidnap gang repay its debt to society by doing the same to lina and the BAP. the BAP is made up of shameless, self-centered a-holes who apparently, cannot care less if we send an inter-barangay league champion to represent the country in international meets.

while we're at it, let me say that the FIBA is likewise composed of idiots. eala had the right idea when he extended an invitation to baumann. now, the only problem is how to get him - and lina - to take the same ride...

MonL
04-07-2006, 05:53 PM
Reinstate BAP and give the old hands an opening to wreck havoc


the BAP is holding RP basketball hostage. the BAP is made up of shameless, self-centered a-holes who apparently, cannot care less if we send an inter-barangay league champion to represent the country in international meets.




Pilipino ba talaga ang mga ito? ALIN? LINA? "Does National Pride" mean anything?

gameface_one
04-08-2006, 10:03 AM
RP 5 to Doha despite suspension?
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 04/08/2006

There is a slim chance that the Philippines will be allowed to play basketball in the Doha Asian Games late this year despite the country’s suspension by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) because the event is under the supervision of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), an adjunct of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose Cojuangco Jr. has instructed secretary-general Steve Hontiveros to check with the OCA on the possibility even as he urged Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina to heed the clamor of the majority and join Pilipinas Basketball as the final step to lift the country’s suspension.

In two meetings with Cojuangco and other POC officials in Seoul last Tuesday, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann said the suspension will be automatically lifted once Lina agrees to join the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Pilipinas Basketball.

Cojuangco was assured by IOC president Dr. Jacques Rogge of support in accrediting Philippine basketball teams to play in Olympic qualifying competitions during a private 45-minute session at the COEX Intercontinental Hotel in Seoul last Tuesday.

Rogge assigned Olympic Solidarity director Pere Miro to coordinate the POC’s efforts in trying to lift the country’s suspension.

But it is unlikely that the Philippines will be allowed to send a basketball team to Doha without FIBA’s approval because the games will be supervised by FIBA officials.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala said he doubts if the Philippines can play if the suspension is still in force. However, he mentioned the Philippines could play in the Jones Cup in Taipei because it is not a FIBA-sanctioned tournament.

The PBA received an invitation last March 29 from Chinese Taipei Basketball Association president Wan Jen Tar to field a team in the Jones Cup on July 8-16.

"We understand that PBA could send us a very good team, therefore, we will not be in contact with the BAP in any way regarding this tournament," wrote Wan.

UAAP Board of Trustees member Jose Capistrano said the Asean University Games will be held in Vietnam in December and he will inquire if FIBA sanction is required for a Philippine entry in basketball.

Without support from the four major stakeholders, the BAP will not be able to harness the services of the country’s best players for any team it intends to accredit. Another problem is because it has been expelled by the POC, the BAP is not able to get financial assistance from the Philippine Sports Commission.

PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad said he anticipates a long and tedious process in lifting the country’s suspension if Lina maintains a hard line against Pilipinas Basketball. But he said there were positive signs from the recent Seoul meetings with Baumann, FIBA secretary-general emeritus Borislav Stankovic and incoming FIBA president Bob Elphinston.

Trinidad likened the process to a basketball game where only the first quarter has finished.

POC legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco said Baumann’s decision to indefinitely extend the March 31 deadline to get Pilipinas Basketball on track for accreditation by FIBA was an encouraging signal.

"The indefinite extension surely was not a sign of rejection," said Tanjuatco. "Our meetings in Seoul were just an opening. We never expected an immediate decision. We made a lot of headway in this trip because firstly, we got the 100 percent support of the IOC through Dr. Rogge and secondly, Mr. Baumann was able to meet the major stakeholders and learn where they’re coming from. We’ve strengthened our foundations."

Baumann repeatedly told Eala in Seoul to "stay the course," indicating his recognition of the pro league as a key factor in finding a permanent solution to the problem.

Eala previously said the PBA would no longer lend players to the national team if Pilipinas Basketball, or the National Sports Association endorsed by the POC, is not in charge of the program. The statement meant the PBA has withdrawn its commitment to a Memorandum of Agreement to support national teams sanctioned by the BAP.

Meanwhile, POC first vice president Rep. Monico Puentevella filed a resolution in Congress the other day expressing appreciation for Dr. Rogge’s "unconditional support and assistance to the POC and Pilipinas Basketball in resolving the Philippines’ suspension by FIBA."

Puentevella said: "The IOC president is very well-versed with the issue and has in fact stressed that the IOC takes precedence over an International Sports Federation on matters involving Olympic qualifying competitions and that the IOC is 100 percent behind the efforts of the POC in lifting the country’s suspension by FIBA."

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04-08-2006, 10:06 AM
RP basketball
in a better state
BY CHRISTIAN IRL TAN
www.visayandailystar.com


Philippine basketball is in a better state after the Philippine Olympic Committee officials and heads of the four major stakeholders of Pilipinas Basketball discussed the issue with Patrick Baumann, secretary-general of the international basketball federation, in Seoul, South Korea, Rep. Monico Puentevella said yesterday.

Pilipinas Basketball, which was formed to replace the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines, was not approved, but at least Baumann acknowledged the efforts of POC and the four major stakeholders --- Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, UAAP and NCAA, Puentevella said.

Puentevella, first vice-president of the POC, said the international basketball federation or FIBA has not set a deadline anymore for the Philippines to present its new cage body so the basketball leaders could really plan well on how the new basketball group will be approved.

The Bacolod solon said that Philippine basketball also has a bright future because International Olympic Committee president Joaquin Rogge has assured his full support to the expulsion of BAP.

Puentevella said he filed a resolution to the Congress yesterday thanking Rogge for his all-out support to Philippine basketball.

The trip to Seoul has also made Baumann establish a personal relationship with the major stakeholders of Pilipinas Basketball, except BAP president Joey Lina, he said.

The meeting with Baumann also made him see the real picture that Pilipinas Basketball is more acceptable in international basketball than BAP, he added.

The expulsion of BAP, which is considered by FIBA as the official cage body of the country, led to the suspension of the Philippines' participation in international basketball competitions.

The trip was led by POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, POC secretary-general Stephen Hontiveros, PBA chair Ely Capacio, commissioner Noli Eala and governor Ricky Vargas, PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, Jose Capistrano Jr. of UAAP and Paul Supan of NCAA.*CIT

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04-09-2006, 08:29 AM
Incoming FIBA prexy urges RP to unite
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 04/09/2006

Incoming Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) president Bob Elphinston of Australia said recently the world body isn’t the same without the Philippines, languishing under suspension, and urged the country’s sports leaders to put an end to their squabbling.

Elphinston, 64, will formally assume the FIBA presidency and succeed Carl Ching Men-Ky of Hong Kong in the next Congress in August. He attended the second of two meetings with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) officials to discuss how to lift the country’s suspension during a private session at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Seoul last Tuesday.

"It’s all up to the Philippines how and when to end the suspension," said Elphinston. "The sports leaders have to come together for the sake of the sport and millions of Filipinos who love the game. The meetings in Seoul were a step in the right direction. I’m very encouraged by what transpired."

Aside from the POC officials, Elphinston was introduced to representatives of four major cage stakeholders, namely, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) chairman Ely Capacio, vice chairman Ricky Vargas and commissioner Noli Eala, Philippine Basketball League (PBL) commissioner Chino Trinidad, University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Board of Trustees member Jose Capistrano and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) vice chairman Paul Supan.

"I’m hoping the Philippine delegation will go back home reinvigorated and ready to find a solution to the problem," said Elphinston. "It was a welcome opportunity for us to listen to the stakeholders and learn where they’re coming from. I know how much Filipinos love basketball. I was in Manila during the World Championships in 1978 and I saw the passion."

Elphinston, a founding director of Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL), said he’s aware of the quality level of competition in the PBA. He mentioned he is a Sydney Kings fan and knew the club played an exhibition series with the Philippine team last year.

Elphinston said unless the Filipino cage stakeholders unite, it will be difficult for FIBA to lift the country’s suspension and accredit Pilipinas Basketball as the new country affiliate endorsed by the POC. While the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) is recognized by FIBA as country affiliate, its expulsion by the POC is a disabling factor.

Baumann said all it will take for FIBA to lift the suspension is BAP president Joey Lina’s signature signifying his support for Pilipinas Basketball. That would make it unnecessary for FIBA to expel the BAP in order to accredit Pilipinas Basketball.

Elphinston said the primary goal in his four-year term as FIBA president is to coordinate the activities of a strong, centralized, governing body for the entire world. FIBA was organized in 1932 and now consists of 211 member federations with an estimated base of 400 million players. Its functions are to establish rules, specifications for equipment and facilities and executive regulations in relation to all international and Olympic competitions, to control and govern the appointment of international referees, to regulate the transfer of players from one country to another and to control and govern all international competitions.

The acronym FIBA is derived from the French "Federation Internationale de Basketball Amateur." The word "amateur" was dropped in 1989 after the distinction between amateurs and professionals was eliminated. The "A" in FIBA, however, remained for tradition and because "BA" are the first two letters in "basketball."

"I’m excited that the first FIBA tournament in my term is the World Championships in Japan where a record 24 countries are playing," said Elphinston. "My emphasis as president will be to develop more youth and grassroots programs particularly in the 10 to 12 year-old levels."

Elphinston said he was particularly gratified that basketball was finally in the calendar of the Commonwealth Games held recently in Melbourne.

"Australia won both the men’s and women’s titles over New Zealand but what thrilled me most was the participation of small countries like Malta, Mozambique and Scotland," said Elphinston. "There were lots of pro scouts who flew in to watch the games. Unfortunately, the top stars of several countries were in the US and unable to play. Australia, for instance, missed Andrew Bogut. I’m hoping basketball will remain in the next Commonwealth Games calendar in New Delhi."

A former physical education teacher, Elphinston has been involved in basketball for 45 years. He was the Australian team manager at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In 1991, he was appointed general manager of the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Company and his work was rewarded two years later when the city won the right to host the Games.

Because of his work as the Sydney Olympic Games Organizing Committee general manager, Elphinston was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 2002. He has served as secretary-general of the Australian Olympic Committee and is president of Oceania Basketball.

Elphinston was recently appointed as Sports Advisor for this year’s Doha Asian Games and Sports Consultant of the 2008 Beijing Olympics organizing committee. He is the first foreign expert drafted by the Chinese hosts to assist in preparing for the Olympics.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to start to actively assist Beijing as Sports Advisor in the next 35 months," said Elphinston. "This exciting opportunity will only strengthen my volunteer contribution to FIBA."

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04-09-2006, 08:33 AM
POC meeting with Fiba not a priority—Cojuangco

First posted 04:50am (Mla time) April 09, 2006
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the April 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE meeting with top world basketball federation (Fiba) officials early this week in South Korea was not the priority of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The five-man delegation headed by POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco flew to Seoul primarily to attend the 15th general assembly meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committee (Anoc) where the Philippines is one of 203 member countries.

A meeting of the International Olympic Committee executive council was also held, providing Cojuangco, POC first vice president Monico Puentevella, secretary general Steve Hontiveros and legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco a chance of getting a rare audience with IOC president Jacques Rogge.

"Because everybody was around, we thought it was an opportunity for us to also meet the Fiba leadership," said Cojuangco yesterday as he denied a report (not in the Inquirer) that the world cage body had rejected the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball, which POC is endorsing as replacement for the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines.

"No outright decision was expected. What we wanted was for Fiba to tell us what to do to hasten the lifting of our suspension," added Cojuangco of the Tuesday meeting with Fiba sec-gen Patrick Baumann, who later conferred with six representatives from the four major stakeholders

Borislav Stankovic, the man Baumann succeeded as Fiba sec-gen, was in the meeting with Cojuangco. With Bauman when he met the representatives of the four stakeholders headed by PBA commissioner Noli Eala was incoming Fiba president Bob Elphinston of Australia.

Bauman told the POC group that the quickest way to lifting the suspension is for BAP president Joey Lina to sign, as the fifth stakeholder, the constitution and by-laws of the new cage body crafted by the four other stakeholders.

Baumann, in the second meeting, said another way is for the BAP to lose its authority and status to serve as governing body for the sport. He said Eala and Co. should "stay the course" and be persistent in their drive to replace BAP as the new cage authority in the country.

Cojuangco said Lina can save himself the trouble of even breaking his knuckles knocking at the POC door so the BAP can be readmitted. "I urge him to be patriotic for once by signing (the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball)," said Cojuangco, adding that reinstatement is not mandatory to the lifting of the Fiba suspension anyway. Ernesto A. Gonzales

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04-09-2006, 08:35 AM
Abundo says stakeholders must include other leagues

First posted 04:52am (Mla time) April 09, 2006
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the April 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


FOR Tisha Abundo, president of the Federation of School Leagues and chair of the School Sports Commission of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), the four stakeholders of the newly formed Pilipinas Basketball are not representative of local basketball.

The four—Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, University Athletic Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletics Association—form the backbone of Pilipinas Basketball, a new group established to take the place of the Philippine Olympic Committee-expelled BAP.

But Abundo, who is also the current president of the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA), which counts 13 member-schools, said it is preposterous for the four associations to claim that they represent the basketball community of the entire country.

"How can they claim to represent the country when all of them are based in Metro Manila, and two of them, the PBA and the PBL, are professional leagues?" asked Abundo, a former Commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

(No less than the world basketball federation (Fiba) had declared the four as major stakeholders in the sport under the Memorandum of Agreement forged between the POC and the Fiba last year. The fifth and only other stakeholder mentioned is the BAP. -Ed)

Abundo said that aside from the NCRAA, her federation also includes as affiliates the Colleges Universities Sports Association (CUSA), National Athletic Association of Schools and Universities Association (NAASCU), the State, Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA), the Philippine Schools and Universities Athletic Association (PSCUAA), the Universities and Colleges Athletic Association (UCAA), and several other student leagues in the country's three major islands.

The SCUAA alone boasts of more than 200 member-schools from all over the country, not to mention the various athletic leagues from Davao, Bicol, Iloilo, Cebu and Bacolod, among others that are also member affiliates of her federation.

"We have the quantity and the quality to prove that we have the majority. We also have to open our eyes to the fact that many of our players and coaches are now in their leagues," said Abundo, citing the names of players Mark Pingris, Yancy and Ranidel de Ocampo, Warren Iba¤ez, Don Allado, Dino Aldeguer, and coaches Koy Banal, Louie Alas among others as examples.

Abundo added that Pilipinas Basketball's formation signals the emergence of "elitist" basketball, where money has become the prime consideration.

Paul of Bataan
04-10-2006, 10:31 AM
so what now, are we back to square one? i don't believe for a second that NCRAA wasn't ever consulted in this.

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04-10-2006, 10:57 AM
PBA to take up RP 5 issue today
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 04/10/2006

What position the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will take on its future involvement with the national team, in view of the country’s suspension by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), is in the agenda for discussion in the pro league’s Board of Governors 12 noon meeting in the PBA Board Room of Building A at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig today.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala said he will bring the Board up to speed on the developments of the campaign to lift the country’s suspension and seek direction on whether or not to accept invitations to play in the Jones Cup in Taipei and the Global Hoops Summit in Las Vegas this summer.

Eala will also brief the Board on what was taken up with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann and incoming FIBA president Bob Elphinson at a recent meeting in Seoul with Philippine Olympic Committee officials and representatives of four major cage stakeholders, including PBA chairman Ely Capacio and vice chairman Ricky Vargas.

"My position on the PBA’s involvement with the national team is if we let go now, it may look like we’re wavering or hedging," said Eala. "If we step back, there will be no alternative to the BAP (Basketball Association of the Philippines) which has been expelled by the POC."

Eala said the PBA’s Memorandum of Agreement with the BAP has been effectively rescinded with the league’s support of Pilipinas Basketball, the umbrella organization endorsed by the POC as the new National Sports Association and FIBA country affiliate.

Pilipinas Basketball is also being supported by the Philippine Basketball League, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

As for the invitations to the Jones Cup and the Global Hoops Summit, Eala said acceptance will depend on the Board’s direction to determine involvement with the national team.

Chinese Taipei Basketball Association president Wan Jen Tar invited the PBA to participate in the 28th annual Jones Cup on July 8-16 with the national teams of Qatar, Korea, Japan and Kazakhstan. Also invited to the 10-team tournament were a US selection and the Australian under-19 national squad. The invitation includes an offer for free round-trip air tickets, hotel accommodations, meals and local transport for a 17-man delegation from the PBA.

"Having your nation’s presence would mean a lot to us and really hope you could give this invitation a positive consideration," wrote Wan to Eala in a letter dated last March 29. "We understand that PBA could send us a very good team, therefore, we will not be in contact with the BAP in any way regarding this tournament."

Eala said the Global Hoop Summit organizers also invited the PBA to play in this year’s tournament slated a few days after the Jones Cup.

National coach Chot Reyes said the schedule can be worked out to fit playing in both the Jones Cup and the Global Hoops Summit.

"I’m hoping the Board will support our continued involvement with the national team as Mr. Baumann repeatedly told us to stay the course during the Seoul meeting," said Eala. "If Mr. Baumann felt we were on the wrong track, he wouldn’t have told us at least thrice to stay the course. He could’ve told us to join the BAP. I think Mr. Baumann realizes the BAP approach isn’t the lasting solution and that the Pilipinas Basketball approach is the permanent solution only it will take longer to process."

However, Baumann opened the door for an automatic lifting of the suspension if BAP president Joey Lina affixes his signature signifying support for Pilipinas Basketball.

Eala said he will discuss with the PBA Board the basis for the league’s involvement with the national team.

"We’ll start with setting the direction," said Eala. "We must have a basis to go on even before we talk about specifics, like playing in Taipei or Las Vegas or even the Asian Games in Doha."

Eala said assuming the Philippines is cleared to play basketball in Doha by the Olympic Council of Asia, it would be a rare opportunity to show FIBA and the world "we have the resources and control of basketball to properly represent the country which is the key to this issue."

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04-11-2006, 03:50 PM
Social capital and basketball situation
SPORTS FOR ALL By Philip Ella Juico
The Philippine Star 04/11/2006

Today’s column was to have been a follow up to last week’s piece about values formation in children’s sports. I mentioned that sports clinics organizers would perform a noteworthy act of social responsibility if they imparted more than just technical skills. I would have written about undue pressure on youth in the name of "starting them young" but things changed during the week.

I expected the meeting between Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), led by its president, former congressman Jose Cojuangco Jr., and Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) secretary general Patrick Baumann on April 3 in Seoul, Korea to settle the basketball squabble with finality. It seems however we have to go through another episode before we put a closure to the controversy.

The POC says it was in Seoul primarily to attend the 15th general assembly meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). The assembly gave POC the opportunity to get the FIBA’s views on the lifting of the suspension of Philippine participation in FIBA and International Olympic Committee (IOC)-sanctioned international tournaments.

The basketball controversy is being monitored closely by a great number of people including those who have no extraordinary interest in sports and just cursorily read sports pages. The most interesting question they ask is about what could be called a still unexplainable phenomenon: non-stop controversies in Philippine sports, especially basketball.

In September 2001, the FIBA also intervened with not much success, as Baumann now admits, in a letter to the POC dated Aug. 30, 2005.

This new episode in Philippine basketball is the time needed to achieve Baumann’s wish for the POC to get BAP president Jose Lina Jr. to sign the constitution and by-laws of the newly formed Pilipinas Basketball.

The FIBA suggested in a letter to Cojuangco dated Oct. 27, 2005 that "Should the POC wish to revisit its position on BAP, the MOU process is unnecessary and our ban can be lifted immediately. In such event, for the benefit of a long-term solution for basketball, we are at your disposal to "assist the POC and BAP "to rapidly implement necessary changes in the BAP constitution and organization, along the lines recommended in the MOU."

FIBA pointed out that, for the MOU process to be successful "will require all basketball stakeholders to rapidly buy into the concept and to ensure smooth transition and completion." It would be tedious process, thus the suggestion by FIBA itself to revisit the process and get Lina to sign the constitution and by-laws of the newly formed Pilipinas Basketball. The Lina signature will trigger a process that ultimately ends in the lifting of the suspension and a normalized situation.

People in the know say that a big bonus the POC got in the meeting with FIBA was a better appreciation by FIBA of the "bottom up" development of Philippine basketball that starts from the grassroots and the personalities behind such development. Baumann’s suggestion (expressed three times) to Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Noli Eala to "stay the course" reveals the desired direction to be taken in solving the Philippine problem.

What is happening to Philippine basketball is a mirror image of Philippine society, that is, the lack of social capital. Cohen and Prusak (2001:4) define lack of social capital as the absence of trust, mutual understanding and shared values and behaviors that bind the members of human networks and communities and make cooperative action possible.

The squabble is also part of a bigger power play that Baumann himself pointed out in the Aug. 30 letter: "It is quite obvious that the basketball family in the Philippines is divided in several groups or stakeholders, all bearing unfortunately, different interests and (ab) using of the popularity of our sport in your country." FIBA’s opinion is "it is inappropriate to use basketball as a sport-political game between opposing sides. As a consequence, FIBA cannot accept the POC’s decisions to remove one group in favor of another one."

That last sentence also indicates that FIBA wants the Philippine predicament solved by Filipinos themselves, it being a domestic problem. Such a position reaffirms the Olympic ideal and culture of not interfering in a country’s internal problems. FIBA and IOC do not want to rock the boat further and thus are also not (unsurprisingly) immune from politics.

One looming problem is, even if Lina agrees to sign the Pilipinas Basketball constitution and by-laws (or if the situation were to be reversed and the other stakeholders agree to amending the present BAP constitution and by-laws), would the other BAP officials buy into the new order of things? A re-organization will alter the power structure in basketball. I’m not sure if certain parties are ready for that. And this is precisely the reason for the impasse: people have interests that conflict with each other.

The basketball problem could be placed in proper perspective as we observe Lent and recall the passion of our Lord who came to serve and not be served. As we reflect, we realize the need for humility, not in the sense of being soft-spoken and reserved (although these two qualities are by themselves praiseworthy), but in the sense of putting the interest of the larger community ahead of one’s own.

Lost in all these too are the strong fraternal bonds that were built in past trying times especially in the case of Cojuangco and Lina who risked practically life, limb and property in EDSA 1 and 2. Both may have been sucked into the fray by hawks in their respective camps.

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04-12-2006, 01:33 PM
BI holds Lim despite release order

First posted 03:04am (Mla time) April 12, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A21 of the April 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


THE BELEAGUERED secretary general of the Basketball Association of the Philippines seemed doomed to spending the rest of the Holy Week still in detention.

Despite a release order issued by the Court of Appeals last April 7, Graham Lim remains in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration.

Faizal Hussin, BI Intelligence chief, yesterday said he has yet to receive the CA order granting Lim's petition for "immediate release" based on a recently issued temporary restraining order on the BAP official's deportation.

The CA decision stressed that, with the TRO, the BI "has no more basis and authority to further detain" the beleaguered official.

The order was penned by Associate Justice and Chairman Rodrigo V. Cosico and concurred with by Associate Justices Rosalinda Asuncion-Vicente and Sesinado E. Villon.

Immigration Chairman Alipio Fernandez, however, is reportedly on leave. Arthel Carunungan is serving as acting BI head.

Lim, who is still confined at the Metropolitan Hospital in Tondo, blasted the BI for defying the CA ruling. "I'm appealing to BI officials that they follow the court order," he said.

The BI arrested Lim last March 24 following an earlier ruling that he should be deported as a citizen of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The 49-year-old official was detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City, despite his claims that he has a pending case at the CA since December.

A week later, Lim was rushed to the hospital due to high blood pressure and chest pains. He remains under observation.

The BAP is in the midst of a desperate campaign to gain reinstatement from the Philippine Olympic Committee, which expelled the association last year.

The expulsion led to the country's suspension from the world basketball federation.

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04-13-2006, 10:17 AM
For love of the game
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 04/13/2006

With the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) refusing to give up the fight for survival despite expulsion as a National Sports Association (NSA) by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) General Assembly, the country’s Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) suspension stays. And it will remain for as long as the BAP insists on defying the POC’s order to cease, desist and die a natural death.

It is the country that suffers from this bickering because the suspension disqualifies the Philippines from participating in any FIBA-sanctioned competition such as the Southeast Asian Games, the Asian Games, the World Championships, the FIBA-Asia Championships, the Champions Cup and the Olympics.

Pride, not principle, is preventing the opposing parties to solve the problem. Nobody wants to give in to the other.

The BAP’s claim to legitimacy is it is still recognized by FIBA as a country affiliate. And FIBA is not inclined to expel the BAP in order to accept a replacement affiliate in the POC-endorsed Pilipinas Basketball because that’s not how things are done in the Olympic family tradition.

The quirk is a country affiliate must be an NSA or a National Federation, recognized by its National Olympic Committee. Since the BAP has lost its NSA status and is no longer supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, it has been stripped of the qualifying element to remain a FIBA country affiliate.

One solution to resolve the impasse is to rename Pilipinas Basketball the BAP. But it’s a risky proposition because there is no assurance the existing BAP officials will surrender authority to Pilipinas Basketball. Besides, such a move will require reinstatement of the BAP as an NSA, something the POC General Assembly may not relish.

Another solution is to push Pilipinas Basketball as the real controlling force in the country’s cage program, leaving the BAP out in the cold and out of control. That shouldn’t be difficult to do because at the moment, Pilipinas Basketball is already supported by four major stakeholders in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

In determining if the BAP or Pilipinas Basketball has the right to be a country affiliate, the question to ask is–which group is in a position to properly represent the Philippines in international competitions? In other words, which group is in a position to draft the best players to play for the national team?

Obviously, the BAP has no leg to stand on because the best players are in the PBA, PBL, UAAP and NCAA. It is Pilipinas Basketball that has control of the country’s best players and therefore in a position to properly represent the country. That’s why the national teams sent by the BAP to play overseas are a joke.

The BAP is clutching at straws for dear life. Why? If it has lost credibility in the eyes of the four major cage stakeholders, why is it stubbornly holding on for survival? Why can’t it just let go for the sake of the country and for the love of the game? Why can’t it sacrifice for millions of basketball-loving Filipinos?

A BAP official was recently quoted as saying the POC General Assembly and the four major cage stakeholders should back down and surrender the fight. But isn’t it easier to convince one to join four than four to join one?

The proof in the pudding is in the eating. If the BAP can only enlist players from the Philippine College of Criminology to represent the country in overseas competitions, on what basis is it claiming legitimacy as an NSA?

FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann realizes the country’s predicament but will not interfere in solving the problem because that’s not a politically acceptable step in the Olympic tradition. According to the tenets of the Olympic way, an internal dispute must be resolved internally.

The BAP has threatened to take the issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but that won’t get anywhere because it takes two opposing parties to make a case and the POC won’t lower its dignity to participate in a futile exercise.

In the book "The Olympic Movement," the CAS purpose was defined as "to bring about the resolution of sports-related disputes of a private nature–these disputes are of two types–the disputes of a contractual nature such as those arising from sponsorship or TV rights agreements and the disputes of a disciplinary nature of which the most common is doping." How the Philippine problem fits into either definition is something to think about.

In this Lenten season, we should all reflect on the spirit of sacrifice. Jesus made the supreme sacrifice to save mankind and died on the cross because He loved you and me, all of us.

Giving up something for Lent is a form of sacrifice. Usually, that involves not eating desserts or not indulging in something we like to do. But more than something negative, the spirit of sacrifice should involve something positive like being generous or reaching out to someone who has done you harm or doing a good deed or connecting to God through meditation and prayer.

There’s no better time than now for the country’s sports leaders to think about sacrificing. Forget pride and ego-tripping. Forget fighting over turf. Life is too short for disputes to linger.

Baumann told POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. all it will take for the suspension to be lifted is for BAP president Joey Lina to affix his signature on the Constitution and By-Laws of Pilipinas Basketball, signifying his support for the organization.

Baumann is offering the Philippines an easy way out. Lina will be forever revered as a hero if he makes the sacrifice to sign up. The entire country is waiting.

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04-17-2006, 08:35 AM
Clean Living : Cojuangco, Lina should stop blaming each other

First posted 05:55am (Mla time) April 17, 2006
By Manolo Iñigo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A39 of the Apr. 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


IT IS POINTLESS for Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco and Basketball Association of the Philippines head Joey Lina to waste much time blaming each other and digging the past if all they want is for the country to regain its membership in the international basketball federation (FIBA).

What is needed now is for the POC and the expelled BAP to immediately reach an agreement that will pave the way for FIBA's lifting of its nine-month-old suspension of the Philippines to enable Filipino players to compete in this year's Doha Asian Games and, possibly, the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"I plan to get an appointment again with Mr. Cojuangco," said Lina, a former senator and Cabinet member. "I hope that the POC will reconsider the expulsion and welcome back the BAP into its fold."

The BAP was expelled last June by 33 members of the POC general assembly. As a result of the expulsion, FIBA suspended the Philippines from all tournaments under its aegis.

Recently, a POC delegation led by Cojuangco, representatives of four major stakeholders who formed Pilipinas Basketball and some members of media went to Seoul, South Korea, to meet FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann and plead for the lifting of the ban on the Philippines and seek recognition of Pilipinas Basketball as the country's new cage body.

However, Baumann rejected the appeal, saying the FIBA cannot accept Pilipinas Basketball as the replacement of BAP because Pilipinas Basketball did not have the approval of Lina, the fifth stakeholder. "A majority decision is not what the FIBA is asking, but a consensus of all," the BAP stressed.

On this latest development, former POC president and Olympic purist retired Col. Julian Malonso had this to say.

In a letter furnished the Inquirer, he said, "Following the spirit of the Olympics, the recognized body for basketball by the FIBA is the BAP. When the BAP was expelled by the POC, there was grave abuse of discretion and a serious irregularity was committed when a meeting was held at the residence of POC president Cojuangco. The meeting should have been held in a neutral place."

Now pushing 83, Malonso added, "Humility aside, I am the oldest, living former president of the Philippine Olympic Committee who understands the spirit of the Olympic movement."

Malonso stressed the POC should lift the expulsion of the BAP, as Baumann suggested. However, he pointed out that Baumann does not understand the word "stakeholders." He stressed that the national sports associations are composed of the regional sports associations, not by the so-called "stakeholders" that do not exist in the sports vocabulary.

On our quest to regain international glory Malonso said, "We are fishing in the sky, dreaming for the championship which is not within our capacity. We don't face reality. Other countries have improved tremendously while the Philippines has remained stagnant, satisfied with breaking national records."

He also hit those sportswriters who do not write the truth because they are beholden to financially influential people. "I hope the public is informed correctly." Malonso then asked: "Who paid for the 'junket' of the sports officials to meet Baumann but failed to convince him to recognize the new basketball association called 'Pilipinas?"' Junkets are unnecessary expenses of the (POC) president and other POC officials.

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A POINT TO PONDER. I am printing again this piece which came out in the Reader's Digest some years back because it is relevant to the times. Said Gabe Pressman (of Newsday): "Journalism, on the air and in print, feeds on stereotypes and quick-fix stories -- the morbid, the sensational, sexually titillating. They are simple to cover and don't require the expenditure of much intellectual energy.

"It could be argued that our viewers and readers are eager for negative news, and we give them what they want. But I think that's a cop-out.

“We overdose people with the grim, horrible and pessimistic because we seem to know nothing else -- we are so firmly embedded in this habit we have forgotten that the criteria for news are wide.

"People who are helping and saving others are even more newsworthy than the legions of killers, rapists and child abusers who march across the news columns and fill the tube. What we need is nothing less than a revolution in the way we define journalism."

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04-18-2006, 09:28 AM
Fasttrack reform process, BAP urged
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 04/18/2006

Former Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Celso Dayrit yesterday called on the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) to fasttrack its reform process and reinvite the major cage stakeholders in an effort to find a consensus solution that will trigger the lifting of the country’s suspension by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).

Dayrit said he is not taking sides in the dispute and clarified the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has no jurisdiction on the row.

