BALANGA CITY, Bataan: The Provincial Board of Canvassers on Wednesday officially proclaimed the winning candidates on the provincial and congressional levels in Bataan, two of them known members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
Dexter Dominguez, popularly known as Teri Onor, a comedian in the variety show Eat Bulaga, was reelected for his third term as a provincial board member in the province’s first district.
Transgender woman Geraldine Roman, on the other hand, won as representative, also in the first district. She replaces her mother, outgoing Rep. Herminia Roman.
“Ang aming pagkakahalal ay isang pagpapatunay na sa taga-Bataan ay hindi hadlang ang kasarian. Hindi kuwestion ang pagiging bading at tomboy dahil ang kailangan ay plataporma at na sa puso ang paglilingkod [Electing is a proof that gender is not an obstacle for the people of Bataan. Being a gay or lesbian is not an issue because what is important is the platform, and to serve is in the heart],” Dominguez said.
He promised that in the same way that they were not discriminated for being LGBT members, they will also be fair to all. “Makakaasa ang lahat ng aming pantay na pagtingin [Everybody is assured of our fair treatment],” Dominguez added.
Roman, for her part said she will carve her own niche through a legislative agenda to uplift the socio-economic status of the six towns in her district.
Roman and Dominguez were proclaimed with 10 members of the provincial board (five in each of the two districts) and two children of Vice Governor-elect Enrique Garcia, outgoing second district congressman.
Also proclaimed by the PBoC were brothers, reelectionist Gov. Albert Garcia and outgoing Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III as second district congressman.
The elder Garcia failed to attend the proclamation.
Earlier proclaimed were reelected Dinalupihan Mayor Gila Garcia and Francis Garcia as Balanga City mayor.
The father and four siblings all ran unopposed.