Justin Brownlee’s naturalization invoice handed by Home panel on first studying

Ginebra import Justin Brownlee is seeking naturalization. –PBA IMAGES

Ginebra import Justin Brownlee is in search of naturalization. –PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines — The Home Committee on Justice has handed on the primary studying Home Invoice 825 or the granting of Philippine citizenship to Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee as he seeks to assist Gilas Pilipinas in worldwide competitors.

Brownlee on Wednesday attended the proceedings of the Committee on Justice sporting a Barong Tagalog.

The American import’s bid to grow to be a Filipino citizen didn’t obtain any objections from the Division of Justice, Division of International Affairs, Nationwide Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Immigration, and Workplace of the Solicitor Basic.

Cavite Fourth District consultant Pidi Barzaga moved for the approval of Home Invoice 825 authored by Deputy Speaker and 1-Pacman partylist Mikee Romero, who additionally attended the listening to through zoom.

“A variety of our fellow countrymen need to be residents of different nation. And right here’s probably the greatest international gamers that the PBA had and he’s embracing to grow to be a Filipino citizen. That differentiates him as a result of he volunteered himself,” stated Romero. “I sponsored this as a result of I heard it from himself and that’s why I need to thanks. I do know he will likely be a fantastic asset not only for our nation but additionally as a Filipino citizen.”

Brownlee, who was accompanied by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas government director Sonny Barrios and Gilas group supervisor Butch Antonio, stated he’s keen to assist the nationwide group and vows to grow to be an excellent Filipino citizen.

“Simply need to grow to be a citizen and assist out the nationwide group. I’ve had quite a lot of love from the followers and the individuals right here. It simply appears that it will be nice to be part of the nation and simply carry on serving to out as a lot as I can with the nationwide group,” the 6-foot-6 winger stated. “Hopefully, I can simply b an inspiration to individuals and youngsters and  assist to raised basketball right here to only do no matter I can, to be higher and simply be an excellent citizen right here.”


When the Committee on Justice requested what he loves concerning the Philippines, the resident Ginebra import, who has been enjoying within the PBA since 2016, answered he needs the bond and happiness that he has seen in Filipino households.

“Being from the US, I really feel that there’s quite a lot of division prefer it’s divided. Once I got here right here, individuals embrace me right here. I do know I play basketball however simply seeing how individuals come collectively. I’ve a scooter so I’m going round typically simply to go to sure locations Mandaluyong, Pasig, and among the areas,” Brownlee stated. “Simply seeing how persons are collectively possibly not as lucky as others however evidently they’ve a lot enjoyable, quite a lot of happiness simply being round one another with household and associates.”

“They didn’t have a lot however after I  go round they appeared so glad… With their happiness, it looks like they’ve the whole lot. I actually appreciated that when I’ve seen it that draw me nearer to the individuals exterior of basketball,” he added.

Brownlee is being eyed as Gilas naturalized participant for the sixth window of the Fiba World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers towards Lebanon and Jordan at Philippine Enviornment in February subsequent yr.

However his naturalization course of must endure the Committee on Guidelines for consideration and Home for approval earlier than being transmitted to the Senate, which may have the identical course of.

The invoice additionally must be signed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. earlier than Brownlee may take the Oath of Allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines, and grow to be eligible for the Certificates of Naturalization and a Philippine passport.

Brownlee’s naturalization additionally wants Fiba’s approval as soon as he completes all his necessities.


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