"The IOC will not interfere or intervene on any problem involving an International Federation (IF) such as FIBA," explained Dayrit. "The IOC recognizes and respects an IF’s independence and autonomy. An NSA (National Sports Association) or NF (National Federation) is recognized by an IF. It is not a requirement for an NSA to be accredited by its NOC (National Olympic Committee) for recognition by an IF. In fact, in the case of the Philippine Fencing Association, it was recognized by the IF in 1964 and by the POC only in 1978. That means an NSA may get recognition from an IF without NOC approval."

Dayrit said the reality is because of its long-standing relationship with FIBA, it is the BAP that is recognized as the NSA or NF by the IF and its expulsion by the POC will not take away the recognition.

"That’s why when the Philippine Basketball Federation applied for recognition by the POC, it was only conditionally accepted and when FIBA rejected its application, that ended it," said Dayrit.

The IOC’s reluctance to step into a dispute involving an IF was shown when Olympic Solidarity director Pere Miro opted not to attend the recent POC meetings with FIBA officials in Seoul.

Dayrit, a vice president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), said an IF will never expel an NF because of its alarming repercussions.

"In Africa, there are several NOCs that are government-controlled," said Dayrit. "Imagine if an NOC causes the expulsion of an NF by an IF. It could create a lot of problems within the IF in terms of losing control over its NFs. Nobody wants a situation where government-controlled NOCs will install puppet NFs."

Dayrit said he recently spoke to BAP president Joey Lina and was told he would reach out to the POC and appeal for reinstatement.

But Dayrit said the POC has nothing to do with solving the problem.

"The stakeholders, working together, can solve this problem, not the POC," said Dayrit. ‘They should all sit down, forget the past, come to the table without any agenda and face realities. The BAP should realize it cannot claim control of basketball without support from the leagues with the best players like the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association). The BAP can claim control of thousands of leagues but without the PBA, it can never represent the country properly in international competitions. At the same time, the other stakeholders must realize FIBA has given the BAP veto power in forming the new federation."

Dayrit said the name of the NSA should not be an obstacle to finding a solution.

"What’s in a name’’ he continued. "Perhaps, the BAP should incorporate the amendments of the Constitution and By-Laws immediately to convince the other stakeholders it is sincere in implementing reforms. Then they could all get together and decide what name to use. If the decision is not to use the BAP because of its past history, then Joey should accept it because a name shouldn’t be a barrier to this exercise of unity."

Dayrit doused cold water on speculation the Philippines would be able to play basketball in the Doha Asian Games despite the FIBA suspension.

"That’s not possible unless FIBA lifts the suspension," said Dayrit. "The OCA will not go against a decision of an IF. Besides, do you think the Qatar Olympic Committee will allow the participation of a suspended country in an Olympic sport?’’

Dayrit appealed to the stakeholders to compromise for the sake of the country, the sport and millions of basketball-loving Filipinos.

"We’re about to miss the Olympic boat," he said. "We should start training our national team now. Our players should be getting ready to play in the Asian Games and not wait for the Olympic qualifying tournament next year. It is every Filipino’s dream to see our team play basketball again in the Olympics. The stakeholders must realize they have the obligation and responsibility to every Filipino to find a solution to this problem immediately."

Dayrit said it is possible for the BAP to submit the dispute to the Council of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), without the POC’s approval, but warned of the negative implications.

"I’m not a lawyer but I don’t think you need the two opposing parties to go to the CAS for arbitration," said Dayrit. "It’s like the case of an athlete accused of a violation. The athlete can elevate the case to the CAS without the sanctioning party’s agreement. But I hope the issue will not go to the CAS because that would be a grave embarrassment to our country. It’s like we can’t solve our problems by ourselves."

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04-19-2006, 08:49 AM
PBA ready to send cage team to Asiad
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If called to active duty, the Philippine Basketball Association is ready to send an all-professional basketball team to the forthcoming 15th Asian Games on December 1 to 15 in Doha, Qatar.

PBA Commissioner Noli Eala on Tuesday said the national training team guided by coach Chot Reyes has been preparing for months to stay in tip-top shape just in case the International Basketball Federation or FIBA lifts its suspension on the Philippines from competing overseas.

He said the team led by Talk ’N Text’s Asi Taulava and San Miguel Beer’s Danny Seigle will be seeing action in several international tournaments as part of their tune-up before the Games just eight months from now.

Among the scheduled overseas exposures for the PBA-backed team are the Jones Cup in Chinese-Taipei, the Stankovic Cup (held last time in China) and the Brunei Cup, where they won the crown last year.

The sending of the men’s basketball team is among the eight team sports events recommended by the Asian Games Task Force headed by Go Teng Kok, along with water polo and softball.

Philippine Olympic Committee media bureau chief Joey Romsanta said the inclusion of the three team events will still be reviewed by the POC General Assembly in its meeting next month.

The RP five, then coached by Jong Uichico of San Miguel, settled for fourth place in the Busan Asian Games in 2002, but not before it nearly beat host South Korea.

‘Get FIBA’s nod’

Meanwhile, POC president Jose Cojuangco urged the newly formed Pilipinas Basketball to expand its membership throughout the country to be able to gain the nod of the FIBA.

He said the FIBA recognition is a must because that will be the only way the world governing body in basketball will lift the suspension on the Philippines after the POC expelled the Basketball Association of the Philippines from its roster on June 30 last year.

Cojuangco said that FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann gave a "positive assurance" to the basketball stakeholders who met him last month in Seoul, South Korea.

Among the stakeholders who accompanied Cojuangco to meet Baumann in Korea were Eala, Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad, University Athletic Association representative Jun-Jun Capistrano and National Collegiate Athletic Association representative Paul Sufan.

"I think those leagues which has been quiet for long already should be asked to join Pilipinas Basketball so that the new organization can be completed already and can be submitted to the FIBA for recognition," said Cojuangco.

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04-20-2006, 10:09 AM
Spectator : The saga that is Graham Lim

First posted 04:06am (Mla time) April 20, 2006
By Al S. Mendoza
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A23 of the April 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


MANY ARE the critics of Graham Lim, the embattled secretary general of the expelled-from-the-Olympic movement Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP).

The critics accuse Graham Lim of masterminding the downfall of Philippine basketball on the world stage. And that was because he kept on sending abroad teams that were not worthy of international play.

Well, understand please the nuances of Graham Lim's position.

You are the secretary general and like most sec-gens, you have almost complete control of everything.

Graham Lim had the BAP almost by the neck because the then BAP president had puny, if not tiny (pun intended), powers to rule his turf. By choice, I believe.

Why, because Tiny Literal had been too ill to perform his duties well as BAP president. Left with no choice, Tiny had to entrust, wholly, the leadership reins to Graham Lim.

The result was a virtual one-man rule by Graham Lim.

He formed squads that were almost worthy only of joining inter-village tournaments. In fact, only when Graham Lim's team was beefed up by Air21 players that that team became truly battle-ready. One such team, with John Ferriols as its mainstay, won a tournament in Mainland China a while back.

With almost unlimited powers, Graham Lim ran the BAP like his own parlor, dispatching players for overseas battles plucked from areas not known to breed basketball greats.

Mainly there was Philippine College of Criminology, known admittedly as producer of the finest policemen in the country but not basketball talents fit for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), if not international play.

Nobody would have minded, except that such teams would finish last most of the time, or near the cellar.

The height of idiocy happened when a comedian-riddled squad from Parañaque City defeated a Philippine team that was supposedly deep into training for a mission overseas. That drew flak from the crazed cage fans of this nation whose well-loved religion next to Catholicism was basketball. In shame, the team was disbanded.

Before we knew it, its coach, Boyzie Zamar, had flown to Indonesia for a coaching job. Not long after, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) general assembly expelled the BAP from the POC.

Even before all this had happened, Graham Lim was battling another war more pressing than turf rights: Seeking Filipino citizenship amid the diabolical scheme of two of his former BAP associates to have him deported for being an alien.

Recently, he was arrested and ordered deported -- by whom, this country of endless imperfections wants to know. What, Raul Gonzalez did it?

But even before we could decipher who ordered his arrest, who ordered his deportation, the Court of Appeals came to Graham Lim's rescue by ordering his release from the custody of the Bureau of Immigration. His deportation to Taiwan had also been deferred.

For 19 days, Graham Lim suffered the ignominy of being detained and the telling pain of getting hospitalized due to hypertension brought on by tension and anxiety.

Staggering back to home sweet home, Graham Lim may have lost several associates but remains unbroken in spirit -- unshaken, steadfast in his fight to earn Filipino citizenship.

Where will they deport the man who was born and raised in the Philippines, nobody knows.

China will not accept him because he is not a Chinese citizen.

Taiwan will not accept him either even if he allegedly travels using a Taiwan document.

When will they make him Filipino, nobody knows.

Why they continue to deny his application for Filipino citizenship on a mere technicality defies logic. If he were surnamed Toh instead of Lim, would it have mattered?

Twice, Malacañang has denied his appeal not to be deported. Yet, he remains undeported.

What mystery surrounds this man, what cloak protects him from banishment?

Definitely, Graham Lim is more than just a basketball man.

Who is this man, not even Go Teng Kok, Graham Lim's long-time benefactor, knows the answer any longer.

When will his saga end, I do not have the slightest hint.

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05-03-2006, 09:09 AM
RP Team is alive and … in limbo
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By TITO TALAO

CHOT REYES, the national basketball coach, walked into Monday night’s Bad Boy Tour with a single-minded purpose: to beat the former NBA stars and call attention to the stalled flight of Team RP.


"Collectively, me and the members of the RP training pool, we are a voice in the wilderness," he said. "But we hope to make our voices heard with the way we’ll play tonight. Maipakita namin sa mga kababayan natin na eto ang ginagawa namin, na di kami nakakalimot."

The national training squad, behind the guns of Dondon Hontiveros and Renren Ritualo, and the grunts and rebounding of Asi Taulava, stunned Dennis Rodman and his Disciples, 110-102.

Case made.

Paging the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Basketball Association of the Philippines. Anybody home?

Through the bleak, uncertain moments after the International Basketball Federation suspended the country from participating in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments, Reyes has packaged a perspective for his team to survive on.

"I told them to be aware and accept the fact that there’s a problem. Then I ask them: ‘Aayaw ba tayo? Do we stop preparing physically and mentally? San tayo pupulutin non?"

The situation, Reyes said, has parallels in life outside the playing court.

"A lot of times we put our best foot forward, we work hard. But because of a circumstance that is completely beyond our control, something is taken away from us. I think they bought the idea. It’s important kasi that they buy into the dreams and objectives of this endeavor."

And where does he get the motivation to keep himself going, considering the things he gave up, not least of all the financial benefits of a PBA coach who had brought his ball club to the finals four straight times, when he accepted the appointment of RP coach.

"Personally, I must admit, there are disappointments and frustrations," Reyes said. "But that’s just being human. Tao lang ako. And with what I’ve given up to be with the RP team...

"But the joy of being with the players even once a week for practice. And being here against legitimate NBA stars to see kung may katuturan yung ginagawa namin, it gives me no greater pleasure."

As quickly as the smile broke across his face did it fade, however, when reminded of the deadlock between the POC and the BAP.

"I could get into trouble with this statement. But when I took on this job, I knew it would be very hard," Reyes said, choosing his words carefully.

"But at least I knew the enemies would be the other countries and the other foreign teams. I never knew we would find the enemies from within. Yun ang mabigat. And that’s a harder battle to fight."

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05-05-2006, 07:25 AM
RP 5 in limbo
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 05/05/2006

Make no mistake about it, the Philippine team that beat Dennis Rodman and the Bad Boys, 110-102, at the Big Dome last Monday is for real.

That team would’ve surely made it to the top three of the FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball)-Asia qualifying tournament last year and earned a ticket to the World Championships in Japan on Aug. 19-Sept. 3.

Because of the country’s FIBA suspension, the Philippines was disqualified from playing in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) qualifying tournament for the FIBA-Asia Championships.

China, Lebanon and Qatar finished in that order to represent Asia in the World Championships. Korea wound up fourth and was left out in the cold. China is bracketed in Group D with Senegal, Italy, Puerto Rico, Slovenia and the US. Lebanon is in Group A with Nigeria, Argentina, France, Venezuela and Serbia-Montenegro. Qatar will play in Group C with Australia, Turkey, Lithuania, Brazil and Greece.

National coach Chot Reyes rued the fact that instead of the team preparing for war against the opposition, it is in limbo because the war is right in the country’s backyard. Despite expulsion by the Philippine Olympic Committee General Assembly as a National Sports Association, the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) refuses to go away because it continues to be recognized as the FIBA’s country affiliate. FIBA will not recognize another country affiliate unless the BAP surrenders and it looks like the BAP is far from surrendering.

Meanwhile, the suspension stays and the Philippine team–which practices once a week without fail–is in a state of suspended animation.

By the way, Reyes’ lineup could’ve even been stronger against the Bad Boys if Danny Seigle, Romel Adducul, Eric Menk, James Yap and a resurgent Danny Ildefonso were in the cast.

During the recent All-Star Week in Cagayan de Oro, Menk confessed that he’s been playing hurt all conference long. He said he can’t jump or run and it’s affected his rhythm. "It’s frustrating," sighed Menk. "I can remember playing without pain only in one game this conference."

There’s a possibility that Menk will rest for two weeks then return for the playoffs. He said for sure, he will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs after the conference.

In his remarks to close the All-Star event at a farewell dinner in Cagayan de Oro last Saturday, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala paid tribute to Menk, John Arigo and Brandon Cablay for flying over and participating in the festivities despite injuries. Seigle also deserved a purple heart for playing hurt in the All-Star Game. * * *
Coca-Cola’s William Antonio won the 3-Point Shootout, a highlight of the skills events during the All-Star Week last Friday. That meant Antonio and the two other finalists–Olsen Racela and James Yap–gained the right to face retired veterans Ric-Ric Marata, Boybits Victoria and Jojo Lastimosa in the Legends Shootout which was the chief aperitif of the All-Star Game the next day.

But alas, Antonio was nowhere to be found when the Legends Shootout was about to begin. PBA officials frantically searched for Antonio who was in his hotel room. Antonio said he didn’t know he had to play in the Legends Shootout. He hurriedly got dressed to rush to the Xavier University gym but it was too late.

Ren-Ren Ritualo took Antonio’s spot in the Shootout, which the Legends won by a whisker, 42-41, with hometown hero Lastimosa as the anchor. The final scores were Ritualo 13, Victoria 16, Yap 11, Marata 12, Racela 17 and Lastimosa 14. * * *
PBA chairman Ely Capacio cited the players’ professionalism in extending his congratulations for a job well done in the All-Star extravaganza. Capacio was in Cagayan de Oro with league officials Robert Non of San Miguel Corp., Frankie Lim of Talk ‘N’ Text, Lito Alvarez of Air21 and Hector Calma of Coca-Cola.

Guests during the All-Star festivities included J. Romero and Associates advertising executive Andre Kahn, NBA Asia’s Carlo Singson and Radio Mindanao Network head Eric Canoy (whose pretty daughter Erin plays volleyball for St. Benilde in the WNCAA).

Singson suited up for the PBA selection that was held to an 86-all standoff by the Northern Mindanao Executives in a preliminary to the All-Star Game last Saturday.

On the possibility of inviting Niño Canaleta to compete in the NBA Slam Dunk contest, Singson said it must be justified relative to how his participation will impact on the league’s global strategy. In 1989, Lithuanian Rimas Kurtinaitis was invited as a guest to participate in the All-Star Shootout so there is a precedent of a non-NBA player competing in an NBA event.

Singson said the US basketball team is scheduling four exhibition games before proceeding to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. The games will probably be played in four different China cities even as Taiwan is bidding to host at least one. Would Manila be interested to bid, too?

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05-10-2006, 06:55 AM
Court denies BAP bid for reinstatement
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 05/10/2006



Due to technicality, the Manila Regional Trial Court has turned down a petition filed by the Basketball Association of the Philippines for the latter’s reinstatement as regular member of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Manuel Barrios, the presiding judge, handed down the decision last Friday, asserting that the BAP petition "was not filed within the reglementary period, and in view of the foregoing, the court resolves to deny the petition."

The BAP was suspended and eventually expelled by the POC General Assembly on June 30, 2005 after the local Olympic body "was alarmed at the lackluster performance of the BAP-formed national team in international and local competitions."

After being expelled by the POC, the BAP filed an appeal for reconsideration which was also denied by the POC during a meeting on July 27, 2005. Formal notice of the denial "was sent to and received" by BAP president Joey Lina on Aug. 22, 2005.

The BAP went to court on Nov. 2, 2005 seeking reinstatement to the POC on the grounds that its expulsion was illegal. The POC then questioned the "timeliness" of the petition, citing Rule 65, Sect. 4 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure.

The rule states that petition may be filed not later than 60 days from notice of judgment, order or resolution.

As stated in the court ruling penned by Barrios, "a cursory computation of the period starting from the notice of denial of the reconsideration sought (July 27) up to the filing of this petition ((Nov. 22) shows that seventy-one (71) days have lapsed."

"Wherefore, in view of the foregoing, the Court resolves to deny the petition. (And) Accordingly, the writ of preliminary mandatory injunction heretofore issue is hereby dissolved and made ineffective."

Of the 38 voting members in the POC, only 36 showed up in the General Assembly: 33 voted for the BAP expulsion, two against it and one abstention.

The BAP strongly contested its expulsion. In the process, the International Basketball Federation or FIBA placed the Philippines under suspension, preventing the Philippines to compete in at last three international tournaments.

The Philippines was barred from competing in the 23rd Southeast Asian Games last December and continues to face the possibility of not being able to compete in the 15th Asian Games scheduled this December in Doha, Qatar.

The world-governing body in basketball, FIBA, said the suspension will only be lifted if a new association, which should include the BAP, is formed, or if the BAP suspension is lifted by the POC.

So far, neither solution has been arrived at.

Atty. Ding Tanjuatco, the POC legal counsel, welcomed the court decision.

"I told them so. The BAP action had no basis. And in effect, the court sustained the right of an association (POC) to impose on erring members. In this case the BAP was the erring member," said Tanjuatco.

"The sanction was imposed only upon due process. There was no arbitrariness, no harshness and no abuse. The court also finds that the action filed by the BAP was time-barred," he added.

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05-11-2006, 09:57 AM
Verdict to boost POC bid in FIBA
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 05/11/2006

The court decision upholding the Philippine Olympic Committee expulsion of the Basketball Association of the Philippines should serve the country well as it tries to regain the full trust and confidence of FIBA, the world’s governing body in the sport.

Lawyer Ding Tanjuatco, legal counsel of the POC, said they will inform FIBA of the recent court decision this week. He said the POC is hoping for a favorable response from the prestigious basketball body.

"I think this will have an impact. We hope that FIBA will finally realize that even the Philippine courts no longer recognize the Basketball Association of the Philippines. This also shows that the POC expulsion of the BAP was the right thing to do," he said.

Tanjuatco said the POC will ask FIBA to finally drop the BAP, whether as a regular or a suspended member.

The POC counsel said they will formally present this plea during the FIBA World Congress set in Saitama, Japan in August.

"We will take this step by step. The first is to ask FIBA to finally withdraw its recognition of the BAP. Then the next step is to ask FIBA to recognize Pilipinas Basketball as the new basketball association in the Philippines," he added.

Tanjuatco said these moves are all aimed at the lifting of the FIBA suspension that was imposed on the Philippines last year. Once lifted, the Philippines can fully concentrate and focus on its Asian Games participation in Doha, Qatar, in December.

Tanjuatco said he expects the BAP to seek reconsideration from a higher court.

"Baka makapag-patagal ng kaso pero parang pilit na (It may delay the case but it’s already forcing the issue)," he said.

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05-21-2006, 11:22 AM
Another missed opportunity
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 05/21/2006

Asia’s most promising cagers from 19 years old and below are getting together for a four-day camp organized by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) at the Shanghai Sports Institute in China on June 8-11 and unfortunately, the Philippines is not included in the list of 14 participating countries.

NBA Asia senior marketing manager Carlo Singson, who happens to be a Filipino based in Hong Kong, sent an e-mail the other day saying it’s too bad the Philippines won’t be represented in the program called "Basketball Without Borders Asia."

"With the impasse between the BAP (Basketball Association of the Philippines) and the POC (Philippine Olympic Committee), it really is the basketball players who suffer," said Singson.

"Check out the upcoming ‘Basketball Without Borders’ event in Shanghai in which not a single Filipino was invited to participate because there is no acknowledged national federation to select the most deserving players.

"This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime (as I’m sure last year’s participant Ogie Menor would agree) for one or two of our own but sadly, no one can participate this year."

The Philippines’ FIBA suspension is the reason why no Filipino was invited to go to Shanghai.

Unless the Philippines is able to resolve the leadership crisis that prompted the suspension, FIBA will continue to ignore the country in its sanctioned events and tournaments. Since last year’s suspension, the Philippines has been barred from playing in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championships, the FIBA-Asia Championships and the Southeast Asian Games.

BAP president Joey Lina has reportedly said the suspension can and will be lifted in two months, during the FIBA World Congress in Japan, if only the stakeholders come to terms on a modus vivendi with whatever National Sports Association is recognized by the POC and FIBA.

If the suspension is lifted in two months, the Philippines will be cleared to play basketball at the Asian Games in Doha this December. The Asian Games basketball tournament will be supervised by FIBA officials and participants must be FIBA member countries in good standing.

There are 49 players from 14 Asian countries attending the Shanghai camp. The countries are China, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Singapore. Aside from the Philippines, other Southeast Asian countries not represented include Thailand and Indonesia.

Camp coaches are Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Childress, Toronto Raptors center Matt Bonner, Orlando Magic forward Pat Garrity, Portland Trail Blazers center Ha Seung Jin, Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert and Houston Rockets guard (and former Philippine Basketball Association import) Richie Frahm. Former NBA players Sam Perkins and Jerome Williams will also teach at the camp whose overall director is Rockets assistant coach Dean Cooper.

At the inaugural Asian camp in Beijing last year, Yao and San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker led a cast of coaches who tutored 50 teenagers from 15 countries. Menor, a San Beda College player, represented the Philippines. University of Sto. Tomas’ Jervy Cruz would’ve been the other Filipino representative but he was not allowed by his school to attend because of conflict of schedules.

The campers will be divided into teams without regard to race and nationality. They will share living quarters with their new teammates and participate in daily motivational life-skills seminars that promote education, leadership, character development, healthy living and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. There will also be extensive community outreach activities.

"’Basketball Without Borders’ is truly a global program that transcends all boundaries," said NBA commissioner David Stern. "Through the sport of basketball, it unites young people from diverse cultural, national and economic backgrounds. The NBA is proud to join forces with FIBA and its federations to bring together young athletes from around the world for such an impactful program that also serves as an essential forum for important social issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention."

For his part, Yao said: "This will be a special homecoming for me. I hope to make a different and impact the young Asian basketball talents with on-court and off-court skills and values. I also look forward to the chance of giving back to the community and city, which I grew up in."

NBA China vice president Mark Fischer said: "The NBA is grateful for the support of our partners which will enable the young campers from all over Asia an opportunity to share and give voice to their dreams and aspirations. The camp is one of the cornerstones of the NBA’s global outreach efforts where athletes will not only be trained in basketball but more importantly, they are taught crucial live skills that will impact their lives positively."

China, as host country, has the largest delegation of players with 14. Next is Korea with seven. Kazakhstan has five representatives, Iran four and India, Japan, Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon three each.

gameface_one
05-24-2006, 07:17 AM
BAP mulls charges vs PSC brass
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 05/24/2006

The Basketball Association of the Philippines is set to file another court case in Manila, this time against the Philippine Sports Commission which padlocked the BAP office last Sunday.

Atty. Bonifacio Alentajan said the PSC shouldn’t have padlocked the BAP office just because the latter is no longer recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The BAP lawyer cited Sect. 13 of the PSC Charter saying the government sports agency should support NSAs (national sports associations) recognized by their international federation.

In this case, the BAP continues to enjoy the recognition of the International Basketball Federation, despite the fact that FIBA has placed the Philippines under suspension.

The BAP and the POC engaged each other in a bitter dispute last year, leading to the FIBA suspension and the POC expulsion of the BAP.

The PSC reacted by cutting off its financial support to the BAP. Last week, the PSC board also decided to deny the BAP of the other privileges like the use of its office at the PSC building.

"After a long study, we have decided to padlock the BAP office. We are ready to face the consequences," said PSC commissioner Richie Garcia.

Garcia said when the BAP was expelled by the POC last June, it did not take any immediate action as it hoped for a reconciliation.

But it never came. Instead, the BAP filed a case against the POC seeking its reinstatement as a regular POC member. The court has denied the BAP petition. "The PSC board has decided unanimously to cut that privilege (of using the office)," added Garcia.

"Right now, there’s nobody taking the place of the BAP — not until a new group both recognized by the POC and FIBA is formed," said Garcia.

There are two groups poised to take over the BAP — the Philippine Basketball Federation and Pilipinas Basketball. They both have the blessings of the POC, but not FIBA’s.

gameface_one
05-25-2006, 02:42 AM
Basketball summit to tackle FIBA issues
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 05/25/2006

Organizers of basketball leagues all over the country are assembling for a whole-day summit of stakeholders in Manila this Saturday and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala said yesterday it will be a show of force in delivering a strong message to the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) that the major associations are united in appealing to lift the country’s suspension.

Eala said the PBA, the Philippine Basketball League, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are bankrolling the summit that will tackle issues relative to the FIBA suspension, triggered by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) expulsion of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) as a National Sports Association (NSA).

The event is set at the Pearl Manila Hotel and begins at 8:30 a.m. with the registration of participants. It is expected to end late afternoon.

"The summit is open to all stakeholders, including the BAP," said Eala. "But we do not intend to make it a forum for debate. All we want is to get a pulse of the stakeholders. We intend to assess the situation relative to the suspension, present the Pilipinas Basketball Constitution and By-Laws and their innovations and submit the national development program of coach Chot Reyes from the grassroots to the elite level."

Eala stressed that the summit is not a political exercise. "The idea is not to recruit members for Pilipinas Basketball," he continued. "We only want all the basketball leagues to be on the same page. We want the major leagues to be represented in discussing the future of the sport we all love."

Invitations to attend were sent to the Cebu group of University of the Visayas coach Boy Cabahug, the Negros group of Dodong Bascon, the Bicol group of Pedro Lee, the Zamboanga group of Pedro Alfaro, the National Basketball Conference of Tito Palma, the Tiong Lian group of Chinese high schools, the Tarlac group and several others. Eala said the response has been encouraging and predicted a huge turnout.

The POC recently recognized Pilipinas Basketball as an NSA on "condition subsequent status," meaning until and unless FIBA declares it will not recognize the organization as a country affiliate to replace the BAP.

The POC previously recognized the Philippine Basketball Federation, Inc. (PBFI) as the BAP’s replacement but FIBA rejected its application as country affiliate and the PBFI later gave up its NSA status.

Eala said POC secretary-general Steve Hontiveros recently reported that a fact-finding committee has been set up by FIBA with representation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), through Olympic Solidarity director Pere Miro, to look into the Philippines’ suspension.

"We thought of inviting the fact-finding committee to observe the summit but it’s too late for that, with the summit only a few days away, and we lack the funds to host the committee," said Eala. "Besides, this is just an initial gathering to get the pulse of the stakeholders."

The FIBA will hold a Congress during the World Championships in Japan this August and the Philippines’ suspension is likely to be discussed.

"The POC may take the initiative to appeal the suspension in the Congress even as the BAP is still recognized by the FIBA as country affiliate," said Eala. "There seems to be a mandatory statute in FIBA that a suspension cannot be open-ended. So it’s possible the suspension will be discussed and lifted during the Congress."

Since the country’s major basketball stakeholders and key POC officials met FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann in Seoul last April, no new move has been made to lift the suspension. During the Seoul discussions, Baumann repeatedly told Eala "to stay the course" as he urged the PBA to spearhead the effort in resolving the internal crisis as the leading cage stakeholder in the country.

gameface_one
05-26-2006, 09:35 PM
Pilipinas Basketball to meet stakeholders
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To get the sentiment of basketball stakeholders all over the country, Pilipinas Basketball, headed by the Philippine Basketball Association, is organizing a one-day summit tomorrow.


Venue will be the Pearl Manila Hotel at the corner of United Nations Avenue and Juan Luna St. in Ermita. Manila, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and the forum beginning at nine o’clock.

Having confirmed their attendance, among 30 groups, are representatives of the Central Luzon Basketball Association, CUSA, NCAA South, Bicol Basketball League, NOPCEA (Negros Occidental), CESAFI (Cebu), El Federacion Basketbolista de Zamboanga, and NAASCU.

For Pilipinas Basketball, present will be PBA commissioner Noli Eala, PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, NCAA management committee head Bernie Atienza, and UAAP official Junjun Capistrano.

Also invited are PBA chairman Ely Capacio and the school president of 2006-2007 UAAP host University of the East.

"The summit is intended to provide solutions and become a forum of idea in basketball," said Eala. "It is not a venue for controversy or intrigue. All stakeholders who share the same common vision and objective are thus welcome to join the summit."

Three matters are in the agenda: One, the present status of RP basketball in relation to the FIBA suspension.

Two, the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball.

And three, the national basketball program from the grassroots to the elite program of RP team coach Chot Reyes.

gameface_one
05-27-2006, 11:56 AM
2020 vision in cage summit agenda today
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 05/27/2006

A long-term vision for the development of Philippine basketball will be a key discussion item in the agenda of the first hoop stakeholders summit at the Pearl Manila Hotel in Ermita today.

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are pooling their resources to stage the landmark whole-day convention as a major step in solidifying the country’s cage foundations.

Over 30 leagues and associations will be represented in the whole-day summit where PBA commissioner Noli Eala is expected to elaborate on the Canadian basketball development model with the objective of transforming the national team into a world power by 2020.

"It’s a model we can study and maybe, apply," said Eala. "Canada’s problems are similar to ours. There is a need for a visionary leadership and to unify Canada’s various basketball associations. While the target is 2020, the plan calls for certain goals in 2008, including the unification of the basketball community and laying out the infrastructure for development."

The model was formulated by Digby Leigh, vice president of Canadian basketball and chairman of the strategic planning task force.

A manifesto appealing to the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) to lift the country’s suspension will also be proposed during the summit. The manifesto will deliver a strong message to FIBA that the major stakeholders are united in moving forward.

Representatives from leagues and associations in Bacolod, Cebu, Baguio, Tarlac, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Bicol and Davao confirmed their attendance. Also expected to join are representatives from the Tiong Lian league of Chinese high schools, the National Basketball Conference, the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines, the Colleges and Universities Sports Association and the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities.

Officials of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) were not invited by organizers because according to Eala, "the summit is intended to provide solutions and become a forum of ideas in basketball, not to be a venue for controversy or intrigue."

The BAP was expelled by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) General Assembly as the National Sports Association (NSA) for basketball last year but continues to be recognized by FIBA as its country affiliate. The ambiguity has led to the country’s suspension by FIBA.

POC president Jose Cojuangco, Jr. will deliver the keynote address and UAAP’s Jun-Jun Capistrano of Ateneo the opening remarks in the summit. NCAA’s Paul Supan of Jose Rizal will be the moderator.

gameface_one
05-28-2006, 03:39 PM
Cage stakeholders eye winning formula
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By NICK GIONGCO

EVEN IF the international basketball federation (FIBA) declines to act on the Philippines’ appeal for the lifting of its suspension during the World Congress in Japan this August, the major basketball stakeholders, commercial leagues and associations nationwide will continue to meet regularly in line with the vision of coming up with a winning formula for the sport.


"Regardless of what’s going to happen in the FIBA World Congress, the stakeholders have agreed to meet on a regular basis," Butch Maniego, representing the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) said yesterday during a one-day summit.

Aside from the organizing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the PBL, also gracing the affair were the UAAP, NCAA and basketball groups from Cebu, Bacolod, Tarlac and Bicol, Maniego said.

