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Brgy Ginebra San Miguel is still bent on re-acquiring KG Canaleta, one of the players long coveted by coach Tim Cone. [Photo courtesy of Spin.ph]

Ginebra’s urgent need for a pure shooter might just be addressed soon, if plans to re-acquire KG Canaleta pushes through within the next few days.

Sources told SnowBadua.com that the high flying Gerona, Tarlac pride has an expiring contract with the Mahindra Enforcers this coming August 31.

The problem is, Canaleta receives a maximum of 420-thousand a month from his old contract with the NLEX Road Warriors.

In the earlier stages of negotiations, sources say that the Columbian Autocar Corporation can only give Canaleta a contract renewal of 220-thousand a month, a huge cut from his current paycheck.

“Nag-uusap na sila, kasi yung dating contract ni KG before he was traded to Mahindra, sinagot na ng NLEX yung ibang amount sa contract nya, halos kalahati na lang ang binabayaran dun ng Mahindra,” said the source.

“Ang problema ngayon, hindi kaya ng Mahindra na ibigay ang maximum kasi this time, sila na ang solong magbabayad nang buo sa kontrata ni KG. Kasi tapos nang i-honor ng NLEX yung contract niya with them. Bayad na yun before pa siya ma-trade,” he added.

Even before Canaleta was shipped to Mahindra, Ginebra has long been eyeing the former UE Red Warriors star, as he will be a good fit to the complex triangle offense of coach Tim Cone.

And the fact that the five-time All Stars slam dunk champion can wax hot anytime at the three point line, Canaleta will be a much needed piece to further make the triangle offense tick.

As of the moment, Mahindra big boss Bobby Rosales wants to keep Canaleta atleast until after the season ends, as the PBA already informed all teams that contracts expiring on August 31 will be given a 2-month extension.

Meanwhile, another source bared that Globalport is also pursuing Canaleta, but Rosales has already declined the offer especially now that the Enforcers are on franchise best 3-0 win-loss start to top the team standings.

“Malalaman natin within the week yan. Sa ngayon kasi ayaw pa ni Bobby Rosales na galawin ang team kasi nagpapanalo sila. Pero naiisip rin ni Mr. Rosales yung kapakanan ni KG, kaya malalaman natin kung they will release agad o papakiusapan pa na tapusin na muna yung conference,” he said.

“Definitely, malaking bagay sa rotation ng Mahindra si KG,” he added.

Ginebra is set to let go of the inefficient Nico Salva plus a future pick just to get its hands on Canaleta.       

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AN ABUSIVE PBA OFFICIAL?

PBA Communications and External Affairs head Willie Marcial seen beside his CHevrolet Trailblazer SUV with a
questional congressional plate


Just when the PBA is still reeling from the low turn-out of fans at the venue, here’s another scandal that will surely rock the 41 year old league.

SnowBadua.com investigates and documents an alleged abuse of power of one of its officials, by illegally using a special plate that is supposed to be exclusive for members of the House of Representatives.
The question now is why is PBA communications and external affairs head Willie Marcial is openly using special plate number 8?

Will the PBA board and commissioner Chito Narvasa even dare reprimand him for this obvious irregularity?
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GINEBRA STAR GUARD LA TENORIO HAS A NEW CALLING, CHALLENGE

Ginebra star guard LA Tenorio spreads the gospel of basketball to kids in the provinces via Globe's TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan program.


It seems Barangay Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio has found a new purpose for the country despite being cut from the final line-up of Gilas Pilipinas for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Globe Telecom officially announced that Tenorio will lead its nationwide basketball youth program for the underprivileged called TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan.

The TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan program consists of free basketball clinics and a 3-on-3 tournament nationwide for boys and girls age 9-14 from mid-July to mid-August this year to determine the team that will participate in the NBA 3X 2016 in Manila next month. 


After its pilot run in Cavite last May, Globe will hold TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan in four more provinces: Bulacan, Isabela, Cebu and Davao.

Globe Director for Citizenship Fernando Esguerra said that it is rare for a local basketball superstar like Tenorio to show an innate passion for teaching the youth. 


