PBA: Justin Brownlee could be a Filipino citizen by end of 2018

Philip Matel on Oct 06, 2018 07:54 AM
Justin Brownlee could be a Filipino citizen by end of 2018
If Brownlee's naturalization bid does not come to fruition this year, Guiao assures he will help push for the bid if elected.

If Congress decides to prioritize Justin Brownlee's naturalization bid, the do-it-all forward could become a naturalized Filipino, says NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.

Guiao, who is not a stranger to the political arena himself, serving in various capacities in the legislative and executive branches of government, says that the law allowing Brownlee to become a Filipino citizen can be signed by Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte by the end of 2018.

House Bill 8106, or known as "An Act Granting Philippine Citizenship to Mr. Justin Donta Brownlee", which was filed by 1-PACMAN Rep. Mikee Romero was filed last Aug. 15.

"He has brought enormous pride and joy to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), as well as to all basketball enthusiasts in the country. Justin Brownlee said he can have a house here just like Norman Black ir other imports who have fallen in love with the Filipinos and the Philippines," the explanatory note said.

San Miguel Corporation chairman Ramon S. Ang also expressed their support for the bid. 

The seasoned politician will throw his hat to the political sphere once more, as he is set to file for his Certificate of Candidacy for Congressman of the 1st District of Pampanga, a position he last held from 2013-16.

If Brownlee's naturalization bid does not come to fruition this year, Guiao assures he will help push for the bid if elected.

"Palagay ko yung congress ngayon, kaya na gawin yun. Hindi na kailangan akong andon. Pwedeng pwede, kayang kaya na nilang gawin iyon. So, kung papalarin tayo at andon pa rin yun, syempre tutulong akong magpush nun kung hindi pa rin tapos."

Regarding the status of Andray Blatche, who has served as naturalized center in various capacities since the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the soon-to-be named permanent Gilas head coach says he and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) have not yet reached a decision regarding the former NBA slotman.

Blatche, who of course is serving a three-game suspension for his role in the Bocaue brawl vs. Australia, will not be able to play in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers. 

Guiao also added that the SBP have not started their search for another import, including the fan favorite Brownlee. 

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