First transgender lawmaker wants to become the first transgender reserve officer of AFP

  • Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman expressed her desire to apply as a reserve officer for the AFP
  • Representative Roman is the country’s first transgender lawmaker
  • The AFP earlier announced that it will accept applicants from the LGBT community

Following the announcement last month of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that it is looking for 10,000 Filipinos who want to volunteer to become soldiers and that they welcome members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community to apply, the first transgender lawmaker of the country expressed her desire to apply as a reservist.

Bataan representative Geraldine Roman said applying to become a reserve officer is her way of showing her appreciation to the AFP’s move to accept members of the LGBT community.

As mentioned in Bombo Radyo, Rep. Roman appealed to AFP that should she pass the tests and trainings to become a reservist she should be allowed to wear military uniform for female soldiers and a woman’s haircut.

Colonel Edgard Arevalo, AFP chief of public affairs, earlier said that anyone who could fulfill the application requirements would be welcomed into the AFP, regardless of their gender.

“They are welcome. Puwede po silang mag-apply [they can apply], Tatanggapin po natin sila sa AFP [let us accept them in AFP], but of course they have to pass all the examinations, all the tests,” he said.