“We witnessed LA’s big heart for coaching when we invited him to conduct the first TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan free basketball clinic in Cavite last May.  With his help in this program, we hope to further promote grassroots sports development in the country, hone the basketball skills of underprivileged youth as well as impart to them the value of sportsmanship,” Esguerra said. 


Tenorio said that he is very thankful for the opportunity to teach basketball to underprivileged children with Globe. “I guess everything happens for a reason. I am really grateful for being given an opportunity by Globe to impart my knowledge and skills to the future basketball stars that may one day represent the flag in international competition,” Tenorio said.

TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan is a component of larger Globe sports development program called ´TM Sports Para Sa Bayan´. 


Given the popularity of basketball and football among Filipinos, Globe uses these sports as the perfect platform to promote a healthy lifestyle, build character, and create opportunities for academic advancement for the underprivileged Filipino youth -- instilling in them not only the importance of having great skills but also of possessing good values and good education. 

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COMMISSIONER, NAG-AMOK?



Gaano katotoo ang balita na nasaksihan ng mga motorista sa PBA south gate parking lot na umano’y nagwala si Commissioner Chito Narvasa at pumatol sa isang courtside reporter na babae?

Ayon sa ating mga nakausap na nakasaksi sa pangyayari, walang driver ang kilalang courtside reporter, na hindi na natin papangalan, kaya’t napwersa siya na tumawag ng staff mula sa TV5 coverage team para tulungan siyang bitbitin ang kanyang mabigat na make-up case at mga isusuot sa on-cam.

Kaso ang problema, aksidenteng nabalagbag ang sasakyan ni courtside reporter sa paparadahan ni Commissioner 'hot-tempered'. Dun kasi nakaparada ang kanyang dark blue na Subaru sa unang slot paglabas mo ng south gate na sakto namang hinintuan ni courtside reporter.

Sa hindi malamang dahilan, kung natatae ba o galit lang talaga sa mundo si commissioner, binaba nito ang pobreng courtside reporter at pinagsisigawan. Nangyari ito nuong semis ng Alaska at Meralco.

At sa kabila nang pagpigil di umano sa kanya ng asawa na nagsabing: ‘babae ata ang driver, wag mo nang patulan.’ Nanatili sa pagwawala ang league official.

Nadinig rin ng mga security personnel ng Araneta Coliseum ang matigas na utos ni Narvasa na alisin sa master list ang courtside reporter dahil sa wala umano itong disiplina at respeto sa kanya bilang mataas na opisyal ng PBA.

Ang itsura umano ng pagwawala ni Narvasa ay matindi pa sa sama ng kanyang mukha nung lusubin niya sa court si Dondon Hontiveros.


Mangiyak-ngiyak umano ang courtside reporter na pumasok sa coliseum dahil sa kahihiyang tinamo sa PBA chieftain, na nag-amok dahil sa hindi agad makapagbacking sa kanyang parking lot dahil sa nakabalagbag nga na pick-up.

Buti na lamang at may katangiang maginoo si PBA Communications and External Affairs head Willie Marcial at dali-dali nitong inalo ang damdamin ng babaeng broadcaster. Mabait kasi at maalalahanin sa mga tao ng PBA si Willie.

Pero ang masakit, kahit na si courtside reporter pa ang naunang nagsorry kay Narvasa ay hindi pa rin nabakbakan ng kayabangan ang basketball official.

At sa halip na tanggapin na lang ang sorry ng slim na broadcaster na hindi ko alam kung kamag-anak ni Rey Guevarra, ay sinalubong ito ni Narvasa ng sagot na: “Sorry, you’ve got a crazy commissioner!”


At ilang araw matapos ang insidente, kapansin-pansing nawalan na rin ng duty the next few games ang courtside reporter. [Photos courtesy of Spin.ph]

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'HAKOT' FANS?



Is the PBA already resorting to ‘hakutan’ of fans?

Snowbadua.com was able to secure a copy of an alleged attendance sheet that witnesses say is used to identify individuals given ‘free entrance’ and freebies to watch the games.

In Rain or Shine and San Miguel’s semifinals game three last April 28, some fans were reportedly seen approaching a group of PhilSports and PBA officials right at the back entrance of the Arena, that used to host thousands of basketball fans during the heydays of the league in the 80’s.

The source even bared that after the game, fans who signed the mysterious sheets were given loot bags which carry the brand name of some PBA sponsors.

“May pila yan eh. Pumapasok yung nga fans tapos pipirma sila, then afterwards, babalik sila to get their goodie bag. Inaabutan sila. Di ko alam ang laman nung bag,” he said.

“Part talaga ng marketing yun. Kasi ano ang purpose bakit magpapapirma pa sila ng tao na dapat eh manunuod lang. Saka hindi naman sa minamaliit, yung mga pinapasok parang mga hindi talaga manunuod nang hindi libre,” he added.

The same source revealed that the ‘fans’ who were asked to sign the sheets, manned by three groups seated on monobloc chairs, were placed to seat at ringside, a spot which can be seen by the cameras of the Sports 5 coverage team.






“Dun sila pinapa-upo sa ringside, yung iba naman sa lowerbox sa likod ng teams, basta dun sila nakapwesto sa mga nahahagip ng camera. Yung side kasi na hindi sapul sa camera, hindi na nila nilalagyan,” he said.

The PBA’s official Instagram account even went underfire from some fans after the videos posted showed empty seats in the arena.

The said account has since positioned the camera in front of the team benches, where supporters and family members of teams playing are usually seated.

“May complimentary ticket kasi ang mga teams di ba? So chances are, nagagamit talaga yung mga ticket nila, kaya maraming naka-upo sa likuran ng bench, yun yung nakikita sa camera,” he said.

“Pero if you look closely, yung upperbox at yung gallery, halos pwede ring maglaro ng basketball ang fans,” said the source.

Even former PBA commissioner Noli Eala was stunned upon seeing empty crowd at a post by PBA’s social media accounts.

“Where is everyone? Are you sure this is the semis?” tweeted Eala.

“Haven’t watched and I’m really shocked this is what’s left of the crowd. Yung nanonood pa tickets pa of the teams,” added the outspoken former San Miguel Corporation sports director.

“Nasaan na yung ipinagmamalaki at protected madam marketing boss of the PBA?” said Eala.







Crowd attendance in most games during this season has been very dismal considering that on the last term of former commissioner Chito Salud, the league was able to record the biggest audience, numbering to 52,000 paying fans when the PBA 40th season opened at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

The league has not yet returned to the Philippine Arena and filling the 15-thousand seater PhilSports Arena and Cuneta Astrodome even proved to be a big challenge.

“Wala talagang tao sa arena. Tama nga yung sinasabi mo nung isang linggo sa tweet mo na: ‘number 3 (Rain or Shine) at number 4 (San Miguel) most popular teams na naglalaban pero nilalangaw’,” added the longtime PBA observer.

Meanwhile, an official of Araneta Coliseum bared that ticket sales of the PBA has dipped dramatically, failing to reach the 20,000 mark even during games of Barangay Ginebra and Star Hotshots, the two most popular teams in the league today.

“We’re surprised that fans are very sparse during games, actualy, don’t quote me, pero mas in demand pa talaga yung UAAP women’s volleyball as of late than the PBA,” said the Big Dome official.

“We can’t really assess from our end what went wrong, pero it’s a huge drop considering that a few years ago, we were having problems with the ticketing. Come to think of it, we’re already in the semifinals,” he added.

“Gone are the days when we will wait for PBA’s advice to open up SRO (Standing Room Only) tickets,” he said.

Snowbadua.com contacted PSC chairman Richie Garcia to ask for the job description of a certain Reina Evangelista, who is a signatory to the attendance sheet in the said PBA game.

“May pinapirmahan kami pero attendance yun ng mga tao na gagamitin naming sa venue, like cleaners, security, etc. Pero hindi yung nanunuod. Di kailangang pumirma ang fans, bago yan ah,” said Garcia.

“I will investigate that matter,” he added.

But when told of more than a hundred signatories in the said paper, Garcia was baffled.

