MANILA---Marcus Douthit's application for naturalization has been formally transmitted to Malacañang for President Aquino’s signature.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Noli Eala yesterday said the 6-foot-10 American, a former LA Lakers draftee, could secure Filipino citizenship within 30 days after his application reached Mr. Aquino’s office on Feb. 9.
“The President has 30 days to sign and make it official,” said Eala.
Mr. Aquino’s go-signal will be vital for the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team, which is seeking nothing less than the crown in the Fiba Asia Championship in Wuhan, China, on Sept. 15 to 25.
The champion in the tournament, where 15 other nations are participating, will clinch the lone slot for the continent in the 2012 Olympics.