Mariano will 'be in a dilemma' in DAR: analyst

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 27 2016 06:35 PM

The reported appointment of Rafael Mariano in the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will give the former Anakpawis representative some problems, an analyst said.

Executive Director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, Ramon Casiple said Mariano is facing dilemma in his appointment "because we already have laws on agrarian reform."

"Unfortunately, these are not the laws that he thinks should be followed. So he will be in a dilemma leading an executive body, the Department of Agrarian Reform, implementing laws that he criticized," he said on ANC's Dateline Philippines.

Casiple said he expects Mariano to file executive bills to redefine or repeal these laws, but in the meantime, Mariano "is bound to promote and implement" laws like the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER).

Mariano is the chairperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and was reportedly nominated by the National Democratic Front (NDF) to head DAR in the administration of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.

The NDF also reportedly nominated former Bayan Muna representative Teddy CasiƱo and former University of the Philippines professor Judy Taguiwalo for cabinet posts.

Duterte had said he is willing to concede four departments to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)—DAR, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

READ: Duterte offers Cabinet posts to Communist Party

Casiple said Duterte's offer of cabinet post to the left is not at all new and should be welcomed.

"This should be a chance for the left to join the mainstream, prove itself that it can easily work with people who do not share their particular ideas, and basically contribute to national development," he said.

"Ideas, programs, advocacies, and platforms that any group—not only the communist party, but any other, as long as they don’t overthrow the democracy—[have] are welcome in a democracy," he added.

Casiple also revealed that he expected the return of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison and NDF chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni from the election of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III because of the their ties with Aquino's mother, former president Corazon Aquino, but he's frustrated that it didn't happen.

"It was a letdown when it turned out that the president is not that interested in closing the whole chapter…That should have been the feather in the cap of President Aquino. Now, I think it will be the Duterte administration that will make use of it," he said.