Chito Narvasa

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Chito Narvasa
Chito Narvasa.png
9th Commissioner of the PBA
Assumed office
August 1, 2015
Preceded by Chito Salud
Personal details
Born Andres Y. Narvasa, Jr.
(1962-04-25) April 25, 1962 (age 55)
Nationality Filipino
Basketball career
Career information
College Ateneo de Manila University[1]
Career history
As coach:
1995–1998 Formula Shell Zoom Masters
1998 Purefoods Carne Norte Beefies

Andres Y. Narvasa, Jr., also known as Chito Narvasa, is the ninth commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association. Before serving as the commissioner of the league, he was a basketball player and coach.

Playing career[edit]

Narvasa, along with his brother, Ogie, suited up for the Ateneo Blue Eagles. The Narvasa brothers were also part of the Philippine national teams of 1977 and 1978. Both of them jointly coached the Blue Eagles from early to late 1980's.[2]

Professional profile[edit]

Narvasa previously coached the Shell and Purefoods franchises in the PBA from 1995 to 1998.[3] After which, he opted to focus on his career as a banker serving as Chief Executive Officer of Citystate Savings Bank.[4] He was also the president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP).[5]

as PBA Commissioner[edit]

On May 14, 2015, Narvasa was appointed as the ninth league commissioner via a unanimous 12-0 vote by the PBA Board of Governors. He took the post vacated by Chito Salud, who would serve as the first PBA president and chief executive officer (CEO). He officially took over from Salud on August 1, in time for the Rookie Draft of the 2015–16 PBA season.[6]

Notable changes and events[edit]

Narvasa's first order of business as commissioner was to look into league's officiating, which has been a source of controversy in the past years.[7] Hours before the 2015 draft, he issued an order to teams disallowing trading of players and draft picks during draft day, but would be done in the next few days after the draft.[8] Before the start of the 2015-16 PBA season, he introduced some changes in officiating, particularly on deliberate fouls, as well as adapting the referee substitution rule and FIBA's rule of 14-second shot clock reset after offensive boards.[9]


Narvasa has been the center of numerous controversies since the start of his tenure as commissioner.

He handed an indefinite ban on beat reporter Snow Badua after the latter wrote an article and posted Twitter tweets accusing Barangay Ginebra San Miguel team governor and close friend Alfrancis Chua for having an extramarital affair with model Abby Poblador. In his letter to Badua, “It has come to my attention that you had used different media platforms to malign, embarrass and mortify a person of authority of this association. Your incessant attacks on Twitter on Mr. Alfrancis Chua, team governor of Ginebra San Miguel, has caused distress, embarrassment and disharmony with his family”.[10] His ban on Badua angered many journalists, accusing him as violating press freedom using his power as commissioner.[11]

In November 2015, when asked by reporters about Mahindra Enforcers playing-coach Manny Pacquiao's no-show during the Alaska-Mahindra overseas game in Dubai, he quoted as saying that Pacquiao was feeling under the weather, has had prior engagements, and that he is not a basketball player but a boxer, yet he still acknowledged Pacquiao's value to the league as a sports personality who can draw crowds to the game.[12] Such comments he gave to Dubai-based Gulf News angered Mahindra team consultant Joe Lipa, who defended Pacquiao and accused Narvasa's remarks as degrading and uncalled for. Narvasa made a mandatory summon over Lipa's remarks, but Lipa did not honor it. As a consequence, he suspended Lipa from attending Mahindra games.[13]

He was also accused of power play by his predecessor, Chito Salud, when the latter announced his resignation as president and CEO and revealed the reason behind his resignation. According to sources of, Narvasa bypassed Salud in handing down key decisions, primarily the banning of Badua and Lipa.[14]

On December 5, 2015, Ginebra team governor Alfrancis Chua was caught vaping inside the arena on national television, which prompted the Department of Health and other anti-smoking advocates to talk to Commissioner Narvasa regarding his unhealthy and unethical actions.[15] As a result of the incident, Narvasa only admonished Chua, but gave him a warning, after the latter apologize for his actions.[16]

On December 29, 2015, he handed down bans on both referees Edward Aquino and Rommel Gruta for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup conference, even when the two officials admitted lapse on officiating - a non-call on a supposed five-second violation and a stepping infraction on GlobalPort guard Stanley Pringle in the final play of an 84-83 overtime win over Ginebra two days before.[17]

as PBA CEO[edit]

On March 7, 2016, Narvasa appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the PBA, replacing officer-in-charge Robert Non. Effective immediately, Narvasa will now take a dual role as the CEO and commissioner of the league.[18] The CEO position was eventually dissolved before the start of the 2016 Governors' Cup.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Andres Narvasa, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and Janina Yuseco. He is also the brother of former MBA and PBL commissioner Ogie Narvasa.


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  2. ^ Velasco, Bill. "Why the PBA chose Chito Narvasa". 
  3. ^ Ballesteros, Jan. "Chito Narvasa is new PBA commissioner". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 14 May 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ Dy, Richard. "New PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa admits he has a lot of catching up to do". Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Dy, Richard. "Former coach Chito Narvasa named new PBA commissioner via 12-0 vote by board". Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "NARVASA NAMED COMMISSIONER". Philippine Basketball Association. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Badua, Snow. "PBA officiating is first order of business for incoming commissioner Chito Narvasa". Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Joble, Rey. "No trades allowed during PBA draft (August 23, 2015)". Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Joble, Rey. "SKILLS OVER STRENGTH - Rule tweaks to make PBA more entertaining, says commissioner Chito Narvasa (October 21, 2015)". Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Giongco, Mark. "PBA slaps indefinite ban on reporter Snow Badua". Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Catacutan, Dodo. "COMMENTARY: PBA ban on Snow Badua sends chilling warning to media". Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Castillo, Musong R. "Narvasa: Pacquiao 'not a basketball player but a boxer' (November 8, 2015)". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  13. ^ Staff, "Joe Lipa suspended by PBA for ignoring Narvasa summon over coach's defense of Pacquiao". Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Staff, "Chito Salud resigns as PBA president and CEO amid power play, says source". Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  15. ^ Snow, Badua. "DOH urges PBA action after Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua seen on TV smoking e-cigarette on bench – PBA SPIN.PH". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  16. ^ staff, "Narvasa reprimands Chua for e-cigarette incident: 'Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Partner, 'pag naulit 'yan patay ka na sa akin". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  17. ^ Ramos, Gerry. "PBA referees Edward Aquino, Gruta banned for rest of conference for non-call on Pringle five-second, stepping violations | PBA | SPIN.PH". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "Chito Narvasa now holds dual role as PBA commissioner and CEO". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
Preceded by
Fritz Gaston
Ateneo Blue Eagles head coach
Succeeded by
Chot Reyes
Preceded by
Joe Lipa
Formula Shell head coach
Succeeded by
Perry Ronquillo
Preceded by
Eric Altamirano
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs head coach
Succeeded by
Derrick Pumaren
Preceded by
Jun Bernardino
Philippine NCAA basketball commissioner
Succeeded by
Joe Lipa
Preceded by
Ed Cordero
UAAP basketball commissioner
Succeeded by
Joe Lipa
Preceded by
Chito Salud
PBA Commissioner
Succeeded by