A transgender candidate hopes to win a seat in Congress in upcoming Philippines election. Julie Noce reports.
Geraldine Roman waves to supporters during a rally in her hometown in Bataan Province in the Philippines. Roman is poised to become the country's first transgender Congresswoman if she wins Monday's election. The 49-year old comes from a family of politicians. She's running for her mother's seat, in fact, who served the maximum of three terms. The country's strong Catholic influence have helped keep divorce, abortion and same-sex marriage illegal. Roman said at first her opponents were focused on her gender identity, but was pleased to discover that her constituents weren't. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FILIPINO TRANSGENDER CANDIDATE, GERALDINE ROMAN, SAYING: "The ideal situation is where gender is not an issue and we can focus on the platform and the agenda and the personality and the character of each candidate. That's what is important today, not the gender really." Roman has been living as a woman for about 20 years and now lives with her male partner. She says she plans to continue her family's legacy of public service.