First transgender officer joins Philippine army reserves

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MANILA: The Philippine military has welcomed its first transgender officer, the defence department said Thursday, swearing in a prominent member of Congress as a reservist.

Geraldine Roman, 50, who became the Catholic-majority nation’s first transgender person elected to Congress in 2016, took her oath yesterday.

“That indeed makes her the first transgender officer in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” defence department spokesman Arsenio Andolong said in a statement.

“Her being part of the (military) underscores the fact that gender is not an issue when it comes to serving the country,” he added.

The Philippine military frequently inducts prominent figures like legislators and cabinet members as reserve officers.

Roman was appointed as a lieutenant colonel in the army reserves, alongside two fellow House of Representatives members, the statement added.

“War and disaster do not recognise gender, it affects everybody, and everyone must defend and serve our communities, and our…

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