PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, a proud Batangas City native, drives home Friday for a face-to-face meeting with top local government officials, laying down proposed protocols for the planned practices of PBA teams in the city.
Marcial pursues this alternative option as coaches express favorable response, each one hoping that PBA Season 46 can start soon.
"Paguusapan na namin ang protocols," said Marcial of his scheduled meeting with Mayor Beverley Dimacuha and Rep. Marvey Mari?o.
Barangay Ginebra's Tim Cone, Alaska Milk's Jeff Cariaso, Meralco's Norman Black and Rain or Shine's Chris Gavina are among those who are receptive to the idea.
They agree that the option is worth looking at, considering its proximity to Manila.
"It's certainly something we're considering. There are a lot of details to be decided including protocols and such, but the drive down there (Batangas) with all the new roads make it easy," said Cone.
The drive would be a breeze for Cone who is from Muntinlupa.
Marcial said one would be in Batangas City in 60 to 75 minutes from Makati.
Barangay Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua said the Batangas City Coliseum could also be considered as an option for the Season 46 All-Filipino Conference if the quarantine status in NCR plus would not ease down soon.
"Problema lang hindi natin alam ang commitment nila from June and beyond. Baka may prior commitments na," said Marcial. "But we'll see."(SB)