MANILA, Philippines – UAAP basketball commissioner Xavier Nunag is taking a leave of absence due to a family health crisis.
The league announced Friday that the UAAP board approved Nunag’s leave of absence and his recommendation to appoint deputy commissioner Atty. Marian Lop in his place.
“In light of these circumstances, the UAAP fully supports Commissioner Nunag’s need to prioritize the well-being of his family at this critical time,” the UAAP wrote. “Commissioner Nunag recommended Deputy Commissioner Atty. Marian Lop as Acting Commissioner during his leave, as agreed by the Board of Managing Directors.”
“UAAP sends its sincere thoughts and prayers to Commissioner Nunag and his family during this difficult time.”
Acting Commissioner Atta. Lopa will take over until Nunag returns to ensure the smooth continuation of technical basketball matters within the UAAP, and Deputy Commissioner Marvin Bienvenida will work with her.
UAAP Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag Jr. will continue to oversee the Office of the Commissioner of Basketball and ensure transparency and fair play in the league.
During Nunag’s tenure, three UAAP referees were suspended for three weeks after poor performances in three separate matches last month.
The commissioner’s office also issued a one-game suspension to Eastern University star Precious Momowei for his second unsportsmanlike conduct of the season, which disqualified him from winning Rookie of the Year honors or any individual award.
The league also spared Adamson coach Nash Racela from suspension after he apologized for his comments toward referee tge following last week’s heavy loss to Ateneo.
The qualifying round of men’s and women’s basketball will end this weekend.
The Final Four starts next week.