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SBD Global/June 12, 2014/People and Pop Culture
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Published June 12, 2014
BLATCHE ON BOARD: NBA Brooklyn Nets center ANDRAY BLATCHE became a Filipino on Wednesday after President BENIGNO AQUINO "rushed through a special citizenship law to ensure the powerful centre could play for the Philippines" at this year’s FIBA World Cup. Aquino's spokesperson EDWIN LACIERDA said, “We confirm that the president signed (the bill) granting Filipino citizenship to Mr. Blatche.” Philippines "will be one of the biggest underdogs at the World Cup, and politicians had been desperate to lure Blatche." In contrast to the many bills that can languish in Congress for years amid lengthy debates, legislators "swiftly passed the Blatche naturalisation law" (AFP, 6/11).