The Philippine military has welcomed its first transgender officer, the guard office said Thursday, swearing in a prominent member from Congress as a reservist.

Geraldine Roman, 50, who turned into the Catholic-majority country’s first transgender individual chose to Congress in 2016, promised yesterday.

That indeed makes her the first transgender officer in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” protection office representative Arsenio Andolong said in an announcement.

“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 accepts prominent figures like administrators and bureau individuals as save officers.

Roman was selected as a lieutenant colonel in the armed force saves, nearby two kindred House of Representatives individuals, the announcement included.

“War and disaster do not recognise gender, it affects everybody, and everyone must defend and serve our communities, and our country,” the announcement cited her idiom amid the function.

Destined to a politically unmistakable family based close Manila, Roman changed her sexual orientation in the 1990s.

Her political achievement has been hailed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) campaigners in a preservationist society where separation and same-sex marriage are both restricted.

The Philippine military a year ago reported it would acknowledge LGBT candidates “as long as they act and move with nobility”.

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