MANILA, Philippines — Barangay Ginebra San Miguel favorite Justin Brownlee is getting closer to obtaining Philippine citizenship as the House of Representatives passes a second reading of a bill calling for naturalization.
During Wednesday’s session, House Bill 6224 was approved through viva voce without a vote against.
The bill replaces House Bill 825 by Representative Michael Romero of the Pacman 1 party and House Bill 6071 by Representative District 2 Parañaque Gus Tambunting.
Romero, who sponsored the bill, mentioned how Brownlee has been a highly regarded figure not only in the Philippine Basketball Association, where he competes, but also in tournaments other that he helped the Philippine team.
“Mr. Brownlee, who stands at 6-6, was born on April 23, 1988, and is a long-term fixture of Philippine basketball, and the Filipino people’s favorite player since 2005. 2016. He brought home several championships for his mother’s soccer team […] he also helped San Miguel Alab Pilipinas win the first Asean basketball championship,” said Romero.
“During Mr Brownlee’s illustrious and illustrious career in the PBA, he was able to win 5 PBA championships and 2 Best of the best with an average of nearly 29 points per game, 12 bounces and 6 plays. construction. He’s also the first PBA importer to hit a record 400 plus three points,” he added.
The passage of the replacement bill in a second reading means that only one more round of deliberations is needed before both versions from the House and Senate are merged and amended if there are differences.
The Consolidation Bill was then forwarded to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to get a signature.
On Tuesday, Brownlee appeared before a Senate committee addressing his naturalization issue wearing a barong tagalog – the Philippines’ national dress – while answering questions in Filipino.
Brownlee received praise from senators, who appreciated his enthusiasm in answering questions and eagerness to represent the country in international games.
Sports fans want Brownlee naturalized because they believe the 34-year-old driver still has a lot to offer the country despite being over 30 years old.
Brownlee is not the first foreign basketball player to naturalize.
Marcus Douthit naturalized in 2011 and former Brooklyn Nets slot machine player Andray Blatche naturalized in 2014 so they could represent the country in overseas matches.
But with the advent of tall, homegrown players, the Philippines can look for other talented players in the forward position.
Among these players are 6-foot-10-inch June Mar Fajardo, 6-foot-9-inch Japeth Aguilar, 6-foot-8-inch Raymond Almazan and 7-foot-2-inch Kai Sotto.
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