House of Representative approves naturalization bills granting Philippine citizenship to Ateneo Blue Eagles center, Ange Kouame and Spanish football player, Bienvenido Marañon on Tuesday.

/ 17 February 2021

The plenary call was concluded in the expectation that both star athletes will bring the Philippines pride in the international tournaments.

Sweeping a 210-0 vote on the third and final reading, the house of representative gave a nod to House bill 8632 abstracted by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Vice-chairman and Antipolo First District Rep. Robbie Puno for Ivorian Kouame to continue tournaments for the Philippines.

Since 2016, the Ivory Coast-born athlete has played in collegiate level basketball and is tagged as an epitome of an excellent game player to the youth.

Simultaneously, Marañon got an affirmative vote of 206-0 for House Bill No. 8631 outlined by Manila First District Rep. Manny Lopez.

Representing the Philippines during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League as part of the Ceres-Negros Team, a professional football team stationed in Bacolod City, the granting of his citizenship concedes him as an outstanding gameplayer in the field of football.

Bills were transferred to the Philippine Senate together with its counterpart bills.

Kouame’s Senate Bill No. 1892 was on the pending list as of Nov. 9, 2020, authored by SBP chairman Sen. Sonny Angara.

Also pending as of March 3, 2020, Senate Bill No. 1391 for Marañon has Sen. Miguel Zubiri’s assistance.

After obtaining approval from the Senate and a signature from President Rodrigo Duterte, both Kouame and Marañon would now be labeled as full-grown Filipino.