Justin Brownlee starts collecting documents for naturalization
MANILA, Philippines – Justin Brownlee assures everyone that he did his best to make naturalization happen.
Beloved Barangay Ginebra importer said he has already started gathering paperwork to apply for his Philippine citizenship.
“[O]definitely takes time. Hopefully, I can get everything I need, in turn [them] and that can start the process,” he said shortly after the crowd lovingly bowed in front of Phoenix Super LPG, 101-93, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has been interested in importing Brownlee and TNT’s Cameron Oliver to form a stable lineup of naturalized players for Gilas Pilipinas.
The pair, along with Ateneo ace and UAAP Player of the Year Ange Kouame are being selected to fill the specialist position — especially since Jordan Clarkson is not available — as the dubbing program will begin for the World Cup in here next year.
Earlier this week, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was shot for not being able to apply to the House and Senate.
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Brownlee guided reporters on the whole matter, even going as far as to say that he, too, was to blame.
“So originally Sheryl Reyes, who was my agent in the past, in my opinion, she worked with (Representative and former PBA president) Mikee Romero,” the 34-year-old cager said.
“But, you know, when she passed away, I think it had a lot to do with myself, not getting the proper paperwork done and stuff like that,” he added.
“I just didn’t file any paperwork. But now, I’m basically just starting to file now.”
Brownlee has been kept of the squad saw games against Lebanon and Saudi Arabia in the Asian World Cup Qualifiers, training every Monday at Meralco Gym in Pasig.
It remains to be seen how soon Brownlee can be naturalized in the Philippines, but lawmakers, especially Senator Francis Tolentino, who chairs a committee handling naturalization bills, have vowed to help. help.
“The Senate Committee on Judiciary will facilitate the hearing and I cannot proceed without the papers,” Tolentino said. “If you’re still really serious about pursuing that, we should expect papers this month or earlier so that by November we’re done, God willing.”
“We are here to expedite (the process),” said Senator Bong Go, who chairs the Sports Committee.
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