Senate OKs bills granting PH citizenship to Marañon, Kouame

Originally published by CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) — The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading the bills seeking to grant Filipino citizenship to foreign-born athletes Bienvenido Marañon and Angelo Kouame.

The upper chamber adopted House Bill No. 8631, which would grant Spanish striker Marañon the chance to compete for the Philippine Azkals, the country's national football team.

Marañon moved to the Philippines in 2015 and played for the Ceres Negros and United City football clubs. He was also a four-time Philippine Football League champion.

Meanwhile, House Bill No. 8632 would also grant Ivorian-born Kouame a chance to wear the Philippine flag in the international stage if passed into law.

Kouame is a two-time UAAP men's basketball champion with the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles. In 2018, he was also the first foreign student-athlete to win the UAAP Rookie of the Year award.

The House of Representatives already approved similar measures last February.

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