MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate Committee on Justice on Wednesday approved the bills seeking to grant Filipino citizenship to athletes Ange Koume and Bienvenido Maranon.
This comes after the House of Representatives last week approved on the third and final reading the bills that granted citizenship to both athletes.
Kouame, the center of the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles who hails from the Ivory Coast, is looking to play for Gilas Pilipinas in international competitions.
Maranon, for his part, is the star striker of United City FC and is originally from Spain. He has expressed his intent to play for the Philippine Azkals.
Sen. Sonny Angara, who filed the Senate bill for Kouame's naturalization, said the center "would be a wonderful addition to our Philippine national team."
Both Kouame and Maranon were present in the online meeting chaired by Sen. Dick Gordon.