“Ha? Ang dami naman nun? Kasi normally 30 to 50 persons lang yan (augmentation force sa PhilSports Arena) at depende pa yun sa pangangailangan ng magre-rent ng venue,” he said.

Contacted by this website, the attendance sheet signatory, Reina Evangelista, denied knowledge of the said movement. She later requested for a copy of the pictures and has yet to answer our calls.

So what is this attendance sheet for?

With the low turn-out of fans even in the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup finals, evidently observed by viewers watching the coverage, do you think the PBA is capable of doing the so-called ‘hakutan ng fans’?

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PBA Latest Updates (April 24, 2016)

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Expect same fireworks in SMB-RoS semis series, says Chris Ross [NEWS]

Rain or Shine seeks to continue Cinderella run in Commissioner's Cup in semis against San Miguel Beer [NEWS]

Rookie Roi Sumang being peddled to different teams by GlobalPort, says source [NEWS]

Slaughter is 'soft,' says Henderson-Niles as RoS import vows to stop Fajardo [NEWS]

Usually guarded, Jong Uichico opens up to awaken a TNT team that's 'stuck in the past' [NEWS]

Disappointed MVP holding off any moves until he gets to the bottom of TNT slide [NEWS]

Calvin Abueva gets inside track on Best Player of Conference trophy as rivals fall by wayside [NEWS]

Alaska ends title-retention bid of Tropang TNT as bench steps up in Manuel absence [NEWS]

Big blow for Alaska as Vic Manuel out at least two weeks due to right calf strain [NEWS]

Sonny Cabatu on present-day Ginebra: 'Ayaw magulo buhok, naka-gel yata eh' [NEWS]

GlobalPort set to acquire Karl Dehesa in four-player trade with Mahindra [NEWS]

Yeng Guiao believes it's only a matter of time before Tim Cone tastes success with Ginebra [NEWS]

We can't beat Rain or Shine if we don't play defense, says SMB import Wilkerson [NEWS]

Jaworski not giving up on Ginebra, but says one thing's lacking in underachieving Kings [NEWS]

Ricardo Ratliffe gets Pingris vote, but Star coach Webb not ready to commit on import's return [NEWS]

After scoreless fourth quarter, PJ Simon admits fatigue finally caught up with him [NEWS]

Jason Webb holds head high after brave Star stand: 'We battled until the end' [NEWS]

SMB semis showdown with Rain of Shine brings back bad memories for June Mar Fajardo [NEWS]

Othyus Jeffers looking forward to second chance with Ginebra in Governors' Cup [NEWS]

Grateful NLEX coach wants to see resurgent Al Thornton get another shot at NBA [NEWS]



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IS CHITO NARVASA ON HIS WAY OUT?



Are the days of Chito Narvasa as PBA commissioner numbered?

Multiple sources informed snowbadua.com that at the end of the current PBA season, the league might revert to its old system with its commissioner ‘solely’ on top of everything.

Information revealed that the PBA board, which recently appointed Narvasa as concurrent CEO/President, might just ask the latter to focus on the new role towards the remainder of the season, with the commissionership given to somebody else before the curtain rolls down on the current season. [Note: Sources asked this writer not to reveal the name of the top candidate for next commissioner]

“Ang plano, i-e-elevate si Narvasa sa CEO, which nangyari na, and then eventually, towards the third conference, baka may ipasok na bagong tao na tatayong commissioner,” said the source who was privy to the deliberations inside the board room.

“Yung CEO ni Narvasa, parang graceful exit na lang niya yan. His term as commissioner will end before the season closes,” he added.

“It’s awkward to say na ‘kick up’ pero yan ang gusto ng ibang board sa kanya. They are not happy and one of the reasons why they have to do that is to save the face of the league,” said the source who even relayed the continuous call of fans for Narvasa’s resignation.

Under the alleged plan, Narvasa will be given extra time to oversee game related activities of the league while at the same time complete his clearance and other obligations.

“Hahayaan lang siya na maayos yung mga obligasyon niya, mga dapat pirmahan saka may mga kailangan pang i-liquidate yan eh. Marami pang unliquidated budget yan from the previous trips and other activities of the league,” he said.

