Rufus Rodriguez

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Rufus Rodriguez
Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (19th Congress).jpg
Official portrait, 2022
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
In office
November 18, 2020 – June 1, 2022
SpeakerLord Allan Velasco
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Cagayan de Oro's 2nd district
Assumed office
June 30, 2019
Preceded byMaxie Rodriguez
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2016
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMaxie Rodriguez
Vice Governor of Misamis Oriental
In office
GovernorFernando Pacana Jr.
Member of the Misamis Oriental Provincial Board
In office
Personal details
Rufus Bautista Rodriguez

(1953-09-13) September 13, 1953 (age 69)
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
Political partyCentrist Democratic (2010–present)
Other political
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (2007–2010)
Nationalist People's Coalition (1992)
SpouseFenina T. Rodriguez
Alma materDe La Salle University (BA)
University of the Philippines Diliman (LL.B)
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan (MEcon)
Columbia University (LL.M)

Rufus Bautista Rodriguez (born September 13, 1953) is a Filipino lawyer and politician. He is the president of the Centrist Democratic Party and has been a member of the House of Representatives representing the Cagayan de Oro's 2nd district from 2007 to 2016 and from 2019 to today. He previously served as Vice Governor of Misamis Oriental from 1984 to 1986 and Board Member from 1980 to 1984. Rodriguez also was appointed as the head of the Bureau of Immigration by President Joseph Estrada in 1998 and served in that capacity until 2001.[1]


During his high school graduation, Rodriguez was the recipient of the Insular Life Excellence Award.

He graduated from De La Salle University in 1975 with an Bachelor of Arts degree. He then earned his Bachelor of Laws degree in the University of the Philippines Diliman. As a sophomore law student, he was elected the first and first-Filipino president of the World Association of Law Students based in Washington, D.C. As such he presided over the organization’s assemblies in Khartoum, Madrid, and São Paulo. During his time as a law student at U.P., he became the youngest author of law books in his junior year by writing the Law on Transportation published by Rex Bookstore. He also became a member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society from 1st to 4th year. After graduation he then passed the 1981 bar examinations with grades of 90% in three bar subjects, namely Commercial Law, Criminal Law and Labor Law.

He then studied in Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan and earned a Master of Arts in Economics in 1984. He took up further studies in law overseas and graduated with a Master of Laws Magna Cum Laude and a Harlan Fiske Stone Award at the Columbia School of Law in 1995.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez gives his comment on the proposal of inclusion of Freedom of Panorama in Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines


In 1980, while on his senior year at law school, Rodriguez was elected member of the Misamis Oriental Provincial Board. In 1984 he became Vice Governor of Misamis Oriental and served until 1986.

In 1990, Rodriguez was appointed the law dean of the San Sebastian College of Law, Manila.

He ran for a Senate seat in the 1992 election under the Nationalist People's Coalition but lost, finishing 75th.

From 2007 to 2016, Rodriguez was elected as the representative of the second district of Cagayan de Oro in the 14th-16th Congress, ranking second among 268 congressmen on the most number of bills and resolutions filed at 554, of which 53 became Republic Acts. He was re-elected to the House in the 2010 and 2013 elections.

In the 15th Congress, Rodriguez ranked first in the House of Representatives in number of bills and resolutions filed, with 997, 9 of which have become laws, making him the House member with the most number of bills filed that became law.

On June 19, 2009, Rodriguez received a Certificate, Leaders in Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

In 2011 he received a Certificate on Summer Courses on Public International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.

In June 2012, Representative Rodriguez sponsored an amendment to the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009. The proposed amendment revises the provisions rendering a time for breastfeeding babies during work hours. Breastfeeding mothers would no longer be paid for time spent breastfeeding as they are under the current Milk Code, provided the breaks do not exceed 40 minutes during an eight-hour work period.[2]

Rodriguez then attended the 17th Session of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy in Rhodes, Greece in July of that same year.

In 2015 Justice Undersecretary Justiniano amended a complaint against Representative Rodriguez for his part in the 2013 Pork Barrel Scam. It was for cases for malversation of funds.

During the May 9, 2016 presidential elections, Rodriguez first showed his support to candidates Grace Poe and Mar Roxas, but later in the campaign—when surveys changed in Rodrigo Duterte's favor—his support veered towards the Davao City mayor, who subsequently won.

When the 70 congressmen denied ABS-CBN's hopes of renewing its legislative broadcast franchise on July 10, 2020, he slammed the vote because the solons defied the evidence that the network has not committed numerous violations.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Rodriguez is married to Fenina Tiukinhoy of Surigao City and has a daughter, Regine Beatrice.


Rodriguez was awarded “Most Outstanding Alumnus” by De La Salle University in 1999 and Xavier University in 2002.

In December 2008 he was awarded the Xavier University 75th Anniversary's Most Outstanding Alumnus Award for Public Service.

On November 14, 2010, he received the Gold Vision Triangle Award, the highest award given by the YMCA of the Philippines, for his exemplary and distinctive service to the Filipino youth.

In 2011 he was conferred a degree of Doctorate of Humanities (Civil Law), Honoris Causa, by the Central Mindanao University. That same year he was also awarded the YMCA Centennial Leadership Award for Government Service.

Rodriguez was also conferred a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) degree by the University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos (UNO-R) in 2012.


  1. ^ "CentralBooks".
  2. ^ "Leave breastfeeding law alone, lawmakers told | Inquirer News". 25 June 2012.
  3. ^ Jerusalem, Jigger. "Mindanao solon says denial of ABS-CBN franchise defies evidence". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on July 12, 2020. Retrieved July 14, 2021.

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House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Maxie Rodriguez
Member of the House of Representatives
from Cagayan de Oro's 2nd district

Preceded by
Constantino G. Jaraula (at-large/lone district)
Member of the House of Representatives
from Cagayan de Oro's 2nd district

Succeeded by
Maxie Rodriguez