With 99% of precincts reported, Bataan elected Geraldine Roman to a Philippine congressional seat, making her the first transgender person in the Philippine House of Representatives.
As the only transgender candidate running in this year’s elections, Roman’s campaign on the Liberal Party ticket has been swift, as her lead of 102,000 votes was reported by Buzzfeed News last week. Her planned politics appealed largely to low-income voters, as they include new infrastructure and expanded medical equipment at local hospitals.
Roman’s seat was previously held by her mother, Herminia Roman, and the new representative promised she would take on gender identification laws in the Philippines upon her election.
“I am living proof that such a law will allow transgender people to pursue happiness and become productive citizens,” she told AFP.