Salud reacts to Badua ban

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Former PBA commissioner Chito Salud released a statement on Sunday regarding the league ban imposed by current commissioner Chito Narvasa on sportswriter and radio host Snow Badua.

Salud, now the CEO of the league, said, "I believe the Commissioner issued the subject order upon a determination that it falls within his office's prerogative and after weighing various considerations."

The CEO also expects Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua, who became the talk of the town in the past week, to make legal actions against Badua.

"I understand legal remedies will be pursued by Mr. Chua, if he has not already done so. That should provide both parties the proper venue to resolve this matter between themselves," Salud continued.

In spite of this, he still hopes the conflict between Chua and Badua will be resolved in a peaceful manner.

Salud further stated, "We don't want this situation to deteriorate into something even more emotional and sensitive than it already is by not judiciously approaching it with the best interests of all in mind. Neither do we want it to escalate beyond what was originally intended by such decision."

However, he clarified that the ban on Badua is not an act to put a limit on what the press should say about the PBA, its players, and its officials.

Salud reiterated, "Let me assure everyone that the PBA fosters no ill will toward our partners in media. The decision was meant solely and plainly to deal with specific acts of one person for reasons stated therein."

On Friday, Narvasa banned Badua from covering any PBA activity for hitting out at Chua.

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Chua is the president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines, a position previously held by Narvasa before assuming the PBA commissioner post.

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