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Move to make Brownlee Filipino gains momentum with bill

By: - Reporter / @MRamosINQ
/ 05:20 AM August 16, 2018

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Justin Brownlee had one wish after leading Barangay Ginebra to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title.

“I wish I could live here all year round but unfortunately, there are government rules and things like that but I wish I could be at home permanently,” the well-loved Kings import said.

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Well, he just might get his wish and even earn a shot to represent the country as well.

A group of lawmakers on Wednesday filed a measure granting Filipino citizenship to the prolific Ginebra import, whose all-around game and nerves of steel endeared him to the millions of fans of the PBA’s most popular ball club.

The passage of House Bill No. 8106, introduced by 1-Pacman Reps. Mikee Romero and Enrico Pineda, Bohol Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Masbate Rep. Scott Davies Lanete, will allow Brownlee to play for Gilas Pilipinas as a naturalized player.

Andray Blatche, the only naturalized player of Gilas, is currently serving a suspension for his part in a brawl between the Philippines and Australia during a World Cup qualifying match last month.

The bill recognizes that Brownlee had “brought enormous pride and joy to … all basketball enthusiasts in the country.”

“With a very decorated and illustrious career, he wishes to play for the Philippine national team. [H]e also wants the Philippines to be his permanent home,” a portion of the bill read.

“I read in various outlets his wish to become a naturalized Filipino that’s why I filed a bill today,” Romero said.

The bill has the full support of San Miguel Corp. top honcho Ramon S. Ang, who said: “We will apply and will sponsor him to be a Filipino citizen so he can play for the next 100 years.”

“He’s a very, very nice guy and in fact, I think we will all be very happy if he’s going to be a Filipino,” Ang added.

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