PH’s first trans­gen­der solon now an AFP re­servist

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MANILA — Bataan First District Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Geral­dine Ro­man, the coun­try’s first ever trans­gen­der solon, for­mally took her oath as a lieu­tenant colonel in the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) re­serve units Wed­nes­day.

Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fense (DND) spokesper­son Arse­nio An­do­long, in a state­ment, said the oath tak­ing cer­e­monies took place at the Hall of Flags, DND Build­ing, Camp Aguinaldo, Que­zon City.

Head­ing her don­ning cer­e­monies was DND Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana.

Also present in the ac­tiv­i­ties were AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guer­rero and other rank­ing de­fense and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials. Ro­man an­nounced her ap­pli­ca­tion to the AFP Re­serve Force in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

She also com­mended and thanked the AFP for al­low­ing in­di­vid­u­als from the LGBT (Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual, Trans­gen­der) Com­mu­nity to join the mil­i­tary.

“War and dis­as­ter do not rec­og­nize gen­der, it af­fects every­body, and ev­ery­one must de­fend and serve our com­mu­ni­ties, and our coun­try, that is why I am join­ing the AFP Re­serve Force,” the Bataan solon added.

The first trans­gen­der mil­i­tary of­fi­cer is also an ad­vo­cate for the re­vival of the manda­tory Re­served Of­fi­cers Train­ing Course (ROTC) for Grades 11 and 12.

She ex­pressed her sup­port for the pro­gram dur­ing the ROTC Corps Com­man­ders’Sum­mit and Se­nior Re­servist Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence held on Feb. 22, 2017 in Camp Aguinaldo, Que­zon City.

“We in Congress are work­ing to make the ROTC ex­pe­ri­ence a sig­nif­i­cant, ben­e­fi­cial and mean­ing­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for those who will join and we will en­sure that the value of Pa­tri­o­tism will be in­cul­cated among the youth through this course,” she said.

Two other House Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Con­gress­man Ed­win Marino Ongchuan of North­ern Sa­mar and Con­gress­woman Div­ina Grace Yu of Zam­boanga Del Sur’s 1st District also took their oath as lieu­tenant colonels in the Army’s Re­serve Force. (PNA)


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