Lawmakers file bill to naturalize Ginebra import Justin Brownlee

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — A bill seeking the naturalization of basketball import Justin Brownlee has been filed in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 8106 was introduced by Representatives Michael Romero (1-PACMAN), Enrico Pineda (1-PACMAN), Erico Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd Dstrict), and Scott Lanete (Quezon City, 3rd District) Wednesday.

The bill stated Brownlee is dependable when it comes to helping Filipinos through community service.

It added that his allegiance to the country is unquestionable and his skills and competency in basketball will complement the whole nation.

In Ginebra's victory party held in Pasig City Monday, San Miguel Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang said he fully supports Brownlee's desire to become a Filipino.

"I think we will all be happy if he's going to be a Filipino. We will apply and sponsor him to be a Filipino citizen so he can play for the next 100 years," he said.

The country first saw a glimpse of how impressive the 6-foot-4 reinforcement was when he steered Ginebra to the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup championship.

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The 30-year-old Brownlee was also instrumental in Ginebra's title run in the 2017 Governors' Cup and the recently-concluded Commissioner's Cup where he was hailed Best Import.

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