MVP wants to step down as SBP President, citing new and young leader for the organization to lead as reason
MVP has served as president of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas since 2007, taking an active leadership role charting the course of the sport closest to Filipinos’ hearts.
But the 67-year-old telecommunications mogul hinted at stepping down from his post, which involves day-to-day involvement with the country’s national basketball federation.
“I think they need a new and younger president. I’ve served my time. I will still support the SBP, but they need a younger, more energetic president,” Pangilinan told InterAksyon.com.
Under Pangilinan’s leadership, the Philippines enjoyed a resurgence in the international basketball stage.
He was instrumental in the establishment of the Gilas Pilipinas program, first under Rajko Toroman and then under Chot Reyes. The squad gave the Philippines a return ticket to the world stage after Gilas finished second in the FIBA Asia Championship last year.
Hand in hand with that was his role in winning the hosting rights for the tournament, which was held in the Philippines for the first time in 40 years.
The Philippines also enjoyed success at the younger levels of international basketball, with the Under-16 youth team qualifying last year for the World Championship and the Under-18 3×3 squad reaching the world stages as well.
The Gilas cadet squad has also continued the country’s dominance in regional basketball, sweeping the competition in the Southeast Asian Games.
But while he may end up leaving his post at SBP, Pangilinan said his support for the programs will not waver.
“We will stand behind in support of Gilas and SBP,” he said.
But even if he plans to step down, Pangilinan will continue to support the national's cause and have no plans of withdrawing it.
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