"The summit is well-attended," said Maniego.

It was the first time the group met since the PBA, PBL and the two collegiate leagues met with Fiba secretary general Patrick Baumann in Seoul last April. During that meeting, Baumann told PBA Commissioner Noli Eala to "stay the course."

Baumann also advised the stakeholders to pool together their resources and tag along other basketball associations and leagues as the stakeholders are eyeing the possible lifting of the suspension on the Philippines when the FIBA meets in Saitama, Japan, during the World Championships.

The FIBA continues to recognize the Basketball Association of the Philippines as the association for the sport in the Philippines although the country cannot play in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments like the 15th Asian Games in Doha.

Still, the stakeholders believe that it’s just a matter of time before the FIBA is enlightened about the state of basketball in the country.

gameface_one
05-28-2006, 03:43 PM
FIBA-Asia to lift suspension, assures BAP
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 05/28/2006

The Philippines’ suspension by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) will be lifted in two months but unless the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) is recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) as a National Sports Association (NSA), the country will continue to be barred from participating in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the Asian Games and the Olympics.

That’s the long and the short of the situation, according to BAP deputy secretary-general and Air21 representative to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Board of Governors Lito Alvarez.

"FIBA has a soft spot in its heart for the BAP," said Alvarez yesterday. "For as long as the BAP exists, there will be no other Filipino organization recognized by FIBA as a country affiliate. FIBA itself described as unnecessary and out of proportion the POC’s decision to expel the BAP from the General Assembly."

Alvarez said the country created its own problem when the POC expelled the BAP, prompting the suspension.

"The best way to lift the suspension is for the POC to recognize the BAP," continued Alvarez. "It has become a matter of pride not to reinstate the BAP. But why should we allow pride to get in the way of national interest?"

Alvarez said the BAP is willing to work together with Pilipinas Basketball, the newly organized federation supported by the POC and major cage stakeholders like the PBA, the Philippine Basketball League, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

"The BAP is open to work with Pilipinas Basketball, why not?" Alvarez went on. "(BAP president) Joey (Lina) has told Pilipinas Basketball that the BAP will reorganize, to trust his leadership. Unfortunately, I think some members of Pilipinas Basketball doubt if Joey can do it."

Alvarez, however, gave Lina his vote of confidence.

"Joey has met with (FIBA president) Carl Ching and (FIBA-Asia secretary-general) Dato Yeoh (Choo Hock) and was assured the suspension will be lifted by July," said Alvarez. "But the decision will only allow the Philippines to participate in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments like the FIBA-Asia and the World Championships. POC recognition is still necessary to participate in Olympic-sanctioned competitions like the SEA and the Asian Games."

Alvarez said FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann has no authority to lift the country’s suspension because the power to decide on the ban rests with FIBA-Asia, which recognizes the BAP. He also said the Memorandum of Understanding between FIBA and the POC has been rescinded.

Alvarez said Air21, a PBA team, will step up, if necessary, to play for the country in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments in the event the national team is not available.

"The PBA altered its calendar to participate in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments and signed a memorandum of agreement with the BAP," said Alvarez. "The agreement did not include participation in the Asian Games. But with the Asian Games coming up, there is talk that the PBA will form the national team if it is allowed to play. The problem is the PBA season will be going on at the time. So I don’t know how it can be done."

When the PBA is not in season and if the PBA Board agrees, Alvarez said the Air21 team may be tapped to represent the country in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.

"This is for the country," said Alvarez. "We are trying to do what is best for Philippine basketball. We should all work together. The BAP can take care of FIBA and Pilipinas Basketball can take care of the POC."

Alvarez said whatever was decided in the hoop stakeholders summit yesterday has no bearing whatsoever on the future of the national team unless the BAP, as FIBA’s recognized country affiliate, is involved.

"Joey’s leadership is at stake," said Alvarez. "He assured the stakeholders the BAP will reorganize. Let’s give him a chance to show what he can do. The recent appointment of Mr. (Michel) Lhuillier as BAP chairman should not be misconstrued. It only means the BAP is moving forward and will not wait for the suspension to be lifted."

As for BAP secretary-general Graham Lim, Alvarez said he, too, is willing to sacrifice for the country.

"There is a plan for Graham," said Alvarez. "Graham will do what is best for Philippine basketball. He will listen. He has good connections with FIBA. His problem is with the local community. You can’t blame him for fighting back because he’s being pushed against the wall. But if the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball are working together, I’m sure we can do something about Graham."

Agent 008
05-29-2006, 10:41 AM
What kind of B.S. is Alvarez talking about with Air 21 possibly represeting the Philippines in FIBA events? There may be deserving players (2 at most) in that team, but it can be hardly comptetive. Has he forgotten that the Chot Reyes led team continues to be up and running and just recently won against a crack squad of NBA legends and American semi pros? Are these the thoughts of a sane man? What the hell is "a soft spot for the BAP"? Does it mean the BAP can get away with murder and still be favored? This is sickening.

kryptonite
05-29-2006, 12:18 PM
What kind of B.S. is Alvarez talking about with Air 21 possibly represeting the Philippines in FIBA events? There may be deserving players (2 at most) in that team, but it can be hardly comptetive. Has he forgotten that the Chot Reyes led team continues to be up and running and just recently won against a crack squad of NBA legends and American semi pros? Are these the thoughts of a sane man? What the hell is "a soft spot for the BAP"? Does it mean the BAP can get away with murder and still be favored? This is sickening.


Remember, BAP is headed by Joey Lina and Air 21 is owned by Bert Lina...smells fishy? Nagpapabango lang si Lito Alvarez. Is Air 21 competitive for any international competition? I don't think so. Even the National Team of Chot Reyes will be hard-pressed to win any medal in the Doha Asian Games.

MonL
05-29-2006, 12:51 PM
What kind of B.S. is Alvarez talking about with Air 21 possibly represeting the Philippines in FIBA events? There may be deserving players (2 at most) in that team, but it can be hardly comptetive. Has he forgotten that the Chot Reyes led team continues to be up and running and just recently won against a crack squad of NBA legends and American semi pros? Are these the thoughts of a sane man? What the hell is "a soft spot for the BAP"? Does it mean the BAP can get away with murder and still be favored? This is sickening.


Remember, BAP is headed by Joey Lina and Air 21 is owned by Bert Lina...smells fishy? Nagpapabango lang si Lito Alvarez. Is Air 21 competitive for any international competition? I don't think so. Even the National Team of Chot Reyes will be hard-pressed to win any medal in the Doha Asian Games.


Sa PBA pa lang, eh they've been handed their heads back more times than they've managed to win games. They're telling us that this mediocre team will represent the country in international competitions where we'll get skinned alive? To be humiliated in international competitions when the very best of our players are back home? Just so that we're represented and to show that the BAP is still around?

THANKS, BUT NO THANKS! >:(

gameface_one
05-30-2006, 07:51 AM
Basketball execs appeal to FIBA
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Basketball stakeholders in the country during the weekend passed a resolution urging the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to lift its suspension of the Philippines, taking a big first step to a resolution of the cage impasse.


Attended by representatives of major leagues from Davao, Tarlac, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Zamboanga, Baguio, Benguet, Bicol and the National Capital Region, among others, the summit, organized by Pilipinas

Basketball at the Pearl Manila Hotel, became a sounding board of ideas where the delegates expressed their sentiments and ideas.

Headed by Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner Noli Eala and backed by Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco, the huge group will be meeting again on June 17 for an organizational and strategic meeting.

"We are very happy with the turnout," said Eala. "There was a fine exchange of ideas, and the sentiments of the stakeholders came out."

Eala said the participants vowed to "continue their effort to look for solutions and to stay together as a basketball community" bent on finding the proper answers to the problem.

"This has really set the tone for many more meetings of the stakeholders," Eala said.

The next summit three weeks from now, Eala said, will be bigger as he invited all the other stakeholders who missed Saturday’s gathering to lend their voices in the overall effort to have the FIBA sanction lifted.

"This is a good exercise for the stakeholders to plot more strategies," he said. "And we’re very positive and optimistic something very good will come out of this undertaking."

gameface_one
05-30-2006, 07:52 AM
Road to reforms paved by summit
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 05/30/2006

Close to 50 representatives of nearly every major basketball league or association in the country declared the first-ever cage summit a significant step to unite the hoop community and an opportunity to build for the future at the Pearl Manila Hotel last weekend.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose Cojuangco, Jr., POC secretary-general Steve Hontiveros and POC legal counsel Emigdio Tanjuatco, Jr. attended the seven-hour summit organized by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to galvanize stakeholders in the campaign for reforms.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala said the summit posed three key questions before the participants—what ails Philippine basketball, what are the possible solutions and how to solve the problems.

Lack of communication, lack of leadership and lack of sustainable programs were identified as the problems with the solutions as collaboration among the stakeholders, a voice or representation in the National Sports Association and the election of a visionary leadership.

Eala said regardless of whether or not the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) lifts the country’s suspension, the stakeholders are determined to continue the momentum of the summit, plan out programs, synchronize competition schedules, form strategic training programs, develop a feeder system for the elite level and reach out to other groups, including the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), to solidify the foundations of a unified cage community.

A second summit will be held on June 17-18 to concretize the stakeholders’ plan of action. A committee made up of representatives of the PBA, PBL, UAAP and NCAA and Danny Soria of Baguio-Benguet, Boy Cabahug of Cebu and Pedro Alfaro of Zamboanga was authorized to plan for the next summit.

A highlight of the summit was the presentation of the elite program leading to participating in the 2008 Beijing Olympics by national team assistant coach Aboy Castro, representing coach Chot Reyes who was out of town. Castro said the national squad will play in the Jones Cup in Taipei and the Sultan’s Cup in Brunei this year.

For his part, Eala spoke about the Canadian national basketball development 2020 program as a model that may be applied to the Philippines. He described it as a mirror of what the country needs to develop its own development program. A strategic planning task force will be formed to study the Canadian model and submit recommendations for local application to the stakeholders at the second summit.

A resolution was drafted at the end of the summit and will be presented to the stakeholders for approval. The resolution noted that the stakeholders are one in their effort to unify the sport, undertake fundamental changes in the basketball infrastructure and leadership and implement a comprehensive basketball program that will carry the Philippines to its objective of regaining its lofty status in Asia.

The resolution also stated that the stakeholders are endorsing the membership of Pilipinas Basketball in the POC and FIBA and urging FIBA to immediately lift the country’s suspension and allow the national team to participate in all FIBA-sanctioned international tournaments. A copy of the resolution, once ratified, will be furnished FIBA and the International Olympic Committee.

Among the other stakeholders in the summit were the Baguio-Benguet Basketball Association, the Tarlac group, the NOPCEA of Negros Occidental, the CESAFI of Cebu, El Federaction Basketbolista de Zamboanga, the NAASCU, the CUSA, the NCRAA, the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) and the NCAA South.

Mikee Romero of PBL club Harbour Centre, Teletech coach Jerry Codiñera, Philippine Basketball Federation president Moying Martelino and BCAP’s Tanny Gonzalez also attended the affair which Eala said, cannot be ignored by FIBA as a show of force by stakeholders in projecting the ‘real group’ to recognize as country affiliate.

gameface_one
05-31-2006, 01:14 PM
In Huddle : FIBA suspension lifted soon?

First posted 03:55am (Mla time) May 31, 2006
By Beth Celis
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A27 of the May 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


AS SOON as the Cathay Pacific flight (903) from Hong Kong touched down at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, my hibernating cellphone instantly came to life.

Obviously, so many interesting developments had occurred while I was away covering the Adidas Superstar Camp in Beijing.

For example, I was told that former Philippine Basketball Association governor Elmer Yanga had been appointed University Athletics Association of the Philippines commissioner (and former PBA Commissioner Jun Bernardino, his National Collegiate Athletics Association counterpart, but this I already knew even before I left); that the Basketball Association of the Philippines office at the Rizal Memorial Complex on Vito Cruz Street had been padlocked by the Philippine Sports Commission (a confirmation of what I had gotten wind of while in Beijing); that Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero is back from a two-month vacation in the United States, his homecoming marked by a victory over Montaña in the PBL semifinal round; and many other bits and pieces.

* * *

The big news, the good news that overshadowed all the others, is the forthcoming lifting of the FIBA ban on the Philippines. According to my unimpeachable source, this will happen during the FIBA-Asia election of officers scheduled this coming June.

BAP president Joey Lina, he related, has been quietly working, conferring with FIBA officials in Hong Kong and Malaysia and was assured that the suspension will be lifted soon. Even if the BAP is not reinstated by the POC.

My source predicted that incumbent FIBA Asia secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock will retain his post, “even if a controversial NSA president has sworn to make sure that his Indian bet would win the coveted position.”

Informed of this forecast, my source said Dato Yeoh merely laughed it off.

The BAP, he added, has already charted its plan of action when the ban is lifted.

“Top secret!” he bellowed, when I tried to squeeze it out of him.

* * *

From what I gathered, Joey Lina had informed some members of Pilipinas Basketball about the impending lifting of the ban, which may not prove to be such a smart move.

Consequently, the group reactivated after a long silence following the rejection in Korea under the instigation of PBA commissioner Noli Eala, who rounded up basketball stakeholders all over the country for a summit meeting.

The last I heard, Pilipinas Basketball was looking for a president. Two names were mentioned: Manny V. Pangilinan and Henry Cojuangco.

That’s the big news. I can’t wait for the ban to be lifted this June. I want to know who’ll get the credit, if ever, and what will happen next.

* * *

In the face of ridicule from some colleagues, I continued to write about the exploits of mountaineer Dale Abenojar en route to the summit of Mt. Everest. I was perhaps one of the very few -- if not the only one giving updates on his expedition.

Nobody believed he made it to the top ahead of the others, perhaps not even myself, although I wrote about this claim, because there was no evidence to prove this.

Even now, while certain quarters have accepted his claim, there are still those who suspect its veracity, despite the evidence that he has presented.

Yesterday, I tried to touch base with Dale’s staunchest supporter, Jake Aspiras, whose faith in him never wavered amidst the skepticism of all. As of presstime, there was still no reply.

gameface_one
05-31-2006, 01:18 PM
Basketball stakeholders await BAP resolution
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 05/31/2006

A resolution from the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) submitting to a reorganization could be the key to a settlement of a dispute with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and may lead to the lifting of the country’s suspension by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).

A source from Pilipinas Basketball, recognized by the POC as the BAP’s replacement in the General Assembly on a conditional subsequent status, said yesterday the BAP resolution could break the impasse.

BAP president Joey Lina and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala, representing Pilipinas Basketball, met recently to discuss how to resolve the problem that led to the suspension.

Eala met separately with POC president Jose Cojuangco, Jr. to also explore ways of ending the dispute.

"Reinstating the BAP as an NSA (National Sports Association) is not an option," said the source. "The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to expel the BAP and cannot be expected to reverse its position. But if Pilipinas Basketball itself were to ask the General Assembly to reconsider a reorganized BAP, maybe something could be worked out."

Lina has repeatedly told officials of Pilipinas Basketball to trust his leadership in reorganizing the BAP, instituting democratic procedures in electing officers and assuring representation of stakeholders in the Board. Lina was asked to submit a BAP resolution where the officers will volunteer to resign, the Constitution and By-Laws of Pilipinas Basketball will be adopted and a democratic election will be held.

But it has been over two weeks since Lina sent a text message to Eala, saying the resolution is in the process of being drafted "with reasonable modifications."

BAP deputy secretary-general Lito Alvarez said he is not aware of a pending resolution. "If the purpose of the resolution is to convince FIBA to lift the suspension, it is not necessary because FIBA has assured the BAP the suspension will be lifted in two months," said Alvarez.

Major stakeholders convened last Saturday in a summit to unite the basketball community and voted to support Pilipinas Basketball.

"The stakeholders want a voice in setting a vision for Philippine basketball and the consensus is to support Pilipinas Basketball as the organization that reflects their sentiments," said a summit participant. "It was also the consensus that the BAP has outlived its usefulness."

Reacting to news that FIBA will lift the country’s suspension by July, Eala said the stakeholders welcome the decision even if it means allowing the Philippines to play only in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments and not in the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and the Olympics.

"Whether the suspension is lifted or not, the stakeholders are determined to push through with their efforts in rationalizing a national basketball development program," said Eala. "We’re very optimistic that this effort will not be disregarded by FIBA and the BAP. We will pursue the BAP resolution and continue to reach out to the BAP. FIBA will eventually realize which organization is the real group supported by the major stakeholders."

A source said the option of using the BAP as a brand name of Pilipinas Basketball to facilitate the lifting of the FIBA suspension was rejected as was the alternative of merging Pilipinas Basketball and the BAP with Pilipinas Basketball as the surviving entity characterized by BAP traits.

Lina reportedly said because of the bitter war with the POC, the BAP’s position of agreeing to a resolution has hardened and it may take longer for a settlement.

But a source said the BAP is only "buying time, playing everyone, bluffing and hoping for somebody to bail it out of extinction."

POC legal counsel Emigdio Tanjuatco said it’s full speed ahead with the recruitment of different leagues into Pilipinas Basketball.

"The (recent) Regional Trial Court decision (upholding the BAP’s expulsion by the POC) will help in the recruitment and accelerate in making the BAP nothing more than an empty shell," said Tanjuatco. "It should also downgrade the BAP in the eyes of the POC."

gameface_one
06-07-2006, 08:36 AM
In Huddle : End is near for FIBA’s ban on RP hoops

First posted 02:40am (Mla time) June 07, 2006
By Beth Celis
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Editor's Note: Published on page A29 of the June 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


OKAY, OK, so I spoke too soon, wrote too soon, about the bright prospects of the RP team in the 37th Chess Olympiad, based on pre-tournament forecasts, and because it looked that way... for a while.

Now my colleagues are chiding me again, saying that our nationals have indeed, “rewritten history,” but for the worse.

Instead of logging our best ever record based on the premise that this is the best team we’ve ever sent to the Olympiad, the opposite happened.

Ranked 35th before the Turin Olympiad, our men’s team slid down to 40-something, our worst-ever record. Even the ladies’ significantly improved seeding will not compensate for this, according to my colleagues.

Congressman Prospero “Butch” Pichay of Surigao del Sur made the right forecast, after all.

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Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina left yesterday for Kuwait to attend the 2006 FIBA Congress and simultaneous FIBA-Asia election of officers.

If reports are accurate and unforseen hitches do not appear on the horizon, we should be receiving good news by the weekend from Joey, who has been working quietly to have the FIBA ban on the Philippines lifted.

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With Rain or Shine ousted by Toyota-Otis 0-3 from the PBL Unity Cup finals, owner Raymond Yu is starting to have sleepless nights.

“Kung sa finals ng PBL hindi kami makapasok even with a complete lineup, ano pa kaya ang mangyayari sa amin sa PBA where the competition is much, much tougher. Baka tambakan kami by 30 points every game,” said Raymond who has been having nightmares over such a scenario.

Welcoat, which took over the Shell franchise this year, was allowed to elevate only three of its players from its lineup to the PBA.

“I don’t think we will be able to form a competitive team, even with the available talents in the ‘protect 6’ expansion pool or the free agent market. But I’m still hopeful we can find a way to make the team stronger, para naman hindi mawala ang balance ng competitive strength sa PBA,” said Raymond.

***

This is interesting. Of the top 5 candidates in the season MVP race, only James Yap of Purefoods is in the top 5 of the Conference MVP contest. So far.

Of course the scenario is bound to change as the conference gets closer to the finale, but as of now, San Miguel players are dominating the top five slots. Beerman Danny Seigle leads with 1125 statistical points, followed by Dorian Peña with 1065. James Yap is third with 1059, followed by Alaska’s Nic Belasco with 1040. Danny Ildefonso is running fifth with 1007.

For sure it will be very interesting season and conference MVP race.

gameface_one
06-10-2006, 09:07 AM
Fiba-Asia wants BAP suspension lifted

First posted 11:46pm (Mla time) June 09, 2006
By Marc Anthony Reyes
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Editor's Note: Published on page A21 of the June 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


A STEP closer to solving basketball woes?

The Fiba-Asia (international basketball federation-Asia) yesterday unanimously approved the resolution asking the Fiba Central Board to lift the suspension of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, according to BAP president Joey Lina.

Lina, who attended the Fiba-Asia congress in Kuwait last Thursday, said it “was a breakthrough in our quest to finally take part again in international basketball competitions.”

Initiated by the BAP itself, the resolution now waits for the decision of the Fiba Central Board which will meet in August in Saitama, Japan, for the World Championships.

The Philippines missed three important tournaments last year after it was suspended by Fiba, namely, the Southeast Asian championships, Asian Basketball Confederation and the SEA Games which has been dominated by the country since 1987.

Philippine Olympic Committee spokesman Joey Romasanta said the BAP announcement didn’t assure anything.

But he admitted that Fiba-Asia is “sympathetic” to the BAP, which the POC expelled because of its policies that don’t sit well with the POC.

Romasanta said the POC, which is pushing for a group called Pilipinas Basketball composed of basketball stakeholders in the country, is merely following the advice of Fiba-World secretary general Patrick Baumann.

gameface_one
06-10-2006, 09:07 AM
FIBA-Asia okays lifting of suspension
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 06/10/2006

A resolution calling on the FIBA Central Board in Switzerland to lift its suspension on the Philippines was unanimously approved last Thursday during the FIBA-Asia Congress in Kuwait.

The move was initiated by Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina who’s now expecting a favorable response from the FIBA Central Board.

The FIBA Central Board will meet in August during the World Championship in Saitama, Japan, and the lifting of the Philippine suspension will be in the agenda.

"The unanimous approval of the resolution by the FIBA-Asia Congress is a major breakthrough in our quest to once again participate in FIBA international basketball competitions," Lina said.

Lina attended the FIBA-Asia Congress along with representatives from each of the 44 countries from the Asian Zone, which holds the biggest constituency among the five zones of FIBA.

Lina introduced the resolution and quickly got the sympathy of FIBA-Asia members.

"After almost one year of suspension, Philippine basketball has been visibly adversely affected and the participation of elite players in international competitions is essential in keeping the popularity and viability of basketball in the Philippines," said the ex-senator.

Lina assured the FIBA-Asia Congress that the BAP will continuously seek reconciliation and unity with the POC and the other basketball stakeholders by welcoming and inviting them into the BAP fold.

The Philippines was placed under suspension almost a year ago after a bitter dispute between the BAP and the Philippine Olympic Committee under Jose Cojuangco.

Because of the dispute, the POC expelled the BAP from its roster.

As a result, the Philippines was barred from competing in at least three international tournaments, including the 23rd Southeast Asian Games where it was the defending champion.

Once the suspension is lifted, the Philippines, through the BAP, will be allowed to compete in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments like the FIBA-Asia or the World Championships.

But to be able to compete in the SEA Games, Asian Games or even the Olympics, BAP must regain the recognition of the POC, which has yet to comment on the latest development.

"I don’t know the decision yet," said POC secretary-general Steve Hontiveros in the absence of Cojuangco, who is currently in the United States.

gameface_one
06-10-2006, 09:07 AM
BAP gets FIBA-Asia support
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By EDDIE ALINEA

THE PHILIPPINES moved a step closer to regaining its membership with the Federacion Internationale de Basketball following a resolution passed by FIBA-Asia calling for the world body to lift the suspension it meted out a year ago.


In a meeting held last Thursday in Kuwait, the FIBA-Asia Congress unanimously approved the resolution authored by Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) President Joey Lina and presented by secretary-general Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock that the Philippines be allowed to participate in all FIBA-sanctioned basketball competitions

"The unanimous approval of the resolution by the FIBA-Asia Congress is a major breakthrough in the Philippines’ bid to once again compete in FIBA sanction basketball tournaments," said Lina.

The FIBA central board is expected to tackle the FIBA-Asia resolution when it meets in August during the World Basketball Championship in Japan.

Earlier this year, FIBA, through its Secretary General Patrick Baumman tossed the resolution of the country’s suspension issue to FIBA-Asia.

"Medyo malapi-lapit na tayong makalarong muli sa lahat ng kompetisyon na gagawin sa ilalim ng FIBA. I believe that we’re almost there. Konting tiis na lamang and our basketball stars will play against the world’s best cagers," said Lina.

The Philippines was suspended on July 4, 2005 and subsequently barred from competing in the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship and Southeast Asian Games after the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) expelled the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

The Philippines’ failure to participate in the SEABA tournament cost it a seat in the FIBA-Asia championship last year which served as qualifying event for the World Basketball Championship in Japan.

Unless the POC reinstate the BAP as its member, the Philippines cannot compete in the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar this December.

"As I have been saying, the BAP will continue seeking reconciliation with the POC. We will resume inviting into the BAP fold other basketball stakeholders that we are really serious in restoring peace for the good of amateur basketball," stressed Lina.

POC president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, who is in the United States for his annual checkup, could not be reached for reaction.

POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros said he cannot make comment as the POC has yet to receive a copy of the resolution.

gameface_one
06-12-2006, 11:55 AM
RP never lost FIBA membership — Lina

POC will stick to MOU

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BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION of the Philippines President Joey Lina yesterday clarified that the Philippines never lost its membership in the Federacion Internationale de Basketball and that the resolution passed recently by FIBA-Asia was merely to call on the world body to lift the suspension it meted out the country.


Lina said that he was making the clarification because of reports by several newspapers that the resolution, authored by Lina himself and approved unanimously by the FIBA-Asia Congress in a meeting last Wednesday in Kuwait, was, in effect, a step towards regaining membership to the world governing body on basketball.

"The BAP has been a pioneer affiliate member of FIBA since 1936 or 70 years ago and has never lost that membership since then. Even when the POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) expelled the BAP, which FIBA itself branded as inappropriate and out of proportion, the BAP remained a member in good standing," Lina explained.

"That is the reason why it was the Philippines and not the BAP that was suspended by FIBA as an offshoot of the expulsion, " the BAP head added.

Lina, who represented the Philippines in that Congress, was referring to the July 25, 2005 suspension imposed by FIBA on the country as a result of BAP’s expulsion as member of the POC on June 30, 2005.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), noting that the prevailing sentiment in the Asian region is for the lifting of the FIBA ban against the Philippines, announced that it remains focused on strictly abiding by its Memorandum of Understanding with the FIBA.

POC legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco stressed that the POC is all for the lifting of the ban but will not deviate from the provisions of the MOU signed last year by POC President Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. and FIBA Secretary-General Patrick Baumann.

"Of course the POC wants the ban to be lifted and it (POC) should support any effort towards that direction. But it should be clear to the public that the beneficiary is the Philippines and not any particular party," Tanjuatco said.

Tanjuatco said it is quite preposterous to think that the FIBA Central Board will premise the lifting of the ban against the Philippines on the retention of the BAP as the NSA for basketball.

"This issue was clearly addressed in the MOU and BAP had already exhausted all the legal avenues to advance its selfish interest to be retained as the NSA for basketball. It is worth noting that even the case it filed with our local courts did not prosper. Involving local courts is a contravention of Olympism and even the tenets of FIBA." —With report from Eddie ALINEA

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06-12-2006, 11:56 AM
POC to stick with FIBA MOU, says counsel

First posted 05:18am (Mla time) June 12, 2006
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Editor's Note: Published on page A31 of the June 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


WHILE IT appears that the prevailing sentiment in the Asian region is for the lifting of the FIBA (international basketball federation) ban against the Philippines, the Philippine Olympic Committee remains focused on strictly abiding by its Memorandum of Understanding with the world cage body.

POC legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco stressed that the POC is all for the lifting of the ban but will not deviate from the provisions of the MOU signed last year by POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. and FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann.

“Of course, the POC wants the ban to be lifted and it (POC) should support any effort towards that direction. But it should be clear to the public that the beneficiary is the Philippines and not any particular party,” Tanjuatco said.

The former solon was apparently referring to the Basketball Association of the Philippines, which continues to project itself in the international community as the national sports association for basketball even after it was expelled by the POC last year.

On Friday, BAP president Joey Lina informed media organizations that his association filed a resolution calling for the lifting of the ban against the Philippines that prevents its participation in international tournaments.

This resolution, according to Lina, was supported by FIBA Asia, which will ask the powerful FIBA Central Board when it convenes in August this year.

Meanwhile, the POC, through first vice president Monico Puentevella, yesterday declared that it remains to be the sole authority that will accredit national teams in international competitions like the Asian Games this December in Doha.

Puentevella was reacting to reports that FIBA-Asia has unanimously approved the recommendation to FIBA-World to give back its sanction to the BAP, which has been dropped from the roster after getting expelled by the POC.

“It doesn’t really matter if FIBA lifts the suspension on BAP because as far as the POC is concerned, it has been expelled by a vote of 33 (national sports) associations,” said Puentevella. “And everyone knows only POC has the sole authority to accredit national teams in international competitions.

“Mr. Lina is confused and confusing. The MOU did not ask the BAP with anything but merely mentioned its name as a suspended member of FIBA and whose eventual expulsion with FIBA is inevitable upon the acceptance of a new NSA for basketball,” Tanjuatco pointed out.

“In fact Mr. Lina or BAP is guilty of misrepresentation. Mr. Lina wants our public to think that the lifting of the ban against the Philippines is tantamount to the lifting of the suspension against the BAP by the FIBA. This is ludicrous because as far as the POC is concerned, BAP does not exist.”

Tanjuatco said it is quite preposterous to think that the FIBA Central Board will premise the lifting of the ban against the Philippines on the retention of the BAP as the NSA for basketball.

“This issue was clearly addressed in the MOU and BAP had already exhausted all the legal avenues to advance its selfish interest to be retained as the NSA for basketball. It is worth noting that even the case it filed with our local courts did not prosper. Involving local courts is a contravention of Olympism and even the tenets of FIBA.” With a report from Marc Anthony Reyes

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06-12-2006, 12:01 PM
Spectator : Fiba never suspended BAP

First posted 09:41am (Mla time) June 11, 2006
By Al S. Mendoza
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Editor's Note: Published on page A26 of the June 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


JOEY Romasanta is right. It assured us of nothing.

I refer to the reported positive response of Fiba-Asia regarding Joey Lina’s request to have the BAP suspension lifted by the international basketball federation (Fiba).

As reported by Joey Lina, the BAP president, his resolution asking Fiba-Asia to ask the Fiba Central Board to lift the alleged (yes, alleged) BAP suspension by Fiba has been “unanimously approved” during the reported Fiba-Asia congress in Kuwait. Joey Lina said he was there.

Fine, but first things first.

The Fiba-Asia is basketball for Asia.

The Fiba Central Board is basketball for the world.

The Fiba, the mother of all Fibas today, is practically ruled only by two men—the retired but still very influential Borislav Stankovic, and his anointed sec-gen successor, Patrick Baumann.

Of the three, Fiba fires and hires, is the alpha and omega. It is the be-it-all in basketball.

I shook hands with Stankovic in 1983 in Hong Kong during the ABC, when he was still Mr. Fiba. When we say Mr. Fiba, that means Stankovic was “bossing” and his word in Fiba then was the law.

It still is, but that’s another story.

In Hong Kong in 1983, when rival teams questioned the presence of naturalized Filipinos in the RP Team, Stankovic immediately ruled—almost single-handedly—that Dennis Still, Jeff Moore and Chip Engelland were not qualified to play for the Philippines. His stunning decision came months after Stankovic’s assurance to Doc Carrascoso and Quinito Henson, traveling to Europe for this sole purpose, of the trio’s eligibility to play for the country.

I saw Stankovic again last March in Seoul during the Olympic Summit there. He seemed still in control of Fiba, firing instructions here and there to Baumann, his 37-year-old niño bonito, or unico hijo, if you wish. One such obvious instruction was for Baumann to reject the plea of our basketball stakeholders flying to Seoul that Philippine basketball be reinstated by the Fiba so that we can join the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, in December.

“We will only lift the Philippine suspension if Mr. Joey Lina signs the by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball,” Baumann told stakeholders Noli Eala of PBA, Chino Trinidad of PBL, Jun Jun Capistrano of UAAP and Paul Supan of NCAA.

