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May 10, 2016
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With election frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte set to make history in Philippine politics, a certain Geraldine Roman also made her own mark by becoming the first transgender elected to public service.

The 49-year-old became a representative of the first legislative district of Bataan after winning in a landslide victory, the BBC reported.

With 104,603 votes, Roman bested Danny Malana, who only got 64,147, to win the congressional seat and also become the first transgender in the House of Representatives.

According to her, she will continue to support the rights of the LGBT community as she finds herself in a predominantly Catholic Congress.

“If Jesus Christ was alive today, he would not approve of discrimination. I firmly believe that,” she said.

Roman succeeded her mother, Bataan Representative Herminia Roman, who has been in public service since 2007.

Her father, the late Antonino Roman, preceded her mother and also served in the same position from 1998 to 2007.

 

Photo credit: themalaymailonline.com

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