Transgender woman solon vows full support to Duterte

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    BALANGA CITY — The first transgender woman to become a member of the House of Representatives promised full support to President Rodrigo Duterte during her oath-taking Thursday here together with elected officials in Bataan.

    “Ipinararating namin ang aming best wishes at panalangin sa ating bagong Pangulong Duterte upang magtagumpay ang kanyang administrasyon. Makakaasa kayo ng aming suporta sa lahat ng inyong magagandang adhikain,” said Geraldine Roman, congresswoman of Bataan’s first district.

    She replaced her mother Rep. Herminia Roman who finished three terms. She and her mother are members of the Liberal Party.

    "We look forward to working with you for the greater good of our country and Bataan,” the new congresswoman told the new President.

    During her message, she appealed to the people of Bataan: “Suportahan natin ang ating bagong Presidente.” She said members of Congress are excited and hopeful of many changes with the new administration.

    She said she used to ponder of what would really happen to the country but that she was reminded of what her late father, former Bataan Rep. Tony Roman, often advised her.

    “Do not be afraid of change. Do not be afraid to go out of your comfort zone,” Roman said quoting her father’s advice.

    She said that should the Constitutional Convention push through, she was ready to file some amendments that will benefit her constituents.

    Roman, 2nd District Rep. Jose Enrique Garcia III, Gov. Albert Garcia and 10 members of the sangguniang panlalawigan took their oath before Executive Judge Angelito Balderama of the Bataan Regional Trial Court.

    Mayors, vice-mayors and members of the sangguniang bayan in nine towns and one city took their oath before Gov. Garcia and two barangay chairmen.

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