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Marcial promoted to full-time PBA "kume"

Willie Marcial is now officially the 10th commissioner of the PBA. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The PBA board of governors did not look elsewhere to find the league's new commissioner.

The league board officially named Willie Marcial as the league’s new full-time commissioner after the board's first meeting for 2018 on Thursday.

With Marcial named OIC following the resignation of Chito Narvasa, Marcial essentially got a promotion.

"He's given a term of three years," PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas said during a quick press conference right after the meeting at the league office in Quezon City. "We are happy for Willie. We wish him well. We're happy for the PBA."

He also said that Marcial would retain his spot as the PBA's media bureau chief.

Vargas then disclosed that all members of the PBA board unanimously voted for Marcial.

“It was an appointment without any objection. The board gave the go-signal," Vargas bared.

While many names surfaced as the potential next commissioner, the 10th overall since the top tier league's inception in 1975, the PBA board decided to stick with a very familiar name in the league in Marcial.

“We're looking for somebody that can put it together and help us heal the process as there will be a lot of changes as we move along," Vargas further said. "At this time, it's important to give it to somebody who grew up in the PBA, understands the PBA and its by-laws, and has been mentored by many PBA commissioners in the past."

Many fans lauded Marcial's resolutions during his stint as OIC throughout the month, which also helped the board in making its decision to upgrade his status.

In the end, Vargas gave Marcial a suitable moniker: "He's now the healing commissioner."

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