Some three months after Baumann had said that, Joey Lina, who had walked out of the basketball stakeholders summit weeks before Eala and Co. met up with Baumann, has yet to affix his signature to the constitution and by-laws of Pilipinas Basketball.

Pilipinas Basketball, in case you’ve forgotten, is the accepted and endorsed replacement for the expelled BAP from the country’s Olympic movement.

Joey Lina saying Fiba has suspended the BAP is misleading, if not confusing us all.

It’s not funny, anymore.

For the record, the BAP was never suspended by Fiba. What Fiba suspended was Philippine basketball—the reason we didn’t have basketball in the last SEA Games in Manila.

How can you suspend an association that has been expelled? Deleted. Erased. Killed.

The POC expulsion of the BAP triggered Fiba’s suspension of Philippine basketball —the reason we were not also allowed to play in the Asean Championships and ABC last year because, like the SEA Games, both were also Fiba-sanctioned.

So, what is there to rejoice about?

How can Fiba’s Baumann lift a BAP suspension when there’s no BAP suspension at all?

What Joey Lina did was bark up the wrong tree.

He was, in effect, like prescribing a medicine for headache when what was really needed was a pill for toothache.

Baumann has actually given Joey Lina the cure-all prescription—sign the Pilipinas Basketball by-laws. That was last March yet.

One not wanting to be cured is hopeless.

One insisting on a cure for a non-disease is doomed.

One not asleep is the hardest to wake up.

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06-13-2006, 08:01 AM
BAP office stays locked despite FIBA nod
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 06/13/2006

The Basketball Association of the Philippines office at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex will remain padlocked for as long as the country has no basketball body and a set of officers acceptable to everyone.

The BAP office at the second floor of the Philippine Sports Commission administrative building was padlocked last month as a result of the raging dispute between the BAP and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Not even the lifting of the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) suspension on the Philippines would mean that the BAP office should be opened for those who used to occupy it.

"Even if the suspension is lifted, the BAP office will remain padlocked. While the BAP enjoys the recognition of FIBA, it’s no longer a member of the POC," said PSC legal counsel Maribel Rodriguez.

"A national sports association (NSA) needs both the recognition of its international federation and the POC for it to enjoy certain privileges from the PSC, like the use of an office," Rodriguez added.

Pilipinas Basketball is poised to take over the BAP. It already has the blessings of the POC despite the fact that it still has yet to name or elect its set of officers. As for FIBA, it remains in the outer circle.

"As long as we don’t have a basketball association recognized both by FIBA and the POC, nobody can and will occupy that office," said PSC commissioner Richie Garcia who handles NSA affairs.

Last Friday, BAP president and former Senator Joey Lina announced that FIBA Asia has approved a resolution calling on the FIBA Central Board in Switzerland to lift the suspension on the Philippines.

Lina said it’s just a matter of time before the suspension, handed down almost a year ago, is lifted. He expects the FIBA Central Board to act on it in August when it convenes in Japan.

Once the suspension is lifted, the BAP will bat for its reinstatement in the POC, which voted unanimously (33-of-38) for the expulsion of the 70-year-old association.

But the POC is not going to bend backwards, maintaining that the BAP no longer exists.

"Of course, the POC wants the ban to be lifted and it should support any effort towards that direction. But it should be clear to the public that the beneficiary is the Philippines and not any particular party," said POC lawyer Ding Tanjuatco.

He cited the memorandum of understanding signed by POC head Jose Cojuangao and FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann last year, where the BAP was described as a "suspended member of FIBA."

"Mr. Lina wants our public to think that the lifting of ban against the Philippines is tantamount to the lifting of the suspension against the BAP by the FIBA," said Tanjuatco.

Agent 008
06-13-2006, 04:03 PM
Ang galing nig article ni Al Mendoza. Simpleng-simple and to the point. Obvious na naman na smoke and mirrors and propaganda lang ang mga palabas ni Lina. Fiba-Asia "unanimously approving" the lifting of the BAP ban is a non-issue. The BAP was never banned in the first place. It was Pilipinas Basketball. The BAP was the recognized body in Fiba but since its expulsion from the POC, it is now a non-entity..expired, discarded, dead. All Lina has to do is to sign the by-laws and PB and will be recognized and accepted by the Fiba world. How hard is that?

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06-14-2006, 07:21 AM
POC nod necessary for Asiad
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 06/14/2006

Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina said the other day without the blessings of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), the national cage team will be barred from playing in the Doha Asian Games this year even if the country’s suspension is lifted by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA).

Lina recently attended the FIBA-Asia Congress in Kuwait where a resolution was passed urging the FIBA Central Board to end the suspension during the World Congress in Japan in August. He called the resolution by the 44-nation zone, one of five regions comprising FIBA, "a major step and a breakthrough" in reinstating the Philippines as a participant in international competitions.

"FIBA-Asia has spoken," said Lina. "It has sent a strong message to FIBA that there is no continuing basis for our suspension because the BAP is a national federation in good standing."

But Lina admitted the resolution is no guarantee the national team will be allowed to play in tournaments sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) such as the Southeast Asian Games, the Asian Games and the Olympics.

"When FIBA lifts the suspension, it’s only 3/4 of the story," said Lina. "The other fourth is contingent on the POC’s approval. We will be allowed to play in FIBA tournaments like the FIBA-Asia Championships, the Champions Cup and the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championships but unless the POC accredits the national team, we will not be able to play in the Asian Games."

In a strongly-worded statement, POC vice president and Rep. Monico Puentevella doused cold water on FIBA-Asia’s resolution.

"It doesn’t really matter if FIBA lifts the suspension because as far as the POC is concerned, the BAP has been expelled by a vote of 33 associations and everyone knows the POC has the sole authority to accredit Pilipinas Basketball since from all indications, this group represents the genuine basketball associations in our country," said Puentevella.

"Lina should realize that he’s been holding our country hostage for too long. No one man is bigger than the sport itself and if he truly loves our country, he should step aside and give others a chance. It’s time to be a statesman.

"As caretaker of the POC while our President Peping Cojuangco is abroad, somebody has to take the cudgels and tell the truth. We should not mislead our basketball-loving people. The POC is the highest sports body in the land while the BAP has been expelled to oblivion. If it is reinstated by FIBA, what country will it represent? Let’s stop this nonsense and call a spade a spade."

Lina said the recent gathering of basketball stakeholders by Pilipinas Basketball in a summit was "divisive" and caused confusion among leagues and organizations affiliated with the BAP.

"I was made to understand the old formula of using the BAP as the vehicle to settle this problem is now quietly being reconsidered," said Lina. "I was told the POC will agree to whatever is the solution suggested by the stakeholders. So I was surprised when I learned of the summit because several of our BAP members were approached to attend."

Lina said he is open to sit down with the stakeholders involved in Pilipinas Basketball to work out a compromise in joining forces under a unified umbrella organization.

"We should forget about pride because this concerns national interest," said Lina. "I’ve told Pilipinas Basketball to let me reorganize the BAP, that I will take charge of making sure there is a new structure conforming to what the stakeholders envision, with a few changes."

The POC’s expulsion of the BAP, recognized by FIBA as its country affiliate, led to the suspension last year. Without the POC’s nod, any team sanctioned by the BAP will not be permitted to carry the national colors in the Olympic calendar, including the Asian Games.

Lina said with FIBA expected to lift the suspension in August, the way is clear for the Philippines to play basketball in Doha but unless the POC accredits the national team, it will be for naught.

gameface_one
06-15-2006, 07:47 AM
Pilipinas Basketball taking bid to FIBA world meet
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By BONG PEDRALVEZ, The Manila Times Subeditor

Pilipinas Basketball wants to make a last-ditch bid for recognition by the International Basketball Federation at the FIBA World Congress in Saitama, Japan, in August.

"Pilipinas Basketball is forming a delegation to go to the FIBA World Congress, where it expects to make representation as the national sports association of the sport in the country. The POC is backing the trip," Philippine Olympic Committee secretary-general Steve Hontiveros said in a recent interview.

"Pilipinas Basketball aims to show that they have the majority of the stakeholders in the sport," Hontiveros added.

The POC has endorsed Pilipinas Basketball as the replacement for the Basketball Association of the Philippines, which it expelled on June 30, 2005, for allegedly failing to comply with an agreement in forming national teams to overseas competitions.

A BAP insider confirmed that a former Filipino FIBA-Asia official was trying to secure Japanese visas for the Pilipinas Basketball contingent to join the FIBA Congress, which coincides with the World Men’s Basketball Championship.

The source pointed out that the effort of the basketball group would be a futile exercise "because it [Pilipinas Basketball] is not even invited to the meeting. The group is a nonentity in the eyes of FIBA."

The recognition prospects of Pilipinas Basketball by the world governing basketball were further dimmed in the wake of the unanimous resolution passed by FIBA-Asia at its meeting in Kuwait last week asking the FIBA Central Board to lift the ban on the Philippines.

BAP president Joey Lina, who attended the meeting, crafted the resolution approved by all 44 FIBA-Asia members.

"There is a strong chance that the Central Board will respect the wishes of FIBA-Asia and have the ban on the country lifted. The BAP’s membership as a member of good standing is also likely to be reaffirmed [at the Japan meeting]," the source said.

Lina, who arrived on Sunday, had earlier described the FIBA-Asia resolution as "a major breakthrough."

With the ban likely to be lifted, the Philippines might be able to field a team to compete in November in the Doha Asian Games in Qatar, where many basketball-loving overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East are expected to come in droves to watch the RP cagers play.

Doha Asian Games representatives who were recently in the country to set up the event’s torch relay had said the participation of the Philippine men’s basketball team would be a major attraction at the Games.

gameface_one
06-17-2006, 12:29 PM
BAP congress plans to amend constitution
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The Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) held a national congress yesterday that discussed, among others, the probable amendments to its constitution and by-laws.


BAP president Joey Lina made the disclosure when he appeared in yesterday’s session of the SCOOP sa Kamayan at Padre Faura in Manila.

The former senator said he hopes the latest move of the association expelled a year ago by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) would pave the way for the return of the BAP within the POC family and eventually, allowed to participate again in major international tournaments.

"Lahat ng bagay ay ginagawa natin dito para maayos na ang lahat. For our part, we’re holding a BAP congress involving all our members. We will be discussing our plans and programs for the rest of the year, and that includes the amendments to the BAP Constitution and By-Laws," said Lina.

Among the revisions Lina is expecting include the acceptance of member associations, the positions of secretary general and executive director will be made as an elective posts with a fixed term and the inclusion within the BAP Constitution of the formation, preparation and training of all national teams.

Prior to being expelled by the POC General Assembly, the amendments to the BAP Constitution and By-Laws is one of the prerequisites being asked by the POC on the embattled cage association.

Lina attended the recent FIBA-Asia Congress Kuwait where he filed a resolution calling for the lifting of the suspension on the country from participating in tournaments sanctioned by the world governing body for basketball.

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06-17-2006, 12:31 PM
Eala says BAP ‘breakthrough’ nothing new

The Philippine Star 06/17/2006

MIAMI — Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala confirmed the other day the country’s suspension will be taken up in the agenda of the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) World Congress in Japan this August and said the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) had nothing to do with it.

Eala flew in to witness Game 2 of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals in Dallas last Sunday and Game 3 here two days later. His VIP tickets were provided by the NBA as a special guest. He will be back in Manila today.

In studying FIBA’s decision-making processes, Eala said he learned that the case of a country under suspension is automatically reviewed in the World Congress.

"The options are to lift the suspension, prolong it or withdraw the recognition of the country affiliate," said Eala. "The option of withdrawing the BAP’s recognition is out because FIBA, like any other international federation, is not inclined to do that to a national federation."

However, Eala said FIBA-Asia’s recent resolution appealing to the World Congress to lift the suspension is a positive step. The resolution was engineered by BAP president Joey Lina who attended the FIBA-Asia Congress in Kuwait last week.

"It’s really not a breakthrough because nothing has changed," said Eala. "We are still suspended. But let’s give credit to Joey for getting FIBA-Asia to file the resolution."

Eala said notwithstanding the BAP’s continuing recognition as FIBA’s country affiliate, Pilipinas Basketball is moving forward in crafting a national development program approved by the sport’s major stakeholders.

With the BAP’s expulsion as a National Sports Association by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) General Assembly last year, Pilipinas Basketball has emerged as its replacement.

Eala said the major stakeholders—the PBA, Philippine Basketball League, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and University Athletic Association of the Philippines—agreed to convene on June 21 to prepare the groundwork for a strategic plan and on July 1 for a second summit.

Eala said the NCAA, represented by Paul Supan of Jose Rizal University, will undertake a survey among the stakeholders to determine goals for the short, medium and long term. "A questionnaire will be prepared and sent to the stakeholders," said Eala. "Then we’ll collate the answers in the survey. We’re looking at a five-year program where the goal is to become competitive in international basketball."

Eala said the five steps to take in laying the foundations of a strategic program are planning, research and information gathering (using the Canadian development plan as a model), preparing a position paper, adoption of the program and implementation.

Eala said Nic Jorge of the Small Basketeers league has suggested for all stakeholders to desist in lending their resources to the BAP to send a strong signal to FIBA that the country affiliate is nothing more than an empty shell.

In a PBA Executive Committee meeting before he left for the US, Eala said it was decided that the six pro league representatives in Pilipinas Basketball’s 15-man Board will be chairman Ely Capacio, incoming chairman Ricky Vargas, the incoming vice chairman and treasurer and two rotating governors.

Eala also said the national team coached by Chot Reyes will play in the Jones Cup in Taipei next month and the Sultan’s Cup in Brunei in August. Eala said the national teams of Lebanon, Lithuania and Chinese-Taipei are requesting if they could play the Philippine squad in exhibitions in Manila this summer. — Joaquin Henson

kryptonite
06-23-2006, 02:43 AM
PBA prospects listed on RP 5 to Jones Cup (from ABS-CBN online)

By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter

Despite the country’s suspension by the world governing body for basketball, the Philippine team under coach Chot Reyes braces for a number of Asian club tournaments that will prime them up for a possible stint in the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, this year.

Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner Noli Eala disclosed this Thursday together with the lineup of the RP 5 that will represent the country in various international tournaments.

First in hand in is the annual William R. Jones Cup on July 8 to 16 in Taiwan, where the national dribblers hope to duplicate or surpass their third-place finish last year.

Debuting for Reyes in that tournament are PBA draft prospects LA Tenorio, Arwind Santos and Air21’s Ranidel de Ocampo, and two-time slam-dunk champion Nino Canaleta.

They will join RP Team regulars Jimmy Alapag, Dennis Miranda, Renren Ritualo, Yancy de Ocampo, Asi Taulava, Rafi Reavis and Billy Mamaril. The 12th spot for the Taiwan trip is being reserved for either James Yap or Willie Miller.

Prior to that, the Nationals face an American team called Athletes in Action, which is made up of seasoned US NCAA and NBA free agents on July 3 here.

The Philippine team also scheduled a friendly match against Chinese Taipei, tentatively scheduled at the end of July, before the much-awaited meeting with the Lebanese national team on August 11.

Qatar also sent an invitation to the national team to be part of a four-nation tournament that will include the hosts, Lithuania and Korea.

The RP 5 then defends its crown in the Sultan’s Cup in Brunei on August 19 to 27. Santa Lucia Realty is also entered in that tournament.

gameface_one
08-10-2006, 07:38 AM
BAP appeals to NSAs to give case a 2nd look


By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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With the lifting of the International Basketball Federation’s suspension of the country imminent, the Basketball Association of the Philippines is making two initiatives to regain recognition and the support of the local sports community.

For one, the BAP is taking its cause to the national sports associations on Thursday to regain Philippine Olympic Committee membership.

BAP president Jose Lina Jr. has invited the NSAs to an "informal gathering" at the Manila Hotel to discuss the issue, in a bid to convince sports officials "to take a second look" about the cage association’s expulsion from the Olympic body.

The POC general membership, citing the BAP’s alleged failure to comply with an agreement on the forming of national teams to international competition, unanimously voted to withdraw the group’s recognition on June 30, 2005.

"Our International Basketball Federation had ruled that our expulsion was ‘inappropriate and out of proportion’ and had continued to recognize us as its members in the Philippines," Lina wrote in the invitation to NSAs dated August 2.

"We have repeatedly asked the POC for reconsideration of our expulsion but to no avail," Lina said.

"We are now appealing to you directly, as our fellow NSAs, to kindly take a second look at our situation and hopefully you will find it in your heart to take us back into the POC family," he added.

The second BAP move to restore POC membership is amending its charter, which it hopes to present to the NSA officials present.

"We have approved meaningful amendments to our constitution and by-laws to make it more relevant to the times and the conducive to present circumstances," Lina said in the invitation.

The changes in the BAP’s constitution and by-laws will allow representatives of the sport’s key stakeholders into its board.

This meant that, among others, the Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Basketball League, University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association will be represented in the PBA board.

"The BAP has just approved the amendments to its Constitution and By-Laws, leaving open to the UAAP, NCAA, PBA, PBL a meaningful representation in BAP’s decision-making body," said Lina in his letter to the four organizations.

Lina said the amendment will allow all four groups to take part in formulating the BAP’s plans and projects.

The BAP’s twin moves are meant to lay the groundwork once the world governing basketball body lifts its ban on the Philippines, which is expected to happen during the FIBA Congress on August 27 in Saitama, Japan.

The meeting coincides with the World Men’s Basketball Championship.

A source, who declined to be identified, said that Lina and businessmen Michelle Lhuillier, BAP chairman, are going to attend the gathering.

Sources in the BAP likewise said that in just a matter of days, the FIBA will lift the suspension on the Philippines from participating in any tournaments it sanctions.

"We are almost sure and it’s just a matter of time, the FIBA will lift the suspension," the source said.

At its meeting in Kuwait City on June 2, all 44 members of FIBA-Asia unanimously endorsed a resolution authored by Lina to lift the FIBA suspension in the country.

gameface_one
08-12-2006, 08:14 AM
BAP wooing cage stakeholders back
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 08/12/2006

The Basketball Association of the Philippines has initiated efforts to unify basketball stakeholders in the country as it expects reinstatement of its membership to the Fiba during the World Congress in Saitama, Japan late this month.

BAP president Joey Lina sent letters to key officials of Basketball Pilipinas, stating their intention to craft a new constitution open to meaningful representations of the major cage bodies in the land.

However, it’s doubtful whether BAP can lure the group to its fold.

For one, PBA commissioner Noli Eala has yet to discuss the offer to the PBA board. "He (Lina) asked us to give our thoughts on it, whether we’re willing to be part of the BAP’s decision-making body. But we haven’t responded yet because this matter should be taken up by the PBA board," said Eala.

Eala also ruled out the possibility of the league putting up a team for the coming Doha Asian Games even in case the country’s suspension is lifted in the Fiba world congress during the world championship in Japan.

"Two points have to be considered although this shouldn’t be taken as our official position," said Eala. "First, we have a previous board decision not to play in the Asian Games. And second, we still need the blessing of the POC to play."

"That’s a very important and sensitive issue that has to be addressed. We have given our commitment to support the POC’s desire to strengthen the organization of basketball in the Philippines. We cannot just, all of a sudden, turn around."

The BAP letter to the PBA, dated July 25, read in part: "I hope the PBA will join us in this continuing quest to achieve unity and basketball excellence in our country."

"If presented by the BAP to the POC, this offer could give a different angle, a different perspective, to the problem," Eala said. "I’m not saying na ‘okey na yan.’ But it’s a very significant input that I think should be considered."

There were reports, however, that POC is asking the stakeholders to decide for themselves if they’re to accept BAP’s new offer.

"They should appeal with the stakeholders of basketball, not with the NSAs. Because if the rest of the stakeholders of basketball support them, then that is a reason for reconsideration," POC president Peping Cojuangco was quoted in a report as saying. "But when they don’t have any stakeholders behind, how can you possibly recognize an association that is composed of persons, not groups?"

gameface_one
08-12-2006, 08:15 AM
FIBA may soon lift sanction, says source



By TITO TALAO
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THE BASKETBALL Association of the Philippines, an insider said, is wrapping up the perfect assist pass for the Philippine Basketball Association should reports come true that the International Basketball Federation is lifting soon the suspension order it imposed on the country a year ago.


In a nutshell, the BAP insider said, all rights to form a national team in the 2007 FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship, the qualifying tournament for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, will be handed over to the PBA.

"We will honor the contents of our original memorandum of agreement," said the insider who spoke on conditions of anonymity. "They can choose the national coach and the players like they did before."

The PBA is, however, not making a move just yet to cut to the basket to receive the pass.

"Two points have to be considered although this shouldn’t be taken as our official position," said PBA Commissioner Noli Eala. "First, we have a previous board decision not to play in the Asian Games. And second, we still need the blessing of the POC to play."

Eala gave the second matter extra weight.

"That’s a very important and sensitive issue that has to be addressed," he said. "We have given our commitment to support the POC’s desire to strengthen the organization of basketball in the Philippines. We cannot just, all of a sudden, turn around."

A tumultuous relationship with the Philippine Olympic Committee led to the suspension and eventual expulsion of the BAP, a fiery confrontation that ignited a bigger conflagration that reached the Geneva headquarters of the international body known as FIBA, resulting in the country’s suspension from all FIBA-sanctioned tournaments, like the Southeast Asian Games.

A BAP-initiated four-year MoA with the PBA, authorizing the pro league to handle matters concerning the formation of the national team for the Asian Championships and, should it make it, the Olympics, was reached before things turned sour between the POC and the BAP.

The agreement was set aside after the BAP was suspended by the POC which then proceeded to sponsor a banding of major basketball stakeholders in the country that ultimately gave birth to Pilipinas Basketball.

Though armed with strong recommendations from its members, the group, however, succeeded little in moving the harsh stance of FIBA and its uncompromising secretary-general Patrick Baumann, leaving the country out in the cold.

Now comes renewed hopes that FIBA is inclined to lift the sanction during the World Championship in Saitama, Japan later this month, leaving authority to form the national team vested on the BAP, however.

The eventuality, said the BAP insider, prompted the association to seek an early truce with the PBA in a bid to allay fears the PBA and the other Pilipinas Basketball stakeholders would be paint-brushed off the picture.

"That is not the plan," the source said. "We recognize the fact they have the best players in the land and the technical capability to form the national team, and that is why we are honoring our MOA."

Efforts to soften the position of the POC regarding its expulsion of the BAP, the insider said, would also continue.

Eala confirmed yesterday receipt of a letter from BAP President Joey Lina informing Eala that the BAP is "opening up its constitution to allow meaningful representation for the professional basketball organization."

The letter, dated July 25, read in part: "I hope the PBA will join us in this continuing quest to achieve unity and basketball excellence in our country."

"He asked us to give our thoughts on it, whether we’re willing to be part of the BAP’s decision-making body. But we haven’t responded yet because this matter should be taken up by the PBA board."

The BAP’s offer to open its charter for the PBA, Eala said, though, is a "very important input" for the POC to consider in weighing its options.

"If presented by the BAP to the POC, this offer could give a different angle, a different perspective, to the problem," he said. "I’m not saying na ‘okey na yan.’ But it’s a very significant input that I think should be considered."

Eala stressed nonetheless that Asian Games participation of PBA players is unlikely since it was not the original intention to do so.

gameface_one
08-16-2006, 07:56 AM
Chot: Asiad stint out of picture


By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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As far as Chot Reyes is concerned, an Asian Games stint for the Philippine basketball team is now out of the picture.

The national team mentor, who arrived Monday from Taiwan, said the team will go back to its original plan—and the quadrennial event in Doha, Qatar, this December will not be on it.

"I’m speaking for myself. Hindi na namin iniisip ang Asian Games. For one thing, the Asian Games is right smack [during] the PBA tournament," said Reyes, who was recently appointed as the new head coach of San Miguel Beer in the Philippine Basketball Association.

"But I don’t know what the stand of the PBA is on this. Our plan now is to stick to the original plan, which is to concentrate for the Asian qualifier next year for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China," Reyes added.

The International Basketball Federation has suspended the country from all events it sanctions, but when the RP five competed in the Qatari four-nation tournament last week, word spread that the suspension has already been lifted.

Reyes admitted that he does not know where his team stands right now, but he is quite satisfied with the way it has developed.

"From the time of the ABC Champions Cup here up to the Lebanon series, you could really see how the team has progressed playing together, plus the fact that they played well [against Lebanon] even when I was in Taiwan is really something," Reyes stated.

The Nationals, behind the seven three-pointers of Renren Ritualo, walloped the Lebanese national team last Sunday, 94-75, in the first of a two-game goodwill series. The last game is scheduled Wednesday at 7 in the evening at the San Juan gymnasium.

Consultant Norman Black handled the RP quintet as Reyes was in Taiwan with the Beermen in a tournament. The latter will now handle the national team.

After the Lebanon series, Reyes will shift his focus to the coming Sultan’s Cup in Brunei on August 19 to 26, where the Filipinos are the defending champions.

The national mentor had trouble with who to field in for the Brunei tournament, but PBA teams again agreed to lend their players to the RP team despite their own preparations for the coming season on October 1.

"I would like to thank the PBA board, especially the teams that allowed their players to play for this tournament," Reyes added.

The Phone Pals have released Ritualo, Jimmy Alapag, Asi Taulava and Don Allado for the tournament despite a previous commitment in China, which will fall in the last week of August.

Also suiting up for the Brunei joust are Ranidel de Ocampo of Air21, Mick Pennisi of Red Bull, Coca-Cola’s Dennis Miranda, Willie Miller and Mike Cortez of Alaska and Beermen’s Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros and Dorian Peña.

Pro-bound Kelly Williams was originally listed on the team, but the tournament will coincide with the coming Rookie Draft on August 20. Barangay Ginebra is also entered in the Brunei cagefest as a separate team.

gameface_one
08-18-2006, 07:52 AM
CLEAN LIVING
Will Cojuangco, Lina kiss and make up?


By Manolo Iñigo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:38am (Mla time) 08/18/2006

Published on page A25 of the August 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

FOR THE sake of the country and the Filipino youth, I appeal to the Philippine Olympic Committee to reconsider its expulsion of the Basketball Association of the Philippines so our aspiring players will get the opportunity to compete in this year’s Doha Asian Games and, possibly, the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

This is a “must” because the BAP cannot send a national team to any Fiba-recognized tournament like the Asiad and the Olympics without POC approval. POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco and BAP head Joey Lina should forget their past differences and pursue the common goal of regaining membership in the international basketball federation (Fiba). The Philippines was suspended by Fiba after the POC expelled the BAP, a longtime Fiba member, last June 30, 2005 and replaced it with the fledgling Pilipinas Basketball.

Since the Fiba suspension, the country was unable to take part in several international tournaments, including last year’s ABC (Asian Basketball Confederation) championship and the 23rd Southeast Asian Games held here last December.

In suspending the Philippines, the Fiba, through secretary general Patrick Baumann, said it could not accept the POC decision to expel one group in favor of another, stressing that the POC should have given new BAP president (Joey) Lina more time to effect changes in the beleaguered association after he took over from an ailing Tiny Literal only some months back.

“For the mistakes of some,” Lina said with a deep sigh, “the entire institution is banished.” He added the BAP, being a regular Fiba member, would be represented in the Fiba World Congress in Saitama, Japan, where the World Basketball Championship is set to start tomorrow. The Fiba is also set to announce the lifting of its suspension on the Philippines during the said congress, it was reported.

Nowadays, the Philippines lags behind the very nations we used to beat in basketball. Gone are the days when our cage teams are almost assured of bringing home medals. In the William Jones Cup in Taiwan last month, SMC-Pilipinas -- composed mostly of PBA players and a few pro-bound college stars -- lost four games in five starts and failed to qualify for the round of four. Then in the just-ended Al-Emadi International Basketball Championship in Doha, Qatar, SMC-Pilipinas finished last, losing all its five games. Still, national coach Chot Reyes said he was “happy and proud of the players. As individuals and as a team, we’ve learned a lot.”

Under the Olympic Charter, the BAP is autonomous and so is Fiba. The POC, my sources said, committed a grave abuse of discretion when it expelled the BAP. “The POC could have asked for a change in leadership, but not to abolish the whole BAP. Even the International Olympic Committee does not interfere in Fiba affairs.”

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SPORTS BRIEFS. A survey conducted by NBC Sports, the American television network, showed that women viewers prefer to watch gymnastics, swimming and diving, ahead of more male-oriented sports like boxing and basketball despite the presence of NBA stars. Boxing -- which gave Americans Olympic heroes like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard -- along with wrestling, weightlifting and other sports featuring too much grunting, groaning and pain did not sit well with TV viewers. “These sports drive them away,” said an NBC executive. “Women and children won’t stand for it.” The survey also found out that women viewers care more about people, men about the action… Lordy Tugade, Red Bull’s sweet-shooting veteran, will not be traded. “The report of a trade-off is not true,” said a team official. “Intriga lang ang balita (The news is pure intrigue).”… Billiards icon Efren “Bata” Reyes will mark his 52nd birthday on Aug. 26 in Newport, South Wales, where he will carry the Philippine colors (together with longtime partner Francisco “Django” Bustamante) in the $250,000 World Cup of Pool on Aug. 22-27. A total of 32 countries, each represented by its top two players, will be competing in the six-day series organized by Matchroom Sport. First prize is $60,000.

gameface_one
08-19-2006, 09:25 AM
Only a genie can solve Nationals’ woes


By June Navarro
Inquirer
Last updated 02:16am (Mla time) 08/19/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH THE current state of basketball in the country, only a mythical genie in a bottle can make the dreams of Philippine team coach Vincent “Chot” Reyes come true.

After beating the second best team in Asia twice, Reyes voiced out three wishes that hopefully would lead to the Philippines’ return to the world basketball scene.

“First, I pray that our basketball leaders put their act together,” said Reyes, referring to the rift between the Basketball Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Olympic Committee, which backs a separate caging group.

“My second prayer is for the Fiba (international basketball federation) to lift the suspension and allow us to see action in Fiba-sanctioned tournaments.”

Unhappy with the BAP’s expulsion from the POC last year, Fiba suspended the Philippines from competing in all its events.

Should the first two wishes come true, Reyes hopes that his team gets to showcase its talent and capability.

“We’re really looking forward to play,” said Reyes, whose Nationals beat the Lebanese national team twice in a row recently. “As of now, we’re just trying to keep the program on hold pending a decision on the impasse.”

“We’re ready -- it’s just a matter of forming the team that I want,” added Reyes, after breaking a 0-10 streak with the RP team in Qatar and his San Miguel Beermen in Taipei following a 100-95 win over Lebanon Wednesday night at the San Juan Arena.

gameface_one
08-22-2006, 07:44 AM
FIBA summons POC, BAP
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 08/22/2006

A showdown is in the offing between Pilipinas Basketball, backed by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) as a National Sports Association, and the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) during the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Central Board meeting this Sunday in Tokyo.

Officials of the opposing organizations were summoned by FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann to appear before the Central Board and explain their case in a 10-minute presentation. The POC and the BAP will be allowed two speakers each.

Baumann sent a letter to POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. the other day inviting the official to fly to Japan, attend the Central Board meeting and the World Congress on Aug. 28-29 and watch the knockout quarterfinals of the World Championships in Saitama on Aug. 30. He said arrangements will be made for the officials to stay in the FIBA-accredited hotel.

Baumann also said he would provide a conference room for the rival officials to settle their differences and arrive at a solution to end the Philippines’ leadership crisis.

Although Pilipinas Basketball is not recognized by FIBA as a country affiliate, the POC-recognized NSA will be given the opportunity to air its side to the Central Board, FIBA’s highest executive body.

FIBA is expected to end the Philippines’ suspension from international competition at the World Congress but even if the ban is lifted, the problem of which NSA will accredit the national team remains unless the POC or the BAP backs down.

The POC expelled the BAP as an NSA last year, triggering the FIBA suspension because the international body continues to recognize the BAP as its country affiliate.

