MANILA — The Philippines is all set to elect its first transgender person to public office in a breakthrough for the predominantly Catholic country’s LGBT community.
The 49-year-old comes from the politically powerful Roman family, who are popular among low-income earners in the area.
Geraldine Roman, who has been living as a lady for over two decades, is set to win the congressional seat in Bataan previously held by her mother, Herminia Roman.
With 97.2 per cent of national election returns processed, Ms Roman had secured a win with 23,814 votes over her opponent’s 10,325.
Ms Roman’s mother had planned to run for vice governorship before supporting her daughter’s campaign, telling local press her decision was because of the Catholic Church’s “unsupportive stance on transgender sexuality”.
The Philippines is ranked as one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in Asia, however the community remains a minority and often faces discrimination.
Mr Roman’s planned policies include providing modern equipment for public hospitals, expanding the province’s road network, and backing an anti-discrimination bill that would give the LGBT community improved rights.
According to the Pew Research Centre 81 per cent of Filipinos identify as Catholic.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.