SBP president Al S. Panlilio

SBP President Al S. Panlilio’s statement on swift approval of House Bill 5951

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas extends its gratitude to the House Committee on Justice for their swift approval of House Bill 5951 for the naturalization of Ange Kouame.

We thank Congressman Robbie Puno for filing the bill and for being a constant ally of the Philippine basketball community.

The SBP also thanks Senator Sonny Angara for filing SB 1982, the counterpart of the bill for the Senate.

Our Gilas Pilipinas Men’s Team was able to jump start our preparations for 2023 with their inspired performance in Manama, Bahrain in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and receiving this good news from the House of Representatives gives our program even more momentum.

We remain hopeful that Kouame will be able to play as a Filipino at the soonest time possible as every FIBA window is an opportunity to build on the future of Philippine basketball.