"FIBA is poised to lift the suspension," said Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala who is affiliated with Pilipinas Basketball. "But assuming the suspension is lifted, the question remains which national team will represent our country." The POC will not accredit a team endorsed by the BAP and FIBA will not recognize a team that is not endorsed by the BAP. So we’ll still be at a stalemate even if the suspension is lifted."

Eala said he suspects FIBA will force the Philippines to decide its own fate as it should have done in the first place.

"I always thought the problem was internal to the Philippines," said Eala. "I could never understand why FIBA stepped into a domestic problem. I think the Philippines should never have been suspended. Once FIBA lifts the suspension, it will deliver the message for the Philippines to solve the problem. It will be our shame if we are not able to settle the issue."

POC legal counsel Emigdio Tanjuatco said Pilipinas Basketball will be ready to make a power point presentation with film footage of action from its major stakeholders.

Expected to attend the meeting are POC first vice president and Rep. Monico Puentevella, Tanjuatco, lawyer Mon Malinao, PBA chairman Ricky Vargas and Eala. Puentevella, Tanjuatco and Malinao plan to leave Manila for Japan on Aug. 24. Vargas and Eala will join later.

The BAP will be represented in Japan by president Joey Lina and possibly, secretary-general Graham Lim.

gameface_one
08-22-2006, 07:46 AM
Crucial FIBA congress in Japan to tackle RP status


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 04:03am (Mla time) 08/22/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

TEN MINUTES EACH.

Philippine basketball’s warring factions were given just that time to wrap up their respective positions and convince the international basketball federation (FIBA) which of them should be given official sanction.

A high-ranking Philippine Olympic Committee official yesterday told the Inquirer the FIBA had invited officials of the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines and the POC-backed Pilipinas Basketball to attend the FIBA congress this week in Japan.

Both camps, according to the official, will be allowed two speakers each and only 10 minutes to wrap up their respective arguments during the crucial FIBA congress that coincides with the ongoing world basketball championship in Saitama.

“We are preparing for that make-or-break meeting,” said the official of the local Olympic body, which has decided to assist Pilipinas Basketball obtain official FIBA recognition.

Despite the limited time, the POC official said they are not complaining, as long as they are given a chance to present their side.

The BAP, headed by former senator Joey Lina, is optimistic that his group will regain the FIBA nod, a year after the POC booted it out.

FIBA reacted to the expulsion by suspending the country’s participation in all tournaments of the world cage body.

Pilipinas Basketball is set to hold its elections today in keeping with the FIBA recommendation to strengthen its structure as the true representative of the major basketball stakeholders in the country

full battle gear
08-24-2006, 10:25 AM
It’s now-or-never for RP basketball
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By Nick GIONGCO


EVEN WITH only a 10 minutes to espouse their cause, newly-elected Pilipinas Basketball President Bernie Atienza is optimistic the time would be enough to convince the top officials International Basketball Federation to grant their wish.

A four-man team from the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will fly to Saitama, Japan this weekend for the crucial meeting on Sunday with the executive board of the federation.

"Of course we’re optimistic the international federation will listen to our appeal. We’ll not be going there if we feel we don’t have a chance," said Atienza yesterday. "That’s what we’ve been asking the different (FIBA) delegates, give us a chance."

Former Sen. Joey Lina, who heads the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) also expects no less than the lifting of the suspension on the country by the Swiss-based governing body for basketball known for its French acronym FIBA.

Lina will fly to Japan either tomorrow or Saturday to also make the case for his association which has been in a deadlock with the POC-backed Pilipinas Basketball.

Leaning heavily on the FIBA-Asia resolution that was passed recently calling for the lifting of the suspension which he said carries a lot of weight considering that FIBA-Asia has the highest number of constituency, Lina sees the end to the stalemate that has kept RP basketball practically in the Dark Ages.

"But I don’t want to preempt the FIBA (on the lifting of the suspension)," Lina said yesterday.

If the two sides eventually agree to forge a common stand and the suspension is lifted, the country should be able to participate in the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar this December.

Atienza was added to the group that will make a last-ditch appeal to FIBA to recognize Pilipinas Basketball as the country’s national sports association (NSA) and not the BAP.

Though no longer a member of the POC, BAP continuous to enjoy FIBA recognition.

Lina will seek to keep that status for BAP.

Aside from Atienza, joining the trip are POC first vice-president and Bacolod City Rep. Monico Puentevella, POC lawyer Ding Tanjuatco and PBA Commissioner Noli Eala.

According to Atienza, former Asian Basketball Confederation secretary-general Moying Martelino is preparing the documents which will be presented to FIBA.

"It’s for our presentation purposes," said Atienza, referring to the profiles of the four stakeholders, PBA, Philippine Basketball League (PBL), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

"I hope they (FIBA executive board) will open their eyes because the Pilipinas Basketball is more acceptable," added Atienza. "These stakeholders are organizations with quality programs and source of national players."

full battle gear
08-24-2006, 10:27 AM
FIBA lifting of suspension is imminent
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 08/24/2006

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala said yesterday he is confident the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) World Congress will lift the country’s suspension in its Tokyo session early next week and welcomed the opportunity to brief the governing body on the progress of Pilipinas Basketball.

FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann invited officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Pilipinas Basketball and the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) to present their case to the Central Board and the World Congress in an effort to end the ban.

POC legal counsel Emigdio Tanjuatco and lawyer Mon Malinao leave for Tokyo today while POC first vice president and Rep. Monico Puentevella and Eala will join the group tomorrow. Newly elected Pilipinas Basketball president Bernie Atienza of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and lawyer Melvin Mendoza may also attend the Tokyo meetings.

BAP president Joey Lina and secretary-general Graham Lim will fly to Tokyo to submit their side in the deliberations.

"I am confident our suspension will finally be lifted but I can’t be sure which organization, Pilipinas Basketball or the BAP, FIBA will recognize as its country affiliate although we in Pilipinas Basketball are taking a step in the right direction in providing FIBA with a report on our progress as a duly-constituted body with a governing Board, elected officers and a substantial representation of basketball associations and leagues all over the country," said Eala.

"We are abiding by Mr. Baumann’s own suggestion for us to stay the course and continue doing what is in the best interest of Philippine basketball. I am certain FIBA will view the developments in Pilipinas Basketball with favor and if our report may not result in immediate recognition by FIBA, it will at least give us points in leading to accreditation in the near future."

Eala said if FIBA is convinced of the BAP’s authority, it would not have bothered to invite officials from the POC and Pilipinas Basketball to Japan.

"My feeling is if there is no merit in the case of Pilipinas Basketball, why did FIBA invite us to Tokyo," continued Eala. "The key to a settlement does not lie with the BAP but with its chief backer who is FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia. In Japan, we hope to explain to Dato Yeoh what the real score is in Philippine basketball."

In a letter to POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., Baumann said the Central Board will decide on the process of "intervention" during its meeting on Sunday. The Congress will be convened Monday.

"You may be asked to present your view to the Congress and/or to a Central Board commission prior or after the Congress," said Baumann. "The same right to be heard applies to (the) BAP as well, which will also attend the Congress as a regular FIBA member."

Baumann said if the opposing sides are allowed to present their case at the Congress, speaking time will be limited to 10 minutes each. Only two speakers for each side will be recognized on the floor.

"We strongly suggest that until it is formally debated, the opportunity be used in Tokyo to find a compromise between the conflicting parties," said Baumann. "We shall, to this effect, provide you with a meeting room at the official FIBA hotel where you can meet with BAP officers."

Baumann said as a matter of principle, only FIBA’s member federations, such as the BAP, may attend the World Congress but an exception will be made for the POC and Pilipinas Basketball "in a further effort to try to solve this matter."

clutchjedi
08-25-2006, 05:36 PM
How I wish FIBA can broker a wise resolution to this entire matter. A "Solomonic" solution ika nga (the Solomon sa Bible, not the former SSC player! :)) kung saan may mangyayari, hindi yung parang ngayon na patigasan lang...

Kung puwede lang nga, gawin na lang na each side tries to form their own "national team", tapos paglabanin, best-of-3 o ilan man. Para mapatunayan kung sino ang talagang may kakayahang bumuo ng competitive na national team. Kung sino ang mananalo, siya dapat yun.

Another thought, naisip ko lang... does it make sense kung ang maging setup ay mga taga-Pilipinas Basketball ang maging in-charge sa Men's B-ball Program (since yun naman ang focus nila ngayon) at sina BAP naman ang patuloy na bahala sa Women's Program? To reinforce that everyone has a role. And each should do that role well, instead of trying to grab someone else's role.

Pasensya na, alam ko namang malabo mangyari pero nangangarap lang. Here's hoping for better news this weekend...

gameface_one
08-26-2006, 09:52 AM
Philippine basketball in search of a big man



By ED PICSON
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THE IMPASSE in Philippine basketball has spanned over a year and to date, has not gotten anywhere in terms of lifting the suspension meted by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) last year after the Philippine Olympic Committee expelled the Basketball Association of the Philippines from its ranks.


The POC overwhelmingly voted out the BAP as a national sports association after several embarrassing stints locally and abroad, culminating in the national team’s loss to a group of actors and unknown amateurs.

Since then, POC President former Rep. Jose "Peping" Cojuangco and ex-Sen. Joey Lina, president of the BAP have traded accusations that have resulted in the worsening of the rift.

The FIBA had declared several times that Philippine basketball leaders pull their acts together and solve their internal problem for the world organization to lift the suspension. Cojuangco insists that they have done just that by forming the Philippine Basketball Federation Inc. and consequently Pilipinas Basketball in place of the BAP.

But Patrick Baumann, FIBA secretary-general, has consistently held fast to the position that as far as FIBA is concerned it is the BAP that is the recognized basketball entity in the Philippines.

Cojuangco has been joined by the four acknowledged major stakeholders in Philippine basketball namely: The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Their group has also held two basketball summits with representations from different regions in the country.

Well and good, said Baumann, now all you need to do is get together with Lina of the BAP, and the Philippine suspension would be lifted. So they did get together and drafted a new constitution for the BAP as well as new ground rules for the election of a new set of officers. But when the time came for the group to sign the MOA indicating their unity, Lina went scarce, claiming the other four reneged on their original agreement to retain the name of BAP.

The four stakeholders countered that although the retention of the BAP was an option, they abandoned it because of certain legal complications. And when they found out that the BAP had held new elections even as Lina had assured they were about to disband, questions of sincerity were then raised.

So then the four stakeholders went back to FIBA sans Lina and were told there was really nothing that could be done as long as BAP was still in existence as the regular member of the world organization.

Baumann did throw a morsel to the Philippine delegation that went to South Korea to plead their cause: "Stay the course," said the powerful FIBA official. Optimists interpreted it as an endorsement of the efforts of the stakeholders, but skeptics scoffed that it meant do what it is you have to do, but ultimately, you still have to make your peace with the BAP.

And so now, the FIBA is holding its world congress in Japan next week and once again representatives from both parties have flown there, hats in hand, but still elbowing each other for optimum position before the gods of the sport.

The signals coming from the FIBA however, have not been encouraging. The contending parties have been allowed to present before the FIBA Central Board, not the congress; only the BAP is recognized there. Both sides have been warned that they have only 10 minutes each for their presentations. This sounds like "we’ve heard your arguments before, and if you have nothing new to tell us, stop wasting our time."

The public, meanwhile, has been clamoring for the basketball leaders to stop their bickering and let our players play. As it is, the Philippines hosted a Southeast Asian Games without a basketball competition – a heretofore unthinkable situation – and have missed several tournaments that may have gotten a Philippine team to the world championships and other major regional and world tournaments, including the Doha Asian Games in December and even the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

The prevailing perception is that if nothing still comes out of the efforts in Tokyo this weekend, all it will take really is for Cojuangco of the POC or Lina of the BAP to give way to the other.

Who will prove to be the bigger man?

full battle gear
08-29-2006, 12:50 PM
United Philippine basketball looms

BAP, PB come to terms in Japan talks

Inquirer
Last updated 05:14am (Mla time) 08/29/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

FINALLY, a semblance of unity in Philippine basketball.

The Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and Pilipinas Basketball (PB), through their presidents former Senator Jose Lina Jr. and Bernie Atienza, respectively, agreed yesterday to merge and unite for the sake of the sport and the Filipino people long clamoring for unity and harmony in the local basketball community.

This was contained in a joint communiqué issued by the BAP and the PB following a meeting in Tokyo, Japan, with the aim of creating a united basketball organization that will seek membership with the Philippine Olympic Committee and will eventually take over the membership of BAP in the FIBA, subject to the appropriate FIBA regulations on membership.

A three-man panel, composed of the presidents of BAP and PB and a third member to be agreed upon by both presidents, shall be created within five days according to the communiqué.

The panel will be tasked to write and finalize the organization’s constitution and by-laws and review, verify and validate the list of members submitted by PB and BAP to the FIBA Central Board Special Commission created to hear the Philippine case.

The panel will also convene the National Congress of the unified organization and oversee the election of officers.

Starting on Sept. 1, the panel, to be headed by the third member, is given 30 days to complete its tasks.

While the process is ongoing, the BAP shall continue to represent the Philippines as FIBA member. The FIBA secretary-general, however, is requested to send communications to both the BAP and the PB.

With the communiqué, the formation of the national team can begin immediately, with its participation subject to the final creation of the unified organization.

The FIBA Central Board will appoint a FIBA officer to monitor the compliance of goals outlined in the communiqué.

The panel on the other hand is mandated to regularly report to the officer of the FIBA secretary general developments pertaining to the communiqué which was signed by Lina, Atienza with PBA commissioner Noli Eala, BAP chair Michelle Lhuillier, POC first vice president Monico Puentevella and FIBA secretary-general Patrick Bauhmann as witnesses.

full battle gear
08-29-2006, 12:55 PM
RP cage officials come to terms
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 08/29/2006

Officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) issued a joint communiqué agreeing to unite and end a lingering leadership crisis after a marathon eight-hour meeting at the Prince Park Tower Hotel in Tokyo yesterday.

The communiqué was submitted to Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) president Bob Elphiston of Australia, secretary-general Patrick Baumann of Switzerland, former secretary-general Borislav Stankovic of Yugoslavia and FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia last night.

Baumann affixed his signature on the document to certify its receipt.

Signatories of the joint communiqué were POC first vice president and Rep. Monico Puentevella, BAP president Joey Lina, PB president Bernie Atienza of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Noli Eala.

Also present at the meeting were BAP chairman Michel Lhuillier, BAP secretary-general Graham Lim, Fritz Gaston, Raul Alcoseba, POC legal counsel Egmidio Tanjuatco and POC lawyer Ramon Malinao.

Puentevella said the country’s suspension will be discussed at the FIBA Central Board meeting today. He expressed optimism the suspension will be lifted — if not totally, at least conditionally — in view of the joint communiqué.

Puentevella described the agreement a "breakthrough" and said the onus of responsibility now rests squarely on the Philippine basketball officials to get their act together.

In the joint communiqué, the BAP and PB agreed to merge into a single, united organization that will seek membership in the POC and eventually take the BAP’s place as FIBA’s country affiliate.

It was also stipulated that a three-man panel, made up of the BAP and PB presidents and a third member picked by both, will be created within five days to finalize the merged organization’s Constitution and By-Laws; review, verify and validate the list of members submitted by PB and the BAP to the FIBA Central Board special committee formed to hear the Philippine case; and convene a National Congress for the election of officers.

A period of 30 days from Sept. 1 was given the three-man panel to complete its tasks.

While the new organization is being formed, the BAP will continue to represent the country in FIBA. A FIBA officer will be designated by the Central Board to monitor the compliance of the agreement.

Baumann summoned the Filipino officials to Tokyo in an effort to settle the dispute.

Last Sunday, the Filipino officials met with Baumann, outgoing FIBA president Carl Ching Meng Ky of Hong Kong and Stankovic for three hours to find a solution to the problem.

The three-hour meeting failed to arrive at a settlement. FIBA then gave the Philippines an ultimatum of up to yesterday to resolve the problem.

Puentevella said FIBA refused to step in because it wants the opposing parties to settle the issue by themselves.

"FIBA wants us to solve the problem among ourselves," said Puentevella. "They won’t take a stand."

Baumann even offered the services of FIBA lawyers to moderate the discussions yesterday but the Filipino delegates decided to meet on their own.

full battle gear
08-29-2006, 12:56 PM
Pact signed to unite RP basketball
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PILIPINAS BASKETBALL (PB) and the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), in a joint communiqué, have agreed to merge and unite following a meeting brokered by the World Basketball Federation (FIBA) in Tokyo, Japan.

The breakthrough agreement, signed by PB President Bernie Atienza and BAP head Joey Lina last night, could pave the way for the country’s participation in the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar in December.

Under the plan, hammered out after two FIBA-initiated meetings, the two groups agreed to form a three-man panel within five days. It will be composed of Atienza and Lina and a third person to be agreed upon by the two leaders.

The merger of the two basketball entities shall result into a single united basketball organization that will seek membership with the Philippine Olympic Committee and will eventually takeover the membership of the BAP in the FIBA subject to appropriate FIBA regulations on membership.

The panel will be given 30 days starting Sept. 1 to complete the following tasks:

1. To write and finalize the organization’s constitution and by-laws based on: a) Democratic, country-wide and mass-based representation of the various sectors of the country involved in basketball; b) Transparency and accountability of official acts; and c) Regular election of officers.

2. To review, verify and validate the list of members submitted by PB and BAP to the FIBA Central Board Special Commission created to hear the Philippine case based on the agreed set of criteria for membership formulated by the three-man panel; and

3. To convene the National Congress of the united organization and to oversee the election of officers.

The FIBA secretary-general has been requested to send communications to both BAP and PB, although the BAP will continue to represent the Philippines as FIBA member.

To ensure that the agreement would be adhered to, the FIBA central board has been asked to appoint a responsible FIBA officer to monitor compliance.

The three-man panel, which the third member shall head, will regularly report to the office of the FIBA secretary-general developments pertaining to this communiqué.

Both the PB and BAP have agreed to observe transparency, good faith and genuine love for basketball in implementing the communique signed at the Tokyo Prince Hotel Park Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.

Signing the communiqué as witnesses were PBA Commissioner Noli Eala, BAP chairman Michelle Lhuillier, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) vice-president Rep. Monico Puentevella and FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann.

It is expected that the country’s suspension from FIBA-sanctioned events would be lifted once the unification process ends.

The joint communiqué came about following a second meeting last night between officials of Philippine Basketball and BAP.

A three-hour meeting last Sunday ended in stalemate, prompting the FIBA to call another round of negotiations.

The BAP was represented by Lina, Lhuillier, secretary-general Graham Lim and Raul Alcoseba.

Pilipinas Basketball, on the other hand, was composed of Atienza and Eala.

The POC was represented by Puentevella, legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco and lawyer Ramon Molinao.

brian
08-29-2006, 11:44 PM
i believe this was the premise all along, however, the bap wanted to retain it's name as the organization..

uhmm, let's see what happens....

gameface_one
08-31-2006, 09:20 AM
Lina: New hoops body ready by end of September


By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent
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A new unified basketball body for the country will be formed before the end of September, Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina said Wednesday.

Lina gave the assurance a day after arriving from Japan, where the International Basketball Federation brokered an agreement between the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball to form the new group that would result in the world basketball body lifting its ban on the country.

"The suspension can be lifted before September 30," said Lina, who is expected to meet with Bernie Atienza, the Pilipinas Basketball president, soon to lay the groundwork to form the association.

Atienza, who was also in Japan to present his group’s stand, was set to arrive late Wednesday.

Creating a new basketball federation was the condition set by FIBA to lift its suspension on the country, after the Philippine Olympic Committee expelled the BAP from its ranks on June 30, 2005.

The FIBA Central Board authorized FIBA president Bob Elphinston, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann and FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock to see to it that the agreement is carried out.

Lina declined to say if the lawyer-sportsman Rudy Salud, a former Philippine Basketball Association and World Boxing Council secretary-general, was asked to help in drafting the new association’s charter.

Salud was responsible for drafting the constitution and bylaws of the PBA and WBC.

"We will meet immediately as soon as Atienza arrives from Japan to start the implementation of the agreement," Lina said.

He added that among the requirements is to certify the leagues that are members of the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball.

Lina said the new federation would have to call for a national congress to elect its new officers.

With the lifting of the FIBA suspension imminent, the POC said it was ready to submit a men’s team lineup to the 15th Doha Asian Games.

Mauricio Martelino, Team Philippines secretariat chief, said on Wednesday that the deadline for the submission of entry by numbers of all participating delegations is on September 15.

Martelino said Doha Asiad organizers might consider the submission of entries without names "because they are familiar with the situation in basketball here."

"I think they will understand because the Dagoc [Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee] is familiar with our problems in basketball. I think they will consider submission of entry even without names yet," said Martelino, also a former secretary-general of the Asian Basketball Confederation, now called FIBA-Asia.

Although a national team starring PBA players would be the logical choice to compete in the Doha Asiad, PBA chairman Ricky Vargas was earlier quoted as saying that it was not inclined to send one because it would disrupt the league’s schedule.

The PBA opens its 2006-2007 season on October 1 with playdates in December. The Doha Asiad is set from December 1 to 15.

gameface_one
08-31-2006, 09:26 AM
RP offers to host world basketball qualifier
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 08/31/2006

With the solution in the cage crisis in the country in sight, the Philippines may take the honors of hosting the final FIBA qualifier for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

POC vice president and Bacolod Rep. Monico Puentevella made the proposal as Filipino sports leaders were told of the new Olympic basketball qualifying process in a conference with FIBA officials in Japan over the weekend.

Puentevella proposed the country’s hosting of the final qualifier as the very first project of the soon-to-be created unified Philippine cage body.

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann said he would send relevant papers next year so that Filipino cage leaders could go over the details and requiremnents needed to host the prestigious 12-nation Olympic elimination.

Being the host, China is seeded in the Olympics. Thus, if China tops the 2007 FIBA-Asia championship, the Philippines, which is expected to see action, must not finish lower than second to make it to the Beijing Games.

"We’re facing the same odds as before. If we fail to make it past the FIBA-Asia championship, what we can do is to ask FIBA for us to be invited in the final qualifier," said PBA commissioner Noli Eala who attended the meeting in Tokyo.

Three berths for the 2008 Beijing Olympic men’s basketball tournament will be available at the 12-team showdown tournament in July of 2008 under the FIBA plan.

The world basketball governing body’s membership approved a revamped Olympic qualifying plan that will have teams which miss out in regional qualifying given a last-minute opportunity to book a trip to China.

But creating the event means fewer guaranteed spots for the top teams at regional events in Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

That could diminish Olympic representation from regions where the game is in critical growth stages such as Asia and Africa.

Next year’s five continental tournaments will now yield only seven Olympic berths - two teams each from Europe and the Americas and one each from Africa, Asia and Oceania.

"It’s because we are growing," Baumann said.

"We had to make a little compromise with the automatic qualifying in the zones.

"And we want to capture your attention."

The tournament will definitely capture attention, but it figures to be a battle that will drain energy from those teams fortunate enough to advance to the Olympics in China weeks later. — With AFP reports

full battle gear
08-31-2006, 10:41 AM
Salud key to cage unity

By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:52am (Mla time) 08/31/2006

Published on page A23 of the August 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE TWO factions claiming territorial rights as the legitimate basketball body in the Philippines have one man in mind to possibly head the new, unified cage group.

Rudy Salud, author of the World Boxing Council’s constitution and the man who steered the Philippine Basketball Association to unprecedented heights in the late ’80s and early ’90s as commissioner, has been approached by both the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball to help draw up the new group’s by-laws, among other things.

The 68-year-old confirmed this development in an exclusive interview with the Inquirer late last night, adding several conditions have to be satisfied for him to consider the offer.

“One of those requirements would have to be the go-(ahead) signal from my doctors,” said Salud, who had a more advanced version of the pacemaker implanted on Feb. 14. “This being a high-profile case, the team (of doctors who did the procedure) thinks that this could be highly stressful.”

Salud, who was also a highly respected leader in amateur boxing, said that he expects to get a word from Dr. Carlo Esguerra today before working on two other pre-requisites he laid down on BAP president Joey Lina and PB head Bernie Atienza.

“The first thing they’d have to agree on would be the name,” Salud said. “I understand the sensitivity of this matter, the BAP (name) having tradition and history and the POC not wanting the name of the BAP.

“But personally, I’d like for the BAP name to stay, not for anything else, but because of the tradition it has.”

Salud said that this matter is as integral a part as the second requirement, which both the BAP and PB could work out with the Philippine Olympic Committee at the soonest time possible.

“I want an assurance that the POC will approve the passing of the (new group’s) constitution nominally,” Salud said. “Otherwise, what we will be doing will be of no use to any of us.”

The possibility of Salud heading the new cage body came after the BAP and PB had forged an agreement with the world-governing International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in organizing a new, unified body.

In a decision issued from Tokyo recently, the FIBA Central Board said that it would only lift the suspension on the Philippines after all the FIBA commission’s requirements for both local groups have been met.

Among the FIBA pre-conditions are the formulation by the unified BAP-PB group of a new constitution and by-laws, the election of the new group’s officers and -- according to a source close to both parties -- the renaming of the BAP.

All the moves taken by this new group will be monitored by Bob Elphinston, the incoming FIBA president who is also a member of the commission together with Carl Ching Menky, Borislav Stankovic, Patrick Baumann and Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.

full battle gear
08-31-2006, 10:56 AM
Salud eyed as head of new basketball body
Former PBA commish asks two days to make decision
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By NICK GIONGCO and REY LACHICA

FORMER Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Rudy Salud is reported to be the frontrunner to be the third man and head of the committee being formed to oversee the formation of a united basketball body that will be presented to the International Basketball Federation.

The three-man committee, to be composed of Basketball Association of the Philippines President Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball President Bernie Atienza and another whom the two officials shall designate as head of the committee, was given by the FIBA 30 days ending Sept. 30 to come up with a new organization as a condition for the lifting of the the ban on RP basketball.

"Rudy Salud is the man acceptable to both parties," said a prominent basketball stakeholder who requested not to be identified as he is not authorized to reveal the progress of the negotiation.

Observers have predicted that nothing may come out of this latest opportunity to unite the fragmented sport that has made RP basketball the laughing stock in Asia.

This is so because it it is expected that each basketball association will try to put a person whom they can control and influence as third man," said the source.

"But with Mr. Salud, who has no agenda and known for his fairness and love of basketball, no one can accuse him of being partisan," the source added.

According to the source, Salud has asked for two days to consider the offer before making a decision to be the third man.

"He wants to consult his family and his doctors before making any decision," he said.

Salud has been dogged with heart problems but has reportedly been in fairly good health of late.

Others considered for the post but who were eventually rejected were former Sen. Robert Jaworski, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez, Bro. Rolly Dizon and former Sen. Rene Saguisag.

The decision to fast-break the formation of a new body was a result of the latest negotiation undertaken by basketball officials with FIBA during the federation’s meeting held in Japan over the weekend.

In that meeting, FIBA told Filipino officials to work among themselves to find a common solution to their problem.

After a meeting that was variously described as emotional, heated and eventually warm and brotherly, the two Philippine sides finally saw a compromise that they embodied in a communique which the FIBA approved.

The heart of the communique was the agreement between the two bodies to forsake their own organization and establish a new one. The agreement also called for the a three-man committee that will create a new by-laws, select membership, elect a new set of officers and seek POC membership.

Though some have dismissed the Tokyo meeting as another expensive and useless exercise, PBA Commissioner Noli Eala described it as "the most fruitful and substantive" of all other meetings held with FIBA officials.

"I am very optimistic that this one will get good results," he said yesterday.

Eala, who was in Tokyo as a neutral party, said he was surprised that the meeting had gone so well.

"And I have to commend all sides," he said, "in particular Sen. Lina for his act of statemanship."

He said he is aware that there are more problems in the horizon, but he saw a sincere effort on the part of the parties to end the impasse.

"Pagod na rin siguro and, of course, they want to finally end the conflict."

Meanwhile, Lina said he and Atienza have already exchanged ideas regarding the formation of the three-man committee and the developments have been positive.

"I have already talked with Bernie (Atienza) about this," said Lina a day after arriving from Tokyo.

"We just have to stand by the provisions of the communiqué and we will do our best," he said.

Lina and Atienza have made a giant step at reconciliation by agreeing to have their respective associations to be eventually abolished in favor of a new basketball association which must apply for POC membership.

"Talo ang bayan (sa mga nangyayari)," admitted Lina over the impasse that has set back RP basketball.

During the suspension meted by FIBA, the country was disallowed from participating in international events, one of which was the Southeast Asian Games which the country hosted last December.

The possibility of having the suspension lifted by Sept. 30 revived talks of sending a basketball team to the Asian Games.

The PBA, however, announced Tuesday that it has abandoned plans to send a professional team to Doha, saying the dates in Qatar coincide with a crucial portion of their season-ending tournament.

"It was not actually in our program because the Asian Games and our tournament appear to overlap," Eala said. "Our objective now is to form a team for the FIBA eliminations for the Olympics."

Lina said he was not caught flat-footed that the PBA has opted out of the Asian Games.

"This had been the agreement before and I was not surprised," said Lina, who hinted that the country might send an amateur squad instead.

But before anything else, there’s the matter of forming a new organization and having FIBA lift the suspension.

full battle gear
09-01-2006, 07:41 AM
Doctor’s order: Salud can’t be ‘it’

By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:32am (Mla time) 09/01/2006

Published on page A27 of the September 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

BACK TO the drawing board.

For medical reasons, Rudy Salud is begging off from spearheading the country’s new unified caging body as the common choice of the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball.

The 68-year-old topnotch lawyer, who authored the constitutions of the World Boxing Council and the Philippine Basketball Association, will inform heads of both caging bodies of the unfortunate development after coming out of a marathon health checkup yesterday at the Medical City in Pasig.

Dr. Carlo Esguerra, head of the five-man surgery team that implanted a state-of-the-art pacemaker on Salud last Feb. 14, advised the sportsman to take it easy until Valentine’s Day next year, or a 12 full months after the operation that took seven hours to complete.

“(My doctors have) indicated that they prefer that I stay away from stressful activities like this one,” top assistant George Alcantara quoted Salud as saying.

Salud is being prohibited from even using cellular phones and other communication devices because they might affect the pacemaker’s functions.

Salud, who as commissioner of the PBA in the 1980s steered the pro league to unprecedented heights both in live attendance and television ratings, has already gone through three major heart operations and survived two brain strokes.

Salud was actually interested in heading the proposed unified basketball body and -- apart from his doctors’ clearance -- had actually laid down two other pre-requisites before entertaining the offer.

No less than BAP president Joey Lina, Pilipinas Basketball head Bernie Atienza and PBA commissioner Noli Eala had approached Salud for the job after striking a new deal with FIBA (international basketball federation) in Japan last week.

“It is regrettable, but there is nothing we can do,” Salud said. “I will inform those concerned of this development before the end of the day.”

Aside from Salud, Atienza said they are also considering PLDT-Smart chair Manny V. Pangilinan, Alaska Milk chief Fred Uytengsu, former senator Freddie Webb and former Chief Justice Hilario Davide for the job.

Atienza, who arrived from Tokyo on Wednesday, said the third man in the panel -- as mandated by the FIBA -- may not necessarily become the new basketball czar. He said that Lina is being considered to assume the position of chair and the group’s presiding officer once it is established.

The name of the new federation, Atienza said, is still being deliberated on, although the group is leaning toward naming it as the “Unified Basketball of the Philippines.”

The three-man panel, which Atienza said will be completed by the weekend, will help craft the federation’s constitution and by-laws as well as review, verify and validate the list of members and elect a new set of officers.

The FIBA has given the panel until Sept. 30 to do that but Atienza said they are targeting Sept. 15 to accomplish everything. -- With a report from Marc Anthony Reyes

full battle gear
09-01-2006, 07:42 AM
Salud declines cage offer
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 09/01/2006

Lawyer Rudy Salud has declined the offer to join Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) president Bernie Atienza in the three-man panel designated to oversee the formation of a unified governing body for the sport.

