Vargas asks Philippine Basketball Association to review Uytengsu’s remarks

February 16, 2019

PBA chairman Ricky Vargas is not taking it sitting down.

Saying he was deeply bothered by public statements of Wilfred Uytengsu regarding the PBA, Vargas is asking the pro league’s ethics committee to review the remarks made by Alaska team owner Wilfred Uytengsu, and if necessary, take appropriate action.

In a recent television interview, Uytengsu questioned the integrity of the PBA by alluding to questionable trades, violations of the rule on salary cap and control of the PBA affairs by two corporate groups, among others.

“The statements of WSU (Wilfred Steven Uytengsu) do not surprise me at all as this has always been his way to ventilate his thoughts in public from the hip,” Vargas said in a statement sent to People’s Journal/Tonight yesterday.

Vargas, also the president of the Philippine Olympic Committee, said what is proper is for Uytengsu to discuss his grievance with the PBA Board of Governors where Alaska is “ably represented by a governor who is now the vice chairman of the board”.

“There he can formalize his grievance and submit proof to substantiate his claims,” said Vargas.

“No story telling nor hearsay. Making unfounded statements will only be detrimental to the league”, he added.

Vargas, identified with the group of business mogul Manny Pangilinan in the pro league, said that none of the insinuations made by Uytengsu were ever raised in the PBA board while he’s the chairman.

“We have already hurdled a challenge that divided us in the recent past. We now have a commissioner who is grounded with his work. Baseless statements will not help us move forward.

Vargas has an advice to the Alaska owner.

“I encourage WSU to attend the PBA board meetings so that he will know first hand what is going on. I also encourage the ethics committee to determine if the statements of WSU are indeed detrimental to the PBA, and to take disciplinary action as may be provided by in our rules,” Vargas said.

This was not the first time that Uytengsu had questioned some trades and salary cap violations. In his speech as guest of honor during the PBA Press Corps Awards night last month, he also ventilated the same concerns, which according to many PBA followers, are indeed happening.