Rafael V. Mariano

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Rafael V. Mariano
Secretary of Agrarian Reform
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte
Preceded by Virgilio de los Reyes
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives for Anakpawis
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
Personal details
Born Rafael Vitriolo Mariano
(1956-10-24) October 24, 1956 (age 59)
Quezon, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
Political party Anakpawis
Spouse(s) Estrelita Mariano
Profession Politician, Farmer

Rafael "Ka Paeng" Vitriolo Mariano (born October 24, 1956) is a Filipino politician. He was a member of the House of Representatives for Anakpawis serving from 2004 to 2013. He is also the chairman of the farmers militant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP).[1]

On May 31, 2016, after being nominated by the National Democratic Front, it was announced that Mariano will be joining the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte as Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform.[2] He assumed the secretaryship on June 30, 2016 replacing Virgilio de los Reyes.

Early life[edit]

Mariano was born on October 24, 1956 to a poor family in the municipality of Quezon, Nueva Ecija. He was a farmer who took up agriculture and agri-cooperatives at the Wesleyan University and Christian College of the Philippines (formerly Liwag Colleges) in Cabanatuan. He failed to graduate from both institutions due to financial difficulties and his father's illness.[3]

Political career[edit]

Mariano joined the Bisig ng Kabataan (Youth Arm), a local youth activist organization, when he was 20 years old. He was elected as councilor of Quezon, Nueva Ecija five years later in 1981. He became the regional vice chairman of the Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon (Central Luzon Farmers' Alliance) in 1984 and as secretary-general of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Farmers' Movement of the Philippines) in 1985. He later served as the movement's national vice chairman and national chairman. He was among the survivors of the 1987 Mendiola massacre.[3]

In 1998, he assumed the chairmanship of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan. He was nominated to the Anakpawis party-list in the 2004 general elections and served as the party's representative in the Philippine House of Representatives until 2013. During his term, he pressed for the passage of the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill which aimed to distribute land to farmers for free. He was one of five progressive legislators who were detained for 2 months in 2006 in the Batasang Pambansa Complex on charges of plotting to overthrow the government of then President Gloria Arroyo.[3]


  1. ^ "EDCA to pave way for US presence in countryside – KMP". Manila Bulletin. January 15, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Duterte names more Cabinet members, agency heads". CNN Philippines. May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Duterte Cabinet". Interaksyon. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Virgilio de los Reyes
Secretary of Agrarian Reform
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Judy Taguiwalo
as Secretary of Social Welfare and Development
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Secretary of Agrarian Reform
Succeeded by
Gina Lopez
as Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources