LOOK: Duterte visits ex-Speaker Nograles' wake

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 06 2019 08:09 AM

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday night visited the wake of Former House Speaker Prospero Nograles.

Nograles, 71, succumbed to "respiratory failure, secondary to pneumonia," his son Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said over the weekend. 

Photos released by Malacañang show the President talking to the Nograles family beside their patriarch's coffin at the Heritage Park in Fort Bonifacio, BGC Taguig. 

The late Nograles placed second in the 1971 Bar examinations. He represented victims of human rights violations during the regime of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, and then supported the campaign of the late President Corazon Aquino in the 1986 snap elections, according to a Palace statement. 

Nograles served at the House of Representatives for 5 terms spanning 15 years. 

He was first elected representative of the 1st district of Davao City in 1989, a post he won again in 1995. He renewed the same mandate in 2001, during the presidency of the current House Speaker Gloria Arroyo, and was chosen to lead the chamber in 2008. 

When his term at the House ended in 2010, he launched a bid for the Davao City mayoralty, but lost to Duterte's daughter, then reelectionist Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. 

The President and the former Speaker mended ties in November 2015, with the Nograles family supporting Duterte's presidential bid.

In November last year, the President appointed Karlo Nograles, then Davao City 1st District Representative, to the cabinet. 

Duterte earlier said he was "deeply saddened" by the elder Nograles' demise. 

"His legacy as a leader who used his voice to speak on behalf of the Filipino people will continue to inspire other politicians and leaders who are committed to serving their countrymen," said the President. 

Nograles' remains will be flown to Davao on Tuesday after necrological services at the House of Representatives, the Office of the Speaker said.