QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Whenever one hears the name Manny Pacquiao, boxing always comes to mind. Like a fist fight. And that’s exactly the challenge hurled at the boxer-turned-senator by a Philippine transgender congresswoman.
Geraldine Roman of the first district of Bataan and the first transgender legislator in the Philippines, told The Adobo Chronicles today that she is willing to engage Pacquiao in a fist fight to settle once and for all the senator’s Bible assertion that women should dress like women, and men like men.
Pacquiao made the statement during deliberations on Senate Bill 1271 that seeks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (SOGIE).
The senator also said that crossdressing can lead to “fraud” and subsequently to murder, apparently in reference to transgender woman Jennifer Laude who was killed by US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in 2014. Pemberton said he choked Laude to death after learning that the person he brought back to his hotel room was a transgender woman.
“I expect Pacquiao to be man enough to accept this challenge from a woman — fist to fist, with no bible in hand,” Roman said.