Mikee Romero, 3 other congressmen file bill seeking Brownlee naturalization

Mikee Romero, 3 other congressmen file bill seeking Brownlee naturalization

SMC COO Ramon Ang may not need to wait for someone to file Justin Brownlee's naturalization bill. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

BI√ĎAN--Four congressmen led by Mikee Romero filed a bill that seeks to make Justin Brownlee a naturalized Filipino.

"He has brought enormous pride and joy to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), as well to the basketball enthusiasts in the country," the group of Romero, which includes Representatives Enrico Pineda, Erico Aumentado, and Scott Lanete, said in the explanatory note to House Bill 8106, the bill that officially endorses Brownlee's naturalization.

The four congressmen also lauded the Ginebra import for his "efficient sportive activities" and being "socially active through community service."

"Justin Donta Brownlee is dependable when it comes to helping Filipinos--a true mark of a Filipino spirit and character," they further stated.

While a Senate version of the bill, likely to be authored by current SBP chairman Sonny Angara, is yet to be proposed, Romero's group pleaded to their fellow congressmen for "the immediate passage of this bill."

San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua revealed on Sunday that Brownlee wants to be naturalized for reasons beyond his desire to play for Gilas.

[Related Story: Chua bares Brownlee's naturalization desires]

Brownlee confirmed it himself on Monday night while also expressing his openness to accept a future national team invite.

[Related Story: Brownlee explains decision to get naturalized]

SMC COO Ramon Ang also said on Monday night that he will help in making Brownlee's naturalization possible.

Once it becomes formal, the 30-year-old, six-foot-five winger is now eligible to become part of the list of foreign prospects for Gilas.

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