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Former House Speaker Nograles passes away

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Former House Speaker Prospero Nograles has passed away, his son Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles confirmed on Saturday. He was 71.

“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,” he said.

“Papa passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. May we please ask for your continued prayers. He is finally at peace,” the Cabinet Secretary added.

The elder Nograles was elected as House Speaker back in February 2008 following a successful power scuffle that toppled former Speaker Jose De Venecia from House leadership.

Nograles is a long-time rival of President Rodrigo Duterte in the local political scene in Davao City, with the former defeating the latter in the mayoralty race during the 1992 polls.

In 2010, Nograles once again ran for mayor but was defeated by Duterte’s daughter, incumbent Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

The elder Nograles and Duterte decided to end their decades-long rivalry with the former House leader backing the successful presidential bid of the former Davao City mayor during the 2016 Presidential elections.

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