Yeng Guiao, okays naturalization, wants to co-author bills on JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche for Gilas


While Mon Fernandez is against the naturalization of JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche, Rain Or Shine Head Coach Yeng Guiao is on the other side.

The fiery Rain Or Shine Coach wants to co-author the naturalization of the two.

Coach Yeng, who serves as representative of the second district in Pampanga, reveled that he had been in contact with the bills’ author, Antipolo City representative Robbie Puno, about pushing the measures.

Measures to confer Filipino citizenship to NBA players JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche have gained support in both chambers of Congress.

“Kinausap niya ako sa Congress, nagpapa-suporta siya. Sabi ko, walang problema. Sabi ko nga, isama na niya ako as a co-author, so magco-co-author ako dun sa naturalization bill,” said Guiao, who coached the national team in 2009.

Puno, who also authored the bill to naturalize center Marcus Douthit for the Philippine team, has been an advocate of confering citizenship for players to join the national pool. 

He has worked closely with Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, who is instrumental in the recruitment of the Denver Nuggets’ McGee and the Brooklyn Nets’ Blatche to join the national pool.

Counterpart bills for the naturalization of the two players have also been filed by Senator Juan Edgardo Angara before the Committee on Games, Amusement, and Sports.

In the coming days, we will know whose party will prevail.

--- Jay-R U. Bayon-on with reports from Sports5.ph

Yeng Guiao, okays naturalization, wants to co-author bills on JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche for Gilas Yeng Guiao, okays naturalization, wants to co-author bills on JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche for Gilas Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 2/06/2014 Rating: 5

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