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Brownlee nears Filipino citizenship as Home OKs naturalization invoice on 2nd studying


American basketball participant Justin Brownlee attended a listening to on his naturalization performed by the Home Committee on Justice and Human on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (Photograph from the Sesnate Public Relations and Data Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines — Nicely-loved Barangay Ginebra San Miguel import Justin Brownlee is nearer to getting his Filipino citizenship because the Home of Representatives accepted on second studying a invoice calling for his naturalization.

Throughout Wednesday’s session, Home Invoice No. 6224 was accepted through viva voce, with none voting in opposition to it.

The invoice was an alternative choice to Home Invoice No. 825 by 1-Pacman party-list Rep. Michael Romero and Home Invoice No. 6071 by Parañaque 2nd District Rep. Gus Tambunting.

Romero, who sponsored the invoice, talked about how Brownlee had been a highly-regarded determine not solely within the Philippine Basketball Affiliation, the place he performs, but additionally in different leagues the place he has helped Filipino groups.

“Mr. Brownlee, who stands at 6-6, was born on April twenty third, 1988, and has been a everlasting fixture in Philippine basketball, and a fan-favorite of Filipinos since 2016.  He has given a number of championships to his mom workforce […] he additionally aided the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas for the primary Asean basketball league championships,” Romero stated.

“All through Mr. Brownlee’s very embellished profession, and illustrious, within the PBA, he was in a position to attain 5 PBA championships and two Finest Import Awards with a median of just about 29 factors per sport, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists.  He’s additionally the primary PBA import to document 400 plus three factors,” he added.

The passage of the substitute invoice on second studying implies that solely one other spherical of discussions can be wanted earlier than each variations from the Home and the Senate are consolidated and amended if there are variations.

The consolidated invoice then goes to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for his signature.

On Tuesday, Brownlee appeared earlier than a Senate panel tackling his naturalization sporting a barong tagalog — the nationwide apparel of the Philippines — whereas answering questions in Filipino.

Brownlee acquired reward from senators who appreciated his enthusiasm in answering queries and eagerness to symbolize the nation in worldwide video games.

Sports activities aficionados need Brownlee naturalized as they consider the 34-year-old cager nonetheless has rather a lot to supply the nation regardless of being in his mid-30s.

Brownlee shouldn’t be the primary overseas basketball participant to be naturalized.

Marcus Douthit was naturalized in 2011 and former Brooklyn Nets slot man Andray Blatche was naturalized in 2014 in order that they may symbolize the nation in video games overseas.

However with the arrival of tall homegrown gamers, the Philippines can search for different proficient gamers in ahead positions.

Amongst these gamers are June Mar Fajardo who stands at 6 ft 10 inches, Japeth Aguilar at 6 ft 9 inches, Raymond Almazan at 6 ft 8 inches, and Kai Sotto at 7 ft 2 inches.

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