Manny Pangilinan has high hopes on the senate regarding the approval of Blatche's naturalization process


Manny V. Pangilinan have since been supporting the sports program in the Philippines.


But his favorite sport is basketball that's why he puts his full support to the Gilas-Pilipinas.

And Pangilininan wanted to have a team that could trade shots with the best the World can offer in the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain.

With this, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Pangilinan hopes to gain the support of the Senate when the bill seeking the naturalization of NBA player Andray Blatche will be reviewed for the first time in the Upper House of Congress on Tuesday.

After passing three readings in the House of Representatives, House Bill 4048 has been elevated and is set to go through the first of three readings in the Senate.

“We’re grateful for Congress and Senate for expediting the process,” Pangilinan said.

Sen. Sonny Angara, who authored the bill, will preside the hearing as head of the Games and Amusement committee.

If and when the bill is passed into a law, Blatche, the veteran center of the Brooklyn Nets, will bolster a Gilas Pilipinas side that will try to make heads turn in the FIBA-World Cup this August in Spain and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Blatche becoming the second naturalized player of Gilas Pilipinas could mean bumping off original choice Marcus Douthit to the sidelines.

“We will still retain Marcus, but we’re grateful for him for understanding the situation,” Pangilinan said.

National standout Marc Pingris gave his thumbs up to Blatche’s naturalization.

“Para sa akin, okay yun. Basta makitaan lang din natin sana siya na kahit hindi pusong Pinoy, dapat ipaglaban niya yung bandila natin,” Pingris said of Blatche.

We haven't witnessed Blatche play for the country but with his willingness he can ultimately help the Philippine National team's campaign in the said World Cup of basketball.

--- with reports from Spin.ph

Manny Pangilinan has high hopes on the senate regarding the approval of Blatche's naturalization process Manny Pangilinan has high hopes on the senate regarding the approval of Blatche's naturalization process Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 4/01/2014 Rating: 5

No comments:

Powered by Blogger.