Wednesday, October 13, 2010

No urgency from PNoy, no Douthit in Asian Games

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MANILA, Philippines – RP-Smart Gilas prospect Marcus Eugene Douthit is unlikely to get himself naturalized as a Filipino in time for the Asian Games in November, according to Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.
Zubiri said the Senate may not be able to pass on 3rd and final reading House Bill 2307, which seeks to grant Douthit Filipino naturalization, on the last day of session on Wednesday.

“[It's] From unimpeachable sources that they (Palace) will not certify the measure, and therefore, we will not be able to pass this on third reading today [Oct. 13],” said the senator.
The bill needs certification from President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as “urgent” so that the Senate can prioritize it on Wednesday.
Handlers of RP-Smart Gilas team are pinning their hopes on Douthit’s naturalization to beef up its squad in time for the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China next month.
The Senate earlier passed on second reading the bill to fast track the naturalization of the 6’11” 2004 draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers.
“If we do not pass it on third reading today, definitely, the gentleman (Douthit), the top scorer of the Philippine team, will not be able to play in the Asian Games, where we have a strong chance because we have already beaten many of these top contenders,” said Zubiri.
“In the last competition, they only lost by two points against the champion, South Korea, and with this gentleman, we would have a strong chance of landing a medal in the Asian Games in a sport that all Filipinos love next to boxing,” he said.

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