MANILA, Philippines – Rep. Mikee Romero (1-Pacman party-list) recently filed a resolution for the banning of foreign players in school programs. Romero cited the following for his reasons: Foreign players stymie the growth and shortchange the development of various sports programs in the Philippines. They take away playing time from Filipino players. Acquiring foreigners is not only counter-productive but is also expensive. Is that the case? If you look at this Season 82 of the UAAP, yes, foreign student-athletes are dominating. Angelo Kouame leads Ateneo in playing time with 25 minutes per game. Four Blue Eagles average 20-plus minutes a game. Five others average over 10 minutes per game. Kouame is also their leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker. Thirdy Ravena is the only other player in double digits. In Season 81, Kouame was second in minutes played and points on the team. Adamson University’s Lenda Douanga averages 33 minutes per game. Jerrick … [Read more...] about Are foreign student-athletes bad for Philippine sports?