“Then afterwards, PBA will make way for a new commissioner!”

“Ang daming issues and controversies surrounding the present commissioner from officiating to harsh sanctions to his on-court temper and the board has been monitoring and not taking it lightly,” said one member of the PBA board.

“There are members na will push for a change.”

So what happens to Narvasa as the CEO?

“Idi-dissolve na yun--- at the end of the season--- and the new commissioner will supervise all the activities of the league, gaya nung time ni Chito Salud. Commissioner na lang ang hahawak sa lahat. Hindi naman kasi kailangan na magkaruon pa ng CEO/President ang PBA hindi naman sila kumpanya,” he said.

The same source bared that some team owners have been left disappointed at the different issues that hounded the 7-month old leadership of Narvasa.



Among the controversies the former Ateneo big man involved himself in are the unprecedented banning of a sports journalist, the tap on the wrist verdict on best pal Alfrancis Chua, the Dondon Hontiveros finger-pointing incident, the inconsistencies of verdict on Talk n’ Text import Ivan Johnson, the negative comments against Mahindra playing coach Manny Pacquiao, the dilly dallying and delayed handling of some officiating issues and just recently the Rhose Montreal scandal. [See story of Montreal’s controversy which was first released here: http://www.snowbadua.com/2016/02/investigative-report-is-rhose-montreals.html]

“Halata mo naman hindi na happy ang ilang team owners, you can read it between the lines. Try to look back sa mga stories na lumabas recently. Never mo nadinig nagsalita ang mga yan,” said the source obviously referring to calls of some team big bosses for an owners’ summit.

And just to the intriguing development, another source bared to snowbadua.com that with the marketing group of Montreal again detailed under the office of the CEO/President, both Narvasa and the infamous PBA business development chairperson might soon find their positions dissolved at the same time.

“San na ba si Rhose ngayon? Yung opisina niya di ba under na ng CEO/President. So dun papunta yun. Pareho silang maglalaho,” he said.

Will a wind of change be felt in the PBA soon? “Kapit Pilipinas!”

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PBA Latest Updates (March 20, 2016)

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Waiting game for Gary David as free agent's camp in no rush to sign with another team [NEWS]

LA Tenorio builds case for Gilas selection with another game winner for Ginebra [NEWS]

Tim Cone admits Tenorio may have 'shuffled his feet' before sinking Ginebra game winner [NEWS]

LA Tenorio jumper caps Ginebra comeback from 19 points down vs Phoenix in Panabo [NEWS]

Painters coach Yeng Guiao banned one game, fined P40,000 for actions in game against Enforcers [NEWS]

Rico Maierhofer apologizes to friend Marc Pingris after incident: 'Kahit hindi ko sabihin alam na niya yun' [NEWS]

GlobalPort unable to find points or any semblance of rhythm without Romeo, Pringle [NEWS]

Marc Pingris earns Webb praise after returning to Star game despite nasty cut [NEWS]

Star extends win streak to three games, finds depleted GlobalPort an easy prey [NEWS]

Alapag says Meralco spat won't change his relationship with Gilas teammate Gary David [NEWS]

Norman Black acknowledges Gary David absence has 'huge impact' on Meralco [NEWS]

Meralco snaps out of slump, waylays Blackwater behind Onuaku, Amer heroics [NEWS]

Blackwater owner admits trying to strike 'win-win' deal for free agent Gary David [NEWS]

Is do-it-all Calvin Abueva capable of repeating unique statistical feat? 'Beast' responds [NEWS]

June Mar Fajardo not taking chances on injury, sets return for Easter Sunday [NEWS]

SMB playmaker Chris Ross on 12 assists: 'I feel I have the easiest job in the PBA' [NEWS]

Ejected Yeng Guiao laments: 'It's confusing making an adjustment to the referees' calls' [NEWS]

Rob Dozier 'bored' not to be playing for Alaska, but only has respect for Shane Edwards [NEWS]

Former PBA vice chairman backs Alaska's stand against rehiring of marketing head [NEWS]



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