Cardiologist Dr. Carlos Esguerra advised Salud to avoid stressful activities for a year from last February when he underwent a delicate heart operation to implant a defibrillator in his chest to be automatically triggered in case of an emergency.

Esguerra polled the others in Salud’s team of doctors, including Dr. Gary Martinez and Dr. Giselle Domingo, and arrived at a consensus dissuading the former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner from accepting the offer. He conveyed the consensus during Salud’s check-up at the Medical City Hospital yesterday afternoon.

The work that Salud was expected to perform in the panel was considered to be stressful by Esguerra. When Lina and PBA commissioner Noli Eala phoned the other day to broach the idea of joining the panel, Salud said he would study it after consulting his family and doctors.

Salud has undergone three heart surgeries and survived two strokes but is now on the road to recovery.

‘"I am declining this offer with a heavy heart," said Salud. "It would’ve been an honor for me to serve on the panel that is tasked with the important mission of finding a permanent solution to our leadership problem in Philippine basketball."

But Salud said he would make himself available for any consultation as necessary. Lina, Eala and Atienza were informed of Salud’s decision late yesterday.

"Commissioner Salud would’ve been perfect for the panel because of his integrity, experience, sense of fairness, knowledge and passion for the game," said Eala. "I’m disappointed but at the same time, I respect the doctors’ advice. I wish Commissioner Salud well and I’m looking forward to next year when his doctors will allow him to be involved in sports once again."

POC first vice president and Rep. Monico Puentevella said he, too, was disappointed. "I’m not surprised," he added, "because this will be a very stressful exercise as we experienced in Tokyo drafting the joint communiqué but God will find a way."

Sources said there are seven others being considered to fill the "neutral" vacancy in the three-man panel.

The three-man panel has until Sept. 30 to accomplish the tasks related to the formation of the unified body as stipulated in a joint communiqué drafted in Tokyo last Monday.

But the immediate deadline is tomorrow for announcing the composition of the three-man panel.

Salud said he hopes the name of the merged organization will be resolved and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will agree to recognize it even before the panel’s first meeting. "I personally think if the name is settled and the POC recognition is assured, everything else will be smooth sailing," said Salud. "In my opinion, I would like to retain the BAP because of its history and tradition. Remember, a Filipino, Lito Puyat, qualified to become a two-term FIBA president because he was the BAP president. But as there was a prior agreement to change the name, then the issue is settled."

Salud said it is critical for the POC to send a clear signal that recognition of the new organization is imminent.

"Without the POC’s recognition, the effort in forming a new organization will be half-baked," said Salud.

"It will be useless to talk about a unified body if in the end, there will be no accreditation from the POC."

Salud said he was also concerned that the PBA may not agree to join the new organization but was assured by Eala there is no impediment to the league’s membership.

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09-01-2006, 07:42 AM
Salud not available; back to square one
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By NICK GIONGCO

DUE TO health reasons, sportsman Rudy Salud has turned down an offer to head a three-man panel that was supposed to undertake the arduous task of unifying Philippine basketball.

By bowing out of the picture, Salud left basketball officials back to square one and set back for a few days the urgent work of coming up with a working committee to form a new organization whose deadline is Sept. 30.

Salud, former commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), has been advised by his doctors to stay away from stressful activities following heart surgery early this year.

Salud’s statement, issued by his assistant George Alcantara, came following a regular checkup at The Medical City in Pasig yesterday.

Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) counterpart Bernie Atienza are the two members of the panel of which Salud would have been the third man and presiding official.

"It’s a pity," Atienza said, " he could have been a great help."

"But, of course, his health is our main concern."

Lina witheld comment when contacted yesterday. He said he planned to meet with Atienza and discuss the problem and find a fitting replacement for Salud.

Chino Trinidad, commissioner of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), lamented Salud’s unavailability.

"Mr. Salud is the most logical choice. Sayang akala ko papayag na siya. Maghahagilap naman tayo ng tao who has charisma like Mr. Salud," said Trinidad whose group is identified with PB.

Atienza, also head of the NCAA management committee, disclosed that former Sen. Freddie Webb, Alaska team owner Fred Uytengsu, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide and PLDT and Smart chairman Manny V. Pangilinan are being eyed to head the three-man panel.

After a meeting with Lina yesterday, Atienza said they both agreed to get the job done by Sept. 15 "to give us leeway."

In a decision handed down by the FIBA board last Aug. 27, Philippine basketball officials were told to form a three-man committee to oversee the formation of a completely new basketball organization that will be presented to the FIBA for recognition not later than Sept. 30.

The members of that committee shall be made up of Lina, Atienza and a third party jointly approved by the two officials. This third party shall be the head of the committee whose task include electing the officers of the new organization, selecting its board, picking the members of the association and seeking membership with the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Only when these conditions are satisfied will the FIBA lift the suspension of Philippine basketball from international competition.

Many have looked at this new development as the last window of opportunity to finally bring the chaos of Philippine basketball to order.

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09-01-2006, 07:43 AM
Joey and Bernie take the spotlight
RIGHT ON
By Bong Pedralvez
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Two men will be in the sports spotlight and closely watched by anxious sports fans nationwide in the coming days. What action and steps Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina and his Pilipinas Basketball counterpart, Bernie Atienza, will take could decide whether the country will be back on the global basketball scene or remain in international limbo.

We are fortunate that Messrs. Lina and Atienza are both sportsmen of long standing who are keenly aware of what is at stake.

Lina, for one, has been a prominent sports figure for decades. As a senator, he coauthored the law that created the Philippine Sports Commission, the government sports agency, in 1990. His rider to the Republic Act 6847 requiring national sports associations to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission also made sure that NSAs would account for the funds the PSC gave them. As former Laguna governor, Lina also vigorously promoted sports in his province, highlighted by the 2001 Batang Pinoy National Youth Games in the provincial capital of Santa Cruz.

Atienza, on the other hand, is no babe in the woods of sports either. He was one of able lieutenants of Michael Keon, who, as project director of Project Gintong Alay, jumpstarted Philippine sports in the late seventies and early eighties. Atienza is presently athletic director of the College of Saint Benilde, host of this season’s National Collegiate Athletic Association intramurals.

The work that Lina and Atienza have to do is spelled out in the joint communiqué the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball issued on August 28, after they met with the International Basketball Federation’s Central Board the previous day. With the world governing basketball body’s prodding, both groups agreed to merge and form one association, then apply for Philippine Olympic Committee membership. Once in the POC roster, the new organization would subsequently take the place of the BAP in the FIBA roll call, all in a span of 30 days beginning September 1. Should the plan succeed, only then would FIBA lift its suspension on the country.

We believe that Lina would have greater independence in convincing the BAP membership in agreeing to the deal. It might not be so with Atienza, given the fact that his group was endorsed by the POC; or, more to the point, POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., who has no love lost for the BAP.

But Mr. Cojuangco is a shrewd politician and, above all else, a true sportsman. The FIBA-brokered agreement has given him enough room to compromise and exercise his sports statesmanship.

Gentlemen, we’re down to the last two minutes. Needless to say, don’t fumble the ball.

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09-01-2006, 07:44 AM
MVP looms as frontrunner for post
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 09/01/2006

Unless he begs off, Manny V. Pangilinan or MVP for short, might soon find himself on top of Philippine basketball.

Pangilinan, whether he likes it or not, is now being considered to head the soon-to-be-formed national basketball association that would chart the country’s future in the sport.

It was not the first time that MVP is being considered for the job. Five years ago, at the height of a similar basketball controversy, his name cropped up as the strongest candidate.

But he declined.

A lot of people are hoping that this time, the sports-minded chairman of telecommunication giants PLDT and Smart will heed their call as the country hopes to recover lost ground in basketball.

Sports is certainly nothing new to Pangilinan, who owns the Talk N Text franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association. He’s also into badminton as a player and main sponsor of the rich Asia vs Europe MVP Cup.

Pangilinan, many believe, could finally bridge the gap between the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball, which was given by FIBA 30 days to form a new, unified front.

Pangilinan can first join the three-man panel to oversee the unification process and pave the way for the lifting of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) suspension on the Philippines.

Aside from Pangilinan, also strongly considered to join BAP head Joey Lina and PB president Bernie Atienza were former PBA commissioner and World Boxing Council secretary-general Atty. Rodrigo Salud.

But because of health reasons, Salud had to decline.

The others being considered for the job are former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, PBA team owner and former PBA chair Steve Uytengsu, and ex-Senator and hardcourt hero Freddie Webb.

Once formed, the panel will have as its main task the finalization of the new group’s constitution and by-laws based on democratic, country-wide and mass-based representation of the various sectors of basketball — sectoral, commercial, school-based and professional.

The panel will also have until the end of the month to call for an election of officers; review, verify and validate the list of members submitted by the BAP and PB; and convene the National Congress of the united organization and to oversee the election process.

"We were given 30 days but we’ll try to get things done in two weeks so we will have some leeway," said Atienza, who mentioned the possibility of naming the new group as the Unified Philippine Basketball.

"As long as there’s the word unity on it," he added.

The BAP and the newly-formed Pilipinas Basketball, of which he’s the president, will have to fold up to pave the way for the formation of the new group.

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09-01-2006, 07:48 AM
Behind closed doors
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 09/01/2006

It wasn’t easy hammering out the joint communiqué signed by officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) in Tokyo last Monday.

The day before, the opposing parties conferred in the presence of top Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) leaders in a private room at the Prince Park Tower Hotel and the three-hour discussion went nowhere.

The verdict was a stalemate at the end of the first meeting and FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann gave the Filipino delegates an ultimatum of one day to settle their differences.

The Sunday meeting was heated, to say the least. In his discourse, POC legal counsel Ding Tanjuatco said PB was represented by "genuine" stakeholders. Lhuillier coach Raul (Yayoy) Alcoseba of Cebu reacted sharply and blurted out, "are you saying we are fake?’’ Alcoseba, Fritz Gaston, BAP chairman Michel Lhuillier, BAP secretary-general Graham Lim and BAP president Joey Lina were on the side opposed to PB which is supported by the POC.

And while Tanjuatco spoke, Lim seemed to be making faces in his seat. Tanjuatco noticed it and dared Lim to speak out if he had something to say. Baumann quickly mediated and told Lim to keep quiet. But Lim innocently said all he wanted to do was go to the rest room.

Lim later spoke and questioned the large representation the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) was proposed to take in the merged organization. Baumann, however, came to the PBA’s rescue and said, "Why not?" No doubt, Baumann likened the PBA’s situation to the US model where the National Basketball Association has the largest representation in the American governing body because of its stature.
* * *
After the joint communiqué was submitted to FIBA, Lina made an impassioned appeal for the country’s suspension to be immediately lifted as a gift to millions of basketball-loving Filipinos.

Former FIBA secretary-general Borislav Stankovic, who still wields tremendous influence in the organization’s affairs, had proposed the conditional lifting of the suspension or until the provisions of the joint communiqué are accomplished on or before Sept. 30.

Baumann appeared to relent and said he was agreeable to lift the suspension first then restore the suspension if the provisions are not met.

But Stankovic put his foot down, telling Baumann to hold his horses and slow down. Stankovic said the proper thing to do is to set the conditional lifting because if not, FIBA would come out looking like a yo-yo in the event of a default.

FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia, a known Lim ally, almost begged for the Philippines to resolve the internal dispute for the sake of Southeast Asia.

"The Philippines is Southeast Asian when it comes to basketball," said Dato Yeoh. "I have no leverage in our region if the Philippines is not a contender in Southeast Asia."

During the initial three-hour discussion, the Filipinos were vociferously at odds. A witness said there was a lot of shouting and insulting words were hurled across the table.

But when the heat died down, the Filipino delegates buckled down to work and were determined to end the impasse on their own, without help from FIBA.
* * *
For about eight hours last Monday, the group figured out a way to work together and came up with the joint communiqué in the true spirit of statesmanship.

"It was a difficult process," said a witness. "This was not a lip-service type of agreement. Both sides decided to collapse their organizations. Give credit to the BAP for that because of its long history and tradition. There is no ambiguity in the joint communiqué. In the end, everyone realized this was the last ticket, the last hope for Philippine basketball. A solution was drawn up to a domestic problem and everyone should take pride in this accomplishment because it proved despite sharp differences of opinion, Filipinos can agree for the sake of our country."

The witness said it’s not fair for detractors to paint a grim picture of the outcome of the Tokyo meetings.

"Instead of taking pride in what was accomplished, some quarters are carping about our failure to get an immediate lifting of the suspension and the fact that the PBA won’t form the national team for the Asian Games after all," said the witness. "Still, the agreement was the best result we could get and the conditional lifting is understandable. Now, it’s up to us to get our act together."

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09-01-2006, 07:59 AM
Guarded optimism
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By Ed Picson

THE NATION meets with guarded optimism news from Tokyo, Japan that our basketball leaders had finally gotten their acts together and were well on their way to breaking the impasse that caused the suspension of the Philippines from all FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.

Although reports say that it took an ultimatum from the FIBA to get the two factions to come to some sort of agreement, we all welcome this positive development. We commend those responsible for forging the communiqué that is hopefully the initial step towards the unification of opposing forces in the sport that is regarded as the national passion of Filipinos, next only to elections.

PBA Commissioner Noli Eala has been quoted as lauding former Sen. Joey Lina, president of the BAP, "for his statesmanship." This is also a positive note.

On the initiative of Sen. Lina and Pilipinas Basketball President Bernie Atienza, a three-man panel was formed for the purpose of forming a new and unified basketball organization, a condition set by the FIBA for the lifting of the suspension (deadline is Sept. 30). The two presidents are members and a third one, whom they will designate, will act as the head. This again, is welcome news. It is hoped however, that the choice of the third member is not going to be a contentious issue.

Everyone knew that nothing was going to happen if our leaders were going to continue heading in opposite directions. As it is now, it is good to see that they are bending over backwards in the name of unity.

Although the POC was represented in Tokyo by its vice president, Rep. Monico Puentebella and legal counsel Emigdio Tanjuatco, conspicuously absent was its president, ex-Rep. Jose "Peping" Cojuangco. Sources say that Cojuangco purposely did not attend the meeting to allow the basketball people to work things out by themselves. Still another positive development.

The fact that the two groups that have stood their conflicting grounds for so long have come together in front of the FIBA and have agreed to settle this issue amongst themselves is a ray of sunshine after more than a year of gloom.

We rally behind our basketball leaders and wish them well in the current efforts to solve a problem which, if it were not for its far-reaching consequences, would be deemed petty. We shudder to think what other nationalities, before whom we have had to wash our dirty linen several times, are saying behind our backs.

But all this is hopefully behind us now. We should all look ahead with optimism and hope. In a phone conversation, PBA Commissioner Eala intimated to me that he feels confident that the end to the basketball problem is at hand.

"Certainly, our situation today is far better than where we were a week ago," said Eala.

Yes, optimistic. But guardedly so, just like everyone else.

* * * * *

Several personalities have been mentioned as the possible head of the three-man panel, including former PBA Commissioner Rudy Salud, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., ex-Sen. Robert Jaworski, PSC Chairman William Ramirez, Bro. Rollie Dizon and ex-Sen. Rene Saguisag.

Atty. Salud seems to be the leading candidate but he remains iffy due to his heart condition – although he seems fully recovered from the procedure he underwent some months back. Some people have also raised questions about the former WBC secretary-general’s purported position on the retention of the BAP nomenclature. But my information is, Salud had made it clear that he did not want to take part in that particular issue. He was reported to have suggested that somebody else be brought in to address the subject.

* * * * *

A sidelight to the FIBA meetings was when Pilipinas Basketball President Bernie Atienza approached Secretary-General Emeritus Boris Stankovic to remind him that they had met previously in 1978, during the World Basketball Championships held in Manila.

Atienza was flabbergasted when the basketball Hall of Famer said "Yes, I remember you. You were the little boy who took me around Manila!" Atienza was then a volunteer for the games.

A fellow Letranite, Bernie was a year ahead of me in the Muralla campus. So I wondered why Stankovic referred to him as a "little boy" in 1978, when I know for a fact that he was already in his mid-twenties then. He immediately changed the topic.

Arriba, brod!

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09-01-2006, 08:00 AM
5 men eyed as hoops arbiter
By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent
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Five key personalities, including former Chief Justice Hilario Davide and tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan, are being considered by both the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball as the third man on a panel that will help unify the two groups.

PB president Bernie Atienza on Thursday said the third man, who will act as the arbiter between the two basketball bodies, will also help formulate the unified group’s constitution and verify a list of voting members to be submitted by both the BAP and PB.

"We have listed down many candidates but we have still to finalize everything," said Atienza, who arrived Wednesday night from a meeting with officials of the International Basketball Federation or FIBA in Tokyo.

Atienza, chairman of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s management committee and athletic director of College of Saint Benilde, and BAP president Jose Lina Jr. will also sit on the three-man panel.

This was agreed on by both parties as imposed by FIBA in a communiqué they both signed Monday in the Japanese capital. They were given five days, or until Saturday, to look for a suitable third man.

Also being considered besides Davide—who is reportedly being considered by President Arroyo as permanent ambassador to the United Nations—and Pangilinan are Alaska Milk owner Fred Uytengsu, former senator Freddie Webb and Rudy Salud, the lawyer and former Philippine Basketball Association commissioner.

But even before they could pick the third member, Salud, also a former secretary-general of the World Boxing Council, begged off from the job on the advice of his doctor.

"It is with a heavy heart that I should beg off from such a noble activity upon the advice of my physician," said Salud in a statement read by his executive assistant George Alcantara after his regular checkup yesterday at the Medical City in Pasig City.

The former pro league chief has a heart condition that requires him to wear a pacemaker, and stressful work may trigger another heart attack, his doctors said.

Salud, who framed the constitutions of both the PBA and WBC, instead recommended Talk ’N Text owner and PLDT chairman Pangilinan to be the third member of the panel. "He is very much qualified," Salud said.

Atienza said BAP chairman Michel Lhuillier suggested Davide, while Salud, Panginilian, Webb and Uytengsu were nominated by other officials of the two organizations present during the signing of the agreement, which FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann also witness.

The creation of the three-man committee is on the 8-point agenda agreed to by the two groups before top FIBA officials led by Baumann, new president Bob Elphinston of Australia, former secretary-general Borislav Stankovic, outgoing president Carl Menky-Ching and FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo-Hock of Malaysia.

Atienza said he and Lina also agreed Thursday to find the third man within two days to start the task of producing a unified basketball federation so the FIBA suspension can be lifted in time for the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, on December 1 to 15.

"We have agreed to solve everything in 30 days. But the best thing we could do is to finish in just 15 days so that we have still enough time to do other things, just in case," added Atienza.

Among the task to be tackled are the group’s bylaws, which Atienza said is first and foremost. They also need to have a validated list of members of the two groups, to be submitted to the FIBA, and hold a national congress where the group’s officers will be elected.

Atienza likewise confirmed an agreement to replace the name of the 60-year-old BAP on the new federation, which would bear the word "unified" it its name.

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09-02-2006, 11:51 AM
Door still open for Asian Games basketball stint

By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 10:52pm (Mla time) 09/01/2006

Published on page A26 of the September 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

EVEN WITH the Philippine Basketball Association announcing that it has no plans of sending a team to the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, the unified basketball federation being formed is not closing its doors on the Asiad stint.

“It’s an option,” said Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina, half of the partnership that will form the new national sports association (NSA) for the sport.

But first, the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball still have to work on a Fiba-imposed requirement to have a unified association for basketball. The two parties are already looking for that third party that will head the new NSA and among the names that cropped up was that of Alaska owner Wilfred Steven Uytengsu.

“I was quite surprised, to tell you the truth,” Uytengsu told the Inquirer when asked to comment on his name popping up after the top choice for the role, former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud, begged off for health reasons.

Uytengsu said he hasn’t received any formal invitation yet but already has a few things in mind that he plans to do if picked.
“You know me, I’m a straight shooter and I’ve never been out to win a popularity contest,” Uytengsu said.

“There’s too much politics (in the sport) and we need some serious house cleaning to take place,” he added.

Lina and Pilipinas Basketball chief Bernie Atienza said that the country’s participation in the Asian Games will be tackled once the group selects the third guy in the unified NSA.

“Doha (Asian Games) is something that we have to tackle,” Lina said. “Whether or not to field a team, that is something we need to discuss. Bernie and I will explore everything.”

The others mentioned as possible choices for the post were PLDT and Smart chair Manny V. Pangilinan, former senator Freddie Webb and retired former chief justice Hilario Davide, the only non-sportsman in the group.

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09-02-2006, 11:53 AM
MVP no second choice as unified caging head

IN HUDDLE
By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 10:55pm (Mla time) 09/01/2006

Published on page A24 of the September 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WHEN I learned from a colleague that former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud had personally recommended businessman Manny V. Pangilinan to assume the post of chair of the three-man basketball panel -- a job originally offered to Salud by Joey Lina and Bernie Atienza, presidents of the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball, respectively -- my first impulse was to call PBA chair Ricky Vargas to inquire if the PLDT boss would be interested.

As soon as I touched my cellphone, however, I hesitated.

It didn’t take a great deal of intellect to conclude that even if MVP was interested in the position, it would not stand well for a man of his stature to be only the second choice. I was told by a source who was privy to the basketball unity negotiations in Japan, that there was actually no first or second choice when they were discussing the possible candidates.

“Many names were actually mentioned. The press actually beat us to the choice,” he said.

* * *

Instead of calling Ricky, I decided to reach Air21’s Lito Alvarez, the PBA treasurer who is also deputy secretary general of the BAP.

Lito presented the real scenario. He believes that this time, Philippine basketball will be unified and the Fiba ban on the Philippines will be lifted after Sept. 30.

Since the chairmanship of the three-man panel is a hands-on, working job, Lito said Ricky Vargas, instead of MVP, would be perfect for job.

“This is a temporary position and a hardworking, neutral, results-oriented man like Ricky would definitely be up to the task, despite his many responsibilities. That is, if he accepts,” Lito said.

“After everything has been ironed out and Philippine basketball has been unified, this is the time the chairmanship of the new national sports association (NSA) should be offered to Manny Pangilinan, who I believe is the best person for the position, considering his passion for the sport.”

When the process reaches this point, Lito said he would personally campaign for MVP in his turf.

“I will be his No. 1 rooter. Philippine basketball couldn’t be in better, more capable hands,” he said.

* * *

The diamonds on Tracy McGrady’s ears seemed so much bigger and glittery than the pair he wore when he first came to the Philippines back in 2000. The size seemed to have doubled as well.

T-Mac admitted that the jewelry had been upgraded, although he didn’t reveal how many karats they weighed.

Not only the jewelry, but so many things about the NBA cager have changed, if not grown bigger since 2000.

Most noteworthy, he has become a bigger star and a better man.

“I have become more matured,” he said.

I asked him if he remembered the time he watched a PBA game in 2000, when he put his legs up on a table at ringside. A horrified woman had screamed at him to put his legs where they should be.

T-Mac didn’t remember the incident, but I admired the way he handled the situation with humor. He got back at the woman in front of the TV camera (the footage will be shown next week on RPN Newswatch’s In Huddle segment at 5 p.m.

* * *

HOOPVINE: Rudy Hatfield field gave up so much in the United States to get another crack at the PBA. I’m anxious to have an interview with the Ginebra cager, who left behind a beautiful girl -- the girl he intends to marry -- and a prestigious fireman’s job in the United States. San Miguel officials also informed me that Rudy had enrolled in a nursing course in the US at the time Eric Menk tracked him down… PBA fans were surprised to see former PBA imports Julius Nwosu and Gabe Moneke playing for the Nigerian team in the World Basketball Championship in Saitama, Japan… They were more surprised to see that the Spanish squad was carrying the colors of San Miguel Beer.

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09-02-2006, 11:54 AM
Cage leaders tackle RP team’s Doha stint
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 09/02/2006

The next 48 hours will be crucial, but not necessarily critical, for Philippine basketball.

Since unity between the two warring factions is already a done deal, the country’s chances of fielding a team to this year’s Doha Asian Games will hopefully be decided in the next two days.

The Basketball Association of the Philippines, under Joey Lina, and Pilipinas Basketball, under Bernie Atienza, came to terms over the weekend during the World Championship in Japan.

The gesture, which ended a long, overdrawn struggle between the two associations will eventually lead to the lifting of the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) suspension on the Philippines.

The Philippines can now look forward to its participation in the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar on Dec. 1-15.

"Doha is something we have to tackle. Whether or not to field a team is something we need to discuss. Bernie and I will explore everything in the next 72 hours," Lina said in yesterday’s Scoop sa Kamayan forum.

"It’s an option. We’re not closing the door on the Asian Games," added the former senator. "We’re not starting from scratch because we already have agreements in Tokyo. We have reforms that we have already agreed upon.

Also in the next two days, Lina and Atienza are hoping to find the man who will join them in the panel tasked to oversee the unification process, and electing the set of officers for the soon-to-be-formed association.

World Boxing Council pioneer Rudy Salud, also the former PBA commissioner, would have been the perfect choice. But he begged off due to health reasons.

Also being considered for the position are businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, former Senator Freddie Webb, and PBA team owner Steven Uytengsu.

The lifting of the suspension was foremost in the minds of those who went to Japan, including Noli Eala of the Philippine Basketball Association and Rep. Monico Puentevella of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

"Personally, the lifting of suspension excites me," said Atienza, the head of the National Collegiate Athletic Association management committee who was recently named PB president.

The Philippines was given 30 days by FIBA to form a new, united front in basketball. Then the lifting of the suspension will come.

Atienza said he’s looking way beyond the Asian Games because once the suspension is lifted, the Philippines can once again participate in FIBA events like the Southeast Asian Games.

"We want the suspension lifted because we want to win again," Atienza told FIBA officials led by secretary-general Patrick Baumann in his short speech in Japan.

"But if we’ll have a team in the Asian Games, it should be a competitive team," he added in the public sports forum.

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09-02-2006, 11:55 AM
PSC, POC pushing for all-pro Asiad five

The Philippine Star 09/02/2006

Despite the PBA’s stand on its non-participation in the coming Asian Games, the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee said they would still push for the pro league’s representation in the basketball competitions in the Asiad slated in December in Doha, Qatar.

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez, the chef de mission of the RP-Asian Games delegation, returned from an organizational trip in Doha yesterday and announced that "85,000 Filipinos in Qatar" are keenly awaiting the arrival of the national team.

"Our compatriots there are expecting the best players from their homeland to represent them in the Asian Games," said Ramirez. "And I’m coordinating with the newly-formed basketball organization to make sure the strongest team possible will find its way to Doha."

Earlier, POC president Jose Cojuangco said in his weekly radio program that the Philippines should send the best team in the Asian Games or none at all.

In his weekly radio program aired over DZSR-Sports Radio, Cojuangco said: "We should send a team that has great chances of winning. If we would be sending one that is not credible, we might as well forget it," said Cojuangco in Filipino.

Cojuangco didn’t specify the PBA players, but the RP training pool assembled by national team coach Chot Reyes over the past year comprises the cream of the crop of Philippine basketball.

However, the PBA has already made clear its stand on the issue, citing the Asiad is not the pro league’s list of commitments. Besides, it will run smack to the schedule of the PBA games.

In an interview Tuesday, PBA chairman Ricky Vargas said "it is not right to disrupt the schedule of the PBA" at this stage.

The Dec. 1-15 Asian Games will overlap with the crucial phase of the Philippine Cup elimination round, a situation the PBA had sought to prevent when it forged a memorandum of agreement with the Basketball Association of the Philippines a couple of years ago until the BAP was expelled by the POC.

In that agreement, the PBA, which reformatted its calendar to allow a period for international commitments, earned the right to form the national team for the Asian Championship, a qualifier for the Olympics, but not for the Asian Games.

The MOA went to naught, however, after the POC suspended and then expelled the BAP over the leadership issue. The FIBA then suspended the Philippines from all international tournaments under its jurisdiction until all differences between the POC and the BAP are settled.

Renewed hopes for reconciliation during the FIBA Congress in Tokyo last week revived the possibility of FIBA lifting sanctions and a Philippine team suiting up for the nearest international tournament in schedule — the 15th Asian Games.

Ramirez was set to meet Cojuangco yesterday. A meeting with Vargas, Eala and the PBA board will then be arranged.

"We will find a way to bridge the gap with the PBA," said Ramirez. "I can understand the vision of these corporate men, but this is for flag and country, for unity and understanding."

"The country’s honor is higher than some of our interests and principles. If explained to them, I’m sure the PBA will see the light," he added.

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09-02-2006, 12:09 PM
RP cagers’ Doha stint in the air
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By NICK GIONGCO

WHETHER the Philippines will field a basketball team to the 15th Asian Games in Doha will be known in 48 hours, Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) President Joey Lina said yesterday.

Lina also said that the name of the third man who will head the three-man panel tasked with forming a new association of a united Philippine basketball federation will be announced at the same time.

Former PBA Commissioner Rudy Salud was the common candidate of Lina and Pilipinas Basketball president Bernie Atienza to head the committee but Salud turned down the offer on advice of his doctors.

"While there is still no third man, work will go on," said Atienza at yesterday’s SCOOP sa Kamayan where he and Lina were the guests.

Atienza said that while Salud’s decision had set back the timetable for a quick formation of a new association, he and Lina were doing everything to meet the dadline.

The International Basketball Federation, which is known by its French acronym FIBA, had a set a Sept. 30 deadline for the formation of a new basketball association to be presented to FIBA for acceptance.

This is one of the conditions set by FIBA for it to lift the country’s suspension from international competition.

"We are not starting from scratch," said Atienza.

With local basketball officials apparently in sync regarding unity and FIBA approval just around the corner, the question of whether the country will send a team to Doha has taken a note of urgency.

Lina said they’re not discounting the possibility of forming a squad for the Asian Games despite statements made by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose Cojuangco Jr. that participation would do the country more harm than good since it can’t avail of the services of the pro players.

The PBA has made it clear that it cannot lend its players for the Asian Games as the quadrennial event will run smack into its playing schedule.

The quadrennial event is scheduled on Dec. 1-15 but those dates overlap a crucial portion of the PBA’s season-ending All-Filipino conference.

Observers, however, feared that if the country will send an all-amateur squad in the Doha Games the country would end up as a laughing stock again.

They also noted that most of the top amateur players – especially those playing in the PBL, have just turned pro, leaving BAP and BP with limited choices.

"It’s an option and we are not closing the doors (on the possibility of sending a team to Qatar)," said Lina.

But before Doha, there’s still the question of unity and Lina urged his listeners to be patient.

Lina said that "the cause of basketball is bigger than the personalities involved" as he pleaded that they be allowed to "finish the process."

Atienza was equally upbeat.

"We are almost there," Atienza said.

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09-02-2006, 12:10 PM
BAP, PB heads set 20-day deadline

By Frank Calapre, The Manila Times Correspondent
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Top basketball officials on Friday said they only need 20 days at most to form a new group and lift the suspension on the Philippines from competing in international events.

"We have agreed that the September 30 deadline [imposed by the International Basketball Federation, or FIBA] is not actually our deadline. We plan to finish all these things within 15 days. We will take other details, and by September 20, it is over," said Bernie Atienza, president of Pilipinas Basketball, in the Scoop Sports Forum at the Kamayan Restaurant in Manila.

"Actually, the FIBA has decided to lift the suspension on the Philippines by September 30 or earlier, once the [points of the] joint communiqué are fulfilled," added Jose Lina Jr., president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

Atienza and Lina appeared at the forum four days after they signed the communiqué to unite their two organizations in front of top FIBA officials in Tokyo, Japan.

Creating a new basketball federation was the condition set by the world governing body to lift its suspension on the country, after the Philippine Olympic Committee expelled the BAP, the recognized FIBA member, from its ranks on June 30, 2005.

The FIBA Central Board authorized FIBA president Bob Elphinston, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann and FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock to see to it that the agreement is carried out.

Forming a three-man panel composed of Lina, Atienza and a third man that would become chairman of the new basketball body is part of the deal. FIBA gave the BAP and PB leaders five days, or until Saturday, to find that third man.

"The burden really is on the three-man panel. If we can accomplish the job within 15 days, then so be it. We will do our best to finish the job on the soonest possible time so that the suspension will be lifted not on the 30th of September but even much earlier," added Lina.

The former senator also said he will set aside any personality issue in favor of the clamor for unity among basketball stakeholders in the country.

"The cause of basketball is bigger that one personality. We are going to solve the problem rather go for any entity," he said.

Lina, also a former interior secretary, said he and Atienza have decided not reveal the name of the third man on the panel unless the person has already been informed and has accepted the post.

The third man holds an important position because he will also regularly report any development to FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann.

"Aside from Rudy Salud [the former Philippine Basketball Association commissioner], we have not talked to anyone else yet," added Lina, also a former governor of Laguna.

Atienza said the third man will be selected as soon as possible to comply with the agreement they forged Monday in Japan.

With sportsman Rudy Salud backing out owing to health reasons, a source said PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan is the strongest candidate from among the list of four that includes former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Alaska owner Fred Uytengsu and former senator Freddie Webb.

"But even without the third man, it does not mean that we have to stop working," said Atienza, the management committee chairman of the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association season.

Besides writing and finalize the new organization’s constitution, the panel must also verify a list of members submitted by the two groups en route to a national congress that would elect its officials.

"The work of the third man will not be difficult if Bernie and I have no disagreement," Lina stressed.

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09-03-2006, 09:29 AM
2 top cage officials hail choice of Pangilinan
By Francis Ochoa

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Last updated 03:46am (Mla time) 09/03/2006

Published on page A21 of the September 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANNY Pangilinan hopes to guide the new national sports association (NSA) for basketball to the right direction.

Once its course is charted, however, he will allow the NSA to sail on its own.

Pangilinan yesterday accepted the offer of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and the Pilipinas Basketball (PB) to head the three-man committee that will build the foundation of the new association.

However, his trusted lieutenant, both in sports and business, said the business tycoon-sportsman will only be with the new association during its formative stages.

“He told me he would help during the formative stages but nothing beyond that,” said Ricky Vargas, the governor representing the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals—Pangilinan’s squad in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Vargas added that Pangilinan would give the group “a free hand to pick its officers” and vowed to help in any way he can to point the new association to the right direction.

New association

Meanwhile, PBA commissioner Noli Eala praised the selection of Pangilinan as the head of the three-man panel that will craft the new association and thanked the team owner for accepting the invitation.

“I’m very grateful to Mr. Pangilinan for accepting the responsibility,” Eala said, calling his appointment as a “victory for Philippine basketball.”

“I know him to be a man of integrity, competence and ambition and his being part of the panel augurs well for the new association.”

PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, on the other hand, said Pangilinan’s appointment will give birth to a renewed passion for the sport.

“The one thing that he really brings to this new association is his passion for the sport,” said Trinidad.

“Just look at what he has done to the three basketball organizations he has helped and been a part of—Talk ‘N Text, Ateneo and San Beda,” he added. “He has reinvigorated those three teams with his passion for the game.”

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09-03-2006, 09:37 AM
MVP first choice for cage body top post
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 09/03/2006

Manny V. Pangilinan yesterday agreed to head the three-man panel tasked to draft and finalize the constitution and by-laws of the soon-to-be-formed basketball association that would chart the country’s future in the sport.

However, many believe that Pangilinan’s participation will not end with the formation of the new group since he might just end up as its president. He is considered the only person that would be acceptable to everyone.

Pangilinan agreeing to head the panel is certainly a great development as the country hopes to fully wake up from the nightmare of being suspended by the International Basketball Federation or FIBA last year.

Pangilinan, chairman of PLDT and Smart, accepted his new role yesterday after meeting Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball head Bernie Atienza, the two other members of the panel.

The two basketball groups have been at it for quite some time now. At the height of the cage war, the Philippines was suspended by FIBA. It was only last week when officers from both sides came to terms for the sake of unity.

Yesterday’s meeting took place at the PLDT Bldg. in Makati. It was over in less than an hour, starting and ending with handshakes that hopefully would signify the rebirth of Philippine basketball.

"We congratulate and commend Mr. Pangilinan for his unselfish commitment to the cause of Philippine basketball," said Lina and Atienza in a joint statement. The panel will buckle down to work starting tomorrow.

Pangilinan’s acceptance of the role complies with the agreement forged among Filipino basketball officials from both BAP and BP, and FIBA officials in a recent meeting in Tokyo.

During the meeting, FIBA gave the Philippines 30 days to create a three-man panel, draft and finalize the charter of the new group, which could be called United Philippine Basketball, and call for an election.

The lifting of the suspension will allow the Philippines to participate in FIBA tournaments such as the SEA Games, Asian Games or even the Olympics. This year’s Asian Games is set Dec. 1 to 15 in Doha, Qatar.

The Philippines is hoping to field a team to Doha, but the composition of the team now remains the question since the PBA, where the country’s best talents are, is not committed to the Asian Games participation.

Others who were considered for the job were former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud, PBA team owner Steve Uytengsu, former senator and hardcourt hero Freddie Webb, and former Chief Justice Hilario Davide.

Rep. Monico Puentevella, vice president of the Philippine Olympic Committee, was among those who joined the meeting in Tokyo, and was the one who brought up Pangilinan’s name.

"We were brainstorming and I brought up his name to everyone. He’s a good choice not only as the third man, but as head of the new unified organization," said Puentevella.

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09-03-2006, 09:39 AM
Pangilinan heads basketball panel
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WITH THE game on the line, there’s no other choice to hand the ball but to the MVP. Business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan will head a three-man panel tasked with the creation of a new set of by-laws of a new basketball body that will take the place of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

"We thank God and are happy to announce that Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan has accepted the invitation of both Bernie Atienza and Joey Lina, presidents of PB and BAP, respectively, to be the head of the three-man panel that will write and finalize the constitution and by-laws of the ‘single united basketball organization’ which shall seek membership with the Philippine Olympic Committee," BAP President and Pilipinas Basketball chief Bernie Atienza said in a joint statement released yesterday.

Lina and Atienza, who were given a free hand by the FIBA to select a third man who will eventually form the powerful panel, had nothing but praise for Pangilinan’s acceptance.

"We congratulate and commend Mr. Pangilinan for his unselfish commitment to the cause of Philippine basketball," they said shortly after meeting with Pangilinan, who heads PLDT and Smart Communications.

Pangilinan also owns Talk ’N Text and is an avid sports patron.

Lina and Atienza said last Friday that the next 72 hours would be crucial following the decision of former Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner Rudy Salud to turn down the offer to be part of the panel owing to health reasons.

The choice of Pangilinan did not come as a shock since his name had cropped up when a list of names were mentioned in newspaper reports the past couple of days. His name was brought up as early last week when the basketball stakeholders were meeting in Tokyo.

With the three-man panel formed, the lifting of the suspension by the Geneva-based FIBA on the Philippines might be done way before the Sept. 30 target date.

Still, it is uncertain whether the Philippines will be sending a team to the 15th Asian Games in Doha since the PBA will be in the crucial stage of competition by the time the Asiad takes the spotlight from Dec. 1 to 15.

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09-03-2006, 09:42 AM
‘MVP’ is third man for panel
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Local basketball leaders on Saturday got an "MVP" to work for them as a third man. Manuel V. Pangilinan, the tycoon and sports patron, has agreed to work with the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball on a three-man panel that would unite the two organizations, both bodies announced in a joint statement.

BAP president Jose Lina Jr. and PB chief Bernie Atienza said Pangilinan, 60, accepted their invitation to lead them on a three-man panel that will write and finalize the constitution of a "single united basketball organization."

The basketball chiefs said they met with Pangilinan at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at his office, and "agreed to immediately buckle down to work and aim to finish the panel’s task ahead of the September 30 self-imposed deadline."

They also set an early Monday meeting to start writing the constitution and bylaws of the united organization. The new body will then seek membership with the Philippine Olympic Committee and eventually take over the BAP’s spot in the International Basketball Federation, subject to the FIBA’s membership rules.

"We congratulate and commend Mr. Pangilinan for his unselfish commitment to the cause of Philippine basketball," said Lina and Atienza, who agreed to unite their groups in a deal brokered by the FIBA after a meeting Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

FIBA suspended the country from competing in international events in June last year after the POC expelled the BAP from its membership. The RP Olympic body later backed an effort by the Philippine Basketball Federation, headed by Mauricio Martelino Jr., to replace the 60-year-old BAP now led by Lina.

The world governing body, however, denied membership to the PBF. Instead, FIBA instructed the BAP, PB and POC to get together so it could lift the suspension, which resulted in a joint communiqué the four bodies signed in Tokyo on Monday.

Pangilinan’s acceptance complies with one of the com-muniqué’s eight points that FIBA stressed needs to be fulfilled so it could lift the suspension on the Philippines. Saturday was the deadline for the BAP and BP to find their third man.

"The communiqué was signed evening of August 28 and the five-day period ends today, September 2," Lina and Atienza noted.

"An early compliance with the provisions of the communiqué will pave the way for the early lifting of the FIBA suspension on Philippine participation in FIBA-sanctioned basketball tournaments," the statement ended.

Besides Pangilinan, others Lina and Atienza considered as a third panelist were former Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Rudy Salud, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., former senator Freddie Webb and Alaska Milk team owner Steve Uytengsu.

Pangilinan, the chief executive of the Hong Kong-based First Pacific Co. Ltd., is involved with local basketball mainly through local telecom giant PLDT, which he chairs. PLDT owns the franchise of the PBA’s Talk ’N Text team.

An Ateneo de Manila University graduate, he also supports the Blue Eagles varsity basketball squad. In the past two years, he has also financed an international badminton tournament named in his honor.

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09-03-2006, 10:04 AM
One Basketball Family
BLEACHER TALK By Rico S. Navarro
The Freeman 09/03/2006

Bring on Sister Sledge and sing with them, "We are family! I've got all my sisters with me. We are family!

The sports headlines were all blaring about what could be the biggest breakthrough in Philippine basketball family. In a rare sign of unity, the leaders of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), Pilipinas Basketball (PB) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) have agreed to sit down and create a new and united organization that will now serve as the legit national sports association (NSA) for basketball.

While everyone will say that the country was the biggest winner in this development, it can't be denied the PB' relentless efforts to be recognized by the FIBA has finally reaped its fruits. For awhile, I had thought the FIBA was going to stay stubborn and recognize only the BAP as the country's only basketball NSA. It now looks like the FIBA has acknowledged that PB does represent a fairly heavy voice in the basketball family.

And so while the good news is in, it's time to get down to work asap! The BAP's Joey Lina, Bernie Atienza of PB and the third member of the committee (endorsed by both sides) have until September 30 to create this new organization. While that may sound pretty far off, it's not going to be easy.

The new stories report that the three-man panel has to finalize the new group's constitution and by-laws based on democratic, country-wide and mass-based representation of the various sectors of basketball - sectoral, commercial, school-based and professional. The panel will also have to call for an election of officers; review, verify and validate the list of members submitted by the BAP and PB; and convene the National Congress of the united organization and to oversee the election process. Now that's a lot of work! But I'm sure they can get it done with the support of their respective resources and allies.

One of the most interesting tasks will be the "overview, verification and validating of the list of members" who will be part of this new NSA. If the new NSA is to be the mother organization for the entire country, it should recognize every single basketball organization that exists, from as high as the pro level all the way down to the local commercial and collegiate leagues. I'll be keeping a close eye on this since this will also bring out "in public" everyone involved in the sport. This was a task that the BAP failed to do. If it couldn't get the PBA, PBL, UAAP and NCAA to side with the now "defunct" BAP, then who were their members? Did those BAP members then have the "moral" voice to speak for the sport? But I'm glad that's a thing of the past. It's time to move on.

And how will these members be evaluated? Will they need to be registered with the SEC? Will they be required to have a minimum number of member teams? Are they required to have a complete calendar of basketball activities? Can a simple organization like the CECABA, SCBHABA or SHABA be a regular member of the new NSA's Cebu chapter or branch? For the new NSA to succeed, it must have a genuine representation from all sectors of the sport. Only then will the voice of all be heard and hopefully be converted to a comprehensive program that will build the sport and take it to another level.

The next and surely more interesting task will then be the election of officers of the NSA. If a truly nationwide representation is complete, it shouldn't be difficult to pick a head. Talks are aplenty that Manny Pangilinan should be a virtual shoo-in to head the NSA. I just hope that the elections will be smooth, swift and devoid of politicking and the old trapo ways.

Moreover, who will compose the first set of officers? Will Joey Lina's group of Graham Lim, Fritz Gaston and Michel Lhuillier have a role to play? Will they have enough clout to bring Lim back as the organization's Secretary-General? (I sure hope not). I'm already assuming that the PBA will have a big representation and voice based on its stature as the most respected, richest and most successful league in the land. I'm sure this will receive a lot of protests from the old BAP family, but the truth is plain for all to see. My only wish is that Graham Lim doesn't remain stubborn with his anti-PB stance, sees the light and make the sacrifice for the sake of the sport and the country.

At the Cebu level, another highlight is who will be voted to represent us. Will the high profile team of Michel Lhuillier and Yayoy Alcoseba (with their MVBA and VAAA) get the call? Or will it come from the CESAFI that traces its roots to collegiate basketball and its rich history?

So many questions. So little time. But it's all for the best. Forming this new NSA will definitely not be an easy task. It will be a long and arduous road, but one that should be good for all of us in the long run.

And the bottom line is that we're now back as one big family.

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09-04-2006, 11:26 AM
Panel starts work on cage body
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 09/04/2006

The shot-clock is on.

The three-man panel composed of Manny V. Pangilinan, Joey Lina and Bernie Atienza will buckle down to work today as they begin drafting the constitution and by-laws for a new, united basketball association in the country.

The meeting, which starts at 8 a.m. at the Tower Club in Makati, will be the first since the composition of the three-man panel, tasked to oversee the cleansing process for Philippine basketball in general, was finalized the other day.

Lina, president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, and Atienza, head of Pilipinas Basketball, were joined in the panel by MVP, the sports-minded chairman of PLDT and Smart, and believed to be the key to a united front.

The meeting will not last the whole day, but a lot of positive things will be laid down the table.

The panel has more than three weeks to draft and finalize the constitution of the soon-to-be-formed association that may end up being called United Philippine Basketball.

Pangilinan’s entry into the scene was hailed as a big step toward achieving lasting peace between the warring factions in local basketball. The BAP and PB, whose long, bitter dispute led to the FIBA suspension on the Philippines, will both have to fold up in favor of a new group.

Both BAP and PB have their own constitution and by-laws, and the panel could work on this and try to gather everything that could be used in the formation of a new one. Because of this, the panel does not have to literally start from scratch.

The drafting of the new constitution and by-laws will be based on a democratic, country-wide and mass-based representation of the various sectors of basketball — sectoral, commercial, school-based and professional.

The panel will also have until the end of the month to call for an election of officers; review, verify and validate the list of members submitted by the BAP and PB; and convene the National Congress of the united organization and to oversee the election process.

Then by the end of the day, everything will be presented to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and for the lifting of the suspension, and possibly a Philippine participation in the basketball competition of the Doha Asian Games this December.

Top officials from FIBA are watching the ongoing developments in Philippine basketball with a keen eye.

Ricky Vargas, chairman of the Philippine Basketball Association and board representative of the PLDT-Smart franchise in the pro league, the other day said Pangilinan, better known as MVP, will be with the group only in its "formative stages."

But there are those who believe that it’s better for Pangilinan to take the lead once the new group is formed, and later on recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee and FIBA.

Rep. Monico Puentevella, the POC vice president, is one of them.

"To unify we need a new man not from either of the two sides in contention — the BAP and PB. MVP can sacrifice some time for the good of our national sport," said Puentevella.

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09-04-2006, 11:27 AM
Cage panel buckles down to work today
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By NICK GIONGCO

The newly-formed three-man panel, chaired by business tycoon Manny Pangilinan, buckles down to work today with the aim of setting the groundwork for the creation of a new basketball body.

Pangilinan, chairman of Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Co. and Smart Communications, will meet with Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) counterpart Bernie Atienza today to discuss the constitution and by-laws of the soon-to-be-formed organization.

"It’s probably going to be a marathon meeting," said Atienza who spent the whole Sunday reviewing voluminous documents related to the tasks at hand.

A team of lawyers are also expected to be at the meeting, according to Atienza.

Despite the initial euphoria brought about by Pangilinan’s entry, Atienza said he expects some difficulties.

"Hindi pa tapos because we would all be dealing with the constitution," said Atienza who signed a joint communique with Lina last week in Tokyo calling for the merger and unity of the two basketball organizations.

Atienza, however, remained optimistic that the panel will come up with the by-laws and conduct an election of officers before the deadline set by the World Basketball Federation (FIBA).

The FIBA had given the panel until Sept. 30 to complete its mission so that it could lift the country’s suspension.

One of the ticklish issues the panel will have to address is the roster of membership.

"It’s a sensitive matter, but I don’t think it’s gonna be a major concern," said PBA Commissioner Noli Eala.

Eala disclosed that the BAP and PB have explored the possibility of forming a policy-making board whose representation would be divided into four sectors: Geographical, school-based, professional and non-professional commercial.

"Each sector would be given seats to the board, the number of which would be decided upon by the three-man panel," said Eala. "We would like to make sure that elections will not tilt in anybody’s favor."

Eala added that the number of seats in the board could be 15 to fulfill the requirements for registration in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or "it could be higher as long as it won’t get too unwieldy."

From among the board members, according to Eala, they will elect the officers.

"We’re also looking into the possibility of rotation of powers like what we do in the PBA," said Eala.

All these, he added, will be tackled by the panel.

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09-05-2006, 10:52 AM
Panel rushing cage body charter
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 09/05/2006

Cage leaders tasked to oversee the formation of a new, united front in Philippine basketball yesterday vowed to come up with a new draft of the constitution and by-laws of the soon-to-be-formed basketball body that will replace the Basketball Association of the Phils. (BAP) and Pilipinas Basketball (PB).

Businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan, BAP president Joey Lina and PB chief Bernie Atienza went through the charters of both the BAP and PB during their four-hour meeting at the Tower Club along Paseo de Roxas in Makati.

"We just started going through the constitution and by-laws of the BAP and PB. And we hope to finish this by the week," said Atienza, adding the panel expects to come up with a new draft, actually a merger of the two old charters, soon.

Shortly after the meeting, Pangilinan, chairman of telecommunication giants PLDT and Smart, assessed FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann of the fresh development on RP basketball.

During a meeting in Tokyo last week, FIBA gave the Philippines a month to form a new basketball association and elect a set of officers so the world governing body in the sport can lift its suspension on the Philippines.

It was the first meeting for the panel members since it was formed last Saturday. The meeting went through from 8 to 11 a.m. and, after a break, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Aside from Pangilinan, Lina and Atienza, also present during the meeting was a lawyer provided by the businessman who has a penchant for sports.

Lina was unavailable for comment yesterday despite several attempts from the media. From the panel meeting, the former senator was said to have gone straight to another meeting with BAP officials.

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09-05-2006, 10:54 AM
Panel hits ground running
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Draft of new charter ready on Friday; nat’l congress set

By NICK GIONGCO

THE CONSTITUTION and by-laws of the new basketball super body should be ready by the end of the week, said Basketball Association of the Philippines President Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) President Bernie Atienza in a joint statement issued yesterday after they met with Manny Pangilinan in the first working session of the three-man panel tasked with the project.

Pangilinan accepted the invitation of Lina and Atienza to join the panel two days and his acceptance has energized the campaign for an early lifting of the suspension imposed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Philippine basketball.

"We just started going through the constitution and by-laws and we hope to finish it this week," said Atienza in an interview.

Atienza said the proposed charter will merge the best provisions of the BAP and PB constitutions and once approved, will be submitted to the FIBA.

A new constitution, a new name, a new set of officers were among the conditions set by FIBA for the lifting of the ban.

With the three-man panel practically hitting the ground running, the Philippines is expected to meet the Sept. 30 deadline set by the FIBA to have the new RP basketball association in place.

The deadline was set during the FIBA executive committee meeting in Saitama, Japan last week during which Filipino basketball officials who sought an audience with the federation officials were told to clean up their act, otherwise the country might have to endure a longer ban.

For its first act yesterday, the panel agreed to have the working draft of the constitution and by laws ready by Friday.

The three also agreed to hold a national congress by the middle of the third week of this month.

At the same time, the committee reported that it is in the process of reviewing, verifying and validating the list of members that was submitted by the BAP and the PB to the FIBA Central Board Special Commission.

The list of members is crucial for the final composition of the set of officers that will be submitted to the FIBA as this list will eventually elect the officers of the association.

The FIBA has been updated of these developments including the acceptance of Pangilinan as the panel’s third member.

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09-05-2006, 10:57 AM
'MVP' takes reins from Joey, Bernie

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By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent

The trio that will oversee the forming of a new and united basketball association finally got together for the first time on Monday.

Manny Pangilinan, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. chief executive, met with Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball chief Bernie Atienza at his office in Makati City.

Emerging from the three-hour meeting, Lina said all of them agreed to finish the charter of the basketball organization in a week’s time to comply with the agreement with the International Basketball Federation forged in Tokyo, Japan, on August 27.

"We met and we immediately discussed the proposed constitution [of the new organization.] We are expecting to finish it within a week," Lina said.

Atienza, on the other hand, said Pangilinan, who was named chief of their three-man panel, took a close look at the constitutions of the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball to see how their features could be worked into the new charter.

He said Pangilinan vowed to hasten the process, adding that the PLDT chief has gotten in touch with FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann to brief him on the developments.

"It is Pangilinan who will inform Baumann regular on any development in the unity effort," Atienza said.

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09-06-2006, 11:34 AM
Panel gives drafts of new cage body to law firm

By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:41am (Mla time) 09/06/2006

Published on Page A29 of the September 6, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE THREE-MAN panel tasked to form the backbone of the new national sports association (NSA) for basketball passed yesterday to a law firm the task of consolidating two different drafts of the constitution and by-laws it pored through in a meeting the other day.

The panel, composed of Manny V. Pangilinan, Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) head Bernie Atienza tasked the Sycip-Salazar law firm to go through the constitutions of the two bodies that wrestled for basketball leadership to try and come up with a consolidated by laws for the soon-to-be-formed association.

“The lawyers hope to come up with the finer points of both constitutions and come up with one consistent draft that the panel will study again,” said Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad.

An Inquirer source privy to the details of the formation of the new association said the constitution of both the BAP and the PB clash in four major areas—general membership, board composition, term of office and the power of the national congress.

“The lawyers are tasked to try to draft a constitution with a common language and then, after they come up with that draft, the panel will start making amendments,” said the source. “The panel cannot just sit down and start writing a constitution on a blank sheet of paper.”

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09-06-2006, 11:36 AM
Lina proposing 15-man board
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 09/06/2006

Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina is proposing a 15-man board for the new cage body that will be formed from the collapse of the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball (PB), the fledgling organization expected to be supported by the Philippine Olympic committee (POC).

Sources said Lina is suggesting a breakdown of composition where 40 percent or six seats will be allocated for geographic representation, 30 percent or four seats for schools, 20 percent or three seats for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) as the professional league and 10 percent or two seats for the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the National Basketball Conference (NBC) and others as the commercial sector.

It was agreed by Lina and PB president Bernie Atienza to collapse their organizations and create a new body in the spirit of statesmanship. The new body will not be the result of a merger because neither the BAP nor PB will survive or take over the other.

The same sources said the officers of the new body will be elected from among the Board members and serve on a rotation basis with no provision for a reelection to ensure a continuous turnover. The Board will also appoint an executive director acting as the secretary-general.

Officials of the BAP, PB, PBA and POC signed a joint communiqué to end the country’s year-long leadership dispute in Tokyo last Aug. 28. The joint communiqué was accepted by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Central Board which decided to lift the Philippines’ suspension on condition the stipulations of the joint communiqué are accomplished on Sept. 30 or earlier.

One of the stipulations is to convene a National Congress before the deadline.

"I think the tasks stipulated in the joint communiqué are doable within the deadline period," said PBA commissioner Noli Eala who attended the Tokyo meetings. "There is already a pattern we can follow in drafting the Constitution and By-laws. Convening the National Congress and calling for an election of officers can also be done in 30 days. The key is to institute the reforms of democratic representation, transparency and accountability of official acts."

The Congress will likely take the form of a corporate stockholders meeting and will not be policy-making.

Eala said the framework of which leagues will be responsible for the national team has been decided.

"It’s clear the PBA will form the national team for the major international competitions such as the qualifying tournaments for the Olympics and World Championships," said Eala. "And for the regional competitions such as the Southeast Asian Games and the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championships, the NCAA, UAAP and PBL will be responsible."

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09-06-2006, 11:37 AM
Door open for MVP to head new cage body
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 09/06/2006

Manny V. Pangilinan is keeping the lines open. According to Bernie Atienza, president of Pilipinas Basketball, the chairman of telecommunication giants PLDT and Smart has yet to rule out the possibility of him heading the new basketball association that is being formed.

"Right now, his focus is on the three-man panel and the task at hand," said Atienza, referring to Pangilinan who heads the panel tasked to oversee the unification process that would lead to the formation of a new, unified basketball association.

"Mr. Pangilinan has emphasized that he’s not really after the position as head of the new association. But if there would be solid support he said he’d be willing to go out there," said Atienza during the weekly PSA Forum at the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila.

Joining Pangilinan in the panel are Atienza and BAP president Joey Lina. They have until the end of the month to accomplish a lot of things, including the creation of a new set of by-laws and the election of officers of the new group.

Both the BAP and PB will fold up to make way for the new group that will chart the future of Philippine basketball the moment it gets the accreditation of both the Philippine Olympic Committee or FIBA (International Basketball Federation).

The lifting of the FIBA suspension on the Philippines is expected to come next, and allow the country to participate in events like the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games or even the Olympics. This year’s Asian Games is set in Doha, Qatar in December.

The members of the panel met for the first time last Monday, going through the constitution and by-laws of the BAP and PB from which they would pattern the new one.

During the meeting, Atienza said Pangilinan showed a lot of enthusiasm and interest in helping solve all the problems that have hounded Philippine basketball over the last couple of years.

"Mr. Pangilinan agreed to head the panel but said it’s not time to talk about him heading the new association," said Atienza.

Pangilinan agreeing to head the panel was by itself a huge development.

"I don’t think there’s anyone who is saddened by this," said Atienza, adding that by his observation, even Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco was happy with Pangilinan’s entry into the picture.

"But that’s only my observation," Atienza said.

This early, Rep. Monico Puentevella, POC vice president, has batted for Pangilinan heading the new association.

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09-06-2006, 11:45 AM
MVP as basketball czar?
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Telecom tycoon willing to hold top post - Atienza

By NICK GIONGCO

Manny V. Pangilinan only wants to tackle the task at hand. But if given full backing, the PLDT and Smart Communication chairman will go the extra mile and accept the post of president of the soon-to-be-formed basketball body.

"He emphasized that he is not after the position (of basketball body president) but if there would be solid support, he said he would be willing to go out there. But right now his focus is on the three-man panel," Pilipinas Basketball (PB) president Bernie Atienza said yesterday during the weekly PSA Forum.

Right now, Pangilinan heads the three-man panel tasked with the job of coming out with a new set of by-laws that will form the backbone of a unified basketball group.

Atienza and Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina join Atienza in the panel that aims to establish a merger of the BAP and PB by the end of the month.

Atienza described Pangilinan as "very eager and enthusiastic" upon accepting the post to head the panel over the weekend and that even Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. is delighted with the decision of Pangilinan to be part of the panel.

In their initial meeting on Monday, Atienza said the panel is right on track and that "we have taken steps toward reconciliation."

Once the charter is finished, it would be presented to the FIBA, the Swiss-based governing body for the sport that played a key role in the signing of a joint communique between the BAP and PB recently in Tokyo.

Atienza revealed also that the issue on the fielding of a team to the 15th Asian Games hasn’t been discussed and that "it’s premature at this point in time to talk about it" although it remains "a big option."

The Philippine Basketball Association, however, has backed out of lending players to the Doha games, saying that it has already adjusted its schedule for other FIBA-sanctioned tournaments such as the FIBA- Asia and world championships but not for the Asian Games.

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09-06-2006, 11:49 AM
‘Pangilinan still considering leading new cage body’
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The businessman Manny V. Pangilinan has not really closed the door on the possibility of heading the soon-to-be-formed association that would take the place of the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball.

According to Bernie Atienza, Pilipinas Basketball president, Pangilinan, chairman of the PLDT group, has shown tremendous interest and enthusiasm in helping solve all the problems that have hounded Philippine basketball over the last couple of years.

"But right now his focus is on the three-man panel and the task at hand," said Atienza of the sports-minded tycoon, who heads the three-man panel tasked to oversee the unification of the BAP and BP into a new association.

The lifting of the suspension imposed by the International Basketball Federation or FIBA on the Philippines is expected to come next, allowing the country to participate in events like the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games or even the Olympics.

This year’s Asian Games is set in Doha, Qatar, in December.

Joining Pangilinan in the panel are Atienza and BAP president Joey Lina. They have until the end of the month to accomplish a lot of things, including the creation of a new set of by-laws and the election of officers of the new group, which is reportedly set for September 16.

During the Philippine Sportswriters Association meeting at the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila, Atienza said Pangilinan is not that interested in heading the new group despite the clamor for him to be its president.

"Mr. Pangilinan has emphasized that he’s not really after the position," said Atienza in the forum sponsored by PAGCOR, Mayor Lito Atienza of Manila and Manila Sports Council chief Ali Atienza.

Lina was apparently indisposed and failed to show up.

"But if there would be solid support he said he’d be willing to go out there. Mr. Pangilinan agreed to head the panel but said it’s not time to talk about him heading the new association," Atienza said.

Pangilinan's agreeing to head the panel was a huge development.

"I don’t think there’s anyone who is saddened by this," said Atienza, adding even Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. was happy with Pangilinan’s entry into the picture.

"But that’s only my observation," Atienza said.

This early, Rep. Monico Puentevella of Bacolod, the POC vice president, has batted for Pangilinan heading the new association.

But for the meantime, Atienza said focus should fall on the formation of the new association, then the country’s possible basketball participation in the Asian Games scheduled December 1 to 15.

"Let us first organize and see to it that the machine is running smoothly," he said.

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09-07-2006, 07:17 AM
Basketball panel tackles rough draft tomorrow

By Francis Ochoa
Inquirer
Last updated 04:54am (Mla time) 09/07/2006

Published on Page A23 of the September 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE LAW FIRM tasked by the three-man panel that will create the new national sports association (NSA) for basketball has already submitted a rough draft of a constitution consolidated from two separate charters, a source told the Inquirer yesterday.

The three-man panel, headed by Smart Communications and PLDT honcho Manny V. Pangilinan, will meet tomorrow to discuss the first draft, lending credence to previous announcement that the backbone of the new NSA for basketball will be finalized before Sept. 15.

The rough draft is a unified version of the constitutions of the Basketball Association of the Philippines and the Pilipinas Basketball.

The Inquirer contacted the SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan law firm, but the lead counsel handling the crafting of the constitution, lawyer Marivic Añonuevo, was in a late meeting and could not take calls.

No copy of the rough draft was made available, although the source said that it attempted to put a common language into the four major ticklish issues in which both constitutions clashed.

These issues -- general membership, board composition, term of office and the power of the national congress -- are expected to be discussed when the panel makes amendments to the rough draft.

PB president Bernie Ateinza said the panel will study the charter authored by the firm and “after approving it, will submit it to the general membership for ratification.”

“From there, it will be submitted to the POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) and the FIBA,” Atienza added. The problem is there is still no idea as to who will comprise the general membership yet.

“The panel will decide on that first before it passes the charter for resolution,” said the Inquirer source. With reports from Marc Anthony Rey

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09-07-2006, 07:27 AM
Panel approves 25-man board
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 09/07/2006

The three-man panel formed to accomplish the tasks leading to the lifting of the country’s suspension by FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball) has agreed to constitute a 25-man Board of Directors in the new body to be created from the collapse of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and Pilipinas Basketball (PB).

Bernie Atienza, chairman of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) management committee and a member of the panel, said yesterday the composition of the 25-man Board will be based on geographical, school, professional, commercial and sectoral representation.

Atienza said the sectoral representation will consider only women and the youth.

The other members of the panel are BAP president Joey Lina and Philippine Long Distance Tel. Co. (PLDT) chairman Manny Pangilinan.

Atienza said Pangilinan has assigned lawyer Marivic Anonuevo of the SyCip Salazar Law Office to draft the Constitution and By-Laws of the new basketball organization. The draft will be submitted to the panel tomorrow night.

Atienza added that a National Congress will be convened, tentatively on Sept. 16 to ratify the Constitution and elect the members of the Board. In turn, the elected Board members will choose among themselves the organization’s officers. They will also appoint an executive director or secretary-general who is not a Board member.

‘We (the panel) agreed on a 25-man Board as according to Attorney Anonuevo, 25 is allowable by the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) if the corporation is non-stock and non-profit,’ said Atienza.

Lina earlier proposed a 15-man Board during the initial discussions with FIBA officials in Tokyo.

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala said in previous talks with the BAP, there were discussions on constituting a Board made up of 15, 25 or 33 directors.

"Pilipinas Basketball has a 25-man Board," said Eala. "It’s not likely a completely new Constitution and By-Laws will be drafted for the new organization because of the limited period of preparation. I think the acceptable portions of the Constitutions and By-Laws of the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball will be incorporated and adopted."

On the breakdown of the composition of the 25-man Board, Lina declined to comment until he has studied Anonuevo’s draft.

"While tentative arrangements have been achieved, I would rather reserve further comment after we have gone over the working draft due tomorrow," said Lina. "I am optimistic that our problems in Philippine basketball will finally be resolved. The three-man panel is selflessly committed to getting the job done."

The panel is determined to complete its mission by Sept. 30, at the latest – a deadline set by officials of the BAP, PB, the PBA and the Philippine Olympic Committee in appealing for the lifting of the country’s suspension by FIBA. In a Central Board resolution, FIBA said it will lift the suspension by Sept. 30 or earlier once the provisions of the joint communiqué signed by Lina and Atienza are fulfilled.

Atienza said convening the National Congress will be preceded by the validation of the membership lists of the BAP and PB.

"Validation of the lists is very vital," said Atienza. "I’m worried that we may not be able to make the deadline to convene the National Congress if the validation process takes too long."

But Eala is confident the panel will accomplish the tasks within the stipulated period.

"I’m sure the panel is aware of its mandate and the general timetable under the communiqué," said Eala. "So I believe everyone should respect their pace. I am confident that both the BAP and PB understand the importance of having democratic and wide representation in the new Board and fair elections to be truly representative of the sentiments of the stakeholders."

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09-07-2006, 07:30 AM
Finally, in talking terms
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 09/07/2006

For about a year, Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball president Bernie Atienza didn’t speak to each other because of the philosophical differences that split their organizations.

Atienza, as chairman of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), was aligned to the group opposed to the BAP. The NCAA was one of four major stakeholders (the others being the Philippine Basketball Association, the Philippine Basketball League and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines) that got together to form Pilipinas Basketball as the replacement National Sports Association (NSA) for the BAP after its expulsion by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) General Assembly last year.

What made the rift more painful was they’re relatives by affinity. Lina’s wife Lorie is Atienza’s first cousin.

Of course, both Lina and Atienza wanted the rift to end sooner than later. But the opportunity to sit down and talk things over just never came, what with their busy schedules.

Finally, they got together, face to face, in Tokyo a few weeks ago in a meeting arranged by FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball) to settle the Philippine leadership dispute.

Now, Lina and Atienza can’t get enough of each other. They’re members of the three-man panel formed to execute the provisions of the joint communiqué signed in Tokyo and approved by FIBA as the steps leading to the lifting of the country’s suspension.

Heading the panel is Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. chairman Manny Pangilinan, a well-respected businessman and sports fan who supports the Talk ‘N’ Text team in the PBA, Ateneo in the UAAP and San Beda in the NCAA.

Incidentally, Atienza was once the director of plans, programs and special projects for Gintong Alay during Michael Keon’s administration. He was the national coach of the Philippine women’s basketball team at the 1993 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore and the coach of the La Salle women’s varsity basketball team in 1992-93. Today, he is head of the sports development office of the College of St. Benilde, this season’s NCAA host.
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When FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann met PBA commissioner Noli Eala in Seoul early this year, he advised the pro league to "stay the course" in trying to resolve the leadership problem in Philippine basketball.

Eala joined a delegation made up of POC and Pilipinas Basketball officials to convince FIBA to lift the country’s suspension in the Korean capital.

However, FIBA’s hands were tied. The hitch was FIBA recognized the BAP as its country affiliate but the BAP had been stripped of its NSA status by the POC General Assembly. In simple terms, no national team endorsed by the BAP would be accredited by the POC to represent the country but FIBA will only recognize a national team endorsed by the BAP. The impasse left FIBA no option – the country was suspended from participating in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments until the resolution of the internal conflict.

In Tokyo a few weeks ago, Baumann and Eala crossed paths again. This time, Baumann told Eala to "nail it" after the joint communiqué was signed.

In both the Seoul and Tokyo discussions, Baumann impressed upon the Filipino delegates the importance of the PBA playing a major role in whatever Philippine organization will eventually be recognized by both the POC and FIBA.

A witness to the Tokyo proceedings said Baumann clearly manifested his respect for the PBA as the country’s No. 1 cage stakeholder and likened its role to the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the US.

"It looks like FIBA will approve whatever new Philippine organization is proposed for recognition only if the PBA is part of it," said the witness.

That’s why Baumann changed his pitch from "stay the course" to "nail it" in reference to the PBA sealing the deal that will create a new all-encompassing national governing body from the ashes of the BAP and PB.
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Although there is a sentimental reason for retaining the BAP as the country’s FIBA affiliate because of tradition and history, it won’t happen.

The stumbling block is legal in nature. Believe it or not, the BAP is not registered as a corporation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – a requirement of all NSAs before they can receive financial support from the Philippine Sports Commission – despite its 55 years of existence. And if the BAP applies for registration today, approval will not be given as another group called the Basketball Association of the Philippines, Inc. (BAPI) has beaten it to the draw.

Besides, the BAP is weighed down by a lot of baggage so the consensus is to start from scratch.
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In the Tokyo meetings, a witness said several Filipino delegates stood out for their statesmanship. One was Lina who selflessly agreed to collapse the BAP for the sake of unity and the country’s best interest. Another was BAP chairman Michel Lhuillier who offered to resign his position right there and then if it would lead to hastening the resolution of the problem. Lhuillier said his only interest is to uplift the playing level of the sport in Cebu.

POC first vice president and Rep. Monico Puentevella said to prove FIBA’s sincerity in trying to get the Philippines back in good standing, the world body’s most influential officials spent a total of five hours discussing with the Filipino delegates in Tokyo.

The first meeting took three hours and the second, two. Baumann and FIBA’s secretary-general emeritus Borislav Stankovic, who still packs the biggest clout in the Swiss-based organization, attended both meetings. Others who attended either the first or second meeting were new FIBA president Bob Elphinston, former FIBA president Carl Ching Meng-Ky and FIBA-Asia secretary-general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.

In reaching out to the Filipino officials, Dato Yeoh invited Atienza to bring the St. Benilde varsity or an NCAA selection to play exhibition games in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian Basketball Association as host.

AnthonyServinio
09-07-2006, 10:30 AM
FOR this new organization to be successful and acceptable to the basketball fans, they should get rid of all the shady characters that bastardized Pinoy basketball in recent years especially illegal alien Graham Lim and his errand boy Johny Tam!

khernitz
09-07-2006, 01:42 PM
if you want philippine basketball to return to its glory years and prominence...buwagin ang pba....dahil dyan kung bakit players of today learn playground basketball....puro pasikat...bad habits na hindi na matatanggal...professional daw puro talo naman sa "amateurs"......let us go back to basics and learn the science and art of the game...the way europeans do...

puro tayo gaya sa USA and NBA...tingnan mo nangyari sa kanila sa greece.....

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09-10-2006, 10:24 AM
Cage panel readies by-laws final draft

By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:31am (Mla time) 09/10/2006

Published on page A23 of the September 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE three-man panel working on the constitution and by-laws of the new basketball body yesterday said that it is confident of finalizing everything before the end of the week.

Details of Friday night’s four-hour meeting at the Manila Hotel among Manny Pangilinan, Joey Lina, Bernie Atienza and legal counsel Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo were not released, however.

“(We) concluded a four-hour review of the draft (of the) constitutional documents for a unified basketball organization,” an official statement, e-mailed to media offices yesterday, said.

“Significant progress has been made and it is anticipated that these draft constitutional documents will be finalized by early next week,” added the statement, which was signed by Ramos-Añonuevo, a counsel from the Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan law firm.

The panel has imposed a Sept. 30 deadline to come up with a new constitution to get back the Philippines’ active status in world basketball.

It was a condition laid down by the governing international federation (Fiba) after a breakthrough meeting last month in Japan with its officials and that of the Basketball Association of the Philippines headed by Lina and Pilipinas Basketball led by Atienza.

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09-10-2006, 10:31 AM
Cage body draft ready next week
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By NICK GIONGCO

SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS has been made with regard to the creation of a new set of constitution and by-laws that will form the backbone of a strong and unified basketball body that the three-man panel headed by telecommunications tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan is working on.

"The three-man panel, together with legal counsel, have just concluded a four-hour review of the draft constitutional documents for a unified basketball organization," said Marievic G. Ramos-Anonuevo in a statement released yesterday.

"Significant progress has been made and it is anticipated that these draft constitutional documents will be finalized by early next week. The three-man panel remains confident that the self-imposed deadline of Sept. 30, 2006 by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and the Pilipinas Basketball (PB) sanctioned by the Fina will be met," wrote Anonuevo of Sycip. Salazar, Hernandez and Gatmaitan Law Office.

Pangilinan was joined in the meeting at historic landmark the Manila Hotel by BAP President former Sen. Joey Lina and PB President Bernie Atienza.

Atienza, howeved, declined to comment on reports that the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) is willing to take the cudgels for the country’s participation in the 15th Asian Games.

PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad’s offer came after the Ph ilippine Basketball Association had reiterated its stand not to send a team in Doha owing to a conflict in its schedule with the Asian Games.

The PBL, which nurtured the careers of most superstars in the pro league, is willing to send its best available players for the national service to the Asian Games.

While the likes of Kelly Williams, Arwind Santos, Joseph Yeo and LA Tenorio – PBL’s marquee players – have already turned pro recently, Trinidad believes there are some few good men left in the league who can be of service to the national team.

Trinidad also said that some players from the UAAP, NCAA and other leagues in the country, especially in the south, can be tapped to form a competitive team.

Trinidad has been one of the most vocal crusaders for an orderly basketball program, one that will train young talents for international competition.

And the Doha Asian Games could be the jump-off point.

Atienza said the three-man panel cannot rule on this although the proposal of Trinidad is worth a second look.

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09-10-2006, 10:39 AM
RP team for Asiad not a priority
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 09/10/2006

The formation of a Philippine team for the Asian Games is not the immediate concern of the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball, which are rushing the paper work for the creation of a new basketball body.

In fact, the country must first get the suspension lifted before it could even think of sending a team to Doha, Qatar in December.

Pilipinas Basketball president Bernie Atienza said sending a team to the Doha Asian Games was not actually the biggest concern when unification talks between the two warring groups in the country started last month.

The BAP, under Joey Lina, and Pilipinas Basketball were both after forging unity in Philippine basketball, and eventually the lifting of the FIBA suspension that started last year.

The Philippines was given by FIBA until Sept. 30 to come up with a new association and call for an election of officers. Once approved by FIBA, the suspension will be lifted.

The Philippines can then plunge back into action and join FIBA-sanctioned tournaments like the Asian and World Championships, Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and even the Olympics.

Atienza said there is no specific condition set that FIBA will keep the Philippines under suspension if it decides not to field a team to Doha.

"I don’t think FIBA thinks that way. It doesn’t mean that we were given 30 days so we’ll have enough time to prepare and send a team to the Asian Games," said Atienza.

Reports came out last Friday that the Philippines might no longer send a team to Doha after the Philippine Basketball Association, where the best talents are, stressed that the quadrennial event is no longer part of its calendar.

"If we cannot send a competitive team to Doha, then we should not send a team at all, and prepare a competitive team to the next Asian Games, not to mention the qualifying games to the 2008 Beijing Olympics," said Lina.

"Why don’t we just concentrate on future battles? Why don’t we focus instead on the lifting of the suspension, then the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand next year, and then the FIBA events," Atienza said.

Businessman Manny V. Pangilinan plays a key role in the ongoing development. He heads the three-man panel, including Lina and Atienza, tasked to make sure that all the problems hounding the sport are solved.

The panel met for the second time Friday evening. For four hours they reviewed the draft of the new constitution and by-laws for the soon-to-be-formed group. The next meeting is set tomorrow.

"Significant progress has been made and it is anticipated that these draft constitutional documents will be finalized by early next week," said Atty. Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo who’s helping the panel draft the new charter.

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09-10-2006, 10:48 AM
Basketball body’s charter drafted

BY FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Reporter
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Just a few weeks more and a new federation will be in place to replace the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

The three-man panel headed by sportsman-businessman Manny V. Pangilinan spent four hours on Friday reviewing the proposed draft of the constitution and bylaws of the unified basketball association.

Lawyer Marivic G. Ramos-Anonuevo said on Saturday that a significant progress has been achieved during the meeting between Pangilinan, Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball counterpart Bernie Atienza at the PLDT Tower in Makati City.

"The three-man panel has just concluded a four-hour review of the draft constitutional documents for a unified basketball organization," said Ramos-Anonuevo of the Sycip, Salazar, Hernandez and Gatmaitan Law Office, hired by Pangilinan to draft the new charter.

She said the draft will be finalized early next week because the panel tasked to implement the unification agreement encountered no trouble reconciling both the previous charters of the 60-year-old BAP and the Philippine Olympic Committee-backed PB.

"Significant progress has been made and we are expecting the draft will be finalized by early next week," chorused Lina, Atienza and Pangilinan in a joint statement released to the media Saturday.

Both Lina and Atienza are part of the three-man panel chaired by Pangilinan that was tasked to form the unified basketball body as agreed by the BAP and PB before FIBA top officials in Tokyo, Japan on August 28.

Although they refused to reveal some points in the proposed draft, the panel expressed confidence it can meet the targeted date of September 16 to hold the basketball national congress.

"The three-man panel remains confident that the self-imposed deadline will be met and the FIBA will soon lift the suspension on the Philippines," the joint statement said.

An election for the planned 25-member board will be held during the national congress. The board will then choose the officials, who will run the day-to-day affairs of the new federation.

Anonuevo’s suggestion of a 25-man board was based on the Securities and Exchange Commission rules for a nonstock and nonprofit organization.

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09-12-2006, 09:00 AM
Caging panel holds key meeting



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Last updated 02:50am (Mla time) 09/12/2006

Published on page A24 of the September 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH 90 PERCENT of the new basketball body’s constitution and by-laws already complete, the three-man panel will meet today to finalize all the details, including the name of the association.

The choice of name for the cage body could take up most of the time of the panel -- composed of Basketball Association of the Philippines’ Joey Lina, Bernie Atienza of Pilipinas Basketball, and telecoms tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan.

“I am sure that MVP (Pangilinan) will have names to suggest (today).” Musong Castillo

lurkinggood
09-12-2006, 09:47 AM
Ano kaya ang bagong name ng Unified Body....

PILIPINAS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES???? ;D ;D

full battle gear
09-13-2006, 11:06 AM
Cage body’s name, members up next

By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 00:53am (Mla time) 09/13/2006

Published on Page A25 of the September 13, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

NOW FOR THE HARDER PART.

The constitution and by-laws of the new basketball organization were finalized yesterday, and these are not expected to encounter any problems when forwarded for registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.

Left to be finalized, aside from the name, however, is the list of the first members of the corporation, which the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball hope to come up with at the soonest possible time.

The new members will make up the next National Congress, which has to be convened in the next few days to approve the new documents before it is passed to the Philippine Olympic Committee for recognition.

A source privy to the meetings of the three-man panel composed of the BAP’s Joey Lina, PB’s Bernie Atienza and telecoms tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan yesterday said that coming up with the final list of members of the corporation could take some time.

The BAP has in its list a total of 66 members, while PB only has 21 and could be severely outvoted in the Congress, which will determine the new group’s board of trustees, and ultimately, its first set of officers.

Speaking on condition that he not be identified, the source said that “becoming a member of the new group will take a lot of scrutiny” to avoid duplication of representation.

The panel encountered no hitches in the completion of the provisions in the constitution in their meeting yesterday morning and all three members agreed that a neutral lawyer will be tasked to handle the job of identifying the basketball groups that are “legitimate or otherwise.”

full battle gear
09-13-2006, 11:12 AM
3-man panel finalizes cage body by-laws
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 09/13/2006

Slowly, things are falling into place.

The new basketball association being formed to take the place of the old ones yesterday finalized its constitution and by-laws, and at the same time named PBA chairman Ricky Vargas as temporary treasurer.

And while it continues to look for a name to be submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the soon-to-be-formed association has also started looking for an office it could call its own.

The group has come up with a few names, like One Basketball Philippines, Inc., but they have all been turned down by the SEC. A few more names are being considered.

Manny V. Pangilinan, Joey Lina and Bernie Atienza, who make up the panel tasked to oversee the unification process in Philippine basketball, yesterday met for five hours in Makati.

Pangilinan, Lina, Atienza and Michel Lhuillier, the BAP chairman, were listed as incorporators. The election of the full set of officers is scheduled next week.

"It (meeting) was very exhausting but it was very fruitful," said Atty. Marievic Anonuevo, who helps the panel with the legal aspects, in a statement released to the press.

The new group will hold office either in Makati or Malate, and it will be a courtesy of Pangilinan, the chairman of PLDT and Smart. As of presstime, Atienza was checking out a place in Malate.

"We’ve finalized the constitution and by-laws. We’ll register it to the SEC tomorrow (today) and we expect the SEC(certificate of) registration to come out on Friday," Anonuevo added.

"The unified organization will be a non-stock, non-profit corporation. The list of the first members of the corporation is currently being finalized by both BAP and PB based on the list submitted to the FIBA."

Vargas works for Pangilinan. Among his many roles is to represent Talk N Text, a franchise under PLDT and Smart, in the Philippine Basketball Association board of governors.

The next move of the panel, which meets anew on Friday, is to validate the list of members submitted by the Basketball Association of the Philippines, headed by Lina, and Pilipinas Basketball, under Atienza.

full battle gear
09-13-2006, 11:18 AM
Basketball panel goes to SEC today
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By NICK GIONGCO

THE MAIN ingredients needed for the formation of a unified basketball body have been gathered and hopefully by the end of the week, the incorporators will receive the certificate of registration from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

After a five-hour meeting, the panel — composed of Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) President Joey Lina, Pilipinas Basketball (BAP) President Bernie Atienza, PLDT and Smart Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and lawyer Marievic Anonuevo — was able to finalize the contents of the constitution and bylaws and also the list of incorporators.

"We will register it to the SEC tomorrow (today)," said Atienza.

"Our next move is to validate the list (of members) submitted by the BAP and PB to the FIBA," noted Atienza, citing that the BAP has 66 members/individuals under its sleeves while the PB has 21 members that are actually leagues and associations.

The meeting also resolved the issue on who would make up the initial list of officers of the basketball body whose name remains unknown to many except, of course, to the members of the three-man panel.

Appointed treasurer temporarily is Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Chairman Ricky Vargas, while BAP Chairman Michel Lhuillier of Cebu and the members of the panel, were listed as incorporators. The election of officers should be done by next week.

Atienza also revealed that the office of the basketball body will be provided by Pangilinan, who gave Atienza the authority to look and inspect prospective spaces in the Malate area and one in Makati.

Under the new guidelines of the soon-to-be-formed group, the new board will be made up of 25 members based on geographical, school, professional, commercial and sectoral representation.

The panel is rushing everything in line with the Sept. 30 self-imposed deadline that was approved by the FIBA recently in Tokyo to allow the Philippines to regain its recognition after being suspended by the Geneva-based body last year.

full battle gear
09-13-2006, 11:23 AM
Panel OK’s bylaws’ last draft, to check membership list next

By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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The three-man panel headed by the sports patron and tycoon Manny Pangilinan on Tuesday approved the final draft of the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the new basketball federation that will replace the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

The panel, composed of PLDT and Smart Communications chair Pangilinan, Basketball Association of the Philippines president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball head Bernie Atienza, also agreed to present the proposed constitution to a national congress next week for approval.

Atienza also said they have tasked lawyer Marivic Ramos-Anonuevo of the SCHG law firm to submit the articles of incorporation to the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday for registration as a nonstock, nonprofit organization.

Atienza refused to reveal the interim list of incorporators, but a reliable source said the panel named Pangilinan, Lina, Atienza, Philippine Basketball Association chairman Ricky Vargas and BAP chairman Michel Lhuillier of Cebu as founding members.

Atienza described the five-hour meeting at the Sycip, Salazar, Hernandez and Gatmaitan Law office in Makati City as "exhausting but fruitful" because they have already agreed with finality on the new charter.

It is one of the eight points agreed to by the BAP and PB during a meeting with top International Basketball Federation (FIBA), officials in Tokyo, Japan, on August 28.

FIBA said it would lift its suspension on the Philippines from international events it sanctions if the two basketball bodies form a single united federation within 30 days.

"It’s was very exhausting five-hour meeting. But it was really good that we have now a new charter. It’s very important," said Atienza, also the chairman of the management committee of the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Atienza also said he, Lina and Pangilinan were meeting anew late yesterday to decide on the official name of the unified basketball organization before submitting it to the SEC.

"We have to meet again tonight to decide on the name, because we tasked lawyer Marivic Ramos-Anonuevo to register it with the SEC tomorrow," he Atienza.

Ramos-Anonuevo, hired by Pangilinan to help draft the new charter, said the panel is scheduled to meet Friday to finalize the list of affiliated members by both the 60-year-old BAP and the Philippine Olympic Committee-backed PB.

"The three-man panel composed of Bernie Atienza, Joey Lina and Manny Pangilinan have today agreed to the final draft of the Articles of Incorporation and-By-Laws of the united basketball organization," said Ramos-Anonuevo in a press statement.

She said the list of membership submitted by both organizations to the FIBA will be scrutinized, verified and validated by Pangilinan, Atienza and Lina in the meeting.

"We will again meet on Friday to finalize the submitted lists of membership to the FIBA," Atienza stressed.

The Times source, meanwhile, said the BAP has submitted a list of 66 members from all over the country, while the PB has 21 league members that include the Philippine Basketball League, the PBA, NCAA and the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines.

"It is contemplated that these Articles of Incorporators and By-Laws will be submitted to the National Congress for approval before September 30, at which time the new board of trustees as well as officers will be elected," added Ramos-Anonuevo.

gameface_one
09-16-2006, 11:53 AM
Panel on track to beat FIBA deadline
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 09/16/2006

The three-man panel formed to organize a new governing body for basketball hopes to submit the Constitution and By-Laws of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Inc. (SBP) to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for registration on Monday and convene a National Congress in Cebu on Sept. 23, a week before its self-imposed deadline to trigger the lifting of the country’s suspension by FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball).

The panel composed of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) chairman Manny Pangilinan, Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) president Bernie Atienza met yesterday afternoon to review and approve SBP’s incorporation documents drafted by lawyer Marievic Ramos-Anonuevo at the Sycip, Salazar, Hernandez and Gatmaitan Law Office in Makati.

SBP is envisioned to be a non-stock, non-profit corporation.

It appears the panel will name a 25-man Board of Trustees to serve in a transitory capacity until 2008 when the general membership will elect a permanent Board for a four-year term, renewal only once.

If the plan of a transitory Board is approved, the National Congress will be convened only for ratification purposes. Once the Board is named, it will vote for a Chairman, Vice Chairman and President from among the Trustees and appoint an Executive Director. If not approved, the National Congress will elect the Board.

The composition of the Board is broken down into 11 from the geographical sector (including three from the National Capital Region), four from the professional sector or the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), five from the school-based sector (including the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association), three from the commercial sector (including the Philippine Basketball League) and one each from the women and youth sectors.

The panel previously nominated names to fill a tentative 25-man Board lineup to expedite the SEC registration with 12 representatives from the BAP, 12 from PB and Pangilinan. Among the nominees were PBA chairman Ricky Vargas, Graham Lim, Christian Tan, Tisha Abundo, Michel Lhuillier, Lito Alvarez and Raul Alcoseba.

But a source close to the panel assured the nominees will not necessarily be the Trustees in either the transitory or permanent Board.

There is apprehension in calling for elections in the National Congress because validation of the membership may be tedious and thorny. The BAP claims a membership of 66 organizations while Pilipinas Basketball lists 21. The numbers indicate the voting to be lopsided and it is likely the status and nature of some member organizations from both sides will be challenged.

A major basketball stakeholder said he hopes Pangilinan will accept the position of Chairman and President of SBP, which is to emerge from the collapse of the BAP and PB.

"I hope Mr. Pangilinan considers it especially if there is a sincere appeal from stakeholders for his acceptance," he said. "MVP is the key to unification and I’m afraid, if he steps back, we might end up fighting again."

gameface_one
09-17-2006, 09:37 AM
Pangilinan, 12 each from BAP, PB to form ‘SBP Inc.’ board


BY FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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Basketball leaders agreed Friday night to have a dozen representatives each from the two existing caging bodies form the executive board of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc.—the name given to the new united basketball federation for the country.

The Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball also agreed to have the sports patron and tycoon Manny Pangilinan as the 25th member of the SBP Inc.’s board.

Pangilinan led the three-man panel, also made up of BAP president Jose Lina Jr. and PB chief Bernie Atienza, tasked by the International Basketball Federation, or FIBA to come up with the constitution of a new organization that would merge the two caging bodies.

Unifying the BAP and PB would lead to FIBA’s lifting of its suspension on the Philippines from competing in international events and break the 15-month impasse in local basketball. The parties agreed to this in an eight-point communiqué they signed last month in Tokyo, Japan.

At the same time on Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved SBP Inc. as the official title for the new federation to be submitted for recognition by the FIBA and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The three-man panel headed by Pangilinan, the chairman of telecom giants PLDT and Smart Communications, and interim incorporators Ricky Vargas and Michel Lhuillier will sign SBP Inc.’s Articles of Constitution and By-Laws Monday at the Manila Hotel.

But this early, some of the board candidates submitted by the BAP are doubtful to get the panel’s approval owing to "questionable" representations, a reliable source told Sports Times.

The source said the BAP nominees under question are its executive vice president Christian Tan, legal counsel Bonifacio Alentajan and deputy secretary-general Lito Alvarez—who also represents the Air 21 team in the Philippine Basketball Association—plus Wilson Young of the Tanduay semipro club.

Besides Atienza, Pilipinas Basketball also nominated the PBA’s Vargas, the league’s current board chairman, plus board members Ely Capacio and Tony Chua and commissioner Noli Eala.

Also on its list are Jun Capistrano of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines, Pedro Alfaro of Zamboanga, Elmer Cabahug of Cebu, Daniel Soria of Baguio, Father Paul de Vera of Southern Luzon, Nic Jorge for the youth sector and Paul Supan of the National Collegiate Athletics Association.

The representations range from the geographic, professional, commercial, school-based and special sectors of basketball.

Conspicuously missing from the PB list of candidates is Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad. The Sports Times source privy to the talks said Trinidad has yet to get the league board’s approval.

The BAP has listed 66 members but 14 are questionable, while the PB has 21. Both lists were recently forwarded to the FIBA, according to the source.

The new basketball body’s national congress is set next week. After it elects its officers, SBP Inc. will seek recognition from both the POC and FIBA.

gameface_one
09-17-2006, 09:44 AM
New cage body formed

PB, BAP submit nominees to executive board

By NICK GIONGCO
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PILIPINAS BASKETBALL (PB) and the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) have already submitted their respective nominees to the 25-man executive board that will make up Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc. (SBPI), the new governing body for the sport in the country.



The PB nominated Bernie Atienza of the NCAA, who is also a member of the panel, Paul Supan also of the NCAA, Chairman Ricky Vargas, Commissioner Noli Eala, Ely Capacio and Tony Chua from the PBA; Jose Capistrano of the UAAP, Pedro Alfaro of Zamboanga, Elmer Cabahug of Cebu, Daniel Soria of Baguio, Fr. Paul de Vera of Southern Luzon and Nic Jorge from the youth sector.

Conspicuously missing is PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad, who claimed that the PBL Board has yet to rule on his inclusion to the SBPI.

Heading the list of BAP nominees is its president Joey Lina, Vice President for Visayas Michel Lhuiller, Vice President Christian Tan, Secretary-General Graham Lim, Raul Alcoseba of Cebu, Wilson Young of Tanduay Basketball Club, Fritz Gaston, Rey Baula of Region 10, Antonio Fabico, Tisha Abundo of NCRAA, Legal Counsel Boni Alentajan and Air21’s Lito Alvarez.

The panel is planning to hold a press conference tomorrow at 12 noon at The Manila Hotel in an effort to update the public regarding the progress of the series of talks being done the past few weeks by the PB, the BAP and business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan.

The list was made late Friday night following a four-hour meeting by the three-man panel in Makati and it was also at this time when the two groups revealed the list of their membership.

The members of the PB aside from those whose officials were nominated include the National Basketball Conference, PRISAA, Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League, Bicol Basketball League, Women’s Basketball League and El Federacion Basketbolista de Zamboanga.

Clubs and leagues that are listed as members of the BAP whose authenticity are being questioned include Bohol Professional Basketball League, Cebu Sports Commission, Davao’s Inter-Church Basketball League and Tanduay Basketball League. The PB has a membership of 21, while the BAP has 66.

gameface_one
09-17-2006, 09:46 AM
MVP leads 25-man board of cage body


By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:25am (Mla time) 09/17/2006

Published on page A22 of the September 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

BUSINESS tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan will head the new cage body’s 25-man executive board composed mostly of the old officials of the two basketball groups.

The 60-year-old chair and president of Smart Communications and PLDT was the only “neutral” personality named in the roster, which will be comprised of 12 men each coming from the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball.

Joey Lina, the former senator and BAP president, and Bernie Atienza, his counterpart at PB, lead their respective sides in the board whose composition will have to get the nod of Pangilinan before Samahang Basketbol Pilipinas, the agency’s new name, seeks recognition from the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the new name on Friday and the body will sign its newly drafted articles of incorporation tomorrow before returning the same to the SEC for registration as a non-stock, non-profit organization.

A reliable source said that the BAP had nominated Lito Alvarez, Wilson Young, Boni Alentajan and Christian Tan, among others, to the executive board.

The four are among 66 listed members of the BAP, which the three-man panel will scrutinize further to avoid duplication of representation.

Pilipinas Basketball, on the other hand, nominated PBA board members Ricky Vargas, Ely Capacio and Tony Chua. PBA commissioner Noli Eala, Jun-Jun Capistrano, who represents the UAAP, Pedro Alfaro (Zamboanga), Elmer Cabahug (Cebu), Daniel Soria (Baguio), Fr. Paul de Vera (Southern Luzon), Nic Jorge (youth) and Paul Supan (NCAA) were the others nominated by PB.