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Brownlee is given Filipino citizenship by the Senate

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Justin Brownlee, an import with Barangay Ginebra, was granted Filipino citizenship on Monday when House Bill (HB) No. 6224, which granted it, was passed by the Senate on third reading.

Brownlee “has clearly represented and instilled the Filipino ideals of hard work, tenacity, drive, and dedication to his profession,” said Senator Francis Tolentino, who sponsored the legislation, in his remarks.

“As Mr. Brownlee becomes a citizen of this nation, I look forward to seeing what the future holds for him. He will serve as a Philippine Army reserve officer as well. He will undoubtedly be a fantastic addition to this wonderful Republic, in my opinion “said Tolentino.

Senate Bill Nos. 1366, 1516, and 1519, filed by Senators Ronald Dela Rosa, Christopher Go, and Joel Villanueva, respectively, were taken into consideration when voting on HB 6224, which was introduced by Congressmen Mikee Romero (1-Pacman party-list) and Gus Tambunting (Paranaque 2nd District).

According to Senator Sonny Angara, Brownlee’s citizenship will give the Philippine basketball team a significant boost during the sixth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers in February and will also increase excitement among Filipino fans.

According to Angara, who also serves as the chairman of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, “things are absolutely looking up for Philippine basketball and with the appropriate amount of support, our rebirth in the international basketball scene could definitely become a reality sooner rather than later.”

Along with Villanueva and Go, Angara participates actively on the Senate basketball team. He thanked his coworkers for their unwavering support of Brownlee’s naturalization.

After several years of playing in the PBA as an import, Brownlee now considers the Philippines to be his second home and has shown a strong desire to help the nation by joining the Gilas Pilipinas team in the future.

The 34-year-old Brownlee is regarded as one of the best reinforcements in the Philippine Basketball Association, having won five championships and two Best Import awards.

Ginebra acquired him in 2016, and he is just under 6-foot-6.

The 2023 FIBA World Cup will be held in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan, beginning on August 25, 2023, and concluding in Manila from September 5 to 10.

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