Prospero Nograles

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This name uses Philippine naming customs. The middle name or maternal family name is Castillo and the surname or paternal family name is Nograles.
The Honourable
Prospero C. Nograles
22nd Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
In office
February 5, 2008 – June 30, 2010
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Jose de Venecia, Jr.
Succeeded by Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Davao City's First District
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Rodrigo Duterte
Succeeded by Karlo Nograles
In office
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 1998
Preceded by Jesus Dureza
Succeeded by Rodrigo Duterte
In office
June 16, 1989 – June 30, 1992
Preceded by Jesus Dureza
Succeeded by Jesus Dureza
Personal details
Born Prospero Castillo Nograles
(1947-10-30) October 30, 1947 (age 69)
Davao City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Lakas-Kampi-CMD (until 2010)
National Unity Party (2011-present)
Spouse(s) Rhodora Bendigo
Children Karlo Alexei
Residence Davao City, Philippines
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholicism

Prospero Castillo Nograles (born October 30, 1947) is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. He was elected as the Speaker of the House on February 5, 2008, the first ever elected Speaker from Mindanao in a hundred years in Philippine legislative history.[1] Beginning in 1989, Nograles has been elected to five terms as a member of the House of Representatives, representing the 1st District of Davao City.

Early life[edit]

Nograles was born in Davao City, and finished his primary and secondary education at the Ateneo de Davao University. He then studied at the Ateneo de Manila University, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree major in Political Science in 1967, and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ateneo Law School in 1971.[2] He placed second in the 1971 bar examinations with an average of 90.95%.[3]

Political career[edit]

Nograles was active in the political opposition against President Ferdinand Marcos. He was involved in the litigation of human rights cases during that period, and was an active campaigner for Corazon Aquino during the 1986 snap presidential elections.[4] After Aquino assumed the presidency, Nograles sought a seat in the House of Representatives, representing the 1st district of Davao City. Although his opponent Jesus Dureza was initially proclaimed as winner, Nograles was seated in the House in 1989 following a favorable decision of the House Electoral Tribunal.[4] He gave up his House seat in 1992 to make an unsuccessful challenge to the re-election of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, but regained the seat in the 1995 election. In 1998, Nograles again gave up his House seat to make another unsuccessful bid for election as Davao City mayor against Duterte-backed Benjamin de Guzman and lost in his bid. He again won election to the House in 2001. In the 2004 and 2007 elections, Nograles ran unopposed for two consecutive terms.[4]

In his stay in Congress, Nograles was able to author 17 House bills and co-authored 85. He chaired the Special Committee on Law Enforcement and its subcommittee on Gambling, Committee on Housing and Urban Development, and the Committee on Rules. He was the Majority Floor Leader during the 13th Congress of the Philippines. Before his election as Speaker, he was the head of the House contingent to the Commission on Appointments.

He ran again for the mayorship of Davao City in 2010. It's now against Vice-Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of then-mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte who ran for vice-mayor. However, he was once again unsuccessful. He filed an election protest against Duterte on the counts of fraud.

House Speaker[edit]

In early 2008, several members of Congress dissatisfied with the leadership of House Speaker Jose de Venecia expressed support for Nograles as the new Speaker.[3] Shortly after midnight, February 5, 2008, the House of Representatives approved a motion to declare the position of House Speaker as vacant.[5] Several minutes later, de Venecia nominated Nograles to be his replacement. Nograles was immediately elected as Speaker after no other representative was nominated to the post and no objection was posed to his election.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ager, Maila (2008-02-05). "Nograles is new House Speaker". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  2. ^ "Prospero Nograles - Personal Information". Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ a b Bordadora, Norman (2008-02-04). "Would-be successor was De Venecia's No. 2". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  4. ^ a b c Tupas, Jeffrey M.; Germelina Lacorte (2008-02-04). "Nograles from human rights lawyer to Arroyo's 'lapdog'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  5. ^ "De Venecia ousted as House speaker". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Jesus Dureza
Jesus Dureza
Rodrigo Duterte
Member of the House of Representatives, 1st District of Davao City
Succeeded by
Jesus Dureza
Rodrigo Duterte
Karlo Alexei Nograles
Preceded by
Jose de Venecia
Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jose de Venecia
Chair of Lakas-CMD
Position abolished
Parties merged into Lakas-Kampi-CMD
Position established Vice Chairman of Lakas-Kampi-CMD
Served alongside: Ronaldo Puno
Succeeded by
Edu Manzano