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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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‘C’ Division League Football tournament set for February

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KATHMANDU— The Martyrs Memorial ‘C’ Division League Football Championship is set to take place in the third week of February 2019.

On Thursday the meeting held between the representatives of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and ‘C’ Division clubs at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Lalitpur set the date for the tournament, shared ANFA Spokesperson Kiran Rai.

League Director Sanjeeb Mishra said, “The ANFA and Club’s representatives have agreed to conduct the competition in the final week of February (second week of Falgun). We will finalize the specific date for the tournament in near future”.

Eleven ‘C’ Division clubs will take part in the Division League.

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