Ex-House leader mourned

Prospero Nograles

THE Romualdez couple said yesterday the country lost another brilliant lawyer-politician with the passing last Saturday of former Speaker Prospero “Boy Nogie” Castillo Nograles.

The House of Representatives will hold a necrological service to honor Nograles tomorrow morning.

Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin Romualdez and Tingog first nominee and Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez said Nograles was among the well-respected Congress leaders.

“Speaker Nogie’s dedicated public service and brilliant leadership are beyond question,” said Romualdez, a colleague of Nograles in the latter’s speakership years during the 14th Congress. “This is a very painful moment for the Nograles family and we offer our prayers that our Dear Lord comforts them in this very difficult time. He (Speaker Nogie) is a big loss.”

“Our prayers and condolences, hoping that the outpouring of love and support will somehow give comfort to the family at this very difficult time,” said Yedda Romualdez, the chairperson of the House Committee on Accounts.

We will miss him — SGMA

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a former President, said it was an honor for her that Nograles served as his Speaker in the 14th Congress or during the latter part of her presidency.

“It was my honor that he was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2008 to 2010 during my Presidency. I recall how much he was loved, not only by his fellow congressmen but, just as important, by the staff of the House whose welfare he cared so much about. We will miss him,” said Arroyo who along with acting House Secretary General Dante Roberto Maling witnessed the Philippine Flag draping ceremony by the Congressional Honor Guards on the casket of Nograles Sunday morning at Chapel 1, Heritage Park, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Arroyo also recalled that Nograles was very helpful to her when she was still the undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the late 80’s about Congress’ relations. Nograles was then a first-termer Davao City congressman.

“He was very helpful to me when it was my task as Undersecretary of Trade and Industry to navigate our department’s relations with Congress,” said Arroyo.

“We mourn the passing of former Speaker Prospero ‘Boy’ Nograles and offer our deepest condolences to his loved ones and constituents. A bar topnotcher, he served for a long time in Congress,” Arroyo added.

The House of Representatives will hold a requiem mass and necrological service from nine to twelve in the afternoon this Tuesday before his remains are flown to Davao on the same day.