Geraldine Roman says she wants to overcome prejudice and discrimination in her country to be elected. If elected, she would be the first trans person to be elected to a public office in the Philippines.
She hopes to win a seat in the national congress in Bataan, northern Philippines.Roman says she is running a serious campaign, and that her popularity is based on her policies and experience.Her mother previously held the seat, and served a maximum of three terms.“The ideal situation is where gender is not an issue and we can focus on the platform, the agenda and the personality and the character of each candidate,” Roman told Reuters.
“That’s what is important, not the gender really,” she adds.Whether elected or not, her popularity and campaign are in themselves a breakthrough in the staunchly Catholic country.While the Catholic church in the Philippines has not made a strong stand against trans issues, it has spoken out against equal marriage. Roman says she has been smeared by rival candidates, she said, but has still received a friendly reception from the public.