Gays are to be banned from entering of serving the Philippine Military Army
If you still haven’t heard of it, the Philippine Military Academy is already open to gays and lesbians as long as they are qualified. This was announced during the media briefing held at the Camp Aguinaldo last Tuesday, July 10.
PMA Superintendent Maj. Gen. Nonato Alfredo Peralta said that gays are already welcome to the upcoming entrance examination set this August 26. He also added that they do not discriminate lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT).
In fact, this is one of the institution’s means of coping with the changes in the Filipino society which, according to him, is currently in the transition period. It is not uncommon knowledge that many people in the Philippine society are still not open to these things however, at least one place, the Philippine military academy, is already adjusting. It is opening its doors to those who may not be straight but possess the willingness to serve their country.
Gay cadets, she pointed out, only opted to go out of the academy not out of discrimination but because they could not cope with the rigorous training.
But a lot of gay cadets, Flores pointed out, were also able to endure the required four-year academic and military regimen and were now serving the armed forces as officers.
“There were those [gays] who had graduated but in fairness with them, they were not using [their positions] in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” she added.
According to Flores, the school does not ask a cadet if he is gay, saying that the tendency only shows after one has graduated from the academy.
The PMA accepted its first batch of female cadets on April 1993 with the passage of Republic Act No.7192, which granted women equal access to the service academies.
But acceptance of female cadets has since been limited to not more than 5 percent of the total number of cadets entering the academy at any one time.