| Speaker of the House(2008-2010)|
Representative, 1st District, Davao City (1989-1992, 1995-1998, 2001-2010)
| June 30, 2007 - 2010
|Born|| October 30, 1947|
Prospero C. Nograles (October 30, 1947 - ) is a former Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives and congressman of the first district of Davao City.
Early Life and Career
Prospero Castillo Nograles was born on October 30, 1947 in Davao City. He finished his elementary education at the Ateneo de Davao Grade School in 1959 and his secondary education at the Ateneo de Davao High School in 1963. He then enrolled in Ateneo de Manila University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Political Science in 1967 and his Bachelor of Law degree in 1971. He placed second in the 1971 Bar Examination.
Nograles was a law professor at the University of Mindanao from 1977 to 1978 and at Ateneo de Davao University from 1978 to 1979. He later became deputy general counsel of the University of the Philippines as well as executive assistant to the president of the University of the Philippines from 1981 to 1982, and chief legal counsel of the Development Academy of the Philippines from 1986 to 1987.
Nograles is married to Rhodora Bendigo, owner of the Heritage Art Gallery in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. They have four children: Kristine Elizabeth, Karlo Alexei, Jericho Jonas, and Margarita Ignacia.
He was first elected Representative of the 1st District of Davao City serving from 1989 to 1992. In 1992, he ran for Mayor of Davao City against then incumbent Rodrigo Duterte, but did not succeed. He ran again for Representative of Davao's 1st District in 1995, and regained the seat. In 1998, he made another unsuccessful bid for the mayor's seat. He was reelected as Representative of his home district in 2001 and again in 2004 and 2007. He was House Majority Floor Leader and Chairman of the House Committee on Rules in 2004.
Issues and Controversies
During his 2001 term, Nograles became the subject of a controversy when Bombo Radyo commentator Alex Adonis reported that the congressman was caught in a Makati hotel in bed with another man's wife and ran naked to escape the irate husband. Nograles later sued the broadcaster for libel, and Adonis was convicted in absentia by the Davao Regional Trial Court on January 31, 2007.
In November 2007, Nograles filed a bill in the House seeking to amend the libel law by abolishing the penalty of imprisonment for libel but increasing the fine.
Lately, concerning with the ongoing controversy about the cha-cha issues, Nograles is trying to bypass the senate just so he could allow foreigners to exploit the resources of the Philippines and not the Filipino people to use their own. Instead of giving the Philippines to the Filipino people which our past heroes had painfully fought for, here is Nograles trying to sell the country.
He makes laws appropriate for the cave dwellers.
Speaker of the House
Shortly after midnight on February 5, 2008, the House of Representatives of the Philippines carried a motion to declare vacant the position of Speaker of the House, ousting then Speaker Jose de Venecia. Prospero Nograles was elected as the new Speaker.
During an earlier attempt to unseat de Venecia in 2005, Nograles had said on his official website that de Venecia and Congressman Prospero Pichay Jr., then reported to be the contender for the leadership, were two of his best friends and that he would not "do a Brutus" on de Venecia.
- Davao Jaycees - Former member
- Rotary Club of West Davao - Former vice president
- Hijos de Davao - Former director
- Davao Integrated Press Club - Former legal counsel
- Knights of Rizal, Sta. Cruz - Former deputy commander
- Sta. Cruz (Tudaya Falls) Jaycees - Former adviser
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Former member
- Banal na Pag-aaral Cursillo Movement - Member
Honors and Awards
- Most outstanding IBP governor, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, 1979–1981
- Most outstanding IBP chapter president, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, 1979–1981
- Certificate of appreciation, University of the Philippines Law Center, 1977, 1979
- Awardee for law and human rights, Ten Outstanding Young Men, Philippine Jaycees (1975)
- Presidential award, Davao Jaycees (1972)
- Prospero Nograles (accessed September 25, 2007).
- Prospero C. Nograles Jr. Profile of Prospero Nograles on GMANews.TV dated February 5, 2008 (accessed February 5, 2008).
- Loses libel case filed by congressman, Broadcaster Lands in Jail Article by Jose Bimbo F. Santos on the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility Website, April 2007 (accessed February 5, 2008).
- Bill scrapping jail but hiking fines for libel filed Article by Maila Ager on Inquirer.net dated November 19, 2007 (accessed February 5, 2008).