Former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has vowed to battle for farmers’ rights even after he was rejected by the Commission of Appointments.
In a press convention Wednesday (September 6), Mariano stated the CA’s resolution confirmed corporate pursuits prevailed.
“Ngayong araw maaaring nanaig ang interes ng mga negosyante, panginoong may lupa at malalaking korporasyon, ngunit darating din ang araw na magsasaka naman ang mananaig,” he stated.
Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto III, chair of the CA’s committee on agrarian reform, stated 13 of the panel’s members rejected Mariano’s appointment.
He is the fourth Cabinet official of the Duterte administration who did not hurdle the CA. The different rejected Secretaries had been Perfecto Yasay Jr. of Foreign Affairs, Gina Lopez of Environment and Judy Taguiwalo of Social Welfare and Development.
Despite being rejected by the CA, Mariano stated he’ll proceed being on farmers’ aspect.
“Ito po ang pangako ko sa inyo: Hangga’t hindi nalulutas ang pangunahing suliranin sa lupa na isa sa mg ugat ng krisis sa lipunan, magpapatuloy po tayo sa pagkilos– ngayon– balik sa hanay ng aking mga kapwa magsasaka at taumbayan,” he stated.
Mariano, a former congressman representing Anakpawis party-list, didn’t have a remark when requested if his ties with the Left was a consider his rejection.