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First transgender officer joins Philippine army reserves

AFP  |  Manila 

The has welcomed its first officer, said Thursday, swearing in a prominent member of as a

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

"That indeed makes her the first officer in the Armed Forces of the Philippines," said in a statement.

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

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

Roman was appointed as a in the reserves, alongside two fellow members, the statement added.

"War and disaster do not recognise gender, it affects everybody, and everyone must defend and serve our communities, and our country," the statement quoted her saying during the ceremony.

Born to a politically prominent family based near Manila, Roman changed her in the 1990s.

Her political success has been hailed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) campaigners in a conservative society where divorce and same-sex marriage are both banned.

The last year announced it would accept LGBT applicants "as long as they act and move with dignity".

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 17:40 IST