House approves on third reading measure granting Pinoy citizenship to football star Bienvenido Marañ

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a measure granting Philippine citizenship to football star Bienvenido Marañon.

House Bill 8631, authored by Manila Rep. Manny Lopez, was approved with 206 affirmative, no negative or abstention votes.

Lopez said Spanish-born Marañon moved to the Philippines in 2015 and joined the Ceres Football Club. He played for the Ceres-Negros Team in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Championship League.

Marañon is the leading goal scorer of the Philippine Football League and the all-time top scorer in the AFC Cup after scoring his 35th goal in Ceres-Negros’s 4-0 win against Bali United last March 11, 2020.

“If granted the opportunity to play for the Philippines, Marañon will undoubtedly be an invaluable asset to the national football team, the Azkals, and bring pride and honor to the country,” said Lopez.

In the hearing of the House Committee on Justice, Marañon expressed his hope to be part of the Azkals and help them reach the World Cup.

“For me, I would like to become Filipino because I love the country, I love the people. I feel much love from the people. And I would like to give them the love that I received,” said Marañon

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