Tab Baldwin remains Gilas Pilipinas program director

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2020 03:05 PM | Updated as of Jul 07 2020 04:04 PM

Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin. ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines -- Following his recent brush with controversy, Tab Baldwin remains the program director of Gilas Pilipinas.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios assured as much during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday.

"Is he in danger? Hindi naman, palagay ko. Not unless magsasalita uli siya nang wala sa lugar," Barrios said.

Baldwin had drawn the ire of the local coaching fraternity and the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) after making comments perceived as critical of the Filipino coaching style and the league itself.

Baldwin, also the head coach of the Ateneo de Manila University men's basketball team, was admittedly not a fan of the PBA's single-import conferences, and believed that it limited not just the local players but also the coaches. 

For his comments, he was fined P75,000 by the PBA and banned three games, although Baldwin has since been removed from his other post as an assistant coach in TNT KaTropa, ostensibly to focus on his tasks with Ateneo and the Gilas program. 

"Si (SBP) President Al Panlilio in fact wants to have a video conference with him and with the team, the SBP team, to address the moving forward of the program," Barrios said.

Nonetheless, Barrios made it clear that "nobody has a lock on a position."

"As they always say, we serve at the pleasure of the president," he added.

Aside from being sanctioned by the PBA, Baldwin was also "taken to task privately" by the SBP for his controversial statements. Barrios also reiterated that Baldwin's sentiments do not reflect those of the organization, nor those of Panlilio.

"Mr. Panlilio said that the opinion that Tab Baldwin expressed were his personal ones. They were not aligned with the position of the SBP, and certainly not aligned with the personal opinion of president Al Panlilio," Barrios said. "We can leave it at that."

Baldwin, who used to call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas and led New Zealand to the 2004 Olympics, cleared the air with the PBA, saying he was taken out of context and apologizing for his comments. 

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