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Geraldine Roman: ‘I would have voted no to P1K budget for CHR’

Sep 15, 2017 @ 14:32

Bataan first-district Rep. Geraldine Roman issued a statement correcting news reports that listed her among the 119 lawmakers who voted in favor of reducing the 2018 budget of Commission on Human Rights to a measly P1,000.

Making a similar excuse as many other House members, she said she was not actually on the plenary floor when voting happened.

“Due to incorrect information being spread on social media, I feel that it is important to tell the truth about my supposed support for the P1,000 peso funding of the CHR. To put all speculations to rest, let me make it clear that I was not at the House of Representatives last September 12 to cast my vote. Not being there, it was impossible for me to have cast my vote,” Roman said.

“Had I been present, I would have upheld the importance of such a crucial government agency like the CHR,” said Roman, the country’s first transgender congresswoman, who recently jumped ship from 2018 budget to the ruling PDP-Laban.

“On September 12, I was in the Province of Bataan with my constituents. There were urgent matters in my hometown that I had to attend to. I met with my constituents in spite of the fact that I was sick,” she added.

“Statements attacking me for my supposed vote of yes are unfair, unfounded and lack basis. Let us not let hatred, malice, misconceptions, and false news divide us. We can achieve more if we work together in good faith,” Roman said.

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