AFTER weeks of waiting, Greg Slaughter has finally been cleared to play in the D-League after the PBA received an official communication from the Bureau of Immigration certifying that Slaughter is a Filipino by virtue of having taken his oath as a Filipino when he was 17 years old.
“There's no more legal obstacle for Slaughter to play as a Fil-foreigner in the PBA D-League,” said PBA commissioner Chito Salud.
The PBA’s clearance paves the way for Slaughter to play as early as NLEX’s game against another title contender in Big Chill on Thursday afternoon at the Ynares Sports Arena.
It is unclear, however, if Slaughter will choose to play in that game because Ateneo is set to face University of Santo Tomas in Game Two of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League title series at the same time.
Slaughter, born to an American father and a Filipina mother, was asked by the PBA to submit a certification of recognition from the BI, which instead issued a certificate of reacquisition/retention of citizenship on the player's behalf.
A PBA move seeking clarification from the BI set back Slaughter’s debut.
Despite the absence of Slaughter, the Road Warriors are unbeaten in five games and sits alone on top of the standings.