Mariano blames big business, landlords for ouster from DAR
Rafael Mariano blamed big business and landlords for his ejection as Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reforms by the Commission on Appointments.
“Ngayong araw, maaring nanaig ang interes ng mga negosyante, panginoong may lupa, at malalaking korporasyon, ngunit darating din ang araw na magsasaka naman ang mananaig (Today, perhaps the interest of businessmen, landlords and big corporations wins, but there will come a time when farmers will triumph.),” said Mariano in a pres conference just minutes after getting the adverse CA voting results.
Senator Vicente Sotto III, chair of the CA panel on Agrarian Reform, said there were 13 CA members who voted against Mariano’s confirmation.
Mariano had 24 endorsements and 11 oppositors including owners of a cattle ranch, Ranch Gallego, a farmer who represented Hacienda Luisita, among others.
Mariano, however, said he would continue helping farmers in his own way despite the rejection.
“Bagamat bigo po tayong makuha ang kumpirmasyon ng CA ngayong araw, hindi po titigil ang inyong lingkod na pagsilbihan ang ating mga magsasaka. Patuloy tayong magpupunla ng progresibong mga laban, upang sa huli ay makaani tayo ng tagumpay (“We might have failed to get the confirmation of the CA today, but I will not stop serving our farmers. We will continue to push for progressive advocacies, and in the end, we will reap our own successes.),” he added.
Before his stint as Agrarian Reform Secretary, Mariano was an Anakpawis party-list congressman and chair of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.
He became the fourth Cabinet member of President Rodrigo Duterte to be rejected by the powerful body.
The CA also rejected the appointments of Perfecto Yasay, Jr. as Foreign Affairs Secretary, Gina Lopez as Environment Secretary and Judy Taguiwalo as Social Welfare Secretary.