Win some, lose some for Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman
There are two sides of a coin for Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman.
Akbayan party-list Representative Tom Villarin on Thursday shared the names of the 32 House members who voted against 1-Sagip party-list Representative Rodante Marcoleta’s motion to give the Commission on Human Rights a budget of P1,000 for the whole of 2018, and Roman’s name is not part of the list.
In a statement, Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman said that she neither voted for nor against the Marcoleta motion because she was in her hometown and was not able to cast her vote.
“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,” Roman said. “Not being there, it was impossible for me to have cast my vote. Had I been present, I would have upheld the importance of such a crucial government agency like the CHR.”
A day after the House vote on the CHR budget, House Bill 4982, which prohibits and penalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (Sogie), was passed on second reading during the plenary session
Roman, the Philippines’ first transgender congresswoman, said in a statement that the development marks a milestone for equality.
She said the bill is a landmark legislation meant to criminalize discriminatory practices against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Other “Equality champions” in the House of Representatives include Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones and Diwa Rep. Emmi Aglipay-Villar.
Last March, the politician has been criticized for her controversial “yes” vote to approve the death penalty bill on final reading.
She explained then that she had to “bend to the views of her constituents in Bataan who favored the restoration of death penalty.”
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