PBA Commissioner Angelico “Chito” Salud is set to announce his plans to step down from his post at the end of the 40th Season.
The Bulletin learned of Salud’s plans yesterday as he informed his staff at the league’s commissioner’s office, as well as various officials of the 12 teams in the professional league.
A press conference is set for Salud tomorrow at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City to announce his plans.
The 52-year-old Salud became the PBA’s eighth commissioner back in 2010 following the footsteps of his father the late Rodrigo “Rudy” Salud who served the same position from 1988 to 1992.
The younger Salud took over from Renauld “Sonny” Barrios, who stepped down due to health reasons.
Under the leadership of Salud, the PBA reverted back to its original three-conference format with the Philippine Cup (also known as the All-Filipino Cup), the Commissioner’s Cup and the Governors’ Cup.
Also, Asia first pro league – led by Salud – welcomed new franchises Meralco in 2010, Globalport in 2012 and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) at the start of this season, as well as expansion teams Kia and Blackwater.
It is not certain what the PBA Board of Governors would do, but sources said it is possible to create a search committee to discuss possible candidates that will take the place of Salud.