FORMER House Speaker Prospero “Boy” Nograles has died. He was 71.
His sons, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles and PBA party-list Rep. Jericho Jonas Nograles, confirmed his untimely demise.
A family statement said:
“Our family would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of you for being a part of Papa Boy Nogie’s life and journey.
”Papa passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family,” the family statement said.
“May we please ask for your continued prayers.
”He is finally at peace.”
Reports said that Speaker Nograles had a lingering illness and most of the time he was out of the public eye.
Nograles was elected House Speaker in 2008, during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, making him the first Mindanaoan solon to become the 4th highest government official of the land.
He was Davao City 1st District Representative for a total of five terms, starting in 1992.
The demise of the former Speaker came at a time when the whole family was celebrating the success of his youngest daughter Migs in passing the 2018 bar exams.
In 1992, Speaker Nograles set his eyes on the Davao City mayoral post but was defeated by then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. He staged another political comeback in 1995 when he won back his congressional seat only to be defeated again in 1998 when he made another attempt to run for mayor.
It was in 2001 when he established a strong foothold in Davao City politics as he won via landslide in the race for the congressional seat. Because of his exemplary performance in his district, Rep. Nograles ran unopposed during the 2004 congressional and 2007 polls.
After his term as Speaker, he ran against Mayor Sara in Davao but lost.
Speaker Nograles and President Duterte had long years of political rivalry in Davao City.
It was only in 2015, when Speaker Nograles and the entire Nograles family decided to form an alliance with the Dutertes and gave their support to Mayor Duterte’s bid for the presidency.
PNP mourns Nograles
The Philippine National Police yesterday joined the country in paying respect to the late Speaker Nograles.
“The PNP expresses its condolences to the bereaved family of the late Speaker Prospero Nograles. He supported the PNP in many ways and was instrumental in the passage of the agencies’ budget programs as Speaker.
“The PNP joins his family, friends and supporters in mourning for his loss,” said PNP spokesman Colonel Bernard M. Banac.
With Alfred Dalizon