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Philippines elect first transgender

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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.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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