Rufus Rodriguez

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Rufus Rodriguez
PATAFA chair Rufus Rodriguez (cropped).jpg
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 byConstantino G. Jaraula
(representative, Lone District)
Succeeded byMaxie Rodriguez
Personal details
Rufus Bautista Rodriguez

(1953-09-13) September 13, 1953 (age 66)
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
Political partyPwersa ng Masang Pilipino
Centrist Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Fenina T. Rodriguez
Alma materDe La Salle University

Rufus Bautista Rodriguez (born September 13, 1953) is a Filipino legal scholar and politician. He is the president of the Centrist Democratic Party and was a Member of the House of Representatives representing the Second District of Cagayan de Oro City from 2007 to 2016.


A graduate of the De La Salle University (Ab Economics '75) and the University of the Philippines College of Law, Rodriguez served as Vice-Governor of Misamis Oriental from 1984 to 1986. In 1990, he became the Dean of the College of Law of San Sebastian College. Rodriguez was appointed as the head of the Bureau of Immigration by President Joseph Estrada in 1998, and served in that capacity until 2001.[1]

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]

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

He went on to take AB-Economics at De La Salle University, Manila where he graduated.

He entered the College of Law at the University of the Philippines at Diliman, Quezon City.

As a sophomore law student, he was elected the first and Filipino President of the World Association of Law Students based in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. As such he presided over the organization’s assemblies in Khartoum, Sudan, Africa; Madrid, Spain; and São Paulo, Brazil.

Also as a junior law student at U.P. he became the youngest author of law books by writing the Law on Transportation published by Rex Bookstore.

He was a student at the U.P. College of Law, a member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society from 1st to 4th year. He graduated in the 1981 Bar Examinations with grades of 90% in three bar subjects namely: Commercial Law, Criminal Law and Labor Law.

In 1980, while on his senior year at law school, he was elected board member of Misamis Oriental. In 1984, he became Vice Governor of Misamis Oriental. Also that year, he finished his M.A. in Economics at Xavier University.

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

He took up further studies in law overseas, and graduated Master of Laws at Columbia School of Law, New York City in 1995.

He 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 Most Outstanding Alumnus Award for Public Service.

From 2007 to 2016, he was elected Representative of the Second District of Cagayan de Oro City in the 14th-16th Congress, ranking second among 268 Congressmen on the most number of bills and resolutions filed at 554 of which 53 have become Republic Acts. He was re-elected in the 2010 and 2013 elections.

At present, in the 15th Congress, he ranks first in the House of Representatives in the number of bills and resolutions with 997, of which 9 have become laws currently making him the House member with the most number of bills filed that became law.

On June 19, 2009, he received a Certificate, Leaders in Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Last 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 the degree of Doctorate of Humanities (Civil Law) Honoris Causa by the Central Mindanao University at Musuan, Bukidnon, received a Certificate on Summer Courses on Public International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law in Netherlands, he was awarded the YMCA Centennial Leadership Award for Government Service.

He was also conferred a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) degree by University of Negros Occidental Recoletos (UNO-R) in 2012 Attended the 17th Session of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy in Rhodes, Greece last July 2012.

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

During the May 9, 2016 presidential elections, he first showed his support to candidates Grace Poe and Mar Roxas and later in the campaign - when surveys changed in Duterte's favor - his support to Davao City Mayor and winning candidate Rodrigo Duterte.

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


  • "Member Information: Rufus B. Rodriguez". House of Representatives of the Philippines. Retrieved 2008-03-03.

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Preceded by
Constantino G. Jaraula
(representative, Lone District)
Representative, 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City
Succeeded by
Maxie Rodriguez