JUSTIN DONTA BROWNLEE took his oath of allegiance before Senator Francis “Tol” Tolentino on Monday, describing his experience as “unbelievable.”
The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel resident import thanked his fans, and especially lawmakers in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, for going the extra mile to hasten his naturalization.
“As a citizen, I will try my best to make the Filipino people and everybody proud,” Brownlee said. “I want to keep making you guys proud and do whatever I can to help the national team.”
Tolentino was the primary sponsor of House Bill No. 6224 that was unanimously adopted by the Senate on December 12, 2022.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. signed Republic Act (RA) 11937 into law on January 12, 2023, effectively granting Brownlee a Filipino citizenship.
A copy of RA 11937 was presented to Brownlee by Senators Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
He took his oath in a special ceremony at the Senate of the Philippines on Monday, a day after Ginebra won the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Philippine Arena.
Brownlee is expected to immediately join the men’s national team for the International Basketball Federation World Cup and Southeast Asian Games later this year.