Sep 6, 2017 @ 18:04

Malacañang on Wednesday expressed remorse over the rejection of Rafael Mariano as Agrarian Reform Secretary, saying the former activist has performed a key position in selling the welfare of farmers.

“We regret the news of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael ‘Paeng’ Mariano’s rejection by the Commission on Appointments,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned in an announcement.

“Improving the quality of life of our farmers is the commitment of the Duterte administration, and Secretary Mariano has been pivotal in promoting farmers’ rights and welfare and ensuring their security of land tenure,” Abella mentioned.

The Palace official added that the Filipino individuals “will always be grateful to Sec. Mariano for his dedicated and passionate service to the nation.”

Just like in the case of former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez and Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, President Rodrigo Duterte has completed nothing to urge his allies in the House to verify his appointees.

Senator Vicente Sotto III, chair of the CA panel on Agrarian Reform, mentioned there have been 13 CA members who voted in opposition to Mariano’s affirmation.

Mariano had 24 endorsements and 11 oppositors together with house owners of a cattle ranch, Ranch Gallego, a farmer who represented Hacienda Luisita, amongst others.

He turned the fourth Cabinet member of President Rodrigo Duterte to be rejected by the highly effective physique.

The CA additionally rejected the appointments of Perfecto Yasay, Jr. as Foreign Affairs Secretary, Gina Lopez as Environment Secretary and Judy Taguiwalo as Social Welfare Secretary.

Both Mariano and Taguiwalo had been nominated by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Some safety officers additionally claimed that they had intelligence reviews that confirmed that Mariano had a “direct participation” in New People’s Army (NPA) assaults at the amenities of Lapanday Foods Corporation early this yr (PNA)