Rudy Farinas is now the most powerful national politiko from Ilocos having been named as the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives in the 17th Congress.
Farinas, a newly-minted member of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), is also the chair of the committee on rules which oversees the House’s order of business including prescribing conditions for the debate and amendments of bills and resolutions.
Farinas is the de facto right hand man of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in sorting out the power balance in the House including the PDP-Laban’s membership and alliances with other political parties. Farinas is credited for building up the supermajority enjoyed by the majority coalition with more than two-thirds of the 293 members on its side.
Farinas, who was brilliant in his Ateneo law school days despite having a carefree lifestyle, is a former mayor of Laoag and governor of Ilocos Norte.