first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJustin Brownlee had one wish after leading Barangay Ginebra to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title.“I wish I could live here all year round but unfortunately, there are government rules and things like that but I wish I could be at home permanently,” the well-loved Kings import said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Siklab sparks athletes’ fire with cash bonuses Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Well, he just might get his wish and even earn a shot to represent the country as well.A group of lawmakers on Wednesday filed a measure granting Filipino citizenship to the prolific Ginebra import, whose all-around game and nerves of steel endeared him to the millions of fans of the PBA’s most popular ball club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The passage of House Bill No. 8106, introduced by 1-Pacman Reps. Mikee Romero and Enrico Pineda, Bohol Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Masbate Rep. Scott Davies Lanete, will allow Brownlee to play for Gilas Pilipinas as a naturalized player.Andray Blatche, the only naturalized player of Gilas, is currently serving a suspension for his part in a brawl between the Philippines and Australia during a World Cup qualifying match last month. The bill recognizes that Brownlee had “brought enormous pride and joy to … all basketball enthusiasts in the country.”“With a very decorated and illustrious career, he wishes to play for the Philippine national team. [H]e also wants the Philippines to be his permanent home,” a portion of the bill read.“I read in various outlets his wish to become a naturalized Filipino that’s why I filed a bill today,” Romero said.The bill has the full support of San Miguel Corp. top honcho Ramon S. Ang, who said: “We will apply and will sponsor him to be a Filipino citizen so he can play for the next 100 years.”“He’s a very, very nice guy and in fact, I think we will all be very happy if he’s going to be a Filipino,” Ang added.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img

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