Atty. Baldomero C. Estenzo, the CESAFI nominee to the SBP’s Board ofTrustees, had sought the approval of the CESAFI Board for his decision to dissociate himself from the Pangilinan group, claiming that “in my conscience, I believe that the June 12, 2008 National Congress where I was elected was not valid for lack of quorum and a redundancy.”
According to Estenzo, the CESAFI “must be a responsible stakeholder of the BAP-SBP and must align with the duly elected leadership, regardless of their personalities.”
In the disputed June 12 election, Pangilinan kept his post as president of his SBP faction. Reportedly, only a minority of the bonafide 87 BAP-SBP stakeholders duly recognized by the 2007 Bangkok Agreement to vote in the organization’s first regular Board of Trustees following the one-year transitory period attended Pangilinan’s national congress. The SBP had unilaterally chosen its 19 stakeholders-voters to elect a 25-man Board.
Another faction of the BAP-SBP had elected former Congressman Prospero “Butch” Pichay as President and Camarines Sur Representative Luis Villafierte as Chairman last June 4 in accordance with the provisions of the Bangkok Agreement, after Congressman Villafuerte convened the National Congress on May 17, 2008 attended to by overwhelming majority of the members of the Association wherein Congress passed a resolution calling for an election of the trustees and officers of BAP-SBP on June 4, 2008, a document that was signed by Pangilinan and officials from FIBA Asia and FIBA, including FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann.
Estenzo said that the Pichay-Villafuerte faction is the duly elected leadership as nearly 70 BAP-SBP stakeholders attended the June 4 congress. He even cited the May 13, 2008 letter of Baumann, wherein the Membership Committee of BAP-SBP to validate the members after the transitory period and he reconfirms FIBA’s support to the duly elected leadership of the BAP-SBP on the basis of the Bangkok Agreement.