Another foreigner is one step closer to representing the Philippines on the international stage.
Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon’s naturalization was also passed by the House Committee on Justice, Wednesday afternoon.
House Bill No. 7427, authored by Rep. Manny Lopez, was approved.
The bill was filed last September 6.
“In his five-year football career in the Philippines, Maranon has shown exceptional skills complemented by commendable work ethic. He is known as one of the most prolific scorers in Southeast Asia,” Lopez said.
Maranon is the all-time goal scorer in AFC Cup history, with 35 goals to his name.
Last PFL Season, the 34-year-old native of El Puerto, Spain led United City to the championship. He had seven goals all throughout the tournament.
“I would like to become a Filipino because I love the country and I love the people,” Maranon said.
“I feel too much love from them, and I would like to give them the love I’ve received. I would love to play for the Azkals national team ’cause I feel like I’ve been a Filipino since arrived here. I want to help them reach the World Cup, play in the Asia Cup, and win the Suzuki Cup.”
“If granted the opportunity to play for the Philippines, Maranon will undoubtedly be an invaluable asset to the national football team, the Azkals, and bring pride and honor to our country. This will also be an opportunity on the part of Congress to contribute to the Philippines’ success in the global football arena,” added Lopez.
Maranon now awaits Senate Bill no. 1391 to be approved. It was authored by Sen. Miguel Zubiri.