Justin Brownlee’s PH Citizenship Bill Passes Second Reading in Senate

Justin Brownlee

FILE – American basketball player Justin Brownlee’s Philippine citizenship was approved at the Judiciary and Human Rights Commission level after less than two hours of deliberation on his status on Monday, November 21 2022. Brownlee, wearing a Barong Tagalog mask, answered questions from senators, sometimes in Filipino. Voltaire F. Domingo/Senate PRIB)

MANILA, Philippines — A measure aimed at granting Philippine citizenship to basketball player Justin Brownlee passed its second reading in the Senate on Monday.

Brownlee currently plays as an importer for Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Ginebra first brought in Brownlee for a boost in 2016, and the 34-year-old forward has helped Gin Kings win five PBA titles since his arrival.

Senators deliberated on House Bill 6224 or the Philippine Citizenship Act of Justin Donta Brownlee in plenary session. Senators considered Senate Bills 1336, 1516, and 1519 under Committee Report No. 13, which had the same goal.

Senator Francis Tolentino sponsored the measure.

“The requirements for judicial or legislative or administrative naturalization will have only the same necessary documentation requirements plus a genuine intention from the heart to become a citizen,” Tolentino said. Philippines.

“I think his willingness can be shown in the fact that he really wants to stay here not only for the basketball, but he has embraced the Filipino culture, the way of life,” he continued. customary.

Tolentino also recalls that Brownlee said that the best Import twice is ready to join the country’s reserve force and protect the country in times of disaster.

Once Brownlee’s naturalization is approved, he is expected to strengthen Gilas Pilipinas against Lebanon and Jordan in matchday six of the Fiba World Cup Asia Qualifiers in February.


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