American NBA star set to gain Filipino citizenship

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Andray Blatche's move to represent the Philippines in the FIBA World Championship in Spain this summer is gaining momentum.

We brought you the story of the Brooklyn Net's man's aim to gain dual citizenship a while back, and now it looks like it is getting close to completion.

As reported by Nets Daily, the Philippines House of Representatives approved the naturalization of Blatche, this week.

This was a crucial step in the 27-year old gaining the new nationality with his Filipino citizenship now set to go under the scrutiny of the Senate.

Should they approve the proposition, all that will be needed is the sign off from President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and he is good to go.

All of this must be completed before a July 15 deadline however, but this weeks news is a positive sign.

Republican Robbie Puno, who is sponsoring the bill, is excited about having the nine-year NBA veteran in the ranks of the national basketball team:

"Mr. Blatche, with his exceptional ability in the field of basketball, complemented by his commendable work ethic, will certainly bring pride and honor to our country," he said.

As yet we can't quite put out finger on exactly what links Blatche has to the country he is seeking citizenship from.

But what is apparent is that it was former teammate Javale McGee who first put the idea to the Nets man after being approached by the Philippines himself.

Unfortunately for McGee he is out for the season so it is down to Blatche to fly the Filipino flag for the NBA in Spain this summer.

Blatche is averaging 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds while playing just over 22 minutes per game this season.

If all goes according to plan.

New Jersey Nets

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