PBA board clarifies controversial re-hiring of Rhose Montreal as marketing director

The PBA Board of Governors, thru chairman Robert Non, has reaffirmed their decision to re-hire Rhose Montreal as the league’s marketing director on a condition that she will be ‘under scrutiny’ by the board for 6 months.

Non, together with PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, and vice chairman Eric Arejola sat down with the press midway through the TNT-NLEX game on Sunday to clarify and give update on their controversial decision in re-hiring Montreal despite falsifying her college records.

According to Non, Montreal forfeited all her benefits when she resigned and agreed to work as a ‘new hire’ under probationary status after the board chose the embattled marketing director over other candidates.

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Montreal was exposed over her fake scholastic documents, claiming she graduated at the University of the Philippines, which the institution disproved.

“We entertained other applicants naman. Tiningnan naman namin lahat, kung kaya bang magtrabaho, ‘yun yung may plus. Tiningnan din ng board yung achievements,” said Non, who later testified that Montreal was able to pull the league’s revenue up under her watch.

Non, who represents San Miguel in the board, also emphasized that the hiring and firing of personnel under the marketing and finance department is vested on the board.

“Just some clarification lang sa nangyari, we had a process done with regards sa case ni Ms. Montreal and the board discuss it lengthily, even recommendations and possible sanctions,” said Non.

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The short presscon also addressed the recent reports (not on this website) of some of the team owners’ reactions on how the PBA board handled the Montreal case that might affect the league’s reputation.

“We do appreciate that a team owner voiced out his opinion, maganda rin para sa amin yun, more or less, ‘yung mga team owner nagiging involved and it’s a positive sign for us to work harder para mapaganda yung liga,” said Non. – By Jason Mercene

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