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DND, AFP chiefs oppose Mariano as DAR head


By Mario Casayuran 

Top military leaders on Tuesday sought the rejection of the confirmation of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) secretary-designate Rafael Vitriolo Mariano following the burning of 150 hectares and destruction in agricultural equipment and warehouses at a banana and pineapple plantation in Tagum city.

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano (Richard V. Viñas / MANILA BULLETIN)

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano (Richard V. Viñas / MANILA BULLETIN)

The resolution of these military leaders – Department of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año – was revealed by Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III as chairman of the agrarian reform committee of the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) which is trying to determine his fitness to be a member of the Duterte Cabinet.

But Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of President Duterte, is one of the four mayors against Mariano’s confirmation who signed another resolution.

Sotto said four governors also signed that resolution.

Asked by Senate reporters about this resolution after the Sotto committee reset the hearing for today after hearing several persons and groups explained they are against his confirmation, Mariano said what he knows is that he has not seen the date of the Lorenzana-/Ano resolution.

He also dissociated himself from the so-called leftist group that destroyed the property of Lapandai Fruits Corporation, formerly the Global Fruits Corporation.

This corporation employed thousands of employees’’ and has given much not only to region X1 but to Mindanao.

In that encounter, resolution alleged that Mariano had knowledge of the burning of Lapandai property, Sotto said.

During the committee hearing, Sotto said Mariano denied an intelligence report that he had a hand in planning the burning of the 546-hectare Lapandai property.

In last week’s CA committee hearing, Mariano denied having undertaken underground activities against the national government.

He also denied being a member the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front –New People’s Army (CPP-NDF-NDF).

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  • Jack

    Lying to your teeth is one characteristics of communist doctrine just to get what they want. Even if Mariano denies that he is a member of the CPP/NPA/NDF or Chairman of the the Anak Pawis which is a legal front of the CPP, nobody will believe him because he was even nominated by the CPP/NDF to be part of the cabinet as part of the Peace Negotiation with the CPP/NPA/NDF. He can fool us once, but not all the times. He is like Joma Sison who always deny that he is still the chairman of the CPP but just a consultant of the NDF. But when Joma Sison uses his Nome de Guerre as Armando Liwanag or Amado Guerero he gives directives, policies and guidelines as Chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines. That is your doctrine and already knew it. Buking na kayo. For delikadesa, since the peace talk with the CPP/NPA/NDF is already terminated, it is but proper to resign you post and not wait for CA to kick you out like Taguiwalo. We need government officials who are hones, dedicated and loyal to the Filipino flag not the Communist Flag.

  • sikatuna

    this guy phones should be tapped. and also subject to surveillance to whom he is associated. He should be denied appointment of his post.