THE Armed Forces yesterday said transgender Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman is going to be a “welcome addition” to the military if she pursues her intention to be part of the AFP’s reserve force.
AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said Roman has announced that she will be applying for the Armed Forces reserve force. She will be the first transgender in the military if her application is approved.
But Arevalo had a caveat. “They are entering an institution placed in high esteem. We admonish them to maintain the dignity of the uniform; observe discipline, propriety and decorum; and measure up to the steep standards of the service. Else, they have no room in this noble profession of arms.”
To put it bluntly, Roman, based on her gender, must wear a male uniform.
Roman has said she hopes t the military is aware that as a transgender woman, she should be wearing woman’s uniform.
Arevalo said: “Admittedly this is the first time that we have that situation concerning a prospective applicant. We have to go by the gender of the applicant as reflected in the certificate of live birth.”
Arevalo said the court has approved Roman’s petition to change her gender to female. However, Arevalo could not immediately say if Roman’s birth certificate, one of the requirements in the application, already bears her new gender.
“If she satisfies the legal requirement that would say that she has been physically transformed into a woman, then we will allow her to wear the uniform of a woman and groom her hair into a woman,” said Arevalo.
And there lies the problem.