By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte paid his last respects to the late House Speaker Prospero Nograles at the Heritage Park in Taguig City early Monday morning and offered his condolences to his family.
The President hoped Nograles’ legacy will inspire other politicians to serve the country well.
Nograles, the first Mindanaoan who became leader of the House of Representatives, passed away Saturday due to respiratory failure secondary to pneumonia, according to his son Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles. The former Davao lawmaker was 71.
The President has expressed grief over the passing of Nograles, his erstwhile political rival in Davao city years ago, and remembered him for advancing public welfare.
“I would like to extend my deep sympathies and condolences to the family of Former House Speaker Prospero Nograles. I am deeply saddened to hear his demise,” he said in a statement issued over the weekend.
“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,” he added.
Duterte also prayed for the family grieving over the loss of Nograles. “It is also my prayer that the Lord Almighty ease your pain and that you will find solace and strength during this difficult time,” he said.