by Mhike Cigaral
Exclusive to iOrbitNews
ORANI, Bataan – “I have not decided yet.”
This was the reaction of Bataan Representative Geraldine B. Roman when asked by this reporter if she will consider running for a senatorial race on 2019.
Last Friday, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III revealed six of his unofficial choices for the senatorial slate of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in the 2019 congressional election.
Senator Pimentel, who is also PDP-Laban president, said that six of the party’s “Magic 12” could include himself, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chair Francis Tolentino, and Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman.
All of the names mentioned came from political families and three of them former members of a rival political party.
“I am discerning the voice of the people and praying for enlightenment,” Roman added.
The first-termer lawmaker of this province’s 1st district is the first openly transgender woman elected to the Congress of the Philippines. She is also a journalist.
She, along with other elected lawmakers collectively known as ‘equality champs’, launched the passage of the anti-discrimination bill on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (now known as the SOGIE Equality Bill) through a speech in the House of Representatives that garnered international support for LGBT rights in the Philippines.
Rep. Roman also filed bills regarding eco-tourism, livelihood enhancements, agriculture advancements, health, and education, which were the advocacies of her family and were focused on the first district of Bataan.
She was named as one of the ’13 Inspiring Woman of 2016′ by Time magazine in October 2016.
“If ever I will pursue this, I want to do it for the right reasons. To be a catalyst for equality through positive and inclusive